Diabetes Therapy Services

Individuals with diabetes can benefit from exercise and activity; however, pain and other factors may limit the ability to perform some activities. The Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Department provides physical therapy for individuals with diabetes. This service includes a comprehensive evaluation and treatment.

Physical Therapy at IHP
Institute For Human Performance
1st Fl., 505 Irving Ave.
Syracuse, NY 13210
Map & direction
Phone: 315 464-6543
Fax: 315 464-4753
Hours: Mon. Wed. Fri. - 7am-4:30pm, Tues. Thurs. - 7am-6pm
Physical Therapy at Bone & Joint Center
Upstate Bone and Joint Center
Suite 201, 6620 Fly Road
East Syracuse, NY 13057
Map & direction
Phone: 315 464-6543
Fax: 315 464-4753
Hours: Mon. Wed. Fri. - 8am-4:30pm, Tues. Thurs. - 8am-6pm

The therapist will provide you with an individualized exercise program, while taking into account your pain or other limitations. The exercise program is designed so that it can be carried out in your home or in the community. The therapist works closely with the Joslin Diabetes Center and your physician/healthcare provider.

Who Can Benefit from Therapy?

People with type 1 or type 2 diabetes.

What Should You Expect from Your Therapy?

The exercise prescription for people with diabetes often includes aerobic/cardiovascular exercises and resistance/strengthening exercises. People with diabetes who perform regular exercise can see many benefits, including improved endurance, strength, flexibility, blood glucose levels, cholesterol, blood pressure, body weight and ability to do daily activities.

Preparing for your First Visit

  • Your first visit will typically include a complete examination and exercise instruction/education.
  • You should wear clothing that is easy to move in and bring a list of your current medications and the names of your physicians/other healthcare providers.
  • You should arrive 15 minutes before your appointment time to complete paperwork for your visit.
A physician's referral is required for examination and treatment within this program.

Providers

Karen L Kemmis, PT
Karen L Kemmis, PT
315 464-8668