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Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation2020-05-14T13:31:44-04:00

The OceanFirst Rehabilitation Center in Freehold, NJ and its four satellite locations offer comprehensive services to aid in the recovery from injury, stroke, illness, surgery, and other physical setbacks.

If you’re experiencing pain, discomfort, or loss of function—we can help. Our professional physical therapy and rehabilitation experts use the most advanced equipment, technology, and therapies to help you reduce pain, regain strength, and restore function—so you can get back to living your best life.

During the COVID-19 crisis, we are taking extra precautions to keep you safe, including: 

  • All staff members are screened daily for COVID-19 related symptoms and all patients are screened for COVID-19 symptoms each visit.
  • Patients are staggered and properly separated in waiting areas.
  • Each patient and therapist are assigned to individual treatment areas and are masked each visit.
  • All equipment is individual and will be cleaned prior to treatment and post treatment.

We are offering telehealth appointments in addition to in person appointments.


The OceanFirst Rehabilitation Center in Freehold, NJ and its four satellite locations offer comprehensive services to aid in the recovery from injury, stroke, illness, surgery, and other physical setbacks.

If you’re experiencing pain, discomfort, or loss of function—we can help. Our professional physical therapy and rehabilitation experts use the most advanced equipment, technology, and therapies to help you reduce pain, regain strength, and restore function—so you can get back to living your best life.

Our team includes licensed and doctorate physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech and language pathologists, and wound treatment specialists. We also work closely with CentraState’s sports medicine doctors and neurologists, as well as our physical medicine and rehabilitation physicians who specialize in restoring optimal function, reducing pain, and enhancing quality of life for those with muscle, bone, ligament, or nervous system issues or injuries.


  • Sprains and strains
  • Arthritis
  • Hip, knee, ankle, and foot pain
  • Shoulder, neck, and back pain
  • Sports-related injuries
  • Whiplash injuries
  • Work-related injuries
  • Fractures and trauma recovery
  • Post-surgical rehabilitation
  • Scoliosis



When you have a physical setback or health-related issue, the aquatic rehabilitation specialists at CentraState’s OceanFirst Rehabilitation Center in Monmouth County can help you to regain your strength faster—so you can get back to the activities you enjoy. We’ve seen aquatic therapy work wonders for many people, including competitive athletes and those who are:

  • Recovering from sports-related injuries, work-related injuries, or musculoskeletal injuries
  • Recovering from joint replacement procedures or other surgeries
  • Suffering from conditions like arthritis and fibromyalgia
  • Experiencing chronic pain

Pediatric aquatic physical therapy is available for children with a variety of special needs, including cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, and other movement disorders.

Aquatic physical therapy uses water to minimize the effects of gravity and stress on your body so you can move more easily and with less pain. It reduces joint stress and provides muscle resistance and ease of movement through a relatively low-impact environment. This helps achieve rapid improvements in your mobility, strength, and function during the healing process. Other benefits include:

  • Decreased swelling (lymphedema, trauma, post-surgical recovery)
  • Improved trunk (lower back and abdomen) stabilization
  • Improved gait and posture
  • Increased cardiovascular circulation
  • Increased endurance and muscle tone
  • Increased range of motion and flexibility
  • Increased balance and coordination

Your therapy session is usually held in one of our Aquatic Center’s three therapeutic pools. An in-pool therapy session may include running or walking on the underwater treadmill, in-pool step training, or the use of weights, buoys, and specialized aquatic therapy products for resistance and support. Our three pools include:

A warm-water pool averaging 90° F. This pool is great for those with chronic pain issues, including arthritis, spasticity (muscle tension), or fibromyalgia. The warmth relaxes tight muscles and soothes sore tissues.

A cool-water lap pool averaging 85° F. This pool is helpful for those with inflammation, such as post-surgical patients or patients with temperature sensitivity (such as those with multiple sclerosis).

