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September 1, 2016

“Do I need physical therapy?” It’s a question we’re often asked by patients who call our office. People who are feeling 100% do not typically ask that question, so let’s start there. What’s happening to make you wonder if you need therapy? Pain is not normal, even if it’s tolerable. Listen to your body—it’s telling you that something is wrong.

The “Daily Life” Test

One way to determine the need is to ask yourself if the issue you’re experiencing is disrupting your normal life. It could be something as simple as walking up the stairs, changing clothes, or stepping out of a car. Is the discomfort you feel getting in the way of these activities? It’s difficult to determine the cause without visiting a clinic, so if any of your answers to the questions above are yes, it’s best to make an appointment with a physical therapist.

If the issue you are experiencing is severe, or the onset was sudden, you should see a physical therapist immediately. New Jersey is a “Direct Access” state so you can call your physical therapy provider and schedule a visit without a referral.

“I’ll just wait to see if it gets better”

Studies have shown that seeking treatment earlier can decrease your recovery time significantly, so if you’re experiencing an issue, it’s best to be proactive. Ultimately, finding the underlying cause of your discomfort is the most important goal.

In most cases, your insurance will cover the cost of physical therapy. At The New Jersey Center of Physical Therapy, our Client Care Team contacts your insurance provider directly to help you understand your specific plan and benefits, so you know exactly what to expect before even coming in.

During your appointment, over the course of approximately one hour, a Doctor of Physical Therapy will conduct a complete evaluation and discuss the results with you. We’ll develop a treatment plan that will guide the rest of your visits. We’ll also work in close partnership with your medical doctors and other health professionals as needed.

Our ultimate goal at NJCPT is to help you feel your best, and we would be honored to help you! Once you find a Doctor of Physical Therapy that you trust with your care, you’re one step closer to recovery.




September 17, 2015

So, you’ve decided to start a physical therapy program. Logically, the next question should be “Who will provide my therapy?” It’s an important decision, so be sure to ask lots of questions before getting started. Let’s take a look at some important questions to ask a prospective provider:

  • Is this therapist licensed and qualified to provide treatment?
  • What is his/her experience and credentials?
  • Is this therapist a Doctor of Physical Therapy?
  • How much hands on, one-on-one time will he/she provide each session?
  • Will I see the same therapist each time?

Spend time asking questions and learning about who you’ll be working with. This ensures you’ll find a therapist who meets your individual needs.

Find the right physical therapist

Although not ideal, many clinics simply pair a patient with a therapist who has available time slots. For the most effective treatment, your therapy provider should intentionally match you with a therapist who is best suited to help you with your specific needs. Your treatment is too important to allow timing to be the only factor.

At NJCPT, we have a wide range of Doctors of Physical Therapy with expertise in many different areas and will pair you with a therapist who is best suited to your specific needs.

Can I choose my therapist?

Many of our patients come to us via referral, where friends have recommended a specific therapist because “he was amazing” or “she was an incredible help” in their recovery. We understand the desire to work with the therapist you were referred to, and we always listen to your preferences. We also want to match you with a physical therapist who is best suited to your unique situation, so if we have another clinician who is a specialist in your area, we’ll let you know that too. We want you to be happy, we want you to have all the information you need, and most importantly, we want you to get better.

Deciding to seek physical therapy is a positive, proactive step toward improving your health and your quality of life. Once you start your program, keep that forward-moving attitude and apply it to your therapy. Coupled with the right Doctor of Physical Therapy, you’ll be on the road to recovery in no time!




July 1, 2015

Thinking about getting a pet? Adopt! We believe in helping those without a voice, and this includes homeless animals. Our adoption program offers patients up to $300 in adoption fees for those adopting from animal shelters or rescue organizations. Ask about it at your next visit!

Melucci Family Pet Adoption Program Resized




August 1, 2014

  
Gavin was in the middle of a football game when his foot got caught and a player accidentally slammed into him, shattering both bones in his lower leg. He stayed in the hospital for a month, undergoing several surgeries to repair the damage. During all of this, Gavin kept his hopes up, impatient to be able to return to football. Outpatient physical therapy would be the next step.

