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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
MENDHAM/CHESTER, NJ — If you haven’t already, don’t waste time making reservations if you plan to celebrate Mom with brunch at her favorite Mendham and Chester restaurants on Mother’s Day, which falls on Sunday, May 14, this year.Local restaurants could use the business as they continue to face economic headwinds that began with the COVID-19 pandemic.Some restaurants may be closed so their employees can support their own mothers or be pampered by their children, but here are some options:If you&rs...
MENDHAM/CHESTER, NJ — If you haven’t already, don’t waste time making reservations if you plan to celebrate Mom with brunch at her favorite Mendham and Chester restaurants on Mother’s Day, which falls on Sunday, May 14, this year.
Local restaurants could use the business as they continue to face economic headwinds that began with the COVID-19 pandemic.
Some restaurants may be closed so their employees can support their own mothers or be pampered by their children, but here are some options:
If you’re looking for something else, check OpenTable for restaurants in your area taking reservations for Mother’s Day.
Several chain restaurants and other eateries are open for Mother’s Day this year, and some are offering specials.
Below are a few options to get you started, featuring everything from casual to fine dining. As always, it’s advisable to call ahead to make sure the restaurants in the Mendham and Chester area are participating and check for any limitations.
Applebee’s is adding a $10 bonus card to the purchase of a $50 gift card for Mother’s Day and other special occasions, including graduations and Father’s Day.
The Capital Grille opens early for Mother’s Day brunch, with seating available starting at 10 a.m. Be sure to make a reservation. The restaurant included a “polite notice” on its reservations page stating that “to better deliver on our promise of a refined atmosphere, proper dress is required.” That excludes gym attire, sweatpants, tank tops, hats, clothing with offensive language or images, and exposed undergarments.
Bonefish Grill is offering a limited-time spring menu with seasonal favorites. Be aware that some are available for dine-in only, while other orders can be picked up at the curb.
Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse is opening early both May 13-14 for brunch and also has a prix fixe menu for dinner.
Seasons 52 Fresh Grill | Wine Bar is offering Mother’s Day brunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and is making its dinner menu available all day. It is also offering a Mother’s Day Green Box that serves six, but must be preordered.
MENDHAM/CHESTER, NJ —For the first time since 2020, New Jersey's school rankings are back, showing how your local schools compare to 2,300 others across the state. The new data offers insight into how Mendham and Chester's schools compare on a statewide scale.Along with the school performance reports, which were released during the first week of April, the data shows school-by-school summative scores and ratings, which compare districts and provide a score that measures how well each school is doing in academic achievement and p...
MENDHAM/CHESTER, NJ —For the first time since 2020, New Jersey's school rankings are back, showing how your local schools compare to 2,300 others across the state. The new data offers insight into how Mendham and Chester's schools compare on a statewide scale.
Along with the school performance reports, which were released during the first week of April, the data shows school-by-school summative scores and ratings, which compare districts and provide a score that measures how well each school is doing in academic achievement and progress. See all school ratings here.
The scores were established to comply with the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which replaced the No Child Left Behind Act.
The state did not score schools in 2019-20 and 2020-21, because the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted state testing and New Jersey was granted a waiver from accountability-related requirements under ESSA.
In every state, ESSA requires school districts to measure student performance and develop a “State Report Card” which parents can explore online, with quantifiable measurements like a score or a letter grade for how schools are performing.
ESSA also requires states to report how much money, on average, they spend per student.
Summative scores provide a number from 1-100, and are based on factors such as graduation rates and progress in English and math. Higher scores are better, and certain schools with lower scores are put into categories for support and improvement.
Schools are compared to one another based on grade level, as well, as in the "summative ratings."
For example, schools that serve high school students only are compared with one another. These are percentile ratings from 1-100, so a school with a rating closer to 100 is among the best of its peers.
Here's how Mendham and Chester's schools performed:
Table note: Some schools did not get a score because the state did not have complete data for last school year. Schools serving only elementary students under grade 3 do not get a score, because their students do not participate in state standardized tests.
|School||Summative Score||Summative Ranking|
|Mountain View School||93.17||98.97|
|Mendham Township Elementary School||74.67||84.26|
|Mendham Township Middle School||74.65||84.20|
|West Morris Mendham High School||82.99||89.44|
|Black River Middle School||55.21||57.41|
|Bragg Elementary School||89.07||97.14|
|Dickerson Elementary School||n/a||n/a|
|West Morris Central High School||77.54||83.61|
Here's more data on the West Morris Regional High School District:
How students performed on assessments:
Are students at risk?
In Mendham and Chester, 8.8 percent of students were "chronically absent" — absent on at least 10 percent of school days. The state rate was 18.1 percent of students.
Are students graduating?
This article contains additional reporting by Michelle Rotuno-Johnson.