A HydroWorx® pool averaging 96° F.  HydroWorx® benefits a variety of patients, including those with chronic pain or those recovering from a total joint replacement or musculoskeletal injury. Professional and amateur athletes also use this pool for conditioning and rehabilitating sports injuries. HydroWorx® features:

  • A variable-speed underwater treadmill with only 15 percent of the normal stress on joints
  • Resistance jets to work upper- and lower-body muscle groups, safely maximizing results
  • Variable floor depth, so even if you’re uncomfortable in deep water, you still can enjoy the benefits
  • Underwater video monitoring so you can view your training and technique

We tailor each session to meet your unique needs, and the length and frequency of the sessions depend on your capabilities. If you require greater assistance, therapists can be in the pool to assist with rehabilitation. Additional land exercises and hands-on therapy may be incorporated into your treatment plan to achieve the best outcome.

Contact Us

A physician’s referral is required to participate in aquatic physical therapy, so talk to your doctor about what options you should consider. For more information, call CentraState’s OceanFirst Rehabilitation Center at 732-294-2700.


Are you one of thousands of people who suffer from a debilitating feeling of dizziness, vertigo, loss of balance, or fear of falling that is affecting your quality of life? If so, you may have a vestibular disorder or a compromised balance system. Balance problems can strike anyone, although they’re especially common among the elderly. In most cases, they are related to inner ear issues, head injuries, infections, muscle or joint weakness, certain medications, or simply the process of aging.

The OceanFirst Rehabilitation Center’s Balance and Dizziness Program helps patients regain their sense of balance. At our state-of-the-art facility, highly trained staff specializes in the treatment of:

  • Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV)
  • Balance deficits
  • Cervicogenic dizziness (presence of dizziness, imbalance or unsteadiness related to movements)
  • Feelings of dizziness or vertigo
  • Frequent falls
  • Post-concussion syndrome
  • Vestibular hypofunction
  • Walking disorders

We also offer:

  • Full evaluation using Infrared goggles for accuracy
  • Gaze stability training using InVision digital system, which assesses how head movement impacts the visual sharpness of an image
  • Balance Master training: Retrain sensory and voluntary motor control of balance
  • Cognitive rehabilitation
  • Collaboration with other therapeutic specialty on the premises for optimal care

Balance, and ultimately movement, can be affected by many body systems, including the muscular, skeletal, visual, and central nervous systems. Physical therapists figure out which systems are contributing to the issues, and then resolve symptoms through customized exercises and other therapies.

Contact Us

To schedule an evaluation or a complimentary balance screening by one of our therapists, call CentraState’s OceanFirst Rehabilitation Center at 732-294-2700.


A concussion is a brain injury that affects your brain function. The leading causes of concussion include motor vehicle crashes, falls, being struck on the head, and sports-related injuries. A blow to the head is not needed for a concussion. In some cases, they are caused by whiplash or by violently shaking the head.

Mild brain injury or concussion is one of the most common injuries following a trauma. In fact, research shows that 1 in 10 high school athletes who play contact sports will suffer a concussion this year. 

At CentraState, our Neuro-Rehab Concussion Program offers a comprehensive approach to managing every aspect of concussion and brain injury, from assessment to treatment. A multidisciplinary team of adult and pediatric providers who specialize in sports medicine, rehabilitation, neurosurgery, and neurology are available to assist in managing various levels of concussion. Speech/cognitive therapy, physical/vestibular therapy, occupational therapy, and employment/educational support services are available as part of a personalized treatment plan.

A concussion can have a range of symptoms, including:

  • Not thinking clearly
  • Feeling slowed down or tired
  • Having no energy
  • Being unable to concentrate or remember new information
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Headache
  • Fuzzy or blurry vision
  • Dizziness
  • Sensitivity to light or noise
  • Balance problems
  • Being easily upset or angered
  • Feeling sad, nervous, anxious, or overly emotional
  • Sleeping more or less than usual
  • Having a hard time falling asleep

It’s important to seek immediate evaluation and treatment for a concussion. Complications from a concussion can include problems like epilepsy, post-concussion syndrome, post-traumatic headaches, post-traumatic vertigo, and second impact syndrome.

At CentraState, our concussion experts:

  • Use evidenced-based therapies to assess, manage, and rehabilitate concussions in people of all ages
  • Conduct baseline and post-injury neurocognitive concussion testing using the ImPACTTM  tool, CNS VitalSignsTM, and other neurological tests
  • Develop concussion rehabilitation programs that are individually tailored for people of all ages to facilitate a safe return to activities
  • Develop concussion management treatments and return-to-play guidelines

Proper management is key to safely return to sports, school, work and other activities. Rest or quiet brain activity is critical to allow the brain to recover. This includes refraining from sports, vigorous activities, and even watching TV, playing video games, doing schoolwork, or using a computer.