But his PT journey didn’t start at NJCPT — he began at one of your typical clinics that schedules too many patients per hour and didn’t have time to offer the advanced manual care and Doctoral supervision Gavin needed. And it was the same story we hear so often: he, his parents, and his medical doctor all found his progress limited and disappointing — he just wasn’t getting the range of motion they were hoping for, and still couldn’t walk well after several weeks. Gavin’s mom worried he would never walk normally again, much less return to the high level of athleticism he had once achieved. Fortunately, though, they heard about NJCPT and the unmatched level of highly skilled one-on-one care we give to our patients from their neighbors, who were patients… and everything changed.

Within Gavin’s first week working with Dr. de la Bruyere, his range of motion was back and he was walking almost normally — significantly more progress than he had made during his entire stint at the other clinic. Dr. de la Bruyere and Dr. Sam Chen wanted to keep this athlete active as he prepared for his return to sport, so Gavin joined a swim team and is loving the challenge of training in new ways as he continues to recuperate.

The journey isn’t over yet, but we’re already so proud of Gavin. Even in the face of this challenging experience, he brought his infectious, unwavering positivity to the clinic every single day, joking, smiling, and facing every new challenge with a genuinely positive perspective. We can’t wait to update you on Part 2 of his story when he graduates from PT!




July 2, 2014

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When Sergeant Bob of the National Guard sustained a complex ankle injury that required surgery, he was taken off full duty and placed on modified due to not being able to complete many of the tasks his position required. As a dedicated Sergeant who had toured Iraq, as well as a loving husband and father of two, Bob came to Dr. Mike Klejmont to get back to his life.

As soon as Bob told his story to Dr. Klejmont, they put 2 solid goals for his treatment in place: first, to get Bob back to full duty, and then to prepare him for the Guard’s physical training test that was fast approaching. They worked together steadily and diligently, and with the laser focus and unyielding determination they both employ in their professional lives, Bob attained his goal of returning to full duty sooner than he ever expected. Next up will be completing his strengthening program for his physical test!

“Working with members of the armed forces is a true honor,” Dr. Klejmont said of his experience working with Bob. “It allows me to give back to those who have sacrificed so much and have allowed us to enjoy the freedoms we have today.”

Fun fact: McFarlane Toy Company used Bob’s likeness to develop a special line of action figures! His was a special series for soldiers in different branches of the military. There is a signed figure at NJCPT — come by to see Bob “in action!”

On behalf of all of us at NJCPT, thank you so much for your service, Bob. It has been an honor being part of your recovery, and we look forward to celebrating more of your future successes!




June 25, 2014

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Wagging his tail into our hearts is Lenny! Rescued from a kill shelter by Furry Tail Endings Canine Rescue and set up with a foster family in Georgia while he was fully vetted and temperament tested, this adorable and friendly pup really needed a family of his own. Through our Adopt-A-Pet program, Lenny found his way into Mike and Liana’s hearts and soon found his days filled with long naps in his new bed (in many hilarious positions), long hikes through the woods, and more friends than he could count, humans and dogs alike!

“Lenny has brought so much joy into our lives in only a short time,” Mike writes, “and we are looking forward to making many more memories with him!”

Thinking about getting a pet? Adopt! We believe in helping those without a voice, and this includes homeless animals. Our adoption program offers patients up to $300 in adoption fees for those adopting from animal shelters or rescue organizations. Ask about it at your next visit!




June 21, 2014

Dr. Heather LaManno, our Clinic Manager and Clinical Team Leader of our Tuesday / Thursday / Saturday team, has just earned her Board Certification as an Orthopedic Clinical Specialist! This tremendous distinction places Heather in the top 1% of all providers in the nation, as a Doctor of Physical Therapy who is also certified by the American Physical Therapy Association in a specialty area.

