​​Inpatient Rehabilitation Programs

Pediatric Rehabilitation Program:

Based on Sultan Bin Abdulaziz Humanitarian City’s belief that children are our most valuable resource, our inpatient pediatric rehabilitation program provides specialized programs for the treatment of children who are afflicted with various medical conditions and disabilities. Our pediatric specialists provide comprehensive rehabilitation programs and care for children up to the age of 14. Patients and family members are our primary consideration in the healthcare plan offered by these programs with the aim to rehabilitate your child to return home, school, and reintegrate into the community. We exert every effort to meet cultural and spiritual needs.

Amputee Rehabilitation Program:

The amputee rehabilitation program assists the patient to gain independence, regain his functional status, and to reintegrate into the community with a high productivity level. The program’s services include teenagers and adults (14 years old and above). One of the most unique features of this program is the focus on educating and training the patient and care giver.

Brain Injury Rehabilitation Program:

The brain injury rehabilitation program aims to provide services which meet the patients’ special needs through an interdisciplinary medical team and addressing the patients’ priorities and goals, minimizing mobility obstacles, enhancing the patient’s participation in the community, improving the quality of life, and minimizing environmental constraints (ex: home environment/work environment/university or school environment). This program serves patients of both sexes, 14 years old and above, in both the outpatient and inpatient departments. Services include occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech and swallowing therapy, vocational rehabilitation, dietician’s services program, psychotherapy, medical and nursing care. These services take into consideration the necessary treatment for each patient based on his condition, his wishes, his values, his motor abilities, and his ability to respond and participate in the rehabilitation program.

Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation Program:

This program provides concerted, individual, and integrated services for patients afflicted with spinal cord injuries, either as a result of diseases or road traffic accidents. The spinal cord injury rehabilitation program also includes inpatient and outpatient services, ex: home health care and community services and vocational rehabilitation; in addition, this program provides services which include occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech therapy, vocational rehabilitation, recreational therapy, and psychological peer support for patients 14 years of age and above; furthermore, this program focuses on social integration, awareness of spinal cord injury causes, especially road traffic accidents resulting from speeding, using cellphones while driving, and violating road traffic and public safety laws.

Stroke Rehabilitation Program:

The stroke rehabilitation program is one of the specialized rehabilitation departments included in Sultan Bin Abdulaziz Humanitarian City, which provides rehabilitation services for stroke survivors with the aim to enhance independence, prevent stroke complications (muscular spasticity and contractures or another stroke), and assist the injured patient to adapt to the surrounding environment in order to be a productive member of society. This program has been approved for many years by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). The stroke rehabilitation program serves more than 500 stroke patients a year through the number of available beds for stroke patients (72 for both men and women in inpatient department). Also, additional services are provided through the outpatient clinic and home healthcare program.

Women’s Health Rehabilitation Program:

52 beds have been allocated for the women’s health rehabilitation program for cases which require admission in the city. The program’s objective is the enhancement of women’s quality of life and strengthen their role in the life of their families, their home, and community through early detection and therapeutic interventions to reduce the effects of the disabilities and difficulties that they face and provide comprehensive rehabilitation services which enhance women’s independence to pursue their life roles. This program provides its services for women from adolescence through adulthood and even old age who suffer from joints pain, disabilities, or difficulties caused by strokes, spinal injuries, head injuries, cerebral palsy, post-surgical joint replacement cases, or neurological diseases such as multiple sclerosis.

Surgical Rehabilitation Programs:

This program provides pre-operative and post-operative rehabilitation services for patients of all ages such as scoliosis correction surgeries, knee and pelvic joint replacement surgeries, sports injuries, sleeve gastrectomy, or disabilities surgeries such as tendon lengthening and other such surgeries with the aim to improve the quality and way of life.

