Physical Rehabilitation

UOSSM’s rehabilitation centers in northern Syria and Turkey offer physiotherapy and rehabilitation services to those suffering from physical weakness, injuries, congenital or acquired disabilities to improve their quality of life and increase the ability for independent individuals to positively contribute to society. The urology and bladder rehabilitation center is the only one of its kind in northern Syria.

Rehabilitation Services in Syria

UOSSM’s Bab Al-Hawa Rehabilitation, located in the Idlib suburbs in northwest Syria, consists of the long-term care center, physiotherapy center, and urology and bladder rehabilitation center. The urology and bladder rehabilitation center is the only one of its kind in northern Syria. The physiotherapy center has been providing services since 2014.

Long-Term Care (LTC) Center

A nursing home center that provides extended, long-term care accommodations and services to patients with lengthy recovery periods, including wound care, medical treatment, physiotherapy and PSS services.

Physiotherapy Center

The center is comprised of a waiting area, physiotherapy equipment room, and different treatment rooms for women, children and men. The center offers services for medical conditions such as: peripheral and central nerve injuries, Guillain Barré Syndrome, spinal cord injuries, brain injuries, orthopedic injuries that may lead to movement restriction, or arthropathy.

Urology and Bladder Rehabilitation Center

This is the only center of its kind in northern Syria, which is in high demand. In addition to bladder rehabilitation, the center provides a wide range of services, including cystometrogram (useful in the differential diagnosis of bladder diseases due to spinal cord injuries, congenital malformation in children, and prostatomegaly), urodynamics, diagnostic and therapeutic cystoscopy, diagnostic urethroscopy, laboratory, diagnostic biopsies, operating room for ureteral catheter placement, urological surgeries and procedures.

A child suffering from a bladder infection undergoes a cystoscopy in the Sarmada Rehabilitation Center in Idlib Suburb in northwest Syria.

Success Story

Shahad was only nine months old when she first visited the Bab Al-Hawa Rehabilitation Center because she could not sit or balance herself. She was diagnosed with Cerebral Atrophy, which is the loss of brain cells, called neurons.

She was admitted into the physiotherapy center to begin physical therapy treatment for her condition. It was difficult to work with her because she is such a young age. But the team continued to work with her and began to see improvement. After five months of treatment she was able to take her first steps! After nine months of therapy she is now able to sit and balance on her own and walk with confidence. Now, she can play just like any other child her age.


Physical Rehabilitation Services in Turkey

UOSSM Turkey is one of the first and primary providers of physiotherapeutic health care for predominantly Syrian refugees in Turkey, with 3 physical rehabilitation centers in:

  • Reyhanli (Hatay) – Established in 2012
  • Gaziantep
  • Kilis

UOSSM Turkey implements physical rehabilitation services to assist injured and disabled refugees in Turkey to maintain, improve, or restore a refugee patient’s physical functioning, alleviate pain, or prevent physical dysfunction. UOSSM Turkey delivers uniform physiotherapy assessment, treatment, and follow-up services across its 3 physical rehabilitation centers; trying to meet the needs, at high standards, of all age groups of children, men and women. Among the services provided at the centers are:

  • Physiotherapy consultations
  • Rehabilitation and physical therapy
  • Prosthetic referrals if warranted
  • Pre- and post-prosthetic rehabilitation (i.e. artificial limbs)
  • Assistive devices distribution, such as wheelchairs, braces, etc., as clinically indicated;
  • Referrals to Ministry of Health system of care (including Migrant Health Centers), if warranted, with appropriate clinical follow up

UOSSM Turkey often refers physiotherapy patients out for complementary clinical and nonclinical services and supports, such as mental health and psychosocial support services provided by UOSSM Turkey or other providers in the area, to promote wellbeing during the recovery process.

 

Success Story

Throughout the years of working with refugees affected by war and humanitarian crises, UOSSM Turkey has achieved many success stories at its physical rehabilitation centers in Turkey, which has led to increased perseverance on continuing humanitarian medical care, serving as many people as possible with the highest professional standards and quality.

In summer 2019, Omar was playing outside with friends, suddenly there was an airstrike. All of a sudden, his whole world changed. Omar was severely wounded and was transported to a hospital in Turkey.

He spent four months in intensive care. The doctors tried but could not save his legs. The damage was too extensive. Omar had to have both legs amputated.

Omar was so sad, he just wanted to be able to play with his friends and have a normal life without feeling so helpless. Omar started visiting UOSSM's Physical Rehabilitation Center in Gaziantep in Turkey. Omar’s story is one of the most complicated cases, due to amputation of both legs. In addition, Omar had a hearing problem which further led to complication of his situation and treatment.

Initially, Omar had to go through rehabilitation and rigorous muscle strengthening of the upper limbs. After three months, Omar was finally ready to be fitted with prosthetic legs. He learned how to balance himself and walk all over again. Omar was so determined and was able to walk again on his own in a matter of weeks. Omar continued receiving follow-up care and was able to achieve great progress despite his difficult circumstances.

Ibrahim Alissa is Another Success Story:

Ibrahim Alissa was suffering from cerebral palsy, he could not sit, stand, or walk on his own. He went to UOSSM Turkey Physical Rehabilitation Center in Gaziantep.

Watch how he was able to start walking on his own!

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