Blog Archive

What Are My Options if I Have Degenerative Disc Disease? Oct 20th, 2020

Over time, many people find that their back and spine start to develop problems. The condition referred to as degenerative disc disease (DDD) isn’t actually a disease at all. Instead, in this condition, key parts of your spinal column break down and deteriorate over time, leaving you struggling with back...

A Spinal Cord Stimulator Could Be the Solution to Your Chronic Back Pain Sep 1st, 2020

Living with chronic pain can affect every aspect of your life from your career to your sleep to your ability to enjoy your favorite hobbies. Studies show that chronic pain also affects your social relationships and family life. Even if your chronic back pain hasn’t responded to nonsurgical treatments, you’re...

The importance of Sleep in Athletic Recovery Apr 23rd, 2017

The importance of Sleep in Athletic Recovery: The most important facet to athletic recovery is sleep. This naturally recurring state of mind and body characterized by altered consciousness provides benefits to mental health, hormone balance and muscular recovery. Getting enough sleep typically means anywhere from 7-10