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Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Specialist

CHW Cares

Medical Center & Comprehensive Dentistry located in Washington Heights, New York, NY

Physical medicine and rehabilitation restore your mobility and other body functions impacted by illness, injury, or surgery. New York City’s CHW Cares, a multi-specialty practice in Washington Heights, Manhattan, provides physical medicine and rehabilitative treatments like acupuncture for cardiac events, musculoskeletal injuries, and degenerative diseases.

Physical medicine & rehabilitation Q & A

What is physical medicine and rehabilitation?

Physical medicine and rehabilitation happens after an injury, surgery, or major illness. These steps are crucial in helping you make a full recovery. 

Physical medicine and other rehabilitative treatments and processes can improve your quality of life and long-term outlook. Physical medicine and rehabilitation can:

  • Improve your mobility and range of motion
  • Restore your posture
  • Help you regain strength
  • Relieve lasting pain
  • Restore your control over your bladder and bowels
  • Teach you to use an assistive cane or walker
  • Improve your balance
  • Prevent more health issues and injuries

The CHW Cares team works with you to set your goals and work toward them. They make recommendations for strategic services and techniques that will help you function and be independent after a significant health event. 

What are some physical medicine and rehabilitation strategies?

CHW Cares creates an individualized treatment plan for you according to your health, abilities, and rehabilitative goals. A few common types of physical medicine and rehabilitation that might be useful in your care plan are:

Orthopedic physical therapy

Orthopedic physical therapy is part of a long-term care plan for musculoskeletal injuries and degenerative conditions like arthritis. It can include factors like strength training, stretching, and manual therapy, among others. 

Cardiovascular and pulmonary rehabilitation

Cardiovascular and pulmonary rehabilitation may benefit you after a major cardiovascular event like a heart attack or surgery. These methods increase your heart’s endurance and the strength of your heart muscles. 

Pelvic floor rehabilitation

Pelvic floor rehabilitation restores your control over the muscles of your pelvic floor. Urinary or fecal incontinence can happen after surgery or due to a health condition, and pelvic floor therapy treats these issues. 


Acupuncture is an Eastern medicine practice. During treatment, a trained provider places fine needles at pressure points. Acupuncture helps relieve musculoskeletal pain and can lower symptoms of a wide variety of medical conditions. 

Who can benefit from physical medicine and rehabilitation?

Physical medicine and rehabilitation help with recovery from a lengthy and diverse list of degenerative conditions, diseases, acute injuries, and chronic pain, including:

  • Spine injuries and back pain
  • Arthritis
  • Tendinitis
  • Bursitis
  • Strains and sprains
  • Urinary or fecal incontinence
  • Stroke
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Osteoporosis and bone fractures
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
  • Heart disease

A tailored physical therapy and rehabilitation plan at CHW Cares can also help you regain function after major surgery. The process starts shortly after the surgery to maximize your chances of making a complete recovery.


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