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At Denville Medical, your licensed physical therapist's goal is to maximize your body's structure and increase its overall function for long-term health. To accomplish this, our physical therapists combine traditional and innovative techniques focused on increasing muscle strength and improving the body's range of motion. Our goal is to discover the root cause of your pain or mobility problems. That way, we can address the true reason why you need physical therapy, and work towards achieving long-lasting relief.
Of course, we understand that every patient is different. Your doctor can provide expert care in an encouraging environment by creating a customized treatment plan for you using modern, evidence-based research.
Some common reasons why patients need physical therapy at Denville Medical include:
Sports Injuries Whether you are on the varsity team of your high school football team or a professional athlete, sports injuries are serious business. Our doctors and physical therapists will develop a plan to help you heal properly, so you can get back in the game sooner rather than later.
Pre and Post Operation With decades of combined experience, our physical therapy experts know that there is a time for gentle healing and a time for aggressive physical rehab. Whether you are scheduled for surgery or have recently been released from the hospital, our therapists are here to help you recover, one step at a time.
Neurological Issues At Denville Medical, we treat much more than sports-based injuries. Whether you're suffering from Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson's, or a vestibular problem, our therapists are trained and certified to help you regain your body's optimal functionality.
Life has a habit of throwing us curveballs. Sure, some surprises only hurt your bank account, like expenses around the home. But more serious incidents, like car wrecks, can inflict physical injuries causing long-term pain. Injury-related problems like neck and back pain affect many Americans daily. Even worse, many hardworking people turn to addictive pain medication and invasive surgeries for relief, only to find themselves deeper in a hole.
If you're in chronic pain or suffer from range of motion problems, you should know that options are available for safer, more effective pain relief. One of the most commonly used solutions is physical therapy. The main goal of physical therapy is to maximize your body's mobility and increase overall function. In order to accomplish this, physical therapy techniques focus on improving range of motion and building muscle strength.
Physical therapy helps people of all ages with illnesses, medical conditions, or injuries that limit their mobility and body functionality. At Denville Medical and Sports Rehabilitation Center, our doctors and physical therapists create customized physical therapy programs to help patients reclaim their lives.
When combined with diet and exercise, many patients are able to enjoy activities that they only thought possible with youth.
Some of the most common techniques that physical therapists use to help patients include:
From improper ergonomics at your office desk to injuries sustained in car wrecks, neck pain is a widespread problem. Taking the proper preventative steps to deal with pain provides relief and can prevent the need for surgery or medication.
Generally, there are two kinds of neck pain: chronic and acute. Acute pain shouldn't last for more than six weeks, while chronic pain can last months or even years. Physical therapy is one of the most recommended treatments for neck pain. Treatments often involve reducing neck exercise, strength training, and stretching. If you're suffering from acute or chronic neck pain, it's important to have tests done by a physical therapist to determine the extent of your injury.
Neck pain is caused by a wide range of problems, like:
After identifying the underlying cause of your condition, your physical therapist will develop a comprehensive treatment to address your pain and provide long-term relief.
Back pain is one of the leading causes of disability in America. Back pain can start innocuously as a small muscle ache but can quickly become a more serious problem that disrupts daily life. Like neck pain, the best way to address the issue is to understand the root cause so that surgery is avoided.
Also like neck pain, back pain is either chronic (longer than six weeks) or acute (less than six weeks). Back pain can be caused by a number of events, like lifting a heavy item or simply sitting wrong for too long. To determine the extent of your injuries, you will need one or more diagnostic tests, like X-rays or MRI scans. Once the root cause of your condition is revealed, your physical therapist will work with Denville Medical doctors to create a treatment plan tailored to your body.
Common conditions linked to back pain include:
Experiencing a herniated disc is something most people dread, but many have to endure. Luckily, PT plays a significant role in herniated disc recovery. Physical therapy not only provides immediate pain relief, it teaches patients how to condition their bodies to avoid worse injuries.
At Denville Medical, our physical therapists and doctors have years of experience helping patients rehabilitate from herniated discs. Patients benefit from several time-tested techniques to relieve pain.