Contact Us

For more information about concussions or to find a concussion specialist at CentraState, please call 866-CENTRA7 or 866-236-8727.


At CentraState, inpatient and outpatient neurorehabilitation focuses on the assessment, treatment and management of the rehabilitation needs of patients who have experienced a stroke or have other neurological conditions. Our comprehensive team of highly skilled physicians, therapists, and nurses have specialized training in neurorehabilitation or neurological physical therapy. Together, they design and implement individualized care plans focused on achieving maximum independence and improved quality of life.

Attesting to the high quality of our comprehensive post stroke physical therapy, CentraState is an Advanced Primary Stroke Center certified by the Joint Commission. In addition, we have consecutively earned the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With the Guidelines® Target Stroke Honor Roll Elite Gold Plus Award.

Depending on individual needs, neurorehabilitation services include:

  • Physical therapy to improve strength, balance, and endurance and recover mobility
  • Movement therapy to improve core strength and balance
  • Occupational therapy to assist with activities of daily living and maximize independence, featuring a simulated home setting to facilitate progress
  • Speech, language, and voice therapy, including VitaStim therapy to help patients regain swallowing function by stimulating and reeducating the muscles responsible for swallowing
  • Cognitive therapy focused on attention, memory, visual-spatial skills, and execution of functions, social interaction, and problem-solving skills.

Specialized techniques are practiced to provide personalized care and may include:

  • Saebo
  • Flint Rehabilitation Devices
  • OptoGait
  • AlterG treadmill
  • Aquatic program
  • T-Wall
  • VitalStim
  • Cognitive Program (Minds in Motion)
  • Stroke Support Group

In addition to helping people who have experienced a stroke or have other neurological conditions, our services include a comprehensive approach to managing every aspect of concussion and brain injury, from assessment to treatment.

Contact Us

To learn more about neurorehabilitation, please call the OceanFirst Rehabilitation Center at 732- 294-2700.


Occupational therapy can be a vital part of your health care by focusing on what matters most to your needs. Occupational therapists work with individuals of all ages to improve functional independence while promoting health and wellness.

In addition, you may be educated in the use of compensatory strategies and adaptive equipment to allow for successful performance of daily activities.

Learn more about Occupational Therapy.


CentraState Medical Center’s OceanFirst Rehabilitation Center is proud to offer outpatient pediatric rehabilitation services, including:

Our services are designed to meet and support the growing developmental diagnosis and rehabilitation needs of infants, children, and adolescents. Our mission is to provide compassionate, quality care to assist children in reaching their full functional potential, helping them gain skills to participate in all aspects of life at home and in the community.

Our pediatric rehabilitation services include treatment for the following conditions:

  • Torticollis (a condition affecting the neck muscles)
  • Prematurity
  • Developmental coordination disorder
  • Muscular dystrophy
  • Orthopedic and musculoskeletal conditions
  • Recovery from surgery or traumatic injuries
  • Visual/motor/perceptual issues
  • Articulation and language therapy
  • Delayed speech
  • Stuttering/fluency
  • Sensory processing disorders
  • Auditory (hearing) processing
  • Autism spectrum disorder
  • Sensory food aversion (food refusal)
  • Congenital and genetic disorders
  • Delayed gross and fine motor skills
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Hypotonia (low muscle tone) and dystonia (muscle contractions)
  • Down syndrome
  • Idiopathic toe walking
  • Hydrocephalus (fluid in the brain)
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Cognitive therapy
  • Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis
  • Arthrogryposis (a joint problem)
  • Congenital, juvenile scoliosis and kyphosis (curving of the spine)
  • Congenital hip disorders

The early initiation of pediatric therapy services is important to promote the development of gross motor skills, fine motor skills, visual motor skills, mobility skills, the ability to explore and interact with the environment, communication skills, and functional abilities. At CentraState, we also strive to provide parents with essential tools that they can also use at home. For children who are already receiving school services related to their educational needs, we offer adjunct therapy that complements existing therapies.

