Herniated Disc Treatment

What Causes A Herniated Disc?


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The bones that make up the spine are cushioned by discs. These discs, which are like pillows, consist of a tough outer layer (annulus) that surrounds a softer inner layer (nucleus). These discs act as shock absorbers for the vertebrae that make up your spine. When a rupture or tear in the outer layer of a disc allows a small amount of the inner layer to escape into the spinal canal – this causes a herniated disc. This condition makes the disc press on a nerve producing pain. This pain is often mild, but sometimes can become quite severe and require treatment. Although herniated discs are most common in the lower back, they can occur elsewhere along the spine. Sometimes the herniation occurs in the neck. The area of pain depends upon what part of the spine is affected.

A strain event or injury can cause a herniated disc. Natural degeneration as you get older can mean that a minor strain or twist will cause a disc to rupture. Some people have an inherited predisposition for this condition. Poor posture and lack of movement can also cause a herniated disc.  Therapists at Elite Spine & Sports Care of Totowa offer herniated disc treatment.


What Are Symptoms of a Herniated Disc?


Pinched nerves caused by a herniated disc can cause mild pain, or a real debilitating discomfort. You may experience numbness and tingling in the lower back. Since the nervous system is all connected, pressure on the spine can cause pain throughout the body. This pressure on the nerve can also be felt in the arms and/or legs. Physical Therapy helps you to improve potential causes of disc herniation and get back to moving properly.


How Is A Herniated Disc Treated?


Most often non-surgical treatment is the solution to a Herniated Disc. A mixture of manual manipulation, therapeutic exercises, Deep Tissue Laser Therapy, and other therapeutic modalities can limit and even eliminate the effects of disc herniation. The Physical Therapists at Elite Spine & Sports Care of Totowa are able to help you address the pain associated with a herniated disc. Preparing the muscles around the spine to correct your posture is essential in pain relief. Deep Tissue Laser Therapy gets into the tissue and muscles and relieves pain associated with a herniated disc. Exercises designed to strengthen the muscles and relieve discomfort are also offered. Learning what techniques work best for your body and the pain you are experiencing from a herniated disc will help to prevent future problems with your spine. Physical Therapy for a herniated disc offers a nonsurgical and drug free treatment.


Pain Relief with Physical Therapy


The licensed and certified therapists at Elite Spine & Sports Care of Totowa are experienced in treating the discomfort caused by a herniated disc. Our expert staff are dedicated to helping patients gain strength and mobility while relieving the pain of a herniated disc. If you are experiencing pain in your lower back or in your neck, it could be a herniated disc. If you are diagnosed with this condition, you will undoubtedly be referred for therapy. Give Elite Spine a call and speak to one of our therapists about eliminating pain through exercise and physical therapy. We can be reached at (862) 239-1768. Elite Spine accepts most insurance plans.


Offering Totowa NJ Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation During The Corona Virus Pandemic


totowa nj physical therapyAs the Covid-19 pandemic drags on, you may wonder if Elite Spine & Sports Care is open to administer to the well being of local Totowa and Passaic County NJ patients. Yes!, we are open during the Covid-19 Pandemic and will continue to be open to serve your health, rehabilitation, Chiropractic, spine & sports care needs.


We Are Following All CDC Protocols


We are following all precautions and adhering to CDC protocols to help prevent the spread of the virus. Along with cleaning and disinfecting surfaces between patients, we are wearing face coverings and gloves. We ask that patients wear masks as well. We are spacing appointments to keep everyone at a safe distance from each other. Staff and therapists are washing hands vigorously and often.

Our First Priority Is Your Health and Safety


Elite Spine & Sports Care of Totowa is always available to help relieve your pain and discomfort after injury or surgery. We are also experienced in pre-conditioning to prevent pain or injury. Our staff have been caring for people of all ages for many years and are experienced in all forms of physical therapy. We prefer to alleviate pain without surgery or medication. You can feel comfortable that we are here to treat your discomfort in a clean, safe environment where all Covid-19 precautions are being strictly followed. If you are experiencing pain or have been referred for physical therapy by a doctor, our therapists are here to help as always. Give us a call at (862) 239-1768 for an appointment.


Our Services In Totowa, New Jersey

Spring Sports Activities – Are You Ready?

