Advances in Rehabilitation Medicine

Our program is a recognized leader in rehabilitation medicine, providing services with the quality and expertise of two Ivy League medical schools.

Under the leadership of expert physicians, we are the top-ranked PM&R Residency Program in the New York metro area. Our team has pioneered cutting edge research in clinical topics including ultrasound guided injections, robotics, tele-rehabilitation, brain stimulation and virtual reality.

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The Role of Rehabilitation Medicine in Transplant Recovery

NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia rehabilitation medicine team plays key role in the recovery of transplant patients, including complex heart transplants.

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Promoting Resident and Fellow Training in Global Health

A Columbia physiatrist develops a new global health curriculum for residents in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, emphasizing culturally competent clinical training.

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Novel Device Extends Stroke Therapy to the Home

Weill Cornell Medicine Rehabilitation Medicine faculty participate in pivotal trial of BrainQ, a noninvasive device that uses electromagnetic fields to promote neurologic recovery in patients with subacute ischemic stroke.

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Pelvic Pain and Dysfunction: A Physiatrist’s Perspective

A Weill Cornell Medicine specialist in women’s health rehabilitation addresses the complexities of diagnosing and treating pelvic pain with non-operative therapeutic modalities.

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Assessing Falls and Injuries Related to Lower-Limb Loss

Columbia faculty in rehabilitation medicine and public health take a closer look at the toll of falls and injuries among people with lower-limb loss.

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Stroke Recovery: Factors Determining Post-Discharge Destinations

Columbia and Weill Cornell Medicine rehabilitation medicine faculty lead a Delphi study to formulate consensus-based factors to consider when determining where stroke patients are discharged for post-acute care.

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Examining Emerging Therapies for Intervertebral Disc Degeneration

A stringent review led by a Weill Cornell Medicine spine specialist in rehabilitation medicine presents the whys and wherefores of the latest treatments for disc disease.

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Joint Regeneration: Looking for Solutions in Zebrafish

Scientists in the Department of Rehabilitation and Regenerative Medicine at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital are investigating the ligament and cartilage regenerative capabilities of zebrafish to identify factors that might be applied to the development of therapies for patients with degenerative joint disease.

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Traumatic Brain Injury: Biological Underpinnings of Cognitive Impairment

Patients with traumatic brain injury are finding help for cognition impairment at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, where rehabilitation medicine specialists are conducting pioneering research to better understand the sequela of traumatic brain injury to develop interventions to help with neurological recovery.

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Exercise Training Intervention Shows Promise for Cerebellar Ataxia

More doctors are prescribing exercise for patients. But it’s not just for high blood pressure or diabetes. Physiatrists at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Center are offering an exercise training intervention for patients with spinocerebellar ataxia.

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Tackling Rehabilitation Issues in the Laboratory and in the Clinic

Investigators in rehabilitation medicine at NewYork-Presbyterian and Columbia University are trying to enhance the understanding of the body’s healing processes and develop new approaches to restore function and mobility faster and more effectively.

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Cerebral Palsy: The Benefit of Multilevel Botox Injections

Researchers at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia found botulinum toxin injections improved walking and balance, decreased falling and tripping, and increased endurance in children with cerebral palsy.

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The Potential of Robotics: Making Strides in Spinal Cord Injury

The ability to recover functional movement is difficult and often slow even for patients with incomplete injuries. Researchers at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia, are leading research efforts in the development of novel robotic devices and interfaces that help patients retrain their movements.

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Columbia RunLab: Optimizing Performance and Preventing Injury

There’s more to running than meets the eye, as runners are finding out at Columbia RunLab, a center for biomechanical running analysis at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center. The Columbia RunLab offers high-level personalized evaluation and education to runners.

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