The process of physical, occupational, or speech-language therapy starts with a comprehensive assessment and evaluation of your infant, child, or teen. Following the evaluation, our therapists work with you to establish customized treatment plans and goals, which are designed to help you meet your highest functional potential.

Working collaboratively, we take into account all aspects of a child’s health to promote gross motor, fine motor, and speech-language development. Treatment sessions are one-on-one and customized to the needs of each child. Our team of therapists works very closely with other health professionals at CentraState to ensure optimal care.

Contact Us

For more information about pediatric rehabilitation services at CentraState, please call 732-637-6435.


Pelvic floor issues are common problems caused by various physical conditions. They affect men and women of all ages, and can be treated using properly administered physical therapy techniques. This is precisely what the pelvic floor specialists at CentraState’s OceanFirst Rehabilitation Center Pelvic Floor Program provide.

The Pelvic Floor Program at CentraState’s OceanFirst Rehabilitation Center employs specially trained therapists who evaluate and treat incontinence and other pelvic floor disorders with gentle interventions, which typically improve symptoms after a few short visits.

Millions of men and women suffer from pelvic pain, spasms, incontinence, and weakness. Pelvic pain is any pain that occurs either externally or internally that may include rectal, genital, abdominal, hip, or low back pain. Pelvic floor conditions also include several types of urinary incontinence.

Pelvic floor rehabilitation can be beneficial for many conditions, including:

  • Coccydynia (tailbone pain)
  • Pudendal neve entrapment (pain in perineum)
  • Levator ani syndrome (rectal spasm)
  • Vulvar vestibulitis (vulvar pain)
  • Vulvodynia (vulvar pain)
  • Vaginismus (vaginal pain)
  • Dyspareunia (painful intercourse/gynecological exams)
  • Post-prostatectomy recovery
  • Post-partum recovery
  • Endometriosis
  • Diastasis recti (a postpartum separation of the abdominal muscles)
  • Intercystial cystitis (bladder pain)
  • Chronic urinary tract infections
  • Urinary incontinence

Urinary incontinence is a common problem affecting men and women of all ages, but it is largely treatable. Through properly administered techniques and exercises, you can gain manageable control over any urinary issue.

Incontinence can be caused by various conditions, including:

If you avoid exercise because you’re afraid you might leak urine, or panic every time you laugh, cough, or sneeze, you may have urinary incontinence. Symptoms include:

  • Urinating more than every two hours in the daytime
  • Urinating more than once after going to bed
  • Having trouble making it to the toilet on time when you have an urge to go
  • Straining to pass urine
  • Being unable to stop the flow of urine when on the toilet
  • Having an urge to go but when you get to the toilet very little urine comes out
  • Lacking the feeling that you need to go to the toilet
  • Emptying your bladder frequently, before you experience the urge to pass urine
  • Having the feeling your bladder is still full after urinating
  • Experiencing a slow or hesitant urinary stream
  • Having difficulty initiating a urine stream
  • Having “triggers” that make you feel like you can’t wait to go to the toilet (like running water or key in the door)

Treatment begins with a comprehensive evaluation, and then specific exercises are designed to restore the musculoskeletal balance of pelvis, hip, and trunk regions and their functional integration – so you can regain a healthy and independent lifestyle. The approach may include:

  • Pelvic floor exercises to strengthen pelvic muscles and improve control
  • Biofeedback/surface EMG to help you know that you’re contracting the right muscles
  • Real-time ultrasound that allows you to view the actual muscles while they are contracting
  • Education on lifestyle changes that decrease bladder irritability
  • Maintaining a bladder diary to aid in retraining
  • Relaxation and breathing techniques

Contact Us

Talk to your doctor about a referral for pelvic floor physical therapy at CentraState. For more information or to make an appointment, call 732-294-2700.


Control Your Pain, Return to Function, and Begin Living Your Life to the Fullest.

The Spine Institute of Central Jersey offers the expertise and innovation you need to control your pain, return to function, and restore your quality of life.

Rehabilitation for your musculoskeletal problem will be prescribed by skilled physical therapist trained in the McKenzie approach, stretching, core trunk stabilization, upper and lower strengthening, soft tissue interventions, balance activities, and functional movement techniques to improve your ability to work, play sports, and remain active.

Learn more about The Spine Institute of Central Jersey.


