Physical Therapy Using Therapeutic Tape

Different Forms of Physical Therapy


therapeutic taping in Fort Lee

Physical Therapy is meant to relieve pain and restore health and strength after you have sustained an injury. It is also used after surgery. Physical Therapy heals joints and muscles so you can get back to everyday function and movement. Therapeutic Taping, or Kinesiology Taping is a form of Physical Therapy, and can work along with other types of rehabilitation. A Fort Lee Physical Therapist will be happy to discuss physical therapy using therapeutic tape and whether it is a good fit for your particular needs.


What is Kinesiology Tape?


Kinesiology Tape is bright colored tape used in Physical Therapy. It is applied to support tendons, muscles and joints in your shoulder, back, knees and arms. Standard athletic tape restricts joints, but Kinesiology Tape is flexible and makes movement easier while it supports the joint or muscle that has been injured and is giving you pain.


What Is Therapeutic Taping Used For?


Therapeutic Taping is used for several reasons. While it seems to be just pulling on your skin, the tape is helping the tissue underneath heal by increasing blood flow and movement. The application of Kinesiology Tape lengthens the effect of other physical therapy manipulatons. It also helps with the alignment of joints and aids the sensory nervous system on the path to recovery. The tape is often used post-surgery or in treating an injury to make recovery time shorter. Therapeutic taping us sometimes used to stop swelling and muscle spasms, and also to increase blood circulation. Injured athletes use it if they have difficulty getting their muscles to function properly.


Therapeutic Taping in Fort Lee


Our team at Elite Spine & Sports Care of Fort Lee are trained in the many applications of Physical Therapy, including the use of Therapeutic Taping. If you have been injured or are recovering from surgery, give us a call at (201) 592-0800 to schedule a consultation regarding physical therapy treatment, and learn the benefits of Therapeutic Taping.


Offering Rehabilitation, Spine & Sports Care During The Corona Virus Pandemic


Massage Therapy Passaic County NJAs the Covid-19 pandemic drags on, you may wonder if Elite Spine & Sports Care is open to administer to the well being of local Fort Lee and Bergen 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 Fort Lee 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 (201) 592-0800 for an appointment.

How Does Massage Therapy Work?

How Does Massage Therapy Work? What Conditions Can It Treat?

massage therapy fort lee njMassage Therapy is a surprisingly common practice across the medical field. Although the most well-known purpose of a massage is for relaxation and stress relief, it can also be used to treat difficult medical conditions without the use of synthetic and potentially dangerous drugs. Massage Therapy has the potential to be a standalone or complementary therapeutic function to ensure the best medicinal results. Our Fort Lee NJ Massage Therapists are trained to ensure you can get back into the action and feeling better as soon as possible, regardless of your condition.

What Is It?

Massage Therapy is a Soft Tissue Manipulation technique that helps to address and treat muscle fatigue, stress, and pain. However, the benefits don’t end there! Soft Tissue Manipulation helps to increase blood flow due to the pressure and movement experienced during massages. By increasing blood flow, Massage Therapists are able to promote natural healing to specific areas. Natural healing is a way to minimize or eliminate potentially dangerous medications.

What Conditions Does Massage Treat?

  • 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

Massages can be used in Physical Therapy to reduce pain and swelling as well as increasing range of motion and flexibility. The most important part of Physical Therapy is getting the body back to functioning like it once did. Massage allows Physical Therapists to work in localized areas to increase movement almost instantly!

Major Benefits For Athletes Too!

This method of treatment is commonly used in Physical Therapy for healing purposes following surgery, injury, or chronic pain but it also has major benefits for athletes! Because Massage is designed to help get the body back into motion, a therapy session following a sports injury can help to increase blood flow & range of motion while reducing pain and soreness allowing the athlete to get back in the game as soon as possible!

The Elite Spine & Sports Care of Fort Lee MT Team

The team of Physical Therapy experts at Elite Spine & Sports Care of Fort Lee NJ are ready to help you get back on your feet with our professional Massage Therapy services. Whether you’re an athlete or recovering from a surgery, the Physical Therapist are trained and certified to help you relieve your pain and increase your movement. Contact the Bergen County Massage Therapists at Elite Spine & Sports Care today to schedule your appointment!

Treating the Pain of a Herniated Disc

What is a Herniated Disc?


