CENTERS & FACILITIES

Center for Physical Rehabilitation
Steinberg Wellness, Recreation, and Athletic Center, Lower Level
LIU Brooklyn, 1 University Plaza (Dekalb Avenue & Willoughby Street entrance)
Phone: 718-780-4531

Hours: Monday–Friday, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.

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Center for Physical Rehabilitation


The Center for Physical Rehabilitation, part of the Division of Physical Therapy, is a state-of-the-art facility that offers a wide range of physical therapy services to the LIU Brooklyn community as well as to residents of the surrounding community.

The mission of Long Island University Center for Physical Rehabilitation is to provide and demonstrate the highest quality of physical therapy practice that augments student education and clinical exposure. The Center provides a “hands-on” approach for a broad array of physical issues and offers a customized treatment plan that is tailored to the specific health needs of each patient. We aim to restore and empower not just the physical bodies of individuals but the growing minds of our students and redefine quality of life for all.

Our highly skilled clinicians and top-of-the-line equipment allow our staff to diagnose and treat a multitude of problems. For exercise and rehabilitation, our facilities offer a highly functional, yet comfortable environment in which to heal and recover functional skills pain free. 


Services Available

Holistic, full body physical therapy evaluation and treatment
  • Consist of 30-45 minute one-to-one sessions focused on you and your goals towards physical wellness.

Manual Therapy

  • Utilization of hands-on techniques to mobilize restricted tissues (muscle, tendons, ligaments, nerve and joints) that may limit motion and functions in your body (e.g., myofascial release, trigger point release, soft tissue mobilization, therapeutic massage, joint mobilizations/ manipulations, functional mobilizations).
Orthopedic Rehabilitation
  • Consists of rehabilitating your joints and restoring muscle flexibility and strength imbalances that may occur due to compensations or as a direct result of your injury.

Sports Rehabilitation

  • Rehabilitation is focused on the optimization of your body’s movement and mechanics that makes you most efficient in your game, recreational activity or sport.

Neurologic Rehabilitation

  • Integrated therapy individualized to your body’s needs that are focused on identifying specific limitations in function and facilitating neuromuscular responses through movement.

Aquatic Rehabilitation

  • Buoyant water environment decreases pressure and stress on joints and tissues allowing movement to occur in a supportive environment. Learn more about Aquatic Physical Therapy.

Ergonomics and Workplace Health

  • A consult with one of our therapists to assess for correct workplace set-up relative to your body and function to ensure stress/strain to your body is minimized.

Preventative Medicine

  • Body Tuning: A consult with one of our therapists on how to prevent dysfunctions and how to maximize your current physical health based on a full-body evaluation.

Conditions We Treat

  • Strain/ Sprain injury
  • Tendonitis
  • Repetitive Stress Injuries
  • Sports injuries
  • Neurologic dysfunctions
  • Post surgical rehabilitation
  • Joint Pains
  • Arthritis
  • Fractures
  • Postural related dysfunctions
  • Back Pain
  • Herniated Disc/ Spinal Disc Disease
  • Sciatica
  • Neck Pain
  • Whiplash
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Rotator Cuff Tears/ Tendonitis/ Impingement
  • Wrist/ Elbow Pain
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • More

FAQs

  1. Do I need a referral or prescription for physical therapy?
    According to the New York Physical Therapy Practice Act you do not need a prescription for physical therapy for the first 30 days or 10 visits, whichever comes first. After that you do need to have a prescription from physician, dentist, nurse practitioner, podiatrist or licensed midwife. Your insurance coverage determines whether a referral is required for physical therapy.
  2. How do I set up my appointment?
    To make your appointment please call 718-780-4531. Have your insurance information ready when you call.
  3. How long are treatment sessions?
    Plan on one hour for your first visit. Follow-up appointments are scheduled for 30 minutes or 45 minutes for pool treatments.
  4. Who will I be working with?
    You will be working with one of two physical therapists, Rosa Torres, PT or Steven Kofsky, PT. Your appointment is one to one with your physical therapist.
  5. Do you accept my insurance?
    We are in network with Oxford, United, Empire BC/BS, Anthem, GHI, Magnacare, Worker’s Compensation, No Fault, 1199 and Administrative Concepts. We also accept many other insurance plans as out of network providers. Don’t hesitate to call. We will confirm you benefits.
  6. Are you able to treat my injury?
    We specialize in treating orthopedic injuries that occur anywhere on the body. These include mechanical pain, strains, sprains, muscle and tendon injuries, nerve related dysfunctions and joint problems.
  7. Are there forms I need to complete before my first visit?
    There are. Please plan on arriving early to your first appointment to complete the forms or find them online here.
  8. Where are you located?
    We are located at LIU Brooklyn, 161 Ashland Place, on the Cellar level. Click for campus map here.
  9. What are your business hours?
    We are open Monday through Friday from 8-6.
  10. Can you tell me about the therapy pool?
    The therapy pool is a Hydroworx model 2000 pool. The therapy pool is kept around 94°F.