Following a sports-related injury or orthopedic surgery, a special approach is required for a full recovery. Our sports performance and rehabilitation experts create a plan to help you stay fit while you recover and get you back in action as soon as possible.

Learn more about Sports Performance Therapy.


Joint replacement of the knee, hip, or shoulder can add years of pain-free mobility to your life. This type of surgery requires expert post-operative care. At CentraState, joint replacement rehabilitation is available at both The Manor Health and Rehabilitation Center (sub-acute short-term rehabilitation) and OceanFirst Rehabilitation Center (outpatient rehabilitation).

If you’ve had a joint replacement, our orthopedic physical therapists can work with you to:

  • Strengthen the bone around the replaced joint
  • Keep muscles strong, pliable, and healthy
  • Manage pain
  • Improve mobility, range of motion, and dexterity

For more information, call 866-236-8727. If you are researching a surgery, learn more about our orthopedic services.


The McKenzie Method®, part of our Spine Rehabilitation Program, provides a standardized approach to assessing and treating low back pain and sciatica. With this method, you move through a series of activities and test movements to gauge your pain response. The results are used to create specific exercises to alleviate the pain.

Functional movement is the ability to move your body with proper muscle and joint function, effortlessly and without pain. Learning how to be biomechanically efficient as you move through life—whether it’s for sports, fitness, or daily activities— is a critical part of your overall health and well-being. Our physical therapists:

  • Assess movement patterns
  • Identify problems with posture and body mechanics
  • Help prevent injury and promote pain-free, healthy movement through a series of corrective exercises that increase range of motion and eliminate muscle imbalances

Our physical therapists are certified in:

  • FMS: Functional Movement Systems
  • SFMA: Selective Functional Movement Systems
  • TPI: Titleist Performance Institute—the world’s leading educational organization dedicated to how the human body functions in relation to the golf swing. Allows golfers to build endurance and play the game at their highest level without causing injury.
  • Graston Technique®: A trademarked therapeutic method for diagnosing and treating disorders of the skeletal muscles and related connective tissue

This hands-on therapy is commonly used to treat strains, sprains, contusions, tendonitis, bursitis, and stress injuries. Physical therapists may use gentle pressure, stretching, or thermal therapy (hot and cold) to:

  • Relax tense, sore muscles by increasing blood circulation
  • Reduce muscle spasms and relieve pain
  • Maximize range of motion by breaking down scar tissue and tight fibrous tissue

Techniques include:

Active Release Technique (ART): A patented technique that treats damaged soft tissues, such as muscles, ligaments, tendons, fascia (fibrous tissue around a muscle or organ), and nerves

HAWK Grip Instrument-Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM): A device that helps with soft tissue mobilization

For conditions causing acute and chronic pain, physical therapists often use radial shockwave therapy, myofascial release (MFR), electrical stimulation, and ultrasound. These gentle, pain-free therapies help:

  • Increase blood flow
  • Relax tight tissues
  • Break down scar tissue
  • Reduce inflammation
  • Relax muscle spasms
  • Ease tendon problems
  • Increase mobility
  • Decrease pain

Our aquatic and anti-gravity treadmills provide a revolutionary approach to physical therapy, sports medicine, and conditioning. They allow you to build muscle strength, improve cardiovascular stamina, and increase healing—without the impact associated with walking on a regular treadmill. Both treadmills work well for competitive and recreational athletes as well as those who are:

CentraState was the first hospital in the state to acquire this innovative underwater treadmill. Users can walk, run, or simulate sports movements without the body weight or joint impact. Our underwater treadmill is a component of our aquatic therapy program.

Alter G® Anti-Gravity Treadmill®

CentraState is one of only a few rehabilitation centers in New Jersey to offer the Alter G® Anti Gravity Treadmill®. Created by NASA, the treadmill reduces the impact of gravity by 20 to 100 percent of your body weight by one percent increments—allowing you to walk, run, and jump without the joint impact.


With five outpatient locations, scheduling an appointment is convenient and quick.

  • In most cases, we can schedule an initial evaluation within 24 to 48 hours of an appointment request.
  • All outpatient locations use a paperless electronic medical record (EMR) system that includes your scheduling, documentation, and billing. This makes it easy for you and your clinicians to access information confidentially.

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