Here’s what you can tell about Dr. LaManno from her new credential, the OCS:

  • Board Certified Clinical Specialists are very experienced professionals. To even qualify for this credential, Heather first accomplished more than 2,000 hours treating Orthopedic patients.

     

  • In addition to amassing experience, the exam for this certification is extremely intense and requires months to years of study and preparation. Acing the exam shows that Dr. LaManno knows her subject area inside and out.

     

  • Orthopedics is an important and wide-ranging specialty area. Dr. LaManno’s certification shows that she is an expert in all musculoskeletal and movement related conditions.

     

We believe in furthering our education as much as possible, in order to better address all the needs of each patient as an individual. Sending our congratulations to Dr. LaManno — we are proud to have you on our team!

If you have an orthopedic condition you haven’t been able to figure out, come see Dr. LaManno and experience the difference a Board Certified Doctor can make in your life.




May 5, 2014

 
Travis - GaryIn his junior year of high school, Travis injured his shoulder while wrestling. After surgery put him out for the rest of the season, and with his senior year on the horizon, Travis turned to NJCPT to get him back to sports. With the goal of returning Travis to the field by the time the fall football season arrived, Dr. Gary Struble got right to work. Using the most up-to-date rehabilitation strategies and setting consistent progress goals each session, Dr. Struble and Travis began a very progressive, sport-specific, custom-tailored treatment program. Travis’ drive was unshakable, and with his optimistic attitude, he pushed himself forward with Dr. Struble’s guidance. All their work paid off when Travis achieved his goal of returning to football without restrictions!

Even better, Travis finished his football season as a member of all-conference, all-county, and all-state teams! Now he is also back to wrestling, and has gotten off to an undefeated start. With his sights set on college football, we have no doubt that his drive will carry him to success after success!




March 10, 2014

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Our patient Nancy is a warrior.  In the past two years, she has beaten breast cancer and has recovered from two knee surgeries!  As she recuperated from both concerns with Dr. Heather LaManno, Nancy shared that she had a goal dear to her heart: to do the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer in October.

With their sights set on this achievement, Heather not only rehabilitated Nancy’s knee, but also helped her recover from the lingering symptoms from her cancer treatment through the Breast Cancer Rehabilitation Program.  This October, Nancy was well enough to start the Avon Walk, and successfully finished the full 23 miles! Next year, her new goal is to do it again — this time without her cane.

Congratulations, Nancy! Your strength is an inspiration to us all!

Curious about the Breast Cancer Program? Give NJCPT a call and schedule an appointment today!




August 26, 2013

 
Dr. Gary Struble, NJCPT’s expert Doctor of Physical Therapy and Clinic Manager, has developed an innovative line of sports training products that is revolutionizing sports performance training. As a master of all things athletic, and as a former high school and collegiate athlete himself, he is passionate about leading athletes of all ages to success! In his many years of coaching high school football, Gary noticed a recurring struggle for many athletes — simply holding onto the ball, especially during the most critical times of the game.

To advocate the importance of ball security to athletes, and to provide them with a way to master it, Dr. Struble designed the se-CURE-it line of products and NoMoreFumbles.com. This one-of-a-kind performance tool allows secure ball handling to be seamlessly incorporated into traditional training techniques for sports like football, basketball, rugby, and stick/racquet sports.

Many of the nation’s top sports training experts, including Andrews Institute of Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, Joe Carini’s House of Iron, and Mackie Shilstone, integrate Dr. Struble’s product with their own training techniques to strengthen their athletes’ performance. Renowned sports training programs at Louisiana State University, Penn State University, Texas A&M University, Brigham Young University, Syracuse University, John Hopkins University, and Bucknell University also utilize Gary’s se-CURE-it products in their training programs to optimize their results.

HBO’s Real Sports and Sports Illustrated magazine both feature se-CURE-it and NoMoreFumbles.com in stories covering one of the NFL’s renowned running backs, Tiki Barber, and his dynamic training regimen.

Check out all the excitement here!

If you’re an athlete who wants to train like Tiki Barber, call us at 973-248-8111 to make an appointment today.