After diagnostic testing, active and passive treatments can include:
Do your hips feel uneven or misaligned? Do you suffer from hip stiffness or pain when the weather changes? Are you having trouble getting around the house like you used to? Your hips bear most of your weight, so it's no surprise that hip pain is very common among Americans.
Fortunately, physical therapy has been proven to provide relief for people dealing with acute or chronic hip pain. As with other forms of pain, you will need diagnostic testing to determine the extent of your hip problems.
Some common causes of hip pain include:
Once your hip issues are properly diagnosed, it's time to find relief. Denville Medical & Sports Rehabilitation Center offers several custom solutions, including acupuncture, chiropractic care, and personalized physical therapy.
Like hip pain, knee pain is a common condition in the U.S. and affects millions of people every year. Pain in the knee is caused by many things, including strains, injuries, age, and repetitive trauma. Sometimes, there's no apparent reason for knee pain. When it occurs, you may experience limited knee functionality, like difficulty standing, walking, sitting, and walking up and down stairs.
There are many conditions associated with knee pain, including:
If you notice symptoms like clicking or popping sounds, locking, inflammation, or sharp pains in your knee, physical therapy might be your best bet for relief.
Sometimes, surgery is the only option a patient can choose to alleviate pain from injuries and accidents. When this is the case, physical therapy plays a vital role before and after surgery.
To help you get a better sense of the scope of our physical therapy treatments, we're listing some of the most frequently asked questions that we receive at Denville Medical:
Answer : While some physical therapists rely on outdated techniques to treat patients, our team uses a combination of tried-and-true methods and modern strategies, including:
Answer : During your first visit with our physical therapist, we will complete a series of tests and screenings to establish a baseline for your care. You can expect to complete stability screenings, strength tests, and computerized range of motion tests. These tests ensure your doctor understands how your muscles are functioning. Once complete, your therapist will create a custom treatment plan for your physical therapy, so we can move forward with your care. During your time at Denville Medical, you should expect adjustments to your treatment plan as you make progress.
Answer : We get this question a lot, and we can certainly understand why. Unfortunately, we cannot provide you with an exact answer because every patient has different needs relating to their injuries and issues. Your level of stability and functionality depends on your condition, your goals, and your motivation to heal. For acute pain, patients typically experience relief in 2-3 weeks. Patients with forms of chronic pain usually feel optimal results after their first full course of therapy (4-6 weeks). Since our goal is to achieve maximum medical improvement, our doctors continuously monitor your progress and adjust treatment accordingly.
Whether you're dealing with chronic knee pain or acute back pain, relief is in sight. Rather than dangerous medicines and invasive surgeries, we specialize in non-surgical treatments like physical therapy. Our team of physical therapists, chiropractors, acupuncturists, and primary care doctors have years of experience and work hand-in-hand to give you real pain relief.
If you're sick and tired of living life full of physical pain, now is the time to act. Don't let your body deteriorate â find your new lease on life at Denville Medical and Sports Rehabilitation Center.973-627-7888
At the April 25 committee meeting, the 2023-24 budget was presented, highlighting a flat tax rate and no cuts to township services. |Updated Wed, Apr 26, 2023 at 10:24 pm ETCHATHAM, NJ — As work on the municipal budget for 2023-24 continues in Chatham Township, the township administrator anticipates no tax increases in the coming year.The Chatham Township Committee met on Tuesday, April 25, for a regular committee meeting, where they heard the latest update on the municipal budget.Ziad Shehady, the Townshi...
|Updated Wed, Apr 26, 2023 at 10:24 pm ET
CHATHAM, NJ — As work on the municipal budget for 2023-24 continues in Chatham Township, the township administrator anticipates no tax increases in the coming year.
The Chatham Township Committee met on Tuesday, April 25, for a regular committee meeting, where they heard the latest update on the municipal budget.
Ziad Shehady, the Township Administrator for Chatham Township, provided the update and set up the timeline for the official budget introduction.
Members of the public will be able to hear a more detailed discussion of the overall budget on May 9 during an additional presentation and public review, with the final public hearing and adoption scheduled for May 23.
