Treatment for Knee Pain


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Knee pain can be caused by any number of things. The discomfort you feel as a result of Patellofemoral Dysfunction, though painful, can be treated. Elite Spine & Sports Care of Totowa therapists are experts at dealing with knee pain. Patellofemoral Dysfunction can be treated with alignment technique and strength training. Mostly young women and athletes suffer this condition. Initially the best way to treat it is to rest, but some physical therapy is recommended.  Physical Therapists at Elite Spine will address knee pain caused by Patellofemoral Dysfunction.


What is Patellofemoral Dysfunction?


Patellofemoral Dysfunction is pain that starts in the patellofemoral joint (between the knee cap and the thigh bone). It is very often caused by an injury to the knee or following knee surgery. If the knee cap doesn’t move properly within the groove on the the thigh bone, the irritation resulting causes intense pain.


How is Knee Pain caused by Patellofemoral Dysfunction treated?


The physical therapists at Elite Spine & Sports Care of Totowa have developed treatment that directly addresses the knee pain caused by Patellofemoral Dysfunction. Alignment technique and strength training are the focus of this treatment. The proper techniques and exercises will help build your quad muscles. Without surgery or medication you can get back to your normal activities free of pain.  


Seek Treatment at Elite Spine & Sports Care of Totowa


At Elite Spine our therapists welcome the opportunity to work with you to relieve pain. We are experienced at developing exercises and alignment techniques needed to alleviate knee pain. If you are having pain when going down stairs or when squatting you may be suffering from Patellofemoral Dysfunction. Call today to talk to an Elite Spine therapist who can determine the cause of your discomfort and form a treatment strategy. We can be reached at (862) 239-1768.


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Can Poor Posture Cause Headaches?

Physical Therapy Treatment for Poor Posture Headaches



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There are lots of reasons for headaches, but did you know that some can be the result of poor posture? A headache caused by neck muscle and joint strain from incorrect posture can be treated with Physical Therapy. Muscle and soft tissue strain can be resolved through exercise and physical therapy. The therapists at Elite Spine & Sports Care of Totowa will design a treatment regimen for your needs and alleviate the pain of headaches. We address the discomfort you suffer because poor posture can cause headaches.


Proper Skeletal Alignment is Important for Relief


At Elite Spine we offer physical therapy to our patients, stressing proper skeletal alignment. Chiropractic treatment, manual manipulation, proper stretching exercise and strengthening certain muscles are all ways of relieving headaches. Visiting our Passaic County clinic will educate you about knowing the things that trigger your headaches and how to work on relieving the symptoms.

Headaches are caused by a variety of factors – physical strain, poor posture, hormones, stress, sleep patterns. Concerning poor posture headaches, you need to be aware of how you use your body on a daily basis. Bending or hunching over for long periods of time can interfere with blood flow, cramping muscles and leading to headaches. Can poor posture cause headaches? Yes and at Elite Spine we offer headache relief without drugs, but with physical therapy.


Elite Spine & Sports Care of Totowa Can Be Your Guide to Headache Relief


Our Passaic County physical therapists can offer the alleviation of pain by teaching you proper body mechanics and good posture. An active routine can be sidelined by pain of any sort. The expert staff at Elite Spine will show you how to sit and stand with proper posture, how to exercise for maximum performance, and lead you to a happy, healthy life without headache pain. Don’t suffer the needless pain of unexplained headaches. Give us a call today for a physical therapy evaluation. We can be reached at (862) 239-1768.


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What Is Acupuncture?


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Acupuncture is a form of Eastern medicine that has been used for centuries to treat pain and other health issues. In the United States Acupuncture is considered an alternative treatment for a variety of conditions. It is a specialized form of therapy that implements a technique of treating pressure points on the skin that are thought to stimulate the central nervous system. This is accomplished by using precise, specially designed needles. The technique is practiced by qualified acupuncturists with training in this form of treatment. At Elite Spine and Sports Care of Totowa we offer Acupuncture for the wellness of our patients.


How Can Acupuncture Benefit Me?


Natural endorphins and other neurotransmitters act as painkillers for your body. These natural painkillers are thought to be much more potent than drugs and are stimulated by the implementation of Acupuncture. Acupuncture treatment is recommended for a variety of conditions such as allergies, headaches, anxiety, depression, back pain, and sciatica.


