Physical Medicine Department

Palisades Medical Center's Physical Medicine Department provides physical, occupational and speech therapy, as well as audiology services for adults and children of all ages.

For your convenience, we are available:

Mon.-Thurs. — 8:00am-8:00pm
Fri. — 8:00am-4:30pm

Phone Directory

Main: (201) 854-5013
Sports Therapy: (201) 520-1900
Vestibular Rehab: (201) 520-1900
Pediatrics: (201) 520-4773
Speech Therapy: (201) 854-5588
Fax: (201) 758-1505

How do I schedule an appointment?

A referral from your doctor is necessary to schedule an appointment. The referral may be faxed directly to our clinic from your doctor's office. Check your insurance plan to be sure rehabilitation is covered.

Physical Therapy

When you are side-lined due to an illness or injury, our team can get you back into life. Your recovery expectation is improved when you experience our expert hands-on therapy. Personalized treatment plans ensure your healing needs and lifestyle demands are met.

Whether you are training for a triathlon or recovering from a routine injury, you are in good hands with our highly trained, specialized staff. Each patient receives individual attention from a rehab professional trained in manual therapy, who stays by your side through every exercise and treatment modality. All therapies are performed with hands-on precision and care.

Physical therapy is very important in enhancing primary health care and improving the quality of life. Physical therapists can work in many fields and are mainly concerned with pain relief and restoration of maximum functional level that's possible. Their goal is to return you to normal life as soon as possible, with the skills you need to prevent injury. It is important to recognize that you, the patient, are the most important participant in the healing and prevention process.

We proudly offer:

  • Kinesio taping — A technique that is designed to facilitate the body's natural healing process while providing support and stability to muscles and joints without restricting the body's range of motion.
  • Manual therapy — Including trigger point release, mobilizations, myofacial release.
  • Balance training — To improve safety and for fall prevention.
  • McKenzie Method — For treatment of back and neck pain.
  • Repositioning technique for BPPV — For those suffering from vertigo.
  • Game-Ready ice and compression machine — An effective modality for reducing inflammation and recovery from surgery or injury.

Sports Medicine — Getting You Back Into the Game of Life

Phone: (201) 520-1900

Whether it's a tennis elbow, shoulder strain from a golf swing, or a traumatic sports injury to the foot and ankle, Palisades Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine Center is equipped to meet all the challenges of athletes for all ages and levels. Our newest facility is located within East Coast Fitness, which is right next door to Palisades Medical Center's main campus.

Pediatric Rehabilitation Program

Phone: (201) 520-4773

PMC's Pediatric Rehabilitation Program offers physical, occupational, speech and audiology services for children of all abilities. The program provides a comprehensive evaluation of each child that comes into our department. We focus on function and have a family centered approach. Our therapists have vast skills and knowledge in the management of various pediatric diagnoses. Our goal and mission is to help each child achieve his/her highest potential by providing the highest quality of service. We look at each child’s needs individually, providing guidance and education to the family. Our vision is to partner with each family of a child with special needs as a health advocate and work together to reach our common goals.

Physical therapy aims to improve a child's gross motor skill development, strength, balance, coordination, and range of motion. This includes assisting the child to crawl, sit, walk, run, and transition smoothly between all movements.

Occupational therapy helps children improve self-help skills such as dressing, grooming, feeding and eating. OT also assists children with improving fine motor skills and visual motor coordination in order to participate in coloring, cutting, and various age appropriate activities. In addition, OT evaluates sensory processing skills and provides strategies for the child and family to maximize participation in daily life activities.

Speech language therapy works with children to develop communication skills through both verbal and non-verbal methods dependent on the child's abilities. This also includes oral motor skills, feeding, articulation, voice, and fluency. The following conditions often require services:

  • Developmental delays
  • Learning disabilities
  • Neuromuscular conditions
  • Pervasive developmental disability/Autism
  • Genetic disorders
  • Orthopedic disorders
  • Sports injuries
  • Decreased mobility
  • High-risk infants
  • Congenital and acquired hand conditions
  • Torticollis
  • Feeding Difficulties
  • Hearing Loss
  • Neurological conditions
  • Oral Motor Weakness
  • Stuttering

Vestibular Rehabilitation

Phone: (201) 520-1900

If you suffer from dizziness, vertigo, imbalance or hearing loss, you may have a condition known as Vestibular Dysfunction. If so, you'll be pleased to know that Palisades Medical Center offers Vestibular Rehabilitation in our physical therapy department.

According to the National Institute of Health (NIH), balance problems and dizziness are two of the most common health complaints of adults seeking help from a doctor. Many of these patients are surprised to learn that the source of their imbalance may be in their inner ears.

Balance related falls account for 300,000 hip fractures and 50 percent of accidental deaths for those over age 65. Ninety percent of all causes of dizziness can be identified after a thorough medical evaluation; however, if left improperly diagnosed or untreated, problems can linger for years. Most balance problems can be treated with vestibular rehabilitation.

Occupational Therapy

Our occupational therapists (OTs) help people of all ages to improve their ability to perform tasks in their daily living and working environments. They work with individuals who have conditions that are mentally, physically, developmentally, socially or emotionally disabling. They also help them to develop, recover, or maintain daily living and work skills. Our team helps our patients not only to improve their basic motor functions and reasoning abilities, but also to compensate for permanent loss of function. Our OTs help patients perform activities of all types, ranging from using a computer to caring for daily needs such as dressing, cooking, and eating.

Speech Therapy

Phone: (201) 854-5588

PMC's Physical Medicine Department features a speech therapy for adults and children. Speech services begin with initial screening for communication and swallowing disorders and continue with assessment and diagnosis, consultation for the provision of advice regarding management, intervention and treatment, and provision counseling and other follow up services for disorders, including the following:

  • Cognitive aspects of communication (e.g., attention, memory, problem solving, executive functions)
  • Speech (i.e., phonation, articulation, fluency, resonance, and voice including aeromechanical components of respiration)
  • Language (i.e., phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, and pragmatic/social aspects of communication), including comprehension and expression in oral, written, graphic, and manual modalities; language processing; preliteracy and language-based literacy skills, phonological awareness
  • Swallowing or other upper aerodigestive functions such as infant feeding and aeromechanical events (evaluation of esophageal function is for the purpose of referral to medical professionals)
  • Sensory awareness related to communication, swallowing, or other upper aerodigestive functions.

Audiology Services

PMC's licensed audiologist provides comprehensive, personalized evaluations for children and adults to determine the existence and degree of hearing loss. Our services include:

  • Pure Tone and Speech Audiometry
  • Immitance and Acoustic Reflex Testing
  • Sound Field Testing
  • Extensive experience with difficult to test patients
  • Referral to hearing aid dispenser when indicated
  • Speech, language and voice therapy available on site