Patient Intake and Insurance

Please download these forms, complete them and bring them with you. These forms and documents also are available on site. 

What will you need for your new appointment?

  • Bring your insurance card
  • Prescription or Referral (if required): NYS law allows a licensed physical therapist direct care without a physician’s prescription for 10 office visits or treatment rendered within 30 days. However, some insurance companies may require a referral from a physician prior to starting physical therapy. Contact us to find out.
  • Loose clothing usually in form of t-shirt and shorts. This will allow your physical therapist to properly examine your whole body and movement.
  • Copy of any medical tests such as X-Rays and MRI reports if taken.

We accept most major medical insurances, see list below:

  • Aetna (out of network)
  • United Health Care
  • Oxford Freedom Plan
  • Cigna PPO/ POS
  • Empire Blue Cross/ Blue Shield
  • Anthem (Blue Cross)
  • MagnaCare
  • 1199
  • GHI
  • Worker’s Compensation
  • No Fault

No insurance: We offer no fee, scheduled payment plans to help you focus on getting the treatment you need.

Out of Network: Did you know that once you’ve met the out-of-network deductible, most co-insurance can be less than $20* per session? Most people fulfill their out of network deductibles especially at the end of the year. If this is you, call us and let us verify your insurance coverage.

*Co-insurance amounts vary and are dependent on your insurance coverage benefit and eligibility.

Notice of Privacy Practice

This Notice describes how medical information about you may be used and disclosed and how you can get access to this information. Please review it carefully.

We care about our patients’ privacy and strive to protect the confidentiality of your medical information at this practice. New federal legislation requires that we issue this official notice of our privacy practices. You have the right to the confidentiality of your medical information, and this practice is required by law to maintain the privacy of that protected health information. This practice is required to abide by the terms of the Notice of Privacy Practices currently in effect, and to provide notice of its legal duties and privacy practices with respect to protected health information. If you have any questions about this Notice, please contact the Privacy Officer at this practice.

Who Will Follow This Notice?

Any health care professional authorized to enter information into your medical record, all employees, staff, and other personal at this practice who may need access to your information must abide by this Notice. All subsidiaries, business associates (e.g. a billing service), sites and locations of this practice may share medical information may share medical information for treatment, payment purposes or health operation described in this Notice. Except where treatment is involved, the only minimum necessary information needed to accomplish the task will be shared.

How We May Use and Disclose Medical Information About You

The following categories describe different ways that we use and disclose medical information without your specific consent or authorization. Examples are provided for each category of uses or disclosures. Not every possible use or disclosure in a category is listed.

  • For Treatment. We may use medical information about you to provide you with medical treatment or services. Example: in treating you for a specific condition, we may need to know if you have allergies that could influence which medications we prescribe for the treatment process.
  • For Payment. We may use and disclose medical information about you so that the treatment and services you receive from us may be billed and payment may be collected from you, an insurance company or a third party. Example: we may need to send you protected health information such as your name, address, office visit date, and codes identifying your diagnosis and treatment to your insurance company for payment.
  • For Health Care Operations. We may use and disclose medical information about you for health care operations to assure that you receive quality care. Example: we may use medical information to review our treatment and service and evaluate the performance of our staff in caring for you.

Other Uses or Disclosure That Can Be Made Without Consent or Authorization

  • As required during an investigation by law enforcement agencies
  • To avert a serious threat to public health or safety
  • As required by military command authorities for their medical records
  • To workers’ compensation or similar programs for processing of claims
  • In response to a legal proceeding
  • To a coroner or medical examiner for identification of a body
  • If an inmate, to the correctional institution or law enforcement official
  • As required by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
  • Other health care providers’ treatment activities
  • Other covered entities’ and providers’ payment activities
  • Other covered entities’ healthcare operations activities (to the extent permitted under HIPPA)
  • Uses and disclosures required by law
  • Uses and disclosures in domestic violence or neglect situations
  • Health oversight activities
  • Other public health activities

We may contact you to provide appointment reminders or information about your treatment alternatives or other health-related benefits and services that may be of interest to you.

