Rehabilitation Medicine: Physical and Occupational Therapy

The Rehabilitation Medicine Department at NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital offers a wide range of ambulatory services for patients from infancy through adulthood. Our departmental vision is to provide patient-centered, evidenced-based clinical care through interdisciplinary teamwork to impact our patients and the community through a highly engaged, skilled, and empathetic team.

Our talented and dedicated team consists of physical therapists, occupational therapists, and speech-language pathologists. We provide many specialty services to meet the individual needs of our patients. The rehabilitation team works together to develop a comprehensive plan for each patient to achieve greater independence and quality of life.


Rehabilitation therapy helps patients fully recover from an orthopedic injury or illness. Partnering with the Institute of Orthopedic Medicine at NewYork Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital, the Rehabilitation Medicine Department offers outpatient physical and occupational therapy to those experiencing a wide range of musculoskeletal conditions. Our staff is highly trained at assessing individuals for physical impairments and determining how this relates to decreased function. Our movement experts will then create an individualized plan of care to help achieve your goals. This plan will include both manual and exercise-based therapies.

Neurological Rehabilitation

Our outpatient neurological rehabilitation provides care for different conditions, including stroke, transient ischemic attacks, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, myasthenia gravis, Guillain-Barre syndrome, mild to moderate brain injuries, ataxia, brain tumors, and functional disorders like dizziness and seizures. Our therapists work with you to address your symptoms and help improve and enhance strength, endurance, coordination, balance, and other functional skills.

Vestibular Rehabilitation

Vestibular rehabilitation is an exercise-based program to address dizziness and balance problems that are associated with vestibular dysfunction. Different conditions addressed by vestibular rehabilitation include benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV), labyrinthitis, vestibular neuritis, acoustic neuroma, visually induced dizziness, post-concussion syndrome, persistent postural-perceptual dizziness (PPPD), stroke, and Meniere’s disease. Our therapists determine the specific nature of your vestibular dysfunction and appropriately prepare a plan of care to address your symptoms. Vestibular Rehabilitation typically includes balance retraining, gaze stabilization, sensory organization training, aerobic conditioning, and canalith repositioning treatment for BPPV.

Pulmonary Rehabilitation

Our pulmonary rehabilitation program is a physician-supervised outpatient program. Your care starts at NewYork Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist with a board-certified pulmonologist who will determine your care needs and develop an appropriate treatment plan for you. Once selected for outpatient pulmonary rehabilitation, you will work with the physical therapists specialized in pulmonary rehabilitation. Our therapists will evaluate and assess your needs for appropriate symptom management. Pulmonary rehabilitation is an exercise-based program that can help you overcome challenges like shortness of breath, endurance, fatigue, and weakness. Further, we train you to have proper energy conservation techniques, breathing retraining during daily activities, and also help you reduce stress and anxiety.

Lung-related conditions we offer rehabilitation for include: chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) including chronic bronchitis, emphysema, asthma, bronchiectasis, cystic fibrosis, pneumonia, recovery from lung surgery, pre and post lung transplant and restrictive lung disease like pulmonary fibrosis, pulmonary sarcoidosis, scoliosis, kyphosis.

This program includes:

  • Approximately 20 35-minute sessions of individualized aerobic exercises. Plan of care is developed to promote strength, endurance, health, and well-being. We also teach self-monitoring skills during activities of daily living.

Upon completion, all participants are given individualized instructions to continue ongoing exercise programs and lifestyle changes that will promote lung health.

Women’s and Men’s Health

Pelvic rehabilitation for women and men is a highly specialized area of physical therapy that addresses many different disorders related to the pelvis — it’s joints, muscles, and nerves. Our experienced staff evaluates problems related to urination, defecation, pelvic pain, and prenatal/postpartum issues.


Lymphedema is swelling and congestion in one of the extremities commonly caused by the removal of or damage to the lymph nodes as a part of cancer treatment or other conditions. Our certified lymphedema specialist provides specialized massage and wrapping techniques and light exercises to promote venous return.

Hand Therapy

Hand therapy is a specialized field of rehabilitation that assesses and treats various conditions of the upper extremity (shoulder, elbow, forearm, wrist, and hand). Our occupational therapists engage the patient in a plethora of techniques, including exercises, manual techniques, modalities, orthosis, and orthotic fabrication.

Pediatric Physical Therapy

Our pediatric therapist is skilled in providing evaluation and treatment of various disorders that interfere with a child’s ability to perform age-appropriate skills or tasks. This may include difficulties with gross motor coordination, fine motor coordination, muscle imbalances, sensory-motor coordination, and gait abnormalities. We believe the most effective treatment approach is a partnership with parents.


Please contact us at 718-369-8000 to schedule an appointment for Physical or Occupational Therapy. Referrals may be faxed to 718-246-8520.

Please contact us at 718-780-7828 to schedule an appointment for Speech-Language Pathology. Referrals may be faxed to 718-780-7802.