Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Adults and Children

Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and Children’s Hospital of New Jersey Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation integrate modern treatments and compassionate care as our number one priority. Our physical, occupational and speech therapists, audiologists and cardiac rehabilitation specialists provide safe care for patients of all ages, designed to meet your specific goals.

Pediatric Rehabilitation Services are provided by a team of rehabilitation professionals skilled to treat inpatients and outpatients from neonates to adolescents. The outpatient center is equipped with a pediatric treatment gym, group and individual treatment rooms with observation areas for parents, and a team evaluation of each child’s progress.

Physical Therapy

Physical Therapy: 973-926-7245 Fax: 973-923-2357

Licensed physical therapists and physical therapy assistants are experienced in the evaluation and treatment of a full spectrum of physical injuries and limitations. Whether the goal of therapy is to walk unassisted or to play sports, each therapy program is uniquely designed with the individual in mind. Exercises and therapeutic modalities are combined with hands-on skills to promote healing and improve function. The physical therapy team works with each patient to maintain level of function and promote a continued healthy lifestyle by educating patients in self-management, working closely with physicians while monitoring and communicating each patients’ progress.

The physical therapists help with:

  • Back and neck pain — acute and chronic symptoms
  • Musculoskeletal/Orthopedic/sports injuries
  • Neurologic dysfunctions/movement disorders
  • Joint replacement
  • Motor vehicle accidents
  • Vestibular rehabilitation for dizziness and balance
  • Joint replacement rehabilitation
  • Post-operative rehabilitation
  • Work related injuries
  • Prosthetic and Orthotic Management
  • Telehealth physical therapy sessions are also available.

Pediatric Physical Therapy is geared to help children who have issues with movement and function. The age can range from infants to teenagers. Children may have a limitation in motor development, functional skills, strength, range of motion, muscle tone, gait or balance. Treatment plans are individualized and tailored to optimize highest level of care.

Pediatric physical therapists may help a child with:

  • Delays in gross motor skills, torticollis, Idiopathic toe walking
  • Cerebral palsy, juvenile rheumatoid arthritis
  • Cancer and blood related diagnoses
  • Sports injuries, traumatic injuries, or orthopedic issues
  • Musculoskeletal disorders
  • Neurological injuries
  • Prosthetic and Orthotic Management

Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapy: 973-926-7245 Fax: 973-923-2357

Occupational therapy practitioners have a holistic perspective, enabling people of all ages to live life to its fullest and live better with injury, illness, or disability. Common occupational therapy treatments include helping adult individuals with injuries or disabilities to participate fully in daily life skills such as dressing, writing, cooking, as well as providing support for older adults experiencing physical and cognitive changes.

Evidence-based and deeply rooted in science, occupational therapy services typically include an individualized evaluation, during which the client/family and occupational therapist determine the person’s goals.

Adult Occupational Therapy includes:

  • Hand Therapy
  • Neurological dysfunctions/movement disorders
  • Post-surgical issues of the shoulder/elbow/wrist/hand
  • Orthotic fabrication for the arm
  • Activity modification and adaption
  • Customized home exercise program
  • Adaptation to present living situation
  • Prosthetic and Orthotic Management

Hand occupational therapy is the art and science of rehabilitation of the upper limb, which includes the hand, wrist, elbow and shoulder girdle. Using specialized skills in assessment, planning and treatment, hand therapists provide therapeutic interventions to prevent dysfunction restore function and/or reverse the progression of pathology of the upper limb in order to enhance an individual’s ability to execute tasks and to participate fully in life situations.


Speech Therapy & Audiology: 973-926-7815 Fax: 973-391-8906

Doctorate level, ASHA Certified Audiologists provide comprehensive hearing evaluations for adults, children and newborn infants, using state-of-the-art technology including tympanometry, otoacoustic emissions (OAE), and auditory brainstem response testing (ABR). Bilingual Spanish services are available.

  • Tympanometry,
  • Otoacoustic emissions (OAE), and
  • Auditory brainstem response testing (ABR).
  • Bone anchored hearing aid (BAHA) evaluations and fittings.
  • Bilingual Spanish services are available.

Speech-Language Therapy

ASHA certified speech-language pathologists (SLP) provide clinical assessment and treatment of oral motor skills, articulation, language, voice and fluency — for adults and children. Results from a comprehensive evaluation are used to develop individualized treatment plans. Telehealth therapy sessions are available as well as home exercise programs.

We work with people who may have difficulties related to many conditions including:


  • Stroke
  • Traumatic brain Injury
  • Head and neck cancer
  • Neurological disorders
  • Voice disorders


  • Articulation disorders
  • Apraxia
  • Receptive and expressive language disorders
  • Autism spectrum disorder
  • Developmental delays


    Our speech pathologists also provide assessment and treatment for adults and children with feeding and swallowing disorders, known as dysphagia. Evaluations may include video swallow studies done in Radiology, referred to as modified barium swallow studies. Oral motor and feeding therapy is offered for infants and children. We provide swallowing therapy for adults after stroke or as ordered for patients with head and neck cancers. Swallowing therapy may be coordinated with other services such as physical therapy and occupational therapy.

      Cardiac Rehabilitation

      Cardiac Rehabilitation: 973-926-7388 Fax: 973-923-2357

      Phase 1: Open Heart Surgical Management. Inpatient cardiac rehab combines instruction on physical mobility, strengthening and education concerning recovery immediately after cardiac surgery or disease intervention. Which includes monitoring hemodynamics, daily exercise, walking and stair training for activities of daily living with an exercise physiologist.

      Phase 2: Outpatient Medically Supervised Exercise. Individualized exercise prescription is designed to establish a healthy lifestyle by reducing cardiac risk factors, customized to improving physical ability, cardiovascular stamina, strength for specific needs and nutrition counseling. The program is supervised, vital signs and EKG are monitored for 1-hour session up to 3 days/week based on medical necessity or 36 session maximum.

      Phase 3: Lifestyle Modification and Management. After Phase 2, enrollment is encouraged in the non-monitored exercise program to foster independence and self-awareness for a heart healthy lifestyle. We specialize in caring for LVAD and heart transplant patients on all levels.


      201 Lyons Avenue at Osborne Terrace
      L Building, Ground Floor
      Newark, NJ 07112

      NBIMC Physical & Occupational Therapy

      Phone: 973-926-7245
      Fax: 973-923-2357

      NBIMC Speech Therapy & Audiology

      Phone: 973-926-7815
      Fax: 973-391-8906

      NBIMC Cardiac Rehabilitation

      Phone: 973-926-7388
      Fax: 973-923-2357

      The department can accommodate patients with any special needs to provide treatment – i.e. Language Line / Sign Language

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