Physical Therapy

Excel Physical Therapy

Steve Cicalese

Steve Cicalese, M.P.T.
Director of Physical Therapy

Whatever sport you play, or activity you do to stay active, fit and have fun, sometimes a little fun leaves you with a little ache or pain. Don’t let a twisted knee or ankle, aching back, or sore shoulder keep you from your favorite recreational activity. Take care of it right away, and get back in action fast.

As members of East Islip Health & Fitness, you are entitled to a special privilege. The sports therapists at Excel Rehab & Sports Therapy, located within the club, will gladly provide you or a family member, with a complimentary injury screening or evaluation.

We will give you advice on how to feel better, usually some stretching, a little rest, some ice and exercises. Occasionally, a visit to the doctor is necessary, and we can help you with that too ( we get faster appointments with the best doctors around ! ). Remember, this privilege extends to a son or daughter playing sports too !!

So, don’t hesitate, stop by, make an appointment. No obligations and no

fee. If you already have a prescription for therapy, as a member we will get you started right away.

We specialize in caring for sports injuries and helping active people stay active.

Patient at Excel Physical Therapy

  • Select Pro
  • Vytra / HIP
  • Oxford
  • Orthonet
  • Island Group Administrators
  • National Health Plan
  • 1199 National Benefit Fund
  • Magna Care l United Health Care
  • Cigna
  • Empire BlueCross/BlueShield
  • HealthNet
  • US Family
  • Medicare
  • Workers Compensation
  • No-Fault

Excel Aquatic Physical Therapy Services

Pool with Safety StepsWe now offer an Aquatic Physical Therapy program in a fullsize, heated, indoor pool. We are pleased to provide our patients with the best in rehabilitative care with the use of a state of- the-art facility in our East Islip location.

What is Aquatic Therapy?
Aquatic Physical Therapy is the practice of physical therapy by a trained and licensed physical therapist or physi- cal therapy assistant within the environment of a water-filled pool. The buoyancy, support and accommodating resistance of water enhances exercise and creates a safe environment for progressive rehabilitation. The temperature of water (approximately 86°F) prompts muscle relaxation, facilitates stretching and generally reduces the sensation of pain.

Why Aquatic Physical Therapy?

  • Decreased pain and guarding in warm water environment and promote relaxation/healing
  • Decreased swelling and increased venous return/circulation from hydrostatic pressure of water environment
  • Initiate therapy earlier post injury or as soon as 3 days post op.
  • Function and mobility level is higher when progressing to land therapy
  • Gravity controlled environment allowing 0-90% WB post op LE injury progression allowing earlier initiation of therapy
  • Balance work, stability and strengthening against challenging variable resistant current
  • UE ROM assisted with buoyancy and can progress to very high-level full ROM strengthening activities
  • Early on cardiovascular conditioning motivates patients and promotes healing
  • Arthritic joints benefit from decreased joint compression and warm water environment during exercise.
  • Multiple stabilization and high level progressive resistive exercises beneficial to all levels and types of injuries.
Brian Beccker Brian Becker, MA,PT
Excel Director of
Physical Therapy
Steve Stephen Cicalese, M,PT
Director of Physical Therapy & Aquatic Therapy
Kerri Smith Kerri Smith, P.T.A. Susan Kerr, P.T.A.
East Islip Excel
Jill Szuflada Jill Szuflada
Excel Office Manager
In Excel’s Aquatic Physical Therapy program,we treat many populations with a wide range of conditions, effecting varied areas of the body.
  • Orthopedic Injuries
  • Sports Injuries
  • Muscle Imbalance
  • Post Surgical Rehab
  • Arthritis
  • Joint Replacement
  • Osteoporosis
  • Neurologic al Disorders
  • Spinal Care
  • Geriatric Care
  • Postural Analysis
  • Fibromyalgia