August 9, 2013

 
When you think of your genetic structure, you probably think of something unchangeable that you’re simply born with.  Right?

Maybe not!  Recent studies prove that you can actually control the way your genes behave, simply by exercising. After only one session of exercise, your body immediately begins to drastically lower your risk for developing diabetes, cardiac disease, and metabolic syndrome, along with the many other health issues that can arise from inactivity.  If these health concerns already affect you, exercising can also improve your current quality of life and prevent common complications from ever occurring.

The New York Times recently published a fascinating article about this phenomenon, and we’d encourage you to check it out here. Now, everyone knows exercise is good for you, but it can be hard to know where to start.  Everyone’s body is different, and each person has their own set of goals and needs. That’s where we come in.

The New Jersey Center of Physical Therapy is here to optimize a healthy lifestyle for every individual, offering a range of specialty programs to accommodate all of our patients’ needs, with a focus on getting them to where they want to be — happy, healthy, and strong!  Yes, we treat all injuries and provide relief from discomfort — but we’re so much more than that, too. Here’s just a taste of what we can do for you:

      • Our Functional Movement Screenings identify and improve all areas of imbalance or weakness, which has been proven to prevent injury in those who are very active. Learn how our offices prevent ACL injuries in athletes.
          
      • Cardiac Physical Therapy is your next step after cardiac rehab. We pick up where cardiac rehab leaves off, to fully and safely get you back to all your favorite activities after a cardiac event. 
         
      • Our Metabolic Rehabilitation Program focuses on lowering glucose levels in our patients with diabetes, allowing them to live freely. Find out how we helped Carl lose 72 Pounds and 99 glucose points!
         
      • With Breast Cancer Rehabilitation, we can address all the side effects of treatment, including shoulder issues, lymphedema, neuropathy, and other complications. Best of all, we can reduce your fatigue and overall discomfort, helping you enjoy your life more fully.

 
Unlike other physical therapy offices, who tend to overschedule their patients, we offer each of our patients a full hour of skilled one-on-one care, provided by the most highly credentialed Doctors of Physical Therapy in the state.  And to make things easier for you, New Jersey is a Direct Access state, which means you can come straight to us for physical therapy anytime, without needing to stop for a prescription or referral first.

Call us today at 973-248-8111, to speak with our friendly Client Services Coordinators about what you’d like to get out of your physical therapy!  We will be happy to create a personalized plan just for you.

 

 




June 28, 2013

In Matthew’s many years of sports and training, he sustained not one, not two, but three concussions and was diagnosed with Post Concussive Syndrome. His consistent headaches were so unbearable that he was unable to attend school, participate in sports, and even lost sight of his normal teenage life. When it came down to the activities he loved most, Matthew felt in the dark and did not know if he would ever get his life back, but after starting our comprehensive Concussion Management and Rehabilitation Program, he realized there was light at the end of the tunnel.

One of our expert Doctors of Physical Therapy started Matthew’s journey with a comprehensive concussion analysis, identifying all of Matthew’s areas of needed improvement. Our signature hour of one-on-one care, paired with an exercise program specifically designed for Matthew, led to great success. We created this highly specialized program to focus on strengthening the function of his brain, which, in turn, remedied all of his concussion concerns and reduced the risk of future concussions! He is no longer experiencing visual disturbances, his endurance, agility, and memory are all significantly improved, and he has returned to his normal teenage life activities — he was even able to make it to prom this year!

Great job, Matthew! We are so happy to see you enjoy yourself again!

If you’ve experienced a concussion and don’t know where to start, give us a call at 973-917-3134 and we’ll lead the way!




April 10, 2013

Did you know that New Jersey is what’s called a Direct Access state? Receiving quality physical therapy care is far easier than you may think!

