Physical Therapy

Now you can recover from an accident, injury, or medical procedure faster and with less stress. That’s because Cayuga Medical Center offers the type of rehabilitation you might require within a short drive from home. The staff and the atmosphere will make you feel like you’re among friends and neighbors.

The level of skill of our physical therapists are second to none. You can put your confidence in our fully trained and licensed rehabilitation professionals. Each is a specialist, with proven competencies in his or her field. In addition to state licensure-each therapist completes yearly continuing education to further their knowledge. Some specialty areas include orthopedics, lymphedema, osteoporosis, women’s health, sports medicine, vestibular, ergonomics, and McKenzie spinal rehabilitation.

What sets our physical therapy apart, beyond the expertise and quality of our services, is how we deliver them. It’s very much a one-on-one relationship. We strive to understand your challenges and work with you to set and reach common goals. Your therapist will create a program custom-tailored to your needs to help you recover as quickly as possible. Our department believes in caring for the “whole patient”, too. We work closely with doctors and other healthcare professionals as an interdisciplinary team that provides an unsurpassed continuity of care.


University of Rochester Medical Center

Cayuga Medical Center has teamed up with the University of Rochester Medical Center and specifically URMC Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation, one of the largest, most comprehensive orthopaedic practices in the region. With nearly forty board-certified or board-qualified doctors, URMC offers every subspecialty in the field of orthopaedics and sees more than 180,000 patients per year.

The URMC physicians conduct research and develop and use the latest methods to treat orthopaedic conditions in adults and children. The department provides national leadership in orthopaedics and continues to be one of the top NIH (National Institutes of Health) funded programs in the country.

Cayuga Medical Center’s seven board-certified orthopaedic surgeons all have subspecialty training. The purpose of working collaboratively with URMC is to provide our community with easy access to a broader range of orthopaedic services. Through this collaboration our orthopaedic surgeons have the ability to consult with, or refer to, URMC doctors with different areas of expertise. The goal is to ensure that every patient receives the highest quality of orthopaedic care possible.

Ithaca College

We collaborate with Ithaca College faculty for our residency and fellowship programs. Many of our therapists teach, on some level, at the college sharing their expertise with the next generation of therapists.

This relationship benefits therapy staff, faculty, students, continuing education participants, and patients by enhancing knowledge of current best practices.

Community Lecture Series

Check back for upcoming 2022 events.

Professional Lecture Series

2nd Tuesday of each month, 7:00am-8:00am via zoom
Please RSVP to for zoom link and handout material.

Sept 15 – Low Back Pain in High School and College Athletes – Thinking Beyond Mechanical Low Back Pain
Andrew Getzin, MD
Sports Medicine Physician, Cayuga Medical Center

Oct 13 – Sports Cardiology
Brian Marino, DO
Cardiologist, Cayuga Heart Institute

Nov 10 – Sports Concussion 2023 – Updates from a Physician’s Perspective
Monika Radloff, MD
Sports Medicine Physician, Cayuga Medical Center

Dec 8 – Concussions: Symptoms and Management from the Physical Therapy Perspective
Kristina Buhagiar, PT, DPT, OCS
Physical Therapy, Cayuga Medical Center

Jan 12 – Impact on the Allergy Response in the Athlete
Mariah Pieretti, MD
Asthma/Allergy physician, Asthma and Allergy Associates

Feb 9  – The Expanding Indications for Shoulder Arthroplasty and the Athlete
Ben Donohue, MD
Orthopedist, Cayuga Medical Associates

Mar 9 – Nerve Conduction Studies
Melissa Thibault, MD
PM&R Physician, Physiatry & Rehabilitation Medicine, PC

Apr 13 – Veterinarian Sports Medicine Applications to Human Sports Medicine 
Chris Frye, DVM, DACVSMR
Cornell University

May 11 – Pelvic Health for the Athletic Population
Matt Byers, PT, DPT
Physical Therapy, Cayuga Medical Center

Jun 8 – Prolotherapy
Fnu Seemant, MD
Sports Medicine Physician, Cayuga Medical Center

About Cayuga Medical Center

We are a not-for-profit, acute-care medical center bringing state-of-the-art diagnostic and treatment services to the residents of Tompkins, Cortland, Seneca, and Tioga counties. And a century after our founding, we remain intrinsically tied to those we serve: our corporate membership includes representatives from over 100 community organizations. At Cayuga Medical Center, we believe that hospitals are shaped by the people they serve


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