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Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Physical Therapy

The Department of Physical Therapy at Montefiore Medical Center offers comprehensive care to those who are recovering from surgery or have experienced a physical impairment due to injury or illness. This includes evaluation, personalized treatment plans, program development, patient/family education and follow-up management. Our ultimate goal is to restore movement and function, relieve pain and prevent disability.

Physical therapy services are provided to patients admitted to the acute care hospital setting at the Moses, North and Einstein Campuses, as well as to the Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit - Lubin Rehab Center. Our therapists also treat outpatients within the hospital setting and outpatient sites in the community.

Exceptional Patient Care and Multidisciplinary Approach

The Department employs a multidisciplinary approach to each patient's treatment plan, which entails collaborating with physicians, nurses, occupational therapists, speech-language pathologists, audiologists and social workers. Patients ranging from neonates to geriatrics come to us for our exceptional coordinated care. The focus is always on the patient and achieving the best outcome by designing individualized programs, which are paramount to patients' recovery.

Conditions Benefiting from Physical Therapy

Patients who receive physical therapy return to their activities by learning to restore and maintain their mobility and active lifestyle. Our licensed therapists treat the entire spectrum of conditions and injuries, which includes:

  • Arthritis
  • Back pain
  • Balance
  • Developmental delays
  • Dislocations
  • Fractures
  • Incontinence
  • Neurological conditions
  • Osteoporosis
  • Pelvic pain
  • Shoulder/hip/knee replacement
  • Sports injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Stroke
  • Surgery (postoperative treatment)
  • Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)

Innovative Treatments and State-of-the-Art Technology

Our therapists utilize state-of-the-art technology and various procedures and modalities to treat patients. This includes, but is not limited to: manual therapy, therapeutic exercise, therapeutic activities, electrical modalities, neuromuscular re-education, aquatic therapy, gait training and orthotic/prosthetic training. The Department also utilizes the unique Navigator Suspension System, developed by our Chairman Avital Fast, MD. This innovative system is used for gait training individuals with neurological involvement limiting their ability to stand and ambulate. This support system provides a safe environment for the patient and therapist during gait training.

Montefiore is the only hospital in the Bronx equipped with a therapeutic pool. Our physicians ensure appropriateness of referral to the aquatics program by carefully evaluating patients. By utilizing the physical properties of water, we can decrease joint stress while promoting movement, increasing strength, improving joint position awareness and decreasing joint and soft tissue swelling caused by an injury.

Excellence in Education

Widely recognized for its excellence in rehabilitation care, the Department was recently honored with the Outstanding Center for Physical Therapy Clinical Education Award from the New York/New Jersey Clinical Education Consortium. Our therapists are extremely proactive about their education and take pride in their ability to participate in the clinical education of students. The majority of our physical therapists have received their clinical instructor credentialing through the American Physical Therapy Association to provide the best possible experience to our affiliating students and patients. Additionally, a large portion of our current staff completed their affiliations at Montefiore Medical Center and returned to our institution for employment.