Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Department of Medicine

Beth Aaronson, MD,
Section Chief, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Jan Mashman, MD
Medical Director, Neurorehabilitation

Aaronson, Beth S., M.D.
Ogiela, Dennis M., M.D.
Prywes, Mitchell, M.D.
Riordan, Brian M., M.D.
Southern, Daniel O., M.D.
Trowbridge, Randolph L., M.D.
Xiong, Yuting (David) , M.D.

Physical Therapy

Our experts provide skilled interventions to individuals with functional deficits as a result of injury or illness to the musculoskeletal or nervous system. Our physical therapists provide clinical services that help restore function, improve mobility, relieve pain, and prevent or limit permanent physical disabilities of our patients with superior outcomes and satisfaction.

Our patients include those with limitations due to:

  • Back and Neck Pain
  • Joint Pain
  • Osteoporosis
  • Overuse Injuries
  • Stroke
  • Post Surgery deficits
  • Sprains, strains, and fractures
  • Developmental Delay
  • Total Joint Replacement
  • Spine Surgery

Occupational Therapy

Our occupational therapists (OT) work with patients to reduce disability and maximize functional and occupational performance skills for self-care, work and leisure activities. Through a complex evaluative process and customized treatment programs, our therapists help patients whose abilities to interact with the environment are limited by physical injury or illness, congenital, developmental or learning disabilities, the aging process, or any other impairing health condition. Our occupational therapists also perform lymphedema management and low vision services.

Speech-Language, Cognitive and Swallowing Therapy

Our speech language pathologists evaluate and treat individuals with disorders of speech production, voice, understanding and expressing oneself. Cognitive therapy focuses on the treatment of, and learning to cope with, problems of attention, concentration, memory, problem solving, and reasoning. They also address social interaction skills, such as the ability to initiate conversation, maintain a topic, and be socially appropriate in conversations. For patients with extreme difficulty producing speech, therapists can evaluate the patient for potential use of a speech-generating device.

Swallowing therapy, as conducted by a Speech-Language Pathologist, helps patients who need evaluation and treatment for difficulties with chewing and swallowing. Treatment includes determining food textures and thickness of liquids that an individual can safely swallow without choking or aspirating (food entering the lungs). Additionally, our staff provides expertise on exercises to strengthen the muscles of the mouth, tongue and throat, and techniques for safe eating and swallowing.

Clinical Psychology

Our clinical psychologist works with patients both in the inpatient and outpatient setting using a wide range of assessment and intervention methods to promote mental health and to alleviate discomfort and maladjustment. Focusing primarily on how you are reacting to and coping with your illness and life situation, the psychologist may provide therapeutic support or teach specialized techniques in stress reduction, relaxation, and pain management. The psychologist consults with family members or significant others, and may make recommendations for dealing with emotional and behavioral problems.

Exercise Physiologists

Our exercise physiologists work closely with individuals after therapy interventions to continue their progress towards their goals. Whether in the aquatic pool or in our fitness facility, our professional provide one-on-one guidance as patients continue to work toward recovery.

Recreational Therapists

In our inpatient rehabilitation unit, our recreational therapists works with patients to develop new interests and resume previous activities. The therapist works with patients to plan activities that are enjoyable and therapeutic. The therapist will begin to identify places where recreation can be continued after discharge.

For More Information

If you need a doctor referral call 1-800-511-9816, or ask your doctor about the Center for Advanced Orthopedic and Spine Care at Danbury Hospital.

You can also consult our online Find a Doctor tool to find a doctor who specializes in physical medicine and rehabilitation.