Spring Sports – Starting a Little Later Than We’d Like


Totowa NJ Physical TherapyWe’ve all been stuck inside for a bit longer than usual. This has been a frustrating but necessary loss of outdoor activity due to the coronavirus crisis and the need for social distancing to keep us free from infection. It has also been because of winter and weather, which always play a part in our seasonal inactivity.  With these two factors in mind, the question is – is your body ready for active outdoor sports? Let’s be optimistic and assume we will be able to make use of the parks for running and walking. Here’s hoping outdoor tennis courts will reopen, and outdoor basketball courts and ball fields will be free to play on. If the authorities say it is safe, we can all return to our favorite spring outdoor activities shortly. Re-starting an active sports regimen can often lead to damage and injury if done in too much of a hurry. Our Physical Therapists offer a way to start spring sports activities with proper preparation and conditioning.


Start Slow And Get Ready To Be Active


Stretching is a good way to get the muscles limber. A great way to get your body ready for  spring sports activities is by stretching. Brisk walking is also a good low level activity to get your muscles flexible. Being aware of your body’s posture and alignment are an important precursor to re-starting sports. Physical Therapists at Elite Spine & Sports Care of Totowa are ready to devise a plan for you to ease your way into the active life you have been missing.


Schedule An Appointment With Our Physical Therapy Staff


Call us at (862) 239-1768 today and talk to a member of our staff about physical therapy for starting an active sports life after months of inactivity. At Elite Spine we are focused on helping you to have an active life without pain or injury.


COVID-19: Sanitizing – Screening – Limiting Contact


https://elitespinenj.com/open during covid 19 crisisElite Spine & Sports Care of Totowa is open, offering our services to those who need them. We are taking every precaution, and adhering to CDC guidelines for limiting personal contact in this COVID-19 crisis. We are sanitizing our equipment after each patient has used them. This will allow you to have fresh, sanitary equipment and facilities. We are limiting the volume of patients, and we are using face masks and gloves.

We also screen patients as they enter our clinic by taking their temperature and making sure they are not exhibiting any coronavirus symptoms outlined by the CDC.  We are committed to using the necessary precautions during the COVID-19 crisis.


Seeing Patients Safely | Elite Spine Totowa NJ


Elite Spine & Sports Care of Totowa is seeing patients, although on a limited
basis. If you are referred for physical therapy of any kind please call
for a consultation with our staff regarding the condition you need treatment
for. We are here to give therapeutic care to anyone who needs it.

Our patients are always our primary concern. Elite doctors and therapists are taking every precaution to make our patients comfortable and feel safe having treatment during this time. Give us a call today at (862) 239-1768 to discuss
therapy options.

Using precautions during the COVID-19 crisis is utmost in our minds!

Treating Lumbar Spinal Stenosis

What Is Lumbar Spinal Stenosis?


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Lumbar Spinal Stenosis is a narrowing of the spinal canal in your lower back. The lumbar area is the lower part of your back. Spinal stenosis can occur in any part of your back, but the most common area for problems is the lower back or lumbar area. Lumbar Spinal Stenosis is what occurs when the spinal canal narrows and causes pressure on the spinal cord. This pressure results in pain and burning in the legs. The chiropractors and therapists at Elite Spine & Sports Care of Totowa are experts at treating the pain of Lumbar Spinal Stenosis.

What Causes Lumbar Spinal Stenosis?

Typically, Lumbar Spinal Stenosis is caused by the gradual wear and tear that
your joints suffer over time. This is known as osteoarthritis. This condition
causes changes in people by age 50. People who develop spinal stenosis are usually
50 or older, and it happens more commonly in women. Lumbar Spinal Stenosis can also
be caused by an injury to the spine, and by a past surgery of the spine. Other
possible causes are rheumatoid arthritis, bone diseases, spinal tumors.

Symptoms and Treatment

There are sometimes no early symptoms of Lumbar Spinal Stenosis. The signs of this
condition develop over time. Some symptoms are:

  • Back pain
  • Burning sensation travelling into the buttocks and down into the legs
  • Numbness, tingling, cramping of the legs
  • Loss of sensation in the feet, or a weakness in the foot that causes it to slap
    down when walking

If you develop more acute symptoms or pain in the lumbar region, you should consult
a doctor right away.

Physical Therapy NJ Elite Spine & Sports Care of TotowaElite Spine & Sports Care physical therapists use Flexion Distraction Therapy in treating Lumbar Spinal Stenosis. This is a non-surgical solution that opens the spinal canal and relieves the pressure to the spinal cord that is causing the pain. Flexion Distraction Therapy is a chiropractic technique that increases the motion of the spine and takes the pressure off the spinal nerves. It is performed on a table that moves in a gentle motion, allowing the spine to flex. At the same time a chiropractor will use manual manipulation to address disc herniation or bulging. The goal of this treatment is to get the spine to move correctly and relieve pressure.

