Therapy services reopen at Chestnut Commons


Rome Memorial Hospital is reopening its full complement of rehabilitation services at Chestnut Commons Physical and Occupational Therapy effective June 8, with comprehensive safety precautions to protect patients and staff.

Located at 107 E. Chestnut St., the rehabilitation center offers physical and occupational therapy to restore function and reduce pain.

The practice offers individualized therapy programs for the treatment of athletic injuries, post-operative conditions, relief from back and neck disorders including disc herniation and sciatica, arthritis, hand injuries, enhancement of mobility and independent living for neurological conditions, and treatment for chronic pain.

In addition, specialty services are available by therapists with advanced training and credentials. These include:

Vestibular rehabilitation to treat symptoms of dizziness and balance problems associated with vestibular disorders. The exercise-based program promotes central nervous system compensation for inner ear deficits.

Craniosacral therapy for patients suffering with chronic pain and medical concerns, such as migraine headaches, fibromyalgia, central nervous system disorders or post-traumatic stress disorders. The therapist uses a light touch to detect restrictions in the craniosacral system and makes subtle adjustments to promote natural healing.

Pelvic floor rehabilitation to strengthen and retrain pelvic floor muscles that have been weakened by age, childbirth or illness. Comprehensive non-surgical interventions can successfully treat urinary incontinence, chronic pelvic pain and sexual dysfunction.

“Every patient is treated with the utmost care and safety in mind,” said Physical Therapist Rena L. Hughes, director of Rehabilitation Therapy Services and director of Business Development. “Our expansive space at Chestnut Commons with separate gym and treatment areas enhances our ability to maintain social distancing for our patients.”

The center has private, walled treatment areas for craniosacral and pelvic floor rehabilitation. High risk/exceptionally vulnerable patients may also be treated in private room space. Therapists will conduct a risk assessment during the initial interview to determine what special accommodations may be necessary for their protection.

“Many patients have delayed care because of the COVID pandemic and it’s important for us to help them get their health back on track and move freely again,” Hughes said. “Your health is too important to live with pain and not be able to enjoy the things you love.”

“As always, our number one priority is our patients’ safety. We’ve cleared the way for you and are taking every precaution to protect our patients when they need therapy,” Hughes said.

Based upon New York State Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Physical Therapy Association guidance, the following safety measures are in place to protect our patients:

Patients will be screened for symptoms prior to entering Chestnut Commons.

Staff and patients will wear masks within the facility.

Social distancing will be maintained between patients in all areas.

A risk assessment will be conducted to identify special needs of high-risk patients.

Patients will use hand sanitizer prior to and after therapy.

Therapists will use gloves with all patients.

Surfaces and equipment will be thoroughly sanitized between patients.

Only patients will be permitted into the suite unless the patient is a minor or in need of caregiver, at which time one support person per patient will be allowed.   

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 315-337-7952.


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