Herniated Disc Therapy Fort Lee NJYour spine is made up of bones or vertebrae that are stacked. Discs lie between these bones. The discs are made of a soft nucleus encased inside a rubbery, tougher outer covering. When there is a tear in the outer covering and some of the inner nucleus leaks out, you experience a herniated disc. Depending upon where in the spine the herniation occurs, it can cause pain, numbing or weakening in the arm or leg. Most times herniated discs occur in the lower back, or the neck. If the disc is pressing on a nerve, you experience pain and numbness. A herniated disc can be presented by slight aches, while at other times you will be unable to continue any physical activity.  Physical Therapists at Elite Spine are experienced at treating the pain of a herniated disc.



What Causes a Herniated Disc?


Age is one factor that contributes to the occurrence of a herniated disc. If you engage in physically demanding pursuits at your job or in exercising, that is often a cause of disc herniation. Some people inherit a tendency toward developing this condition.


How is a Herniated Disc Treated?



In most cases a physical examination and medical history are all it takes for a doctor to diagnose a herniated disc. Your doctor may suggest that you modify physical activity, and prescribe pain medication. This usually relieves the discomfort for most people in a week or two. Cortisone injections or muscle relaxers may be needed if symptoms persist. A doctor may also suggest physical therapy. A trained physical therapist will demonstrate positions and exercises that are designed to alleviate the pain of a herniated disc. It is possible, in rare cases, that surgery is  called for.

The physical therapists at Elite Spine & Sports Care of Fort Lee can offer exercises designed to address the pain. Deep Tissue Laser Therapy is also used to get deep into the muscles and relieve the pain of a herniated disc without medication or surgery. We are experienced in the treatment of herniated discs, and will provide you with the necessary tools to relieve your discomfort, and ease you into a pain-free enjoyment of your favorite activities.


Physical Therapy Help is Available for Herniated Discs


Fortunately, non surgical treatment is the most common form of relief for herniated discs. If you are feeling pain or numbness in your arms or legs, or in your lower back, you may have a herniated disc. Call Elite Spine in Fort Lee to let our specialists determine the cause of your pain. We can then design a form of physical therapy treatment that will work to strengthen and stabilize the muscles surrounding your spine and relieve the pain of a herniated disc.

Call us at (201) 592-0800 for an appointment. We are taking all Covid-19 precautions that limit personal contact.


Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation After Surgery | Elite Spine & Sports Care of Fort Lee NJ

physical therapy fort lee njPost-operation rehabilitative therapy is critical to recovery! While surgery makes repairs to your body, the need to adjust and retrain your body afterward is so important. The process of getting healthy after surgery always takes time.  With dedication and hard work on your part it is achievable. You have a large role to play on the road to recovery and Elite Spine and Sports Care of Fort Lee is dedicated to helping you navigate that road. We will get you back in action as soon as possible after surgery.


How soon after surgery should physical therapy begin?


This depends on the surgery. Many patients can begin physical therapy within a few hours after an operation, while others should wait a few days. With some operations, such as the repair of a broken bone, you may be required to keep it immobilized. This will make recovery take a little longer. With other procedures, you may be referred to a qualified rehabilitation care facility to begin work on recovery right away.


Should you prepare for post-surgery rehabilitation?


Being in good physical health before the operation is optimal. This will dictate the success of the surgery and also speed recovery. It’s easier to start rehabilitation after a surgical procedure if you were in good physical condition before it was undertaken. Doctors can suggest Pre-operative Physical Therapy if it is recommended. See our Pre-Operation Page to learn more.


What to expect from physical therapy and rehabilitation after surgery


A Bergen County Physical Therapist is able to design a post-surgery plan for your rehabilitation therapy. Individually focused on the area of your operation, this plan is what will work best for you. The plan should include reduction of swelling, addressing pain, and healing. It will focus on mobility of joints, flexibility, and building strength. The program will adjust as you recuperate, but will initially stress healing and preparation for the work ahead in your full recovery.


The biggest factor in recovery is YOU!


If you are determined to regain strength and mobility after surgery, this focus will speed recovery. This means a commitment to the plan recommended for you by a physical therapist. Getting back in shape after an operation takes work and dedication to a rehabilitative program. There is no reason why you shouldn’t get back to achieving an active life.  That’s what Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation are all about!


