Acute Inpatient Rehabilitation

Admission criteria for our inpatient physical therapy in San Diego

A patient holds a cane while stepping down a staircase, assisted by an acute inpatient rehabilitation professional in a clinical setting.

Admission criteria for our inpatient physical therapy in San Diego

People who have suffered a severe injury or life-threatening neurological condition such as a stroke often require around-the-clock care in a hospital-based, acute inpatient rehabilitation program. 


The goal of acute inpatient rehab is to help people regain the basic skills required for independence and self-sufficiency before they’re discharged from the hospital and re-enter community living. These skills range from re-learning to walk and talk, to mastering daily activities such as bathing and dressing.


Inpatient rehabilitation services are available at Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas.

Acute inpatient rehab services

Acute inpatient rehabilitation at Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas is particularly beneficial for patients who need an intensive combination of physical, occupational and speech therapies in order to overcome their condition.


Common issues we treat at our inpatient rehab center include:


  • Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
  • Stroke
  • Spinal cord injury (including paralysis), spinal deformity or recovery from complex spinal surgery
  • Multiple traumas, such as crush injuries, amputation or multiple fractures
  • Neurological conditions, such as Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis or Guillain-Barré syndrome

Admission criteria and process

Scripps acute inpatient rehabilitation program in San Diego is designed for patients who have complex treatment plans that require intensive inpatient supervision and multiple therapies. The program is designed to optimize functional activities prior to return to the community.

Quality rehab care

Compared to national averages, our patients have:


  • Higher rates of return to the community — nearly 90 percent of patients who complete our rehabilitation program successfully return home
  • Fewer emergency needs during their rehabilitation
  • Positive functional ability scores — 97 percent of our patients contacted three to six months after discharge report that they have maintained or increased their functional ability scores


Following discharge, many Scripps patients continue to benefit from our outpatient rehabilitation services, including our unique brain injury day treatment program that allows qualified patients to continue intense daily therapy while returning to their home at night.

Highly skilled caregivers

During their stay in our acute inpatient rehabilitation center, patients receive care from a consistent team of people that have extensive experience and specific expertise in acute inpatient rehab. Our rehab teams often include:


  • Board certified neurologists
  • Certified rehabilitation registered nurses (CRRNs)
  • Physical, occupational and speech therapists as well as audiologists
  • Support staff, such as rehabilitation case managers, counselors, pharmacists, nutritionists and recreation therapists
  • Licensed counseling specialists, including psychiatrists, psychologists, neuropsychologists and chaplains

High-tech rehabilitation treatment

Scripps is a leader in the use of technology for rehabilitation, incorporating high-tech treatment modalities into our inpatient and outpatient therapy programs. 


Some of our state-of-the-art devices include:


  • A robotic exoskeleton — also known as a wearable robot — that helps patients with spinal cord injuries, including lower extremity paralysis, stand up and walk
  • A sophisticated gait analysis that performs 3-D motion analysis
  • A sophisticated balance device that provides objective, computerized measurements of balance and vestibular rehabilitaion
  • An interactive, zero-risk driving simulator used in our comprehensive driving safety evaluation program
  • An anti-gravity treadmill used in orthopedic rehabilitation — to simulate a weightless environment and reduce forces on the lower extremities, which is especially helpful for patients who are recovering from total knee replacement surgery

Specially designed facility

Unlike many hospitals that convert existing space into a rehabilitation unit, our 30-bed inpatient center was built specifically for rehabilitation care at Scripps. This means our patient rooms are spacious and contain private adapted bathrooms and showers. 


Other features of our rehab facility include:


  • State-of-the-art rehabilitation equipment
  • Large, fully equipped therapy gyms
  • Simulated apartment and daily living areas
  • A therapeutic healing garden
  • Healing touch and pet therapies
  • An outdoor area for therapy, activities and socializing
  • A patient education library and research center
  • Community outings with members of our staff

Contact us

Inpatient Physical Rehabilitation Center

354 Santa Fe Drive

Encinitas, CA 92024

Phone: 760-633-6555