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

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.


  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.


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.


  • 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


School of Health Professions

Barry S. Eckert, Dean