Seek Help for Lumbar Spinal Stenosis

Our chiropractors and physical therapists at Elite Spine & Sports Care of Totowa are
experienced in the use of Flexion Distraction Therapy for Lumbar Spinal Stenosis. We
look forward to discussing this treatment with you and answering any questions you may
have. Our focus is always to relieve your pain and allow you to get back to normal.

Call us at (862) 239-1768 or stop in to make an appointment with one of our
expert therapists at 349-351 Union Boulevard, Totowa, NJ.

Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization


What is IASTM?


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IASTM is Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization. It is a physical therapy treatment used to alleviate pain and promote healing. At Elite Spine & Sports Care of Totowa we treat Passaic County patients for a variety of conditions with this form of therapy. We use specially designed hand held tools to locate and treat problems that arise within the soft tissue parts of your body. IASTM is used to alleviate symptoms including limited range of motion, pain during motion and muscle issues.


What Conditions are treated with Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization?


Conditions such as plantar fasciitis, tendonitis, tennis elbow or golfer’s elbow,
and rotator cuff injuries can be treated with IASTM. After an injury it is often necessary for a therapist
to stimulate a local inflammatory response by using IASTM. A controlled microtrauma
is introduced to the affected soft tissue area. This promotes removal of excess scar
tissue and allows the healing process to begin. Better movement and muscle use result,
thus your pain is relieved.


Physical Therapy using IASTM relieves pain


If you are suffering from any form of tendonitis, plantar fasciitis, tennis elbow or
golfer’s elbow, or a rotator cuff injury Elite Spine therapists using IASTM can help.
Give us a call at (862) 239-1768 or visit us at 349-351 Union Boulevard, Totowa, NJ.

Patellofemoral Dysfunction and Knee Pain

Knee Pain Treatment | Passaic County Physical Therapy


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Lots of things cause knee discomfort. The irritation resulting from Patellofemoral Dysfunction is painful but can be treated. At Elite Spine & Sports Care of Totowa we are experts at dealing with knee pain. Patellofemoral Dysfunction can be treated with alignment technique and strength training. This condition is most often found in young women and athletes. The best initial treatment is rest, but some physical therapy is recommended.


What is Patellofemoral Dysfunction?


The patella is the kneecap, and it articulates the thigh bone (femur) and thus protects
the knee joint. Patellofemoral Dysfunction refers to pain that starts in the patellofemoral
joint (which is between the knee cap and the thigh bone). Usually it occurs after an injury
to the knee or following knee surgery. When the knee cap doesn’t move properly within the groove
on the thigh bone the resulting irritation causes intense pain.


What is the Treatment for Patellofemoral Dysfunction?


At Elite Spine & Sports Care of Totowa we have developed physical therapy that directly addresses
Patellofemoral Dysfunction pain. Alignment technique and strength training are the focus of
treatment for this problem. With the proper techniques and exercises in place, you should be able
to build your quad muscles. This will enable you to get back to your normal active routine
without pain. There is no surgery or medication involved in our treatment for Patellofemoral


Talk to Expert Physical Therapists at Elite Spine for Treatment


Our physical therapists at Elite Spine & Sports Care of Totowa welcome the opportunity to work
with you to develop exercises to deal with your knee pain. We are experienced in the alignment
techniques needed to relieve your discomfort. If you are experiencing pain when descending stairs
or when squatting you may be suffering from Patellofemoral Dysfunction. Call Elite Spine today
for an appointment to determine the cause of your pain and form a treatment strategy. Call us at
(862) 239-1768 or drop in for a consultation at 349-351 Union Boulevard, Totowa, NJ.


Physical Therapy for Headaches Caused by Poor Posture

Physical Therapy | Headaches | Poor Posture


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Did you know that Physical Therapy is suggested for patients troubled with headaches caused by poor posture? A headache caused by strain in the neck muscles and joints from incorrect posture can be treated. Bad breathing habits, muscle and soft tissue strains can be resolved. Through exercise and physical therapy the pain of headaches can be alleviated. The therapists at Elite Spine & Sports Care of Totowa will design a treatment program for your individual needs and help you get rid of those headaches.  Physical Therapy | Headaches | Poor Posture – addressing these three is the focus of consultation with Elite Spine.




Headaches from Poor Posture Relieved


Elite Spine offers physical therapy to our Passaic County patients by stressing the importance of proper skeletal alignment. Chiropractic care, manual manipulation, proper stretching exercises and strengthening certain muscles are paths to headache relief. You do not have to suffer from headaches. A visit to our clinic in Totowa can lead to knowing the things that trigger your headaches and working to relieve the symptoms.

Headaches are caused by so many things – physical strain, poor posture, hormones, stress, sleep patterns. Where posture is concerned you need to be aware of your body. Bending or hunching over for long periods of time can interfere with blood flow, cramping muscles and leading to headaches. At Elite Spine we offer solutions to headaches without drugs – but with physical therapy.


Seek Relief at Elite Spine & Sports Care of Totowa


Our Passaic County physical therapists can offer relief from pain by teaching you proper body mechanics and good posture. When you are in pain it is difficult to maintain an active routine. The experienced staff at Elite Spine show you how to sit and stand with correct posture, how to exercise for maximum performance and lead a happy, healthy life without headache pain. If you suffer from unexplained headaches, call us today at (862) 239-1768 or come in for a consultation at 349-351 Union Boulevard, Totowa, NJ.

Advantages of Chiropractic Care in Passaic County

The Advantages of Chiropractic Care in Passaic County


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What are the advantages of Chiropractic Care in Passaic County?  With all the benefits attributed to chiropractic care, Elite Spine and Sports Care of Totowa wishes to share this information with the Passaic County community. Studies have shown that chiropractic care helps athletes of all ages, and also benefits our aging population. Our focus is on helping patients to have happier and healthier lives.


Let’s get rid of pain without surgery or painkillers!


Our Passaic County Chiropractic Care stresses non-pharmacologic choices to address chronic pain. Your body is able to learn to defend itself without pills and eliminate them altogether. Our staff is ready to help you achieve the goal of being without pain. They want you to be able to do this non-surgically and without drugs. Our chiropractic care professionals are centered around you and health and wellness, focusing on your individual needs. Whether your pain is a result of a sports injury or just the aches attributed to getting older and not using the muscles you once did, Passaic County Chiropractic Care is here to help.


In what ways can Chiropractic Care help you?


Elite Spine & Sports Care of Totowa Chiropractic Care is designed to treat complaints of back pain, neck pain, joint pain, headaches and other neuromusculoskeletal problems. Our patient process includes an examination, diagnosis and some form of treatment. Many times adjustments are what is needed, but therapeutic and rehabilitative exercises are often recommended. Changes in your lifestyle will also benefit your health and wellness in the treatment of pain.


Seek Chiropractic Care from Elite Spine and Sports Care of Totowa


Our therapists welcome the opportunity to advise you of the chiropractic care available in Passaic County. We want to answer any questions you may have regarding our techniques. Allow our knowledge and experience to be a guide to good health and fitness with the benefits of chiropractic care. Call Elite Spine & Sports Care of Totowa at (862) 239-1768 or come in for a visit at 349-351 Union Boulevard, Totowa, NJ.

Massage Therapy Solutions

What is Massage Therapy & What Issues Can it Solve?

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Massage Therapy is widely known and widely used for a lot of different reasons. After all, simply hearing the word massage brings visions of relaxing indulgence or perhaps a day at the spa. The trained NJ massage therapists at Elite Spine and Sports Care of Totowa use massage techniques to get you back in action after an injury.  Massage can compliment a course of treatment or serve as the course of treatment for athletes, both novice and professional.

What Is Massage Therapy?

The practice of massage involves utilizing soft tissue manipulation techniques to address stress, muscle fatigue, and soreness. In addition, massage therapy increases circulation which is helpful for the body to heal itself. Although massages are most commonly associated with back pain, it can help with pain relief all over the body.

What Issues Can Massage Therapy Address?

  • Low-back pain
  • Range of motion
  • Atrophied muscles
  • Recovery from strenuous workouts
  • Increase joint flexibility
  • Scar tissue and stretch marks
  • Post-op soreness and swelling
  • Spasms and cramping
  • Release endorphins/amino acids, the body’s natural painkiller
  • Migraine pain

Massage can be used as way to reduce pain and swelling while at the same time increasing flexibility and range of motion. Manipulating muscles and working through stress pockets can be helpful in getting a body back in action. Athletes, in particular, can benefit from massage, getting their muscular alignment back in action. The massage therapy available at Elite Spine and Sports Care, in Totowa NJ and around Passaic County, is designed to help you reach your full athletic potential.

Schedule an appointment today!

Contact our team at Elite Spine and Sports Care of Totowa NJ today to schedule one of our Passaic County Massage Therapists. Our educated, experienced, and knowledgeable staff can help you learn more about how massage therapy can fit in with your recovery plan. Our physical therapists are here to address your areas of pain while helping you learn more about our therapy services and what issues they can solve.