Physical Therapy

As an integral part of the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Department, physical therapists work with a variety of patients due to the functional limitations associated with a disease or an injury. The main goal of rehabilitation is to promote independence in mobility and achieve maximum functional potential.
A wide range of patients including those with acute and post-acute injuries, multiple traumas, burns, sports and work-related injuries, ampu- tations, and injuries resulting from automobile accidents are treated. Additional populations include the following diseases, disorders and syndromes: stroke, Parkinson’s disease, Guillian Barre, head trauma,multiple neurological disorders, vestibular dysfunction, cancer, lymph- edema, and urinary incontinence.
The goal of restoration of function and mobility is achieved through the use of therapeutic exercise, gait training, and various therapeutic modalities. Specific strengthening exercise and balance activities are used to achieve independence in mobility and ambulation. With the use of physical agents and therapeutic modalities which may include:
• heat
• cold (cryotherapy)
• ultrasound
• massage
• urinary incontinence
• electrical stimulation
• hydrotherapy
• traction
• manual techniques biofeedback
• Hydro Track Underwater Treadmill System
Pain and swelling can be reduced to improve range of motion and promote healing of the injured area.
After a work-related injury, the acute injury phase resolves (pain eliminated, wounds healed, etc.), the next phase of rehabilitation focuses on regaining strength and restoring function with progression to the Work Conditioning Program. This program is directed at strengthening and conditioning patients by using a customized regimen of “job specific” activities which are designed to prepare a worker for return to his or her occupation. In conjunction with simulating activities that patients need to perform while on the job, emphasis is placed on patient education for proper body mechanics, positioning and lifting techniques to prevent re-injury or care for their own back after injury, and subsequent rehabilitation. Focus is also placed on preventing future injuries. Physical therapists are also available to complete ergonomic work- site analyses and make recommendations for improving workstation design.
The Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Department offers innovative treatment for lymphedema which is a condition recognized by excessive swelling in the arms, legs, or other body parts. Lymphedema exists when the lymph system is not functioning properly from the limbs resulting in swelling or lymphedema. The program provides patients with treatment modalities including Manual Lymph Drainage, compression bandaging, and compression garments, which enable patients to control the disorder.
Men and women with urinary incontinence from a variety of causes are assessed by experienced physical therapists. They receive personalized rehabilitation programs consisting of biofeedback, progressive pelvic floor strengthening exercises, bladder training programs, home programs, and other modalities. The goal of this program is to educate patients on how to properly perform pelvic floor exercises to prevent incontinence. After demonstrating the ability to contract the pelvic floor muscles, the next objective is to strengthen these muscles with the end result of improved continence and bladder control.
Patients with impaired balance due to a condition within the inner ear can be treated with a specific exercise program that incorporates emphasis on self-management for continued control of the problem. The focus of vestibular treatment revolves around positioning activities and individualized home programs to improve balance and patient safety.
Our flagship location at 360 Essex Street, Suite 202, Hackensack, NJ 07601 is within the contemporary Alfred N. Sanzari Medical Arts Building. Please call 551-996-3830 to schedule an evaluation. Complementary parking is located under the building via Thompson Street. The staff is comprised of speech therapists, physical therapists, and occupational therapists who work in a collaborative rehabilitation effort.
The hours of operation are 7 a.m. - 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 7 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. on Friday, and 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. on Saturday.
A convenient, state-of-the-art facility located at 87 Route 17 North, Maywood, NJ 07601 in the Debra Simon Center for Integrative Medicine at HackensackUMC Fitness & Wellness Powered by the Giants. Please call 551-996-2512 to schedule an evaluation at this location. The staff is comprised of physical therapists.
The hours of operation are 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Instructions: Submit completed form to your therapist at the start of your initial visit.

Medical Screen Form (English)

Medical Screen Form (Spanish)


Contact Us

Flagship Location:
360 Essex Street
Suite 202
Hackensack, NJ 07601

Maywood Location:
87 Route 17 North
Maywood, NJ 07607


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