Post-operation Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation at Elite Spine & Sports Care of Fort Lee NJ

The physical therapists at Elite Spine & Sports Care of Fort Lee are always ready to design a program for your rehabilitation after an operation. Call today at (201) 592-0800, or visit us at 1622 Parker Ave, Suite 2B, Fort Lee, NJ.


Back & Knee Pain When Doing Yard Work

Avoiding Back & Knee Pain When Working in Your Yard

Fort Lee NJ Physical Therapy After Yard Work
Yard work can be very satisfying. You might even think the results justify the aches and pain endured. You shouldn’t have to experience back & knee pain when doing yard work, and the physical therapists at
Elite Spine & Sports Care of Fort Lee are here to help.

Why Is Gardening So Hard on the Body?

When working in your garden you are repeating the same movements over and over. You are also staying in the same position, straining muscles, joints, and ligaments. You are often sitting or kneeling in the same position for extended periods. This puts pressure on the knees and joints. Shoveling, pulling weeds, or using clippers also strains muscles. Preparing your muscles and posture are ways of minimizing the pain caused by hours of work in your yard.

Ways to Avoid Back and Knee Pain While Working


    1. Stretch – Stretch before you start, during, and after. Stretching is good for keeping the muscles limber.
    2. Change positions – Finish two jobs by alternating between the two and changing positions. Alternating between several tasks is even better.
    3. Posture is important – Don’t hunch, and don’t cross your legs. These may feel like the most comfortable positions at the time, but you will feel the effects later on.
    4. Use Knee Pads – Knee pads not only provide relief for the knees, but they also keep the knees clean.
    5. Alignment and posture are essential to body comfort and are especially necessary when performing yard work.

Seek Help For Pain From Yard Work


To minimize the pain and aches associated with yard work, help from our physical therapy team at Elite Spine & Sports Care is a good idea. We can prepare you for the task ahead, or relieve the pain after yard work. Call us today at (201) 592-0800 for a full evaluation by our experienced staff. We can devise a plan of therapy and treatment to alleviate your pain.


Computer Use Causes Neck Pain you experienced aching and pain in your neck after working in front of a computer for several hours? Although our bodies are very flexible we tend to hold our heads and necks in an odd position when on the computer and this leads to pain. Physical Therapy helps with healing and pain prevention now and in the future.

When we are working in front of a computer, we develop poor posture habits that can build up over time and cause real damage. Physical therapists at Elite Spine & Sports Care of Fort Lee can assess the damage and recommend exercises and stretches to help heal the pain. They will also determine whether chiropractic treatment is necessary.  Our therapists are focused on providing physical therapy for neck pain from computer use.



Simple Exercises to Alleviate Neck Pain after Computer Use



1. Roll your shoulders up and hold for 5 seconds

2. Roll your shoulders back and hold for 5 seconds

3. Roll your shoulders down and hold for 5 seconds

4. Scapular Squeeze – squeeze your shoulders together while sitting
    up straight Hold this position for 5 seconds Repeat 10 times


Posture Plays a Part in Neck Pain


These exercises help relieve pain from computer use, but don’t forget that your posture is an important factor in this discomfort. Proper posture can be a preventative measure against neck pain caused by computer use.  Physical Therapy for neck pain from computer use and poor posture is offered at Elite Spine.


Physical Therapy in Bergen County Relieves Pain


The therapists at Elite Spine & Sports Care of Fort Lee will determine which
muscle group requires strengthening, and recommend ways to improve your posture.
We offer exercises and stretches to eliminate the pain of daily computer use.
In this time of working from home, the pain caused by computer use is so much
more prevalent. While we totally endorse staying home during the coronavirus
crisis, if the pain becomes unbearable, seek help from our highly trained
physical therapists. We are using all possible precautions to keep you safe
and healthy, but we want you to be free of pain as well. Give us a call at
(201) 592-0800 for an appointment with one of Elite Spine’s therapists.


COVID-19: Sanitizing – Screening Patients – Limiting Contact


Elite-Fort Lee - front deskElite Spine & Sports Care of Fort Lee 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 facilities after each patient has used them. This will allow you to have fresh, sanitary equipment and facilities for your use. We are limiting the volume of patients, and we are using face masks and gloves. Elite is committed to using the necessary precautions during the Covid-19 crisis.

