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Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Recovery from broken bones, muscle deterioration, nerve damage, stroke and other disabling events takes time, effort and the expert guidance of NuHealth's Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation. Our experienced staff of physicians, therapists and other health professionals are ready to help motivate and move our patients through the difficult, often frustrating challenge of restoring their bodies to peak operating condition.

  • Specialized Brain Injury Unit.
  • Certified specialists in hand occupational therapy.
  • PM&R Chair Dr. Lyn Weiss named to America’s Best Doctors.
  • Seamless interaction between the physicians who make orthopedic repairs and those who develop your personal rehabilitation program.

Latest Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction scores:

Physical Therapy Services 96.7
Occupational Therapist 96.6
Speech Pathologist 93.8
Recreation Therapy 92.5
Physician Services 93.8

Published Books

The department physicians just published their seventh research book, a Physical Medicine and Rehabiliation Question & Answer volume. Additional books written by the department include:

  • Neuromuscular Quick Pocket Reference
  • The Oxford Handbook of PM&R
  • Easy EMG
  • Easy Injections
  • Cumulative Trauma Disorders
  • Skin Care Triad

Contact Information

Appointments: (516) 486-NUMC (6862)

Administration:

Chair: Lyn Weiss, MD (516) 572-6525
Administrator: David Lavenda (516) 572-5449
Inpatient Referrals (516) 572-4801

Consultations:

Electrodiagnostic Testing (516) 572-6522
Neuropsychology (516) 572-6522
Occupational Therapy (516) 572-6533
Pain Management (516) 572-6522
Physical Medicine (516) 572-6522
Physical Therapy (516) 572-0087
Prosthetics (516) 572-6522
Speech Therapy (516) 572-6486
 

Physical Medicine

Recovery from injury, surgery or neurological incidents often takes more than just time. In many instances, the patient needs a carefully planned, multidisciplinary rehabilitation program to regain or restore strength, mobility, and coordination. NuHealth’s Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) at Nassau University Medical Center is the largest and most complete service center of its kind in Nassau County. Its physical medicine specialists, also known as physiatrists, plan and coordinate a variety of rehabilitative services, including:

  • Back Clinic
  • Child Development
  • Cognitive
  • Electrodiagnostic Evaluation
  • Neuropsychological Services
  • Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Speech & Swallowing Therapy
  • Pain Rehabilitation
  • Prosthetics and Orthotics
  • Spasticity Management
  • Work Injury

Although most NuHealth patients receive therapy as outpatients, Nassau University Medical Center is also home to one of the two top inpatient rehabilitation units on Long Island (as rated by US News & World Report). This 25-bed unit, along with one of the region’s most active outpatient services, helps more than 7,000 patients a year regain function and improve their quality of life.

To make an appointment or consultation for rehabilitative therapy, call (516) 572-6522

Clinical Staff
Lyn Weiss MD, Chairman, Program Director and Director of Electrodiagnostic Services
Adam Isaacson MD, Associate Chairman and Director of Inpatient Services
Ajendra Sohal MD, Director of Pain Rehabilitation
Thomas Pobre MD, Director of Outpatient Services
Ricardo Cruz MD, Director of Neurologic and Brain Injury Service
Jeffrey Perry DO, Osteopathic Residency Program Director
Dennis Dowling DO, FAAO, Director of Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine
Walter Gaudino MD, Director of Prosthetics & Orthotics
Lynn A. Schaefer Ph.D., ABPP Director of Neuropsychology

Physical Therapy

Our patient to physical therapist ratio gives us the unique ability to provide specialized attention and individualized care. NuHealth's physical therapists are highly qualified and experienced professionals who provide tailored treatment programs designed to improve mobility for individuals recovering from strokes, traumatic brain injuries, orthopedic, cardiopulmonary and other debilitating injuries. Our goal is to help restore a person's health and function while enhancing their quality of life.

