Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital
New Brunswick • Somerset

Physical Therapy at Somerset Campus


The Physical Therapy Department at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset provides rehabilitation services for an array of injuries, impairments, and conditions such as those caused by sports, accidents, arthritis, cardiovascular disease, side effects from cancer, and neurological impairments (stroke, Multiple Sclerosis, and Parkinson’s disease). Our highly trained professionals remain in close consultation with the patient’s physician to provide a structured and personalized rehabilitation program.

When a patient is referred for physical therapy, treatment may include:

  • Individualized patient evaluation to direct the proper course of therapeutic care and intervention
  • Modalities such as heat, ice, ultrasound and electrical stimulation
  • Manual therapies to improve motion
  • Muscle re-education to encourage proper function
  • Stretching exercises to improve flexibility
  • Strengthening exercises
  • Core strengthening
  • Posture education
  • Balance and/or vestibular activities
  • Biofeedback
  • Sports-specific training
  • Home exercise programs
  • Patient and family education

Specialized outpatient physical therapy services include:

  • Lymphedema Services  
  • Vestibular and Balance Program  
  • LSVT- BIG/ Parkinson’s and Movement Disorder Program: a research-based exercise program which drives intense and high effort practice to re-educate the body as to the amount of effort required to produce normal movement. Through the use of higher amplitude/bigger movements improved balance, trunk rotation and walking speed and stepping can occur.
  • NDT/Stroke rehabilitation: A problem-solving approach to the evaluation and treatment of functional limitation of patients who have had a stroke. This philosophy focuses on the multi-disciplinary approach that addresses sensorimotor limitations and dysfunction. There is an increased challenge to activate or involve the affected side in the recovery process.
  • Orthopedic care - Geared toward returning the injured client back to their previous quality of life and level of function quickly and safely; these services include biomechanical assessment, inflammation reduction, motion and strength restoration, and activity-specific training.
  • Post-Concussion Rehabilitation
  • Pelvic Floor and Incontinence Program:  a multi-disciplinary approach for treatment and care of diagnosed pelvic floor dysfunctions, including but not limited to urinary or fecal incontinence, constipation, pelvic pain, and pelvic organ prolapse  
  • Back and neck care - Our department incorporates a range of back and neck rehabilitation philosophies, including the McKenzie approach, dynamic lumbar stabilization, cervical stabilization and other manual therapy approaches. The goal is to restore function, improve mechanics and prevent re-injury.
  • Pre- and Post-Joint Replacement Program
    Patients who are having or who have had total knee replacements and total hip replacements can attend pre-surgery physical therapy to help with their post-surgical recovery.