Direct Access is a law that was passed in New Jersey in 2003 that states that you do not need to obtain a referral or prescription before attending physical therapy! Physical therapists are credentialed and licensed healthcare providers who are specifically trained to diagnose, evaluate, and treat physical and movement-related concerns autonomously. Specifically at The New Jersey Center of Physical Therapy, 80% of our providers are both licensed Doctors of Physical Therapy and also Board Certified in one or several specialty areas. Believe it or not, less than 1% of all physical therapists in the nation have this dual distinction.

Why does this matter? Let’s look at the evidence. A recent scientific article from the well-respected journal, Health Services Research (HSR), showed that patients got better with fewer visits, and lowered the overall costs of their care, by visiting physical therapy offices directly rather than first going to a physician for a referral. That’s because the more quickly you begin PT after an injury, the more likely you are to avoid complications, reduce scarring, and simply get back on your feet faster.

In a separate article published in the Professional Case Management journal, Lynn Muller, one of our very own former patients and a registered nurse for over 30 years, describes her personal experience in our organization and how Direct Access made it possible for her to get back to action with physical therapy at our organization, after her total knee replacement. Muller explains how a Seattle medical center in a 2007 study discovered that, with the antiquated referral method, “patients were going through lengthy wait periods between tests, a reexamination by a doctor, and eventually referral to physical therapy.  It was not until the course of therapy was initiated that improvement was seen.” Muller goes on to explain the results of doing it the Direct Access way: “Patients benefited overall by receiving effective treatment earlier and reducing complications before they had an opportunity to set in.”

At The New Jersey Center of Physical Therapy, we happily welcome Direct Access patients. All you need to do is call our office, and one of our warm, welcoming front desk associates will be more than happy to get you on our schedule quickly for a full evaluation with one of our highly-skilled, board certified physical therapists — sometimes on the same day! And as always, if we determine that you need to see a medical doctor or another medical professional or get testing in conjunction with your PT care, we will help you find the provider who is right for you.

Call us today to get started 973-248-8111 — and if you’re already here with us, tell your friends and family about Direct Access to PT!

 




July 30, 2012

 
In our continuing effort to provide you with the most comfortable and enjoyable experience you’ll find in any healthcare office, we are now happy to offer FREE Wi-Fi Access in all our offices!  Please see any one of our friendly administrative team members at the front desk to obtain the password.  Enjoy!




June 18, 2012


Carl is a 35-year-old husband, father, and entrepreneur who was recently diagnosed with diabetes.  Being faced with Type 2 Diabetes at his young age was understandably quite a surprise and, as he puts it, “a wake-up call.”  Knowing the toll that this disease can take on the body, he realized he had two choices: either change his lifestyle or be tied to medication and possibly insulin injections for the rest of his life.

For Carl, the choice was clear — he decided to take his condition into his own hands, and signed up for our physical therapy program for people with diabetes, known as Metabolic Rehabilitation.  The results were astounding, as Carl himself notes:

”My blood glucose level before metabolic rehab was 186 fasting, with an A1C of 9.7 (very diabetic range).  After physical therapy, and with continued diet, the home exercises you prescribed, and some running, my fasting glucose is now 87 with an A1C of 5.3 (very NON-diabetic)!!  When I started dieting, before therapy, I was approximately 257 lbs.  I now weigh between 185-190 lbs, where I currently maintain.

Also, my cholesterol, lipids, and triglycerides were all off the map for years; now I am in the middle norm of those scales!!  Oh, and another thing, since we started this program and I started dieting healthfully, my carpal tunnel issues have virtually disappeared!!  Thank you all for really making this ideal vision of great health a reality for me!! I am eternally grateful!” 

Carl is now no longer considered diabetic, and everyone who knows him has been floored and inspired by the incredible difference in the way he looks and feels!  By continuing the same level of work and dedication he has shown throughout his recovery thus far, he will be able to live a long and happy, diabetes-free life with his wife and daughter!

You, too, can achieve amazing results of your own by enrolling in our Metabolic Rehabilitation program!  Whether you have diabetes, are considered “pre-diabetic,” or simply are at risk for developing diabetes in the future, call us today at 973-248-8111 to take action and start down your personal road to recovery!




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