About the Physical Therapy Program at New Brunswick Campus
The outpatient physical therapy program at RWJUH helps infants, children and adults with physical dysfunction or pain. Physical therapy combines strength and mobility in order to restore movement and promote the highest level of function.
Licensed by the State of New Jersey, RWJUH physical therapists are trained and certified in a variety of medical specialties, giving patients access to the most advanced and comprehensive treatments available.
Physical therapists use “hands-on” care to restore optimal function by minimizing impairments, managing disabilities and creating an appropriate environment to improve independent function.
The Physical Therapy Program at RWJUH also offers a variety of prevention methods, wellness activities and health promotion.
Occupational Therapy at RWJUH treats patients with psychosocial, developmental or physical disabilities. Our occupational therapists help patients regain and rebuild all necessary skills for maximum function on a daily basis.
Patients are trained in the use of compensatory techniques and adaptive equipment to help them increase their independence and safety with daily living and community integration.
Social and developmental skills are also further developed to help with the completion of daily tasks.
The first step for both physical and occupational therapy is to complete an assessment and examination of the patient. This includes medical history, identification of health risks and problems, a complete systems review, utilization of appropriate tests and measures, and establishment of treatment goals.
RWJUH therapists work with patients to develop individualized treatment plans based on the findings of the evaluation. The treatment plan is based on functional outcomes with the primary goal to return patients to their optimum level of pain-free, independent functioning. These plans assess the goals of therapy and the desired outcome of therapy at the end of treatment.
Conditions Treated by Physical Therapists
- Orthopedic and sports medicine injuries
- Pelvic pain and dysfunction, including urinary incontinence and women’s health issues
- Head and spinal cord injuries
- Neurological conditions such as stroke, MS, Parkinson’s disease. We are also one of very few facilities offering Lee Silverman Voice Technique (LSVT) for Parkinson’s disease.
- Balance and vestibular problems
- Work- and automobile-related injuries
- Pain syndromes (chronic and acute)
- Pediatric disorders such as torticollis, cerebral palsy, developmental disabilities. Age group: Birth to 21 years old.
- Aquatic therapy available (New Brunswick & Old Bridge locations only)
Conditions Treated by Occupational Therapists
- Upper extremity dysfunction
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Hand injuries
- Post-surgical tendon transfers (design of prosthetics and orthotics)
- Head and spinal cord injuries
- Cognitive impairment
- Developmental disabilities, pediatric ADL issues and sensory integration
- Orthopedic injuries
- Neurological conditions
- Visual-perceptual deficits
- Self-care and activities of daily living deficits
- Work simplification and vocational training
Conditions Treated by Vestibular Therapists
- Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV)
- Vestibular neuritis
- Ménière’s disease
- Inner ear concussion syndrome
- Traumatic brain injury
- Post-concussion syndrome
Our therapists are experts in movement and function. In addition to treating patients with physical dysfunction, they are prepared as consultants for injury prevention, workplace redesign, wellness and health promotion. They are often called to speak at conferences, schools, town hall meetings, senior citizen programs and various support groups.