Chester Township was recently cited by the state attorney general's office for discriminating against certain LGBTQ individuals. |Updated Tue, Apr 4, 2023 at 12:24 am ETCHESTER, NJ — Last year, the decision was made to not fly the rainbow flag during the month of June in Chester Township in honor of Pride Month.Chester Township Mayor Mike Inganamort, who was a council member at the time, spoke about the choice at a recent council meeting after a town resident questioned the decision.In 2021, the Chester To...
|Updated Tue, Apr 4, 2023 at 12:24 am ET
CHESTER, NJ — Last year, the decision was made to not fly the rainbow flag during the month of June in Chester Township in honor of Pride Month.
Chester Township Mayor Mike Inganamort, who was a council member at the time, spoke about the choice at a recent council meeting after a town resident questioned the decision.
In 2021, the Chester Township Council took a vote on a previous request to display the Pride Flag. The vote passed 3-2, with Brian Curley, Tim Drag, and Andrew Inganamort voting yes, and Joseph Di Paolo and Marcia Asdal voting no.
As a compromise, the council decided to place the flag in a different location, an idea proposed by Curley, who thought it would suffice and amended his motion to approve the display of the flag on a flag holder near the door.
In 2022, that decision was reversed, and the council argued that a recent Supreme Court case, Shurtleff v. City of Boston, No. 20-1800, raised enough concern to require that no flags other than the New Jersey and American flags be displayed at town hall.
Neil Cooperman, argues against that logic.
"It was based upon a complete misinterpretation of a Supreme Court ruling, which absolutely did not apply in our situation," Cooperman said. "From my perspective, this was not the reason for not raising the flag; it was a pretext to justify a retreat from a political position that the members of the town council appeared to think might reduce their support from a perceived, more conservative constituency. It was very self-serving. You elected to govern, not to play political games."
When the decision was initially made, back in June 2022, several members of the public spoke out, upset by the choice that the township was making. One resident, Jane Curtis, argued that the mayor should not have been able to overturn the decision that was voted on by the majority of the council.
"That is unacceptable and I am embarrassed," Curtis said.
Cooperman stated last month that he had previously written to each member of the council, expressing his opinion on the decision and questioning the ruling, but no one responded to his inquiry. Cooperman also mentioned that, as of last month, the township was in violation of state law by excluding certain LGBTQ people from marriage license applications on their website.
Read more: Discriminatory Language Found In Chester Marriage License Forms
Chester Township was one of the 28 municipalities in New Jersey to have been cited by the state attorney general's office for alleged discrimination.
The AG's office issued violation notices to Chester's local government. According to the state agency, the towns' municipal websites only allow marriage applicants to list themselves as "m" (male) or "f" (female), which constitutes LGBTQIA+ discrimination.
The practice is inconsistent with the New Jersey Department of Health's marriage-license application. Since 2019, the health agency has included a third gender option for nonbinary people, individuals with undesignated or unspecified gender identities, and others who don't wish to list themselves as male or female.
Nonbinary identity is an umbrella term for those who don't neatly fit into the categories of "man" or "woman" or "male" or "female" as a gender identity.
The AG's office sent Chester notices of violation, advising them to update their application forms. Fines of up to $10,000 may be imposed for such violations. The state provided municipalities with the option of resolving the violations and avoiding fines by:
Several local officials stated that this was an oversight and that they would update their marriage registration forms. They also stated that their municipalities have not discriminated against same-sex couples filing marriage applications since state law established that protection.
In response to the citation, Inganamort told Patch, "Rather than pick up the phone and advise Chester Township that an old link sat on our website, the Attorney General announced with great fanfare and no advance notice that it would pursue penalties against Chester Township."
"This is the definition of grandstanding. Unfortunately, this performative stunt is further evidence of the State of New Jersey’s punishing attitude toward small towns," Inganamort said. "Coming off 22 percent increases in state-mandated health costs and 19 percent increases in state-mandated pension costs, a monetary penalty over an old link would be especially egregious.”
At the March 21 meeting, no comment was made regarding the citation, but Inganamort said that he suspects there will be more conversations about raising the pride flag in May.
"In full disclosure, I will advocate at that time that we only fly the American flag on the flagpole outside of town hall, which is consistent with my position last year. I think that the American flag flies for everyone," Inganamort said.
CHESTER, NJ — A Chester family-owned farm has expanded for the fourth time, providing convenient year-round access to fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables in a new part of Morris County.Alstede Fresh at Lindeken Farms, the farm's fourth location and Jefferson's Township's first locally sourced farm store, officially opened on April 27 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.The farm store is located at 54 State Route 15 North and Berkshire Valley Road and will be open all year. Alstede Fresh at Lindeken Farms will sell seaso...
CHESTER, NJ — A Chester family-owned farm has expanded for the fourth time, providing convenient year-round access to fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables in a new part of Morris County.
Alstede Fresh at Lindeken Farms, the farm's fourth location and Jefferson's Township's first locally sourced farm store, officially opened on April 27 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.