The Chatham Township Finance Committee was a combination of bipartisan efforts this year, Shehady said. Mayor Ashley Felice and Committeewoman Stacey Ewald both served on the committee alongside Chief Financial Officer Debra King.
According to Shehady, the finance committee was successful in maintaining the municipal tax rate and even lowering the overall tax rate due to a decrease in the township's open space tax rate.
"The budget also calls for a lower open space tax rate of 1.5 percent instead of the 2 percent, residents are going to see an overall combined lower tax rate as compared to last year," Shehady said.
Property taxes in New Jersey are made up of three parts: school, municipal and county. In the township, that breaks down as 65.7 percent of taxes go toward the school district, 16.5 percent go toward the municipality and 15.2 percent go toward the county. The remainder goes toward open space and the library.
This year, the township anticipates raising $10,854,546 from municipal taxes.
"Our township has always been committed to providing exceptional services to our residents while being fiscally responsible. With no additional tax rate increase, we are able to ensure that our residents are not burdened with an added financial strain," Felice said. "Additionally, we have managed to reduce our open space tax while still preserving the beauty and natural resources of our community."
The biggest expense changes that were seen in the township this year includes an increase in insurance, which went up by 19.75 percent.
The state surprised all New Jersey municipalities, including Chatham Township, earlier this fall with a 20 percent increase in healthcare insurance rates, prompting local governments to pass resolutions opposing the increase in an effort to fight back.
Under the new healthcare proposals, hundreds of thousands of New Jersey public employees, early retirees, and school employees face rate increases of up to 20 percent for health benefits.
Another increase that was accounted for is a 4 percent increase in the sewer utility compared to last year.
"That is due to a really thorough analysis of our real costs attributed to the sewer utility, things like insurance, pensions and benefits that in previous years were allocated to the operating budget. Also, there is a rising cost of chemicals, materials and supplies," Shehady said.
Shehady also stated that the township's surplus increased this year, which is an improvement over previous years.
"I am particularly pleased to report that our fund balance has improved, which provides us with the flexibility to respond to unexpected challenges and maintain a healthy financial outlook for the future," Felice said. "Our continued investment in capital improvements, such as road repairs, infrastructure upgrades and public safety initiatives, ensures that our community remains a safe place to live, work and raise a family."
This spending plan is only an introduction to the official budget plan. The second presentation and public review will be held on May 9, with a public hearing and final vote scheduled for May 23.
CHATHAM, NJ — Chatham Township has been awarded $375K in state funds from the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) as part of the Local Aid Infrastructure Fund.The Chatham Township Pedestrian Safety and ADA Improvement Project aims to improve pedestrian safety by upgrading existing crosswalks. The grant will allow the township to continue work on the remaining crosswalks that are not already funded as part of a larger project."Safety and accessibility remain top priorities for Chatham Township. This Projec...
CHATHAM, NJ — Chatham Township has been awarded $375K in state funds from the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) as part of the Local Aid Infrastructure Fund.
The Chatham Township Pedestrian Safety and ADA Improvement Project aims to improve pedestrian safety by upgrading existing crosswalks. The grant will allow the township to continue work on the remaining crosswalks that are not already funded as part of a larger project.
"Safety and accessibility remain top priorities for Chatham Township. This Project demonstrates our continued commitment to ensuring that our streets and sidewalks are safe and accessible for everyone," Mayor Ashley Felice said.
The grant money was approved for 13 crosswalks on Fairmount Avenue between Runnymede Road and Nicholson Drive.
Additionally, two crosswalk upgrades are planned for the intersection of Mountainview Road and Meyersville Road, as well as two more for crossing River Road—one at each intersection with Henry Drive and Mountainside Drive.
Fairmount Avenue, Meyersville Road, and River Road are major thoroughfares in the township and see heavy traffic.
The project's main efforts include upgrading the crosswalk curb ramps to meet ADA standards, installing detectable warning surfaces, associated turning space, restriping of crosswalks, installing new concrete curbs, and restoring surrounding road, sidewalk and lawn areas.
