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Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

The Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Montefiore Medical Center has been actively advancing innovative technologies and embracing the latest treatment techniques since its inception in 1955. Consistently listed in the top rankings of U.S. News & World Report, the Department provides a wide spectrum of comprehensive services with the goal of enabling patients with a disabling disease or injury to achieve their highest level of independence, so they may enjoy a better quality of life.

A Specialized Approach to a Common Problem

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 18% of the nation's population has some level of disability, ranging from those with mild shoulder bursitis to quadriplegia or stroke. Because disabilities are not uniform and they affect persons of different ages to varying degrees, the rehabilitation model differs from straightforward medical/surgical solutions. Rehabilitation takes into account each patient's environment, resources, and the kind of lifestyle they have and wish to lead.

Our multidisciplinary team of physiatrists, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech/language pathologists, rehabilitation nurses, and social workers fuse their diverse expertise in order to establish the best possible treatment plan for each patient. They employ innovative programs and services for patients with various types of physical disabilities, and are pioneers in specialized areas such as: pelvic floor rehabilitation, treatment of back pain, spasticity management, spinal cord injury, cardiac rehabilitation, vision rehabilitation and foot/ankle rehabilitation.

Inpatient/Outpatient Services

At the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, our board certified physiatrists treat nearly every disabling condition and injury through a broad spectrum of comprehensive inpatient and outpatient services. Our state-of-the-art, newly renovated 20-bed acute inpatient facility is located at Montefiore's Weiler Division. Here our multidisciplinary team of rehabilitation professionals focuses on patients' functional recovery from disorders including: stroke and other neurological illnesses, amputation and peripheral vascular disease, spinal cord injuries, cardiopulmonary disease, cancer-related disability, functional loss following fractures or joint replacement surgery and rheumatological disorders.

For those who do not require inpatient treatment, but need rehabilitation, we provide outpatient medical management, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech/language/swallowing therapy and interventional treatments (such as lumbar epidural steroid injections for spinal pain, Botox injections for spasticity and joint/bursal/tendon steroid injections for musculoskeletal or joint pain).

Some of the most common diagnoses we treat on an outpatient basis encompass: amputations, arthritis, cardiac disease, chronic pain, foot and ankle pain including the diabetic foot, herniated discs, muscular dystrophy/myopathic disorders, Parkinson's disease, pelvic floor problems, spasticity, spinal cord injuries, stroke, and pediatric disabilities. We also provide electrodiagnostic testing, acupuncture therapy, evaluation for wheelchairs and prosthetic/orthotic prescription.

Cutting-Edge Treatment and Therapies

Before determining the most effective treatment plan for each patient, our physiatrists conduct a thorough evaluation and consultation through the collection of a detailed history, a physical examination and interpretation of diagnostic tests. Rehabilitation therapies are formulated with full participation of each patient so we may work together to maximize functional outcome.

Advancements in Research

The Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation is committed to providing excellent didactic and clinical education, as well as developing new technologies and specialized areas of research. Each Rehabilitation Medicine resident has a mentor who offers guidance and instruction not only with patient care, but also with personal exploration and discovery. One of the primary reasons this department realizes tremendous success year after year is our emphasis on professional development, which paves the foundation for tomorrow's leaders.