Lymphedema Management Program:

This program aims to provide comprehensive interdisciplinary services for lymphatic patients in order to prevent side effects and complications and assist them in overcoming psychological and motor challenges. The goals of the program are as follows: early and effective intervention for lymphatic patients or those at risk of developing lymphedema, provide the proper support for lymphatic patients, providing a comprehensive assessment of lymphatic patients or those at risk of developing lymphedema, apply the best management practices of lymphedema with a multidisciplinary team, provide high quality clinical care for people with cellulitis or erysipelas.

Wound Care Program:

The advanced wound care program is an interdisciplinary program that includes a surgeon, a physiatrist, a wound care specialist, a nurse, an infectious diseases specialist, a nutritionist, a physiotherapist, an occupational therapist, a psychologist and psychiatrist, a social worker, a case manager, and other specialties. When receiving patients with wounds, the team makes a thorough assessment of the wounds and then develops a clear treatment plan. The wound care unit contains 22 where it receives all kinds of patients who develop multiple wounds, and in particular, wounds of stage three and four. The rehabilitation unit is very important in the treatment of advanced wounds. Physical therapy provides electrical stimulation, work on transitional skills, lower limb exercises, balance, and gait training after approval by the physician; occupational therapy focuses on daily life skills, upper limb exercises, patient family education, and assessment for those who need medical equipment. Individual care plans focus on the patient's needs and his goals to reach the highest level of independence and integration into the community as an active member of his normal environment.

Cardiac Rehabilitation and Disease Prevention Program:

The cardiac rehabilitation and disease prevention program are medically supervised services for patients with cardiac and arterial problems. The cardiac rehabilitation programs include sports exercises, awareness about cardiac and arterial health, and medical consultation on how to reduce stress and help patients to resume their life activities.

​​Clinical Therapy Services


It is one of the medical branches that contribute in the rehabilitation of the patient by describing an integrated program which includes various therapeutic exercises. It might be supported by devices which reduce pain, increase the range of motion which results in improving the functional ability of the patient. Physical therapy includes many sections such as orthopedics and muscles diseases, neurology, cardiology, respiratory, pediatric, geriatrics and burns.

Occupational Therapy:

The occupational therapist seeks to provide a service that could improve the quality of the life of the person who benefits from the service. It aims to make him an active member in the community. In collaboration with the patient, the therapist develops specific, attainable goals and a clear plan to help the patient enhance his abilities in accordance with his age and physical and mental capabilities.

Occupational therapy objectives:

- To train the patient to be independent in performing activities of daily living without the need of help. - To be able to return to school or work. - To improve physical, sensory, and psychological skills with will thought out plans to return as much as possible to the natural condition. - Provide assistive devices and train on using them to facilitate other skills.

Speech and Language Therapy:

Speech and language therapist diagnose, assists, and provides therapy and exercise for the following cases: speech and language difficulties, social communication skills, cognition, swallowing and feeding disorders. He also provides rehabilitation for deafness and hearing impairment cases.

Recreational Therapy:

The recreational therapist cooperates with the rehabilitation team to prepare recreational activities according to the patients’ physical and mental status. These activities have a clear purpose to improve patient’s skills or psychological status.

Recreational therapy objectives:

- Provide patients with activities which help them to return to their social life. - To educate and provide advice about suitable recreational activities for patients who are discharged from rehabilitation programs. - Help the patient to recover from isolation, depression, and boredom during the admission for the treatment. - To educate about the importance of recreational therapy in awareness campaigns, and its psychological and practical impact on patients.

Vocational Therapy:

The vocational therapist works on improving the patient’s skills to return to school, college, work, or to improve financial status and integration in society. The therapist also assists in finding job opportunities which suites the physical and mental state of the patient after vocational therapy process.


Hippotherapy is one of the new programs in child development center and it is the first of its kind in Saudi Arabia. It is one of the therapeutic methods that depend on the idea of holistic treatment of the human body because of its effect on motor organs and body organs in general as well as its positive effect on children. The principle of this therapeutic technique is to employ the movement of the horse’s back during walking. This movement is characterized by its repetition, rhythm and three-dimensional move which allow the patient to experience a new type of movement. The horse movement allows the passenger to move forward and backward and enhance the dynamic development of the base of the body. At the same time, it stimulates the movement of reciprocal feet, such as walking, which is one of the most fundamental human movements.