"We are targeting completion of this project before Chatham Schools re-open in September. I commend our staff on their efforts to seek out grant funds to offset the rising costs of infrastructure improvements and minimizing the burden on taxpayers," Felice said.
Last year, township officials also announced that new safety improvements to a section of Shunpike Road will be added soon to help all Chatham Township school-aged children safely walk from the Lafayette and Washington Avenue Elementary schools.
That project is being funded by the New Jersey Safe Routes to School program, a federally funded reimbursement program that aims to enable and encourage children to walk and bike to school.
Construction work will be done during the day and will be done one block at a time, east to west. All roadways are also expected to remain open, and no road detours are currently planned.
The anticipated project timeline calls for construction likely to begin during the summer when school is not in session.
The borough council implemented the rate increase earlier this month, citing inflation as one of the reasons. CHATHAM, NJ — To help combat the constraints imposed by inflation on the borough, the committee recently introduced a resolution outlining the price increases for both water and sewer fees.Carolyn Dempsey, a Chatham Borough Committee member, recently presented the recently passed resolution at the December meeting, as well as an explanation for why the rates were changing.In the new year, the water rate w...
CHATHAM, NJ — To help combat the constraints imposed by inflation on the borough, the committee recently introduced a resolution outlining the price increases for both water and sewer fees.
Carolyn Dempsey, a Chatham Borough Committee member, recently presented the recently passed resolution at the December meeting, as well as an explanation for why the rates were changing.
In the new year, the water rate will be increasing from $5.15 per every 100 cubic feet to $5.46 per every 100 cubic feet. The sewer rate will also change, rising from $4.54 per 100 cubic feet to $4.90 per 100 cubic feet as a result of the change.
According to Dempsey, the impact of inflation on the borough, a recent overhaul of the waste treatment plant, along with the recent spike in healthcare costs have played a role in the rate increase.
"There is a requirement that our water utility be self-sustaining, meaning that it's able to run on the revenues that it receives and any shortfall needs to be made up for in our budget. The fees that we receive from our water utility cover the health benefits for the employees who primarily work with the water utility," Dempsey said.
Earlier this year, the state surprised all New Jersey municipalities, including the Chathams, with a 20 percent increase in healthcare insurance rates, which must be covered by the municipalities.
Mayor Thad Kobylarz previously stated in a press conference that the taxpayers in each municipality will bear the brunt of the premium hike, stating that "the money has to come from somewhere."
"Due to all these different elements, we're forced to increase those fees and that is what this resolution is about," Dempsey said.
The increase in water fees is only a small part of that; an increase in property taxes is also potentially expected in the near future.
"We run a really tight ship in the water utility, but we can't continue to erode our fund balance as some of these expenses, fuel, healthcare, etc. are running out of control. When we talked to our CFO about this on Friday, she did indicate that they are hoping that these will level off after this year. The state promises that the healthcare increases will level off as well, so fingers crossed," Council Member Jocelyn Mathiasen said.
CHATHAM, NJ — This winter has been relatively dry, with most of New Jersey experiencing a historic snow drought with no end in sight in the near future.Long periods of no snow accumulation are referred to as a "snow drought," and they can be harmful to water supplies and ecosystems. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, snow that accumulates on the ground and remains frozen during winter acts as a "snowpack," which typically acts as a natural reservoir to provide water during the s...
CHATHAM, NJ — This winter has been relatively dry, with most of New Jersey experiencing a historic snow drought with no end in sight in the near future.
Long periods of no snow accumulation are referred to as a "snow drought," and they can be harmful to water supplies and ecosystems. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, snow that accumulates on the ground and remains frozen during winter acts as a "snowpack," which typically acts as a natural reservoir to provide water during the summer months.
A snow drought reduces the amount of snowpack that can melt and be released.
Council Member Leonard Resto addressed potential drought concerns for Chatham this summer at the April 10 Chatham Borough Council meeting.
"Since we had a winter without snow, we don't have snowmelt that's replenishing wells and with the predicted dry summer, which may or may not come to pass, you could look at a drought situation," Resto said.
