Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (Physiatry)

PBMC Health and Peconic Bay Medical Center provide a range of outstanding physical therapy and rehabilitation programs:

  • On the Peconic Bay Medical Center campus:
    • The Cary Grossman Center for Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation
    • Peconic Bay Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center
  • In the community:
    • Peconic Bay Outpatient Physical Therapy Center (at 64 Commerce Drive, Riverhead)
  • Home Care:
    • Peconic Bay Home Health Services provides specialized rehabilitation services, including an intensive joint replacement therapy program, throughout Suffolk County, including Orient Point and Montauk Point.

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Also referred to as Rehabilitation Medicine, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation is the medical specialty concerned with evaluating, diagnosing, and treating patients with physical disabilities. These disabilities may arise from conditions affecting the musculoskeletal system such as neck and back pain, sports injuries or other painful conditions affecting the limbs, for example, carpal tunnel syndrome. Alternatively, the disabilities may result from neurological trauma or disease such as spinal cord injury, head injury or stroke.

A physician certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation is often called a Physiatrist. The primary goal of the Physiatrist is to achieve maximum restoration of physical, psychological, social and vocational function through comprehensive rehabilitation. Pain management is often an important part of the role of the Physiatrist. For diagnosis and evaluation, a Physiatrist may include the techniques of electromyography to supplement the standard history, physical, x-ray and laboratory examinations. The Physiatrist has expertise in the appropriate use ofther apeutic exercise, prosthetics (artificial limbs), orthotics and mechanical and electrical devices—American Board of Medical Specialties.

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