Patient Information

Aquatic Physical TherapyWe want you to get the most out of your aquatic physical therapy treatments. So, we have provided helpful information for you including how to prepare for the first treatment, what to expect during follow-up treatments, how to pay for your treatments, the benefits of aquatic physical therapy and the qualifications of our therapists.

Please review this section prior to coming for your first treatment.

Before your first physical therapy visit:

  • Obtain a referral from a N.Y. State-licensed physician for aquatic physical therapy
  • Call us at 718-780-4531 to make an appointment

Patients note that all treatment sessions are 1:1 with a physical therapist. There are no assistants or aides.

Your first physical therapy visit

Proceed to the physical therapy clinic (Health Sciences Building, Room 204), where your physical therapist will take baseline measurements that will help him/her design your individualized treatment plan and set the goals for therapy.

Arrive at least 15 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment to fill-out the necessary forms.

Bring the following with you:

  • Referral from your doctor
  • Insurance information
  • Shorts and a t-shirt

Ongoing treatments

Evaluation and follow-up treatment sessions will run approximately 45 minutes.

Please make sure to schedule your follow-up visits after your first session.

Follow-up visits will be in the physical therapy pool located within the Wellness Center.

Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment and bring the following items:

  • Bathing suit
  • Towel
  • Lock
  • Water/juice

If you need to cancel an appointment, please call 718-780-4531 and leave a message at least 24 hours in advance.

Insurance Information

An in-network insurance plan is the least financial burden on the patient. There usually is no deduction for an in-network insurance plan and the patient does have a co-pay (there is no co-pay for no-fault or worker’s comp). In-network plans of this type include:

  • Oxford
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield
  • Anthem (Blue Cross)
  • Magnacare
  • UnitedHealthcare
  • 1199
  • No-fault (motor vehicle accidents)
  • Worker’s Comp
  • GHI

In out-of-network plans that work with insurers (PPOs), patients are usually responsible for a deductible and/or co-insurance, which is usually more than in-network co-pay. Out-of-network plans of this type include:

  • Aetna
  • MultiPlan
  • Cigna

In out of network plans that do not work with insurers for reimbursement (HMOs), patients must pay directly for treatment. These types of plans include:

  • Medicare
  • Medicaid
  • HIP

Cash Pay

  • $120/visit for physical therapy pool

Physical Therapy Pool Policies & Procedures

Who can Benefit from Aquatic Physical Therapy?

People of any age and with a wide range of diagnoses can benefit from aquatic physical therapy including those with:

  • Osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis
  • Joint replacements
  • Painful joints (hips, knees, spine, ankles)
  • Sport injuries
  • Generalized muscle weakness
  • Post-surgical issues
  • Neurological conditions

Qualifications of Physical Therapy Professionals

  • Physical therapists are licensed by the state in which they practice. They pass a written exam and they must be a graduate of an American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) accredited physical therapy school. The minimum degree required to sit for the exam is a master’s.
  • Physical therapy assistants graduate from an associate degree program and must pass the state examination. They cannot evaluate progress or plan of care and cannot discharge or perform joint mobilizations or manipulations.
  • Physical therapy aides do not need formal schooling and are not licensed. Their duties should be restricted to cleaning rooms, stocking shelves etc.


School of Health Professions