Aquatic Therapy:

Aquatic therapy is a general term used to describe how therapeutic exercise is done within the pool in order to help the patient to improve his/ her functional movements. The Physical properties of water can be used as a mean to facilitate the movements of disabled individuals. In the beginning we can start performing these aquatic exercises to restore their functional movements such as transferring, strengthening the muscles, walking, or standing. Normal people can also perform these aquatic exercises to improve and maintain their health such as running and swimming.

Cognitive Rehabilitation Program:

Pediatric Cognitive Rehabilitation program is designed to build or rebuild cognitive skills or compensate these skills using alternative methods and means. The program deals with all cognitive problems such as memory and attention deficit, analytical thinking, and visual perception as well as problems of daily life and social life due to poor cognitive skills. The cognitive rehabilitation program begins with accurate assessment of the child using precise assessment and identification of the cognitive problem and its impact on the daily and social life of the child. The program also focuses on the parents, as they are an essential part of the rehabilitation process, by teaching them the rehabilitation methods of acquiring cognitive skills and how to deal with skill weakness in home or school. The program helps the parents by directing them to the tools and activities or the alternative methods used in cognitive rehabilitation, making the necessary adjustments within the home and providing them with a set of activities and educational materials.

Gait Training Program:

Gait training is a type of physical therapy, It can help to improve your ability to stand and walk. Your physician may recommend gait training if you have had an illness or injury that affects your ability to get around. It may help you gain independence in walking, even if you need an adaptive device.

Sexual Rehabilitation Program:

The Sexual Rehabilitation Program at Sultan Bin Abdulaziz Humanitarian City is a leading project with a multidisciplinary team working together to restore the sexual health of adults with disabilities for both genders, in addition to provide sexual education, counseling and spread awareness. The program provides services for patients with spinal injury, stroke, brain injury and diabetes within the bounds that ensure the same high standard of care. Additionally, it provides inpatient and outpatient care for patients from all around Saudi Arabia, Gulf Council Countries and Middle East.

Vision Rehabilitation Program:

The Vision Rehabilitation Program accurately evaluates patients' visual ability and provides rehabilitation so that they can carry out everyday tasks and participate in community activities. The evaluation covers visual acuity, eyes movements, visual perception, distinguishing colors, color contrast, visual range, visual neglect, sensitivity of light and reading ability. The program will offer suggestions and exercises to help the patient's vision. It also provides tools for the visually impaired if necessary and offers recommendations by modifying the patient's environment.

Multidisciplinary Rehabilitation Clinics:

1. Primary rehab clinic: The rehabilitation team is located in the primary evaluation clinics with the medical staff (physical medicine physicians) in order to provide information and guidance to the patients and show them some exercises that can help them until they are enrolled in specialized programs. 2. Early Intervention multidisciplinary clinic for pediatrics: it provides medical, diagnostic, rehabilitation, surgical, psychological, social, and educational services. The program includes normal children or those who had problems during pregnancy or birth or who had been injured due to an accident or illness after birth. 3. Seating and Positioning Clinic: it assesses patients who require assistive devices, including wheelchairs, shower chairs and other tools according to the patient’s needs, mental and motor disabilities. The clinic also offers specific advice on how to sit in a chair or bed, which could help the patient live a healthier life and do everyday duties more effectively. 4. Amputation clinic. 5. Obesity clinic. 6. Lymphedema care Clinic. 7. Orthopedic Clinic.

Treatment programs

Inpatients Rehabilitation Program:

The inpatient rehabilitation program offers patients of all ages specialized rehabilitation services through individual and group sessions. The program works with a multidisciplinary team to assist patients in regaining their motor, sensory, cognitive, and social abilities a thorough medical training program designed to improve their functional capacities, independency, and community integration.