The farm store is located at 54 State Route 15 North and Berkshire Valley Road and will be open all year. Alstede Fresh at Lindeken Farms will sell seasonal produce directly from the Alstede farm fields in Chester.
"We’re proud to share the wholesome goodness we grow with Jefferson Township families," said Alstede Farms founder Kurt Alstede, who was joined by his wife, Special Projects Manager Mary E. Thompson-Alstede, and daughter, Production Supervisor Rebekah Alstede.
During the opening ceremony, guests sampled farm-fresh fare prepared by Alstede Farms.
Among the menu items were Alstede Farms' homemade Lavender Honey and Peach Cobbler ice cream, apple cider, and farm-fresh asparagus incorporated into cherry wood-smoked bacon and asparagus grilled cheese with fontina on sourdough.
In attendance at the ceremony were Jefferson Township Mayor Eric Wilsusen, Assemblywoman Aura Dunn and various other local officials. Morris County Commissioner John Krickus presented Alstede Farms with a framed recognition certificate for opening their fourth location.
With the opening of the farm store on Route 15, Alstede Farms is carrying on a tradition begun 73 years ago by the Stanlick family when they opened Lindeken Farms in 1949.
Alstede Fresh, which has improved families' quality of life for generations by providing a consistent supply of locally grown produce, previously occupied Lindeken Farms' current retail space.
"For 73 years, the Stanlicks operated Lindeken Farm Market in the current retail space. During renovations, the Alstede family took care to retain the spirit of the building while incorporating the Alstede Farms brand," Alstede said.
Alstede Farms is best known for its various fresh produce varieties, which are grown on 800 acres of preserved farmland in Morris County. The farm has the most pick-your-own fruits and vegetables in the area, including blueberries, strawberries, blackberries, peaches, apples and more.
The original retail store is located on their family farm in Chester at 1 Alstede Farms Lane. Two farm stands are open from April to November: Alstede Fresh in Mendham/Chester and Alstede Fresh in Bridgewater.
"We can’t wait to share with families the goodness of what we grow," said Alstede.
Morris County Small Business Grant Delivered to LebensfreudeIt’s harvest season, perfect timing for Lebensfreude LLC, the farmland firm on which Chester Township’s famous Alstede Farms operates, to reap a $15,000 Morris County Small Business Grant.Morris County Commissioner Deputy Director John Krickus delivered the check to Kurt and Mary Alstede on Wednesday after touring the Alstede Market in Chester Township and visiting the neighboring property housing Lebensfreude LLC, which translat...
It’s harvest season, perfect timing for Lebensfreude LLC, the farmland firm on which Chester Township’s famous Alstede Farms operates, to reap a $15,000 Morris County Small Business Grant.
Morris County Commissioner Deputy Director John Krickus delivered the check to Kurt and Mary Alstede on Wednesday after touring the Alstede Market in Chester Township and visiting the neighboring property housing Lebensfreude LLC, which translates into: “joy of living.” The program, launched with $10 million on Valentines Day, is designed to help small local businesses still being impacted by the pandemic.
Last Chance to Apply for Morris County Small Business Grant!
Program Closes Friday, Sept. 30, 2022
“This grant is very helpful. It’s been over two years since (the pandemic start) and people forget, we were sweating bullets trying to figure out every week what we would do,” said Kurt Alstede, noting farming operations throughout New Jersey were hit with strict operating guidelines by the Department of Agriculture and Department of Environmental Protection.
Farmers had to cooperate for months under restrictions that ranged from requiring farm workers to wear protective masks even while working in the fields, to distancing guidelines that required farmers to find alternative housing arrangements for employees who live on site.
“It certainly must be noted that the Alstede family did everything to keep their people working and retained their staff throughout the height of the pandemic and afterwards,” said Commissioner Krickus as he visited the property.
To date, the Commissioners have approved 677 applications filed by small businesses and nonprofit organizations to receive grants of up to $15,000. The Commissioners dedicated $10 million and designed the grants to assist small businesses and nonprofits with pandemic related expenses incurred after March 3,
2021, including rent and mortgages payments.
The Morris County Small Business Grant Program has been a unique use of federal funds issued to the county through the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, which was designed to offer pandemic-related aid.
Federal guidelines covering the grant program will determine exactly which expenses qualify for coverage and which applications may be approved. The grants are capped at $15,000 per applicant. However, business owners and nonprofits are encouraged to submit applications that include all costs they believe may qualify for the grant, even if the total amount of a single claim exceeds $15,000.
A final review may determine that some costs submitted for consideration are not covered under the program guidelines. However, by submitting all expenses that may qualify, applicants increase the possibility of getting the maximum amount of grant dollars possible.
Top Right: Commissioner Krickus chats with Kurt and Mary Alstede at the driveway to Lebensfreude's property.
Center Left: Commissioner Krickus visited the Alstede Farms market a short distance away, presenting Mary Alstede with a letter and grant check next to an antique tractor.
Bottom Right: Commissioner Krickus looks over some of the produce grown on the lands of Lebensfreude LLC.