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Physical Therapy in Watertown, NY

Samaritan Medical Center offers physical therapy services for inpatients and outpatients and for all age groups from infants to seniors. Physical therapy helps individuals regain function by strengthening and re-educating weak muscles, diminishing pain, increasing joint motion, and restoring flexibility, coordination and mobility.

Our staff is well trained and well equipped to provide the personalized care each patient needs. Our physical therapists offer 45-minute, one-on-one sessions with every out patient. Samaritan has specialists in, sports medicine, lymphedema, vestibular rehab, pediatric therapy (for all ages including infants), running analysis, neurological rehab, orthopedic rehab and more!

Common Questions

  • What training and certifications do your staff have? Close

    We provide specialized treatment for all areas of the body and all conditions, but we also have staff that have additional training and certification in:

    • Sport Medicine: ACL repairs/injuries, rotator cuff tears, ankle sprains, etc.
    • Vestibular Rehab for issues with dizziness or balance deficits
    • Lymphedema
    • Pediatric rehab for all ages including the treatment of torticollis and plagiocephaly (flat areas on the skull) in infants as well as developmental delays in all age children
    • Neurorehabilitation for people that have had strokes, TIAs or head injuries. We have 2 of the only Certified Stroke Rehabilitation Specialists within 50 miles
    • TMJ (temporal mandibular joint) therapy for those with jaw pain and dysfunction
    • FMS (Functional Movement Systems) certified therapists that offer screenings for high school aged athletes to identify weakness or inflexibility that make the student prone to injury so these can be addressed prior to injury
    • Running Gait Analysis program: certified therapists who video your running style and make recommendations about proper footwear, running style changes or areas of training to reduce pain when running, prevent injury or to improve your competitive race times
    • McKenzie Back Program for low back pain especially for those with disc issues
    • UVB Treatment for skin conditions
    • Oncology Rehab for the cancer patients that have new weakness, pain or mobility issues
  • What diagnoses do you serve? Close

    Diagnoses served may include, but are not limited to:

    • Care following orthopedic or general surgery (Hip, Knee or Shoulder replacements, Rotator Cuff repair, laminectomies etc)
    • Vestibular Dysfunction (vertigo)
    • ACL injury or repair
    • Work-related injuries including repetitive motion injuries like carpal tunnel or tendonitis
    • Fractures
    • Rotator cuff injuries
    • Torticollis and plagiocephaly in infants
    • Arthritis
    • Bursitis
    • Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunctions (jaw pain with chewing)
    • Amputations
    • Traumatic brain/head injuries, strokes, and TIAs
    • Concussion syndrome
    • Back and neck conditions or injuries
    • Post mastectomy patients to manage edema but also regain shoulder range of motion
    • Oncology patients with weakness, immobility or pain
    • Strains and sprains
    • Parkinson’s disease
    • Plantar fasciitis
    • Multiple sclerosis
    • Lymphedema
    • Psoriasis, vitiligo, and atopic dermatitis
    • Brachial plexus injuries
    • Spinal cord injuries
    • Guillain Barre syndrome
    • Muscular dystrophy
    • Axillary web syndrome
    • Cerebral palsy
    • Many, many more
  • What Physical Therapy services do you provide? Close

    For those patients coming for outpatient therapy, services may include:

    • Manual Therapy: massage, stretching, manipulation
    • Balance activities
    • Vestibular therapy
    • Pain management
    • Therapeutic exercise
    • Training to improve your walking following surgery or injury
    • Modalities including ultrasound, electrical stimulation, ice, heat, TENs, etc.
    • Strength training
    • Agility training
    • Training on alternate mobility techniques such as use of a wheelchair
    • Ultraviolet light therapy for dermatological issues

    For those patients admitted into the hospital, physical therapy services may include:

    • Assessment of bed mobility, transfers, ambulation, and stair climbing
    • Manual Therapy: massage, stretching, manipulation
    • Balance activities
    • Teaching you how to walk following surgery or injury
    • Pain control
    • Therapeutic exercises
    • Home safety evaluations
    • Positioning training for comfort and pressure relief
    • Family and patient education for safety and mobility at home
    • Assistance with discharge planning needs to ensure a safe transition home
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New Physical Therapy Patients:

  • A referral (order/prescription) from your doctor or provider is required to receive physical therapy. We gladly accept referrals from Tricare and Martin’s Point for our military community and dependents.
  • We participate with most insurances.
  • Please call 315-785-4088 to schedule an appointment. Our office is open Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., but therapy appointments are available as early as 7:00 am and as late as 4:45 pm on weekdays.

Coming for Your Physical Therapy Appointment:

Samaritan Medical Center – Outpatient Therapy Department

830 Washington Street

1st Floor Pratt Building

Watertown, NY 13601 

  • Please plan on arriving 30 minutes prior to your first scheduled physical therapy appointment to allow time to get your registration completed.
  • Please bring with you (to the first scheduled therapy appointment): the order for physical therapy from your doctor, your insurance card, photo ID, and medication list.
  • You may park in the garage on the corner of Woodruff and Washington Streets.
  • Enter the hospital through the Registration entrance (to the right of the Emergency Department). You will come directly to the department and can bypass registration.
  • The Outpatient Therapy Department is located on the 1st floor of Samaritan Medical Center next to the Pratt elevators. From registration, go down the hallway to your right through the waiting room towards radiology. At the end of that hall turn left and therapy is straight ahead at the end of the hallway.
  • Wheelchairs are available at the registration entrance for those in need.

Have questions? Contact Samaritan’s Physical Therapy Team today: 315-785-4088.

Joint Camp

If you are scheduled for or considering knee or hip replacement surgery, you are invited to attend Samaritan’s Joint Camp! Members of Samaritan’s Orthopedic, Surgical, Nursing, Physical & Occupational Therapy teams will present information on a variety of topics and concerns. There is no cost to attend Joint Camp. Learn more by clicking here.

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