Outpatient Rehabilitation Program:

The Outpatient Rehabilitation Program provides comprehensive rehabilitation services for adults 14 years or older. The program includes physiotherapy, occupational therapy, and speech and language therapy. The Program assesses the patient's condition, develop a treatment plan, and provide the necessary health education for the patients and their families. The program aims to rehabilitate patients in a way that enables them to be independent in the activities of daily life and facilitate their effective contribution to community. The program provides services to patients who suffer from neurological diseases such as strokes, spinal cord injuries, bone diseases, sports injuries, and postoperative conditions. Services are provided on weekdays from Sunday to Thursday from 8 am to 8 pm.

Child development Center:

The Child Development Center aims to meet the developmental and health needs of children with special needs. The three main pillars of services provided by the Child Development Center are medical, rehabilitation and developmental services. While rehabilitation services aim to lessen disability and increase functional independence, medical services are crucial for providing assessment, diagnosis, and consultation. The rehabilitation services are offered as part of an integrated developmental program, which adds a new dimension to rehabilitation and creates a specific pattern for reintegrating the child into the home, family, school, and community at large.

Home Health Care:

Home health care aims to improve community and at-home medical care in order to better serve patients and their families and offer support and comfort in their homes. Home health care offers rehabilitation services For pediatric patients (ages 3 months to 14 years) as well as for adults (14 years or older). Patients that fit the program's requirements receive our care services are the below: - Recommendation by the physical medicine physician. - Patients living in Riyadh region and not hospitalized. - Patients who have been discharged from the inpatient unit require follow-ups with home health care. - Patients with chronic illnesses have not yet participated in rehabilitation programs. - Patients prefer home care services rather than outpatient rehabilitation. - Patients who need a caregiver education program as they don't meet the admissions requirements. The available rehabilitation services include physiotherapy, occupational therapy, mobility and balance exercises, performing daily living activities, evaluating the suitability of the home, making recommendations for home modifications, sitting and posture exercises, and describing and evaluating the wheelchair. Nursing services may include, but are not limited to monitoring vital signs, skin and wound care, tracheostomy tube, blood tests, medicine administration, nutritional care (gastric and nasogastric tubes), care for patients with respiratory issues, and foot care for diabetes patients. Among the services provided by home caregivers for 12-to-24-hour shifts are (elderly and newborn care). Nutritional services include diet counseling and proper nutrition. Speech and speaking therapy services: recovering lost skills in speech, swallowing, and communication. Working hours are Sunday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Intensive Rehabilitation Program:

The intensive rehabilitation program aims to provide comprehensive individual rehabilitation services to people who are physically stable and require minimal medical supervision and nursing care. This program is designed to assist patients in skills acquired in previous rehabilitation programs, or after a new stage. Patients are located in a hotel-like location to enhance independent living.

Prosthetics and Orthotics Center:

Sultan Bin Abdulaziz Humanitarian City is the largest rehabilitation facility in the Middle East. The provision of high-quality devices that are specifically made for a wide number of patients makes orthosis and prosthetics services exceptional.

The center’s services were launched in 2002 and subsequently expanded to meet the significant demand for patients from Saudi Arabia and the whole Arabian Gulf region. 10,000 patients visited the facility in 2017, with 950 of them being seen.

The center opened on December 22, 2014, and Ottobock accredited it in 2015. Additional accreditation was gained for Joint Commission International, the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, and ISO 2017 for medical equipment (13485) in order to raise the caliber of services. The Center's interdisciplinary teams of licensed staff provide care for both children and adult patients, including those with cerebral palsy, postoperative rehabilitation, stroke, brain injury, neurological diseases, etc. Patients obtain the best possible treatment options because to the comprehensive approach.

Modern technology, like scanning scanners and CAD/CAM software is used in the production of prosthetic devices. Patients can receive all varieties of microprocessor knees, bionic feet, and photoelectric prosthesis. Patients are given access to a large selection of splints and advanced sitting options.

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