To connect to NuHealth’s Physical Therapy section office, call (516) 572-0087

Occupational Therapy

NuHealth's occupational therapists focus on helping patients of all ages recover their health and regain their independence following illnesses or injuries that may result in a wide range of physical, perceptual, cognitive and psychosocial impairments. They are New York State licensed professionals who work together with our multidisciplinary teams throughout Nassau University Medical Center in our neonatal intensive care unit, burn unit, various acute care units, inpatient rehabilitation unit and outpatient center as well as in the A. Holly Patterson Extended Care Facility.

After conducting a comprehensive evaluation, our occupational therapists design an individualized treatment program of therapeutic exercises and activities that help patients regain or compensate for lost abilities. Through effective, evidence-based treatment, patient and family education, prescription of appropriate assistive devices and durable medical equipment, the occupational therapist prepares the patient to return safely and independently to the community.

Occupational Therapy Low Vision Program

The Occupational Therapy Department provides an outpatient low vision program for adults with vision loss due to macular degeneration, glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy. Patients are assisted with choosing and learning how to use appropriate low vision devices that will assist them in the performance of their daily activities. They will also learn how to modify their environment to improve independence and safety. Our therapists are also training patients as they have received implanted telescopes for macular degeneration.

Occupational Therapy Lymphedema Program

Lymphedema Therapy is offered in Outpatient Occupational Therapy. Patients who experience swelling in one or more extremities as a complication of a mastectomy, traumatic injury, surgery or infection may benefit from this service.

For more information about occupational therapy at NuHealth, please call (516) 572-6533.

Speech & Swallowing Therapy

NuHealth’s speech therapists are licensed professionals who work with adults with trouble understanding language, using language or forming the correct sounds for speech (for information on pediatric developmental issues, click here). In addition, they also provide swallowing therapy for patients with chewing difficulties or who frequently experience choking and discomfort when eating or drinking. Treatments may include repetitive drilling and practice, targeted strengthening exercises, audio-visual aids and other strategies to facilitate communication. NuHealth’s speech and swallowing therapists work in the Nassau University Medical Center’s Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, as well as at A. Holly Patterson Extended Care Facility. Adult patients may require speech and swallowing therapy as a result of any number of diagnoses, including:

  • Central Auditory Processing Disorder
  • Congenital Syndromes
  • Laryngeal (Throat) Cancer
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Myasthenia Gravis
  • Parkinson's Disease
  • Recurrent Aspiration Pneumonia
  • Stroke
  • Traumatic Brain Injury 

To consult or schedule an appointment with a speech and swallowing therapist, call (516) 572-6486

Prosthetics & Orthotics

When limbs need additional support due to musculoskeletal defects or disease, or are amputated as a result of trauma, gangrene, or vascular deterioration, NuHealth’s experienced prosthetics and orthotics specialists are ready. Working closely with Nassau University Medical Center’s Orthopedics and Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation departments, they help evaluate and custom fit patients for artificial limbs and orthopedic braces. Our specialists in prosthetics and orthotics are licensed health professionals who can help patients restore a surprising measure of mobility and functionality following the loss of a limb, as well as fabricate mechanical devices to provide support for weak joints and appendages.

For a consultation with a specialist in prosthetics or orthotics, call (516) 572-6522

Pain Management

The pain often associated with orthopedic surgery and recovery from injury or surgery can hinder the healing process and make it hard just to get through the day. The physiatrists in Nassau University Medical Center’s Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation can help you find relief from musculoskeletal and spine pain through a carefully administrated plan.

Using noninvasive procedures as both diagnostic and therapeutic tools, they can identify the underlying source of pain and help to alleviate it through medications, physical and occupational therapy, orthotics, psychological counseling and direct injections into painful muscles, joints and tendons. Some of the commonly treated conditions include:

  • Disc, Facet And Nerve Root Pain
  • Failed Back Syndrome
  • Lower Back Pain
  • Musculoskeletal And Myofascial Pain
  • Neck Pain
  • Occupational Injury
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Postoperative Pain
  • Sciatica
  • Sports Injuries

To make an appointment or consult with a pain management specialist, call (516) 572-6522.

Clinical Staff
Ricardo Cruz MD
Dennis Dowling DO
Walter Gaudino MD
Adam Isaacson MD
Jeffrey Perry DO
Thomas Pobre MD
Ajendra Sohal MD