Uses and Disclosure of Protected Health Information Requiring Your Written Authorization

Other uses and disclosures of medical information not covered by this Notice or the laws that apply to us will be made only with your written authorization. If you give us authorization to use or disclose medical information about you, you may revoke that authorization, in writing, at any time. If you revoke your authorization, we will thereafter no longer use or disclose medical information about you for the reasons covered by your written authorization. You understand that we are unable to take back any disclosures we have already made with your authorization, and that we are required to retain our record of the care we have provided you.

Your Individual Rights Regarding Your Medical Information

Complaints. If you believe your privacy rights have been violated, you may file a complaint with the Privacy Officer at this practice or with the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services. All complaints must be submitted in writing. You will not be penalized or discriminated against for filing a complaint.

Right to Request Restrictions. You have the right to request a restriction or limitation on the medical information we use or disclose about you for treatment, payment of health care operations or to someone who is involved in your care or the payment of your care. We are not required to agree to your request. If we do agree, we will comply with your request unless the information is needed to provide you with emergency treatment. To request restrictions, you must submit your request in writing to the Privacy Officer of this practice. In your request, you must tell us what information you want to limit.

Right to Request Confidential Communications. You have the right to request how we should send communications to you about medical matters, and where you would like those communications sent. To request confidential communications, you must make your request to the Privacy Officer of this practice. We will not ask you the reason for your request. We will accommodate all reasonable requests. Your request must specify how or where you wish to be contacted. We reserve the right to deny a request if it imposes an unreasonable burden on the practice.

Right to Inspect and Copy. You have the right to inspect and copy medical information that may be used to make decisions about your care. Usually this includes medical and billing records but does not include psychotherapy notes, information compiled for use in a civil, criminal, or administrative action or proceeding, and protected health information to which access is prohibited by law. To inspect and copy medical information that may be used to make decisions about you, you must submit your request in writing to the Privacy Officer at this practice. If you request a copy of the information, we reserve the right to charge a fee for the cost of copying, mailing or other supplies associated with your request. We may deny your request to inspect and copy in certain very limited circumstances. If you are denied access to medical information, you may request that the denial be reviewed. Another licensed health care professional chosen by the practice will review your request and the denial. The person conducting the review will not be the person who denied your request. We will comply with the outcome of the review.

Right to Amend. If you feel that medical information we have about you is incorrect or incomplete, you may ask us to amend the information. You have the right to request an amendment for as long as the information is kept. To request an amendment, your request must be made in writing and submitted to the Privacy Officer at this practice. In addition, you must provide a reason that supports your request. We may deny your request for an amendment if it is not in writing or does not include a reason that supports the request. In addition, we may deny your request if the information was not created by us, is not part of the medical information kept at this practice, is not part of the information which you would be permitted to inspect and copy, or which we deem to be accurate and complete. If we deny your request for amendment, you have the right to file a statement of disagreement with us. We may prepare a rebuttal to your statement and will provide you with a copy of any such rebuttal. Statements of disagreement and any corresponding rebuttals will be kept on file and sent out with any future authorized requests for information pertaining to the appropriate portion of your record.

Right to an Accounting of Non-Standard Disclosures. You have the right to request a list of the disclosures we made of medical information about you. To request this list, you must submit your request to the Privacy Officer at this practice. Your request must state the time period for which you want to receive a list of disclosures that is no longer than six years, and may not include dates before April 12, 2003. Your request should indicate in what form you what the list (example: on paper or electronically). The first list you request within a 12- month period will be free. For additional lists, we reserve the right to charge you for the cost of providing the list.

Right to a Paper Copy of This Notice. You have the right to a paper copy of this Notice at any time. Even if you have agreed to receive this notice electronically, you are still entitled to a paper copy. To obtain a paper copy of the current Notice, please request one in writing from the Privacy Officer at this practice.

Changes to This Notice. We reserve the right to change this Notice. We reserve the right to make the revised or changed Notice effective for medical information we already have about you as well as any information we receive in the future. We will post a copy of the current Notice, with the effective date in the upper right corner of the first page.

AQUATIC PHYSICAL THERAPY

The buoyancy and resistance of water is highly beneficial for improving function and reliving pain. LIU Brooklyn offers the only aquatic physical therapy programs in the area and is open to the public.

FACILITIES

  • Private treatment rooms
  • Spacious wall-to-wall mirrored gym
  • State-of-the-art cardiopulmonary, strength, and exercise equipment
  • Yoga/Pilates studios and equipment
  • HydroWorx 2000 8'x16' therapeutic pool
    • Temperature controlled (between 90-94 degrees)
    • Underwater treadmill
    • Body weight-support harness system
    • Elevating floor to allow easy access and varied water levels
    • Water jets to challenge movement and balance

CONTACT

School of Health Professions

Stacy Jaffee Gropack, Dean