Pain Relief through Acupuncture in Passaic County


At Elite Spine & Sports Care of Totowa we have a staff of certified and experienced Acupuncturists to treat our patients. Our experts welcome the opportunity to answer questions while treating your pain with this restorative technique. If you are experiencing pain and wonder if Acupuncture can relieve your discomfort, give us a call at (862) 239-1768.


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What Is Massage Therapy?


massage therapy passaic county njMassage Therapy is the use of soft Tissue Manipulation to address stress, muscle fatigue, and soreness. It also is helpful in increasing circulation. Most of us think of massage for back pain, but it helps relieve pain all over the body. Treatment with our local Passaic County NJ Massage Therapy after injury is also an excellent use of this type of remedy for healing.


Treating Pain With Massage


Using massage therapy for treatment and prevention of injuries is a really good idea. This type of treatment relaxes and strengthens the muscles, and also improves circulation. Elite Spine and Sports Care of Totowa uses massage therapy as an integral ingredient in our Physical Therapy services. We have expert and experienced massage therapists who are here to aid in the return of full function of your muscles in pursuit of an active, physical life after injury.

Although massage is thought of as a relaxation therapy, it also used to address overworked or injured muscles. No matter how you approach massage, it must be acknowledged that it can be useful for a strong healthy body, and for rehabilitation after injury. Relaxing and strengthening those painful muscles after injury or over use and repetitive motion are important in the rehabilitation process. Massage helps increase a body’s flexibility and gets you back to a pain free existence.


When Should Massage Be Used?


Some of the conditions for which Massage Therapy is most useful are:

  • Lower Back Pain
  • Range of Motion
  • Atrophied Muscles
  • Recovery from strenuous workouts
  • Scar Tissue and stretch marks
  • Post-op soreness and swelling
  • Spasms and cramping
  • Migraine pain

The techniques utilized by the massage therapists at Elite Spine & Sports Care of Totowa stretch tight, atrophied or injured muscles. They increase joint flexibility and release endorphins or amino acids, the body’s natural painkiller. Athletes, in particular, benefit from massage by getting their muscular alignment back in action.

Seek Help From the Professionals


The massage therapists at Elite Spine & Sports Care of Totowa are experienced in fitting this type of therapy into a recovery plan. If you are suffering pain because of an injury or from over-working your joints and muscles, call us to schedule a massage session. We are focused on relieving your pain and on educating you in ways of preventing injury in the future. Give us a call today at (862) 239-1768.


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Hip Sprains and Strains



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Injuring the hip by spraining or straining it can be very painful. It will affect much more than just the hip. A severe hip sprain makes getting up and walking difficult and uncomfortable. Locating the area of injury and focusing on healing is important for returning to full use of the leg and hip. Working with a Passaic County physical therapist will help strengthen the muscles and ligaments surrounding the hip. The muscles in the upper thigh, including the hip flexors, quads, hamstring muscles and glutes need to be strong and flexible. This protects the labrum, which is the circle of cartilage that surrounds the hip joint socket. Injury can cause this to tear and result in movement limitation and pain.  Elite Spine & Sports Care of Totowa recommends physical therapy for hip sprains & strains.



What Causes Hip Sprain?



The labrum, which cradles the ball at the top of your femur, keeping it in place, is vulnerable to injury. Injuries can be caused by repetitive movement from practicing yoga, ballet dancing, playing soccer, basketball or football. Injury to this area can also be caused by a hard fall. Some people have structural abnormalities in the hip which can lead to a hip labral tear.



Conditioning and Strengthening Muscles and Ligaments



Being aware of your body’s limitations is important for preventing injuries. When the mobility of hip joints is limited and causing pain, physical therapy may be needed. Our Physical Therapy team at Elite Spine & Sports Care of Totowa can formulate a plan of exercise that offers proper alignment, stretching and strengthening the hips. With these conditioning exercises you will be able to get back to full performance. We will also teach you how to avoid future injuries in the hip area.



Hip Sprains and Strains Can Be Treated with Physical Therapy



The professional expertise offered by our Physical Therapy team at Elite Spine can be invaluable in alleviating pain. If you have injured your hip by spraining or straining it, or by the impact of a fall, you need pain relief. We can devise a plan of stretching and strengthening the hip area, and getting you returned to the activities you enjoy. If you are experiencing pain in your hip, please call us at (862) 239-1768 for a full evaluation.

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.


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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.


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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 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.