Rehabilitation Services
Rehabilitation Medicine, Occupational & Physical Therapy

Rehabilitation Medicine, Occupational & Physical Therapy

MSK physical therapist Lauren Moore works with a patient at the MSK Monmouth rehabilitation center

MSK's physical and occupational therapists are here to help you throughout your treatment, recovery, and life after cancer.

If you are dealing with cancer and the effects of treatment, you might experience pain or problems with coordination, balance, strength, endurance, flexibility, or range of motion. These symptoms can affect your ability to manage ordinary tasks.

The Sillerman Center for Rehabilitation is permanently closed. If your primary MSK provider refers you to Rehabilitation Medicine or Rehabilitation Therapy, please check the location of your appointment.

Rehabilitation therapy can help decrease pain and enable you to regain your independence in the safest and most effective way possible. At Memorial Sloan Kettering, we offer both outpatient and inpatient rehabilitation services for adults and children being treated at the Center. Rehabilitation services are available throughout your outpatient treatment, recuperation, and life after cancer.

Physical therapy and occupational therapy services are also available to inpatients if your physician makes a referral. Ask your doctor whether physical or occupational therapy could help you.

Services We Provide

Our rehabilitation staff includes physical therapists, occupational therapists, and physiatrists (physicians who specialize in rehabilitation medicine) who collaborate with other medical staff to improve our patients’ well-being. Our team has expertise in therapeutic exercise, neuromuscular training, pulmonary rehabilitation, and other techniques for improving quality of life. We also provide educational resources to patients and their families.


Physical Therapy

Physical therapists help patients to move and function better, and to improve their general fitness and health. We develop individualized programs for each patient, using exercises to improve balance, strength, and endurance. When needed, we can also provide patients with assistive devices such as a cane or walker.

Our physical therapists can help with:

  • Decreased strength
  • Decreased range of motion
  • Pain
  • Difficulty walking
  • Decreased balance
  • Neuropathy (tingling, numbness, pain, or weakness due to nerve damage)
  • Fatigue related to treatment for cancer
  • Scar tissue adhesions
  • Radiation fibrosis
Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapists can help you to regain and build skills that are important to functioning independently. We use a holistic approach to assess and treat patients with physical and mental impairments. We focus on daily activities such as dressing, bathing, eating, preparing meals, and managing the home after treatment. We can also teach you and your caregivers how to use devices that can make these activities easier. In addition to dealing with patients’ physical well-being, occupational therapists can also address social and environmental issues that may be causing you trouble.

Our occupational therapists can help with:

  • Upper extremity pain
  • Loss of arm strength
  • Loss of arm range of motion
  • Memory loss
  • Decreased concentration
  • Difficulty with dressing, grooming, or bathing
  • Energy conservation
  • Core balance
Pediatric Rehabilitation Services

Our rehabilitation service offers physical and occupational therapy tailored specifically for children.

Lymphedema Therapy

Lymphedema is a swelling of the arm, leg, groin, or head and neck that can develop when surgery or radiation treatments affect the lymph nodes. Lymphedema therapists are specialists who help patients to manage this condition. They assist in detecting lymphedema, provide clinical treatment and education, and can aid in managing the condition at home. Therapy may include:

  • manual lymph drainage
  • compression garment wear
  • skin care
  • exercise
  • patient education
  • garment fitting

Memorial Sloan Kettering’s lymphedema specialists provide therapy at our main campus, in Manhattan, at the Evelyn H. Lauder Breast Center and the Sillerman Center for Rehabilitation, both in Manhattan, and at our outpatient treatment center in Commack, Long Island.