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 of therapeutic exercise, prosthetics (artificial limbs), orthotics and mechanical and electrical devices.
—American Board of Medical Specialties.
Additional information about this specialty is available from the following resources
The Cary Grossman Center for Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation
The state-of-the-art Cary Grossman Physical Therapy Center offers advanced programs for joint replacement rehabilitation, stroke recovery, and physical, occupational and speech therapy.
With programs and services that are fully integrated with Peconic Bay Medical Center's Kanas Center for Advanced Surgery, the Center helps provide a unique continuum of care that is without equal in the Tri-State area.
The Center offers a wide range of services including balance evaluation and rehab, adaptive equipment, wheel-chair and assistive technology consultation, and other special modalities.
With its advanced rehabilitative equipment, 1,380-square-foot physical therapy gymnasium, a fully equipped kitchen and dining area, and situated adjacent to 18 beautifully appointed private rooms for post-surgery patients, the Center provides a comfortable, confidence-building setting for patients recovering from surgery, stroke, accident or illness.
Conditions for which specialized treatment is offered include:
Low Back Pain
Upper and Lower Extremity Injuries
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Speech and Language Pathology
Patients first receive a thorough evaluation. The therapist creates an individualized treatment program to address the specific deficits identified in the evaluation. The goals are established based on the therapist's findings and the patient's own treatment expectations. Patients are then managed and monitored individually by the licensed professional staff throughout the course of treatment.
The physical therapy team works with patients to help alleviate pain, recover strength and mobility after surgery, rehabilitate damaged joints, build strength, and restore balance, endurance and range of motion.
Joint Replacement Program
In supporting Peconic Bay Medical Center's Joint Replacement Center of Excellence, the Physical Therapy Center offers an advanced and highly specialized program of intensive post-replacement rehabilitation. The program includes individualized attention and therapy sessions conducted by experienced specialists in orthopedic rehabilitation, overseen by a specially trained Joint Replacement Patient Navigator.
For more information about the Joint Replacement Program at Peconic Bay Medical Center, call (631) 369-5000.
Speech Pathology Program
Headquartered in the Cary Grossman Physical Center, Peconic Bay Medical Center's Speech and Language Pathology Department provides diagnosis and treatment of a wide range of communication and swallowing conditions, including:
Feeding and Swallowing Disorders: including gagging, choking and other symptoms of dysphagia
Voice Disorders: including slurred speech and resonance disorders
Language Disorders: including issues with comprehension and expression
Cognition Impairment: including memory, sequencing, problem-solving and executive functioning
These conditions can be the result of aging, injury or illness, including respiratory compromise such as COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease), vocal cord nodules or polyps, neurological disease or stroke, genetic disorders such as Down syndrome, or cancers of the head, neck or chest.
Evaluation by one of Peconic Bay Medical Center's trained Speech and Language Pathologists can help identify the source of any speech or swallowing abnormality and point the way to an effective plan of treatment.
Peconic Bay's Speech Therapists offer state-of-the-art therapeutic techniques to assist patients recover language, communication and cognition skills, including patients recovering from stroke, vocal cord paralysis and tracheostomy.
Peconic Bay also offers advanced treatment for dysphagia--the VitalStim® Therapy System—the only dysphagia therapy cleared by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). A safe, effective and non-invasive therapy system based on neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES), the program is proven to restore the swallowing function for patients with oropharyngeal dysphagia.
For more information about the Peconic Bay Medical Center Speech and Language Pathology Department, call (631) 548-6812.
Peconic Bay Outpatient Physical Therapy Center (at 64 Commerce Drive, Riverhead)
Advanced treatment for injury, surgery, and age-related conditions
Call for more information about any of our clinical services or to schedule an appointment with one of our experts. Representatives are available on weekdays from 8am to 6pm and weekends from 9am to 5pm.