We screen patients as they enter our clinic by taking their temperature and by making sure they are not exhibiting any coronavirus symptoms outlined by the CDC.



Seeing Patients Safely | Elite Spine Fort Lee NJ



Elite Spine & Sports Care of Fort Lee 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 (201) 592-0800 to discuss
therapy options.

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

Physical Therapy for Hip Sprains and Strains

Hip Sprains & Strains

If you have ever suffered a hip sprain or strain, you know it is very painful.Haedon NJ physical therapy
A sprain or strain of the hip affects more than just the hip. It makes walking difficult and standing up uncomfortable. At Elite Spine & Sports Care of Fort Lee, our physical therapists will help focus on the area of injury and work at healing the pain. We work to strengthen the muscles and ligaments that surround the hip with physical therapy for hip sprains.



Hip Sprain & Strain Treatment


Legs are connected to hip joints and keeping the ligaments and muscles in the
upper thigh strong and flexible is essential. This includes hip flexors, quads,
hamstring muscles and glutes. Hip sprain therapy stretches and strengthens the
glutes while protecting your hip joints and avoiding sprains and strains. Such
activities as yoga, ballet, or leg exercises make the hip joint vulnerable by
repetitive movement. Knowing your limitations as far as physical activity is an
important part of keeping the hip joint free from pain. Our therapists help you
heal after a hip sprain or strain and prepare you to avoid future injuries. We
accomplish this with physical therapy for hip sprains and strains.



Keep Your Hips Sprain or Strain Free with Physical Therapy


At Elite Spine & Sports Care of Fort Lee our main center of attention is you. Our
physical therapists are trained in the implementation of proper exercises to stabilize
and strengthen your hip joints. We want to ease your pain. We also want to teach you
how to know your limitations and avoid future injuries. If you have been sidelined by
a hip sprain or strain, give us a call at (201) 592-0800, or come in for a consultation
with a therapist at 1622 Parker Avenue, Suite 2B, Fort Lee, NJ.

Rotator Cuff Injury and Deep Tissue Laser Therapy

Deep Tissue Laser Therapy for Rotator Cuff Injury

What is the Rotatator Cuff?


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When you injure your shoulder you are pretty much sidelined. Shoulder injury prevents you from participating in sports like golf, tennis, baseball and swimming. The rotator cuff is made up of tendons and muscles that come together around the shoulder joint. These muscles are important for the movement of your arm. Injury to the rotator cuff causes tears or swelling to the tendons, thus resulting in loss of flexibility and in pain. Using Deep Tissue Laser Therapy Fort Lee physical therapists can address injury to the rotator cuff, and help you heal. We can also teach you ways to prevent future rotator cuff and shoulder injury.


How Do I Know If I have Injured My Rotator Cuff?


Symptoms of a Rotator Cuff injury include pain in the shoulder area, weakness of the shoulder, difficulty lifting your arm over your head, cracking sounds when moving the shoulder. If you experience this kind of discomfort, call your doctor or make an appointment with an Elite Spine & Sports Care of Fort Lee Physical Therapist for an analysis of the problem.


Deep Tissue Laser Therapy


Deep Tissue Laser Therapy is a drug free, surgery free treatment that relieves pain.deep-laser
It is one of the quickest and most effective pain management solutions. At Elite Spine
& Sports Care our therapists employ the use of the LightForce device in implementing
Deep Tissue Laser Therapy. This is a process using laser energy to promote cellular
activity deep within the injured area. When the laser passes over the skin, the
LightForce therapy machine sends low-frequency lasers into the body. The lasers create
biological changes within the cells of tissues. This increases cellular metabolism that
in turn relieves pain and institutes a faster healing process.


Make a Deep Tissue Laser Therapy Appointment for Rotator Cuff Pain


Deep Tissue Laser Therapy is a fast, out-patient process that takes a short amount of time. The length of the treatment depends upon the location of the problem area. In addition to immediate pain relief with Deep Tissue Laser Therapy, patients have said that they feel less pain over a longer period. If you have shoulder pain and need relief, give Elite Spine & Sports Care of Fort Lee a call at (201) 592-0800. You can also come in for a consultation with our physical therapy staff at 1622 Parker Avenue, Suite 2B, Fort Lee, NJ. We are focused on getting you to return to the everyday physical pursuits that you enjoy, without pain.