Atlantic Health System’s pediatric rehabilitation and physical therapy program has reopened in a brand-new space at 55 Madison Ave. in Morristown.
Larger than the previous center and packed with state-of-the-art therapy equipment, the open-gym facility is able to treat a wide variety of physical and developmental concerns ranging from smaller injuries, like sprained ankles, to ongoing mobility therapy for conditions including cerebral palsy, genetic disorders and muscular dystrophy.
The center has speech and language pathologists on-site to treat children who have difficulty speaking and eating. The specialists emphasize language articulation, oral motor development, and feeding and swallowing skills.
“Atlantic Health System is pleased to be able to offer our community a state-of-the-art rehabilitation space that enables our accomplished multidisciplinary (multi-specialist) team to better customize programs and work together to ensure the mobility and long-term independence for our young patients,” said Dr. Walter Rosenfeld, chair of Pediatrics, Goryeb Children’s Hospital and Atlantic Health System.
According to Atlantic Health, a trained team of physical and occupational therapists works in tandem at the center with specialists and pediatricians for optimal patient outcomes. Dr. Michelle Sirak, a Goryeb Children’s Hospital pediatric physiatrist focused on physical medicine and rehabilitation, often serves as the team leader, creating individualized treatment plans, including home exercise programs.
In addition to new equipment, the building is home to a number of specialists, that enables patients to schedule physical therapy and see their doctor in one convenient location.
The new center will also offer the Schroth Method for the treatment of scoliosis.
The Schroth method is a unique, nonsurgical method involving active therapeutic exercises intended to improve scoliotic posture, halt curve progression, reduce pain and improve quality of life for the patient. Therapists must be specially trained and pass a certification exam to practice this technique, which generally has a high level of success.
“We know many children struggle with scoliosis, and while surgery may be appropriate for some of them, the Schroth Method is a non-surgical option that may help children avoid surgery,” said Laura Taylor, a physical therapist trained in the method.
The new rehabilitation facility also offers specialized adaptive equipment and a variety of group training sessions, including feeding, handwriting and sensorimotor groups.
Other conditions the team treats include: apraxia; autism; behavioral, motor and sensory feeding difficulties; cerebral palsy and chromosomal abnormalities; delayed motor development, dysphagia and feeding disorders; genetic disorders; hearing impairments; juvenile arthritis; muscular dystrophy; orthopedic diagnoses; prematurity; scoliosis; seizure disorders; speech-language disorders; spina bifida; torticollis; and traumatic injury.