Last summer, the entire state experienced a drought, with a scorching, drier-than-usual season. The state was under a drought watch from Aug. 9 to Dec. 27, allowing New Jersey to avoid what could have been its first state-mandated water-use restrictions in 2003.
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Due to increased pressure on the water system, Chatham Borough implemented water conservation measures and requests that all residents and businesses observe voluntary water use restrictions during the summer months.
Overusing water has the potential to be a problem once again this year, according to Resto.
"Last Wednesday it was raining, and I went for a three-mile walk, and I saw over a dozen places with sprinklers going on, even though it was raining. People have to be encouraged to conserve water," Resto said.
According to the National Integrated Drought Information System, all of Morris County is currently experiencing abnormally dry conditions going into the rest of spring and early summer.
The United States Geological Survey (USGS) creates maps that compare current stream flow conditions to historical conditions. Almost all streams in Morris County are in the 10-25 percentile of historical stream flow values recorded at this gauge on this day of the year, according to the map.
Chatham Borough currently gets its water from three wells connected to the Buried Valley Aquifer System, which supplies 26 municipalities.
The three wells are over 150 feet deep and draw groundwater from the Central Passaic River Basin's Buried Valley Aquifer system. They are located near the middle school at the Public Works Complex.
"The worst thing that could happen is that we would need another water well, which is not a cheap thing," Resto said.
CHATHAM, NJ — The act of house flipping, according to Tony Vivona, chairman of the Zoning Board of Adjustment, who spoke at Chatham Township's April 4 workshop meeting, may be making the township less affordable.Vivona attended the workshop meeting of the committee and provided an update on the board's progress in 2022, as well as recommendations to the township committee for future consideration.Among the recommendations was the implementation of house flipping regulations, specifically dealing with the size of the house...
CHATHAM, NJ — The act of house flipping, according to Tony Vivona, chairman of the Zoning Board of Adjustment, who spoke at Chatham Township's April 4 workshop meeting, may be making the township less affordable.
Vivona attended the workshop meeting of the committee and provided an update on the board's progress in 2022, as well as recommendations to the township committee for future consideration.
Among the recommendations was the implementation of house flipping regulations, specifically dealing with the size of the house in relation to the size of the property lot.
Property or house flipping refers to the act of buying and selling a house in a short period of time. These houses are frequently renovated in order to increase their value.
"Builders are buying old homes, knocking them down, and putting the biggest possible house they can fit on the lot. Even though it is legal, it really takes away from the character of an older neighborhood. It also takes a $500,000 house and replaces it with a $1.8 million house, and now you're limiting the amount of people or the caliber of people that can afford to live in Chatham," Vivona said.
The goal of increasing regulations would be to force the property owners to build a home that conforms to the character of the neighborhood and keeps pricing relative to the surrounding homes.
As an example, Vivona pointed out the discrepancy between homes on Chestnut Street. "You have two 5,000-square-foot houses sandwiched by a little 1,200-square-foot house and that house will never sell because it doesn't fit. Down on Longwood, it's the same situation: they knocked down small, affordable capes and put in $1.5 million homes, that are beautiful, but they don't fit the neighborhood."
According to Vivona, the board is attempting to obtain regulations that will help keep house prices relatively equal and maintain "starter neighborhoods" in the community.
"They're just building McMansions, and then normal people and regular people who are not millionaires can't afford to live in Chatham and take advantage of the Chatham schools, the Chatham lifestyle and the safety and security," Vivona said.
Another topic discussed at the meeting was the increased occurrence of builders purchasing a corner lot facing a side street and then flipping the home sideways to face the main street, giving them more space to build larger homes.
"There are several all over town. On Dogwood and Meyersville, there is another one where they took one large lot and put two large houses on it, turned the one on Dogwood sideways and he has a 15-foot backyard," Vivona said.
Committee member Mark Lois clarified that zoning requirements state that a home must have at least a 45-foot backyard, which these flipped homes frequently do not meet.
The builders, according to Vivona, can get away with it because they refer to the backyard as a side yard, which has different requirements.