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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 Paramus Orthopedic 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. If physical therapy is an appropriate avenue, we’ll develop a treatment plan that will guide the rest of your visits. Conversely, if another form of treatment would be better for you, we’ll help you find the right specialist.

Our ultimate goal at POPT 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 physical 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 physical 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, a clinic 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 Paramus PT, 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 specific concern, 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!

April 10, 2015

Wondering if Paramus Orthopedic Physical Therapy treats the condition you are experiencing? It’s a common question we receive! While we’d love to give you a quick answer, the truth may be different than what you were expecting. Here’s what we mean by that…

At POPT, we don’t begin with the condition. We start with you. We stand on the belief that there is more to physical therapy than a bulleted list of conditions. We will treat you as a unique individual because that is what you are!

What our Doctors of Physical Therapy Treat

Our highly skilled Doctors of Physical Therapy help patients overcome all sorts of conditions, from back, neck, knee, or other joint pain, to sports injuries and performance enhancement. We also treat chronic conditions like arthritis and osteoporosis. Spending quality, one-on-one time with our patients is how we achieve success. Your treatment plan, and the treatment you receive, is individualized to your unique situation.

If your case is complicated, we’d love to help you. Our doctors have had experience with patients who have diabetes, concussions, neurological conditions, and fibromyalgia. In addition, we have a number of specialty programs: Cardiac Physical Therapy, Metabolic Rehabilitation for Diabetes, ACL Injury Prevention and Rehabilitation, Breast Cancer Rehabilitation, and Concussion Management.

We encourage patients with these and other complex conditions to reach out. Additionally, the dynamic relationships we have with many MDs, surgeons, and other healthcare professionals allow us to take a team approach to your care. We will guide you in exploring all your options and determining what treatment is best for you.

Take Action

There is no need to go another day without taking action. Physical therapy can help you, and thanks to our unique approach, your experience at POPT will be different than any other physical therapy you may have received. We will treat you as an individual, not as a list of symptoms.

The next step is up to you. We encourage you to call and speak with our Client Care team. Tracy is here and ready to help you on a path toward healing. We care about you, we have the expertise to treat your condition, and we want you to feel better.

Have questions? Call us or send us an email and let’s talk about it.

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.

Paramus Orthopedic 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 201-880-9810, 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.



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