Barbara, Princeton, NJ
I laid on my sofa for 1.5 years due to extreme chronic pain when sitting and standing. I had been to about five different specialists, traditional physical therapists, nine months of acupuncture, cat scans, MRI and many other tests but no one could diagnose or help me. Finally, it was recommended that I go to North Jersey Physical Therapy Associates because they handle complex cases. I drove 1.25 hours each way to get to North Jersey and within two visits, the PTs helped locate my trigger points and the source of my pain, and I was told that adhesions from my prior abdominal surgeries were my problem.
An extensive evaluation and myofascial release have led to pain relief and the ability to function in life. North Jersey Physical Therapy Associates gave me back my life! I am so grateful for them.
I ended up at North Jersey Physical Therapy Associates after having physical therapy elsewhere for 8 months. I had extremely severe cramps in my leg, below the knee that had been operated on. The cramps and pain would not go away and the orthopedic surgeon and all his medical colleagues were baffled.
I saw medical specialist after medical specialist. No medical professional could figure out what was wrong, no matter how many tests and screenings they performed. I could not walk and was dragging my leg, using a cane, or using crutches to get around.
The North Jersey Physical Therapy Associates team gave me an incredible evaluation and worked wonders on my leg. They also gave me some supportive exercises.
The lower leg cramps and pain went away, never to return again. I am once again able to walk. Thank heavens I found them!
Donna, New York, NY
Unable to lift my arm for two months, I went to a top NY orthopedic doctor and was diagnosed with adhesive capsulitis (frozen shoulder). I had traditional physical therapy three times and was told it could take up to two years to regain full mobility.
My sister had gone to North Jersey Physical Therapy Associates and suggested that I give it a try, even though I lived in Manhattan. She said it would be worth the trip.
NJPTA gave me an intensive assessment and identified that my problem originated in my hips. After my first visit, I was able to lift my arm!
After five additional treatments and a mild exercise program, I regained full mobility. I was so impressed with the care, that I drove three hours in a snow storm to keep my second appointment.
The following year, I was diagnosed by a pain management doctor as having the beginning of arthritis in my knee. I returned to NJPTA. My hip was manipulated once and the knee pain was gone. I returned several more times to learn how to strengthen my core to avoid further issues caused by my poor hip alignment.
NJPTA not only gave me a better evaluation than two Manhattan doctors but also treated me so that my ailments were remedied very quickly. This place is amazing.
Jessica, Morristown, NJ
North Jersey Physical Therapy is unique in its approach to pain relief and physical rehabilitation. As someone with an undefined myofascial pain syndrome, I have not had long-term success with traditional PT approaches. Generally a therapist will isolate one part of the body that has been injured or is under distress. For someone with more widespread pain this can exacerbate other areas and you end up in an endless spiral. Everything is connected and the therapists in this practice seem to understand and are willing to work across areas of the body to create better overall function.
They can help release trigger points that are keeping you stuck in a dysfunctional movement pattern. They can also help re-educate the muscles to bring you back to more intelligent movement. The combination of myofascial release and methodical training to create more functional movement can bring about lasting change. That said, you as the patient must do your “homework”. No therapist can give you a magic bullet that changes pain and function overnight. Without full participation in the healing process, patterns will likely revert to dysfunction despite the good feeling you have when you walk out of the office.
The other difference I have experienced is the benefit of working with multiple therapists within the practice. Other PT offices with whom I worked generally have a patient work with one therapist over the time of their rehabilitation. Here I have worked with 4 different therapists. While this may seem counter-intuitive, I personally feel it’s a benefit since each therapist has slightly different approaches, experience, knowledge, and ways of looking at issues. Instead of doing things by rote, based on what was done on the last visit, you can have a fresh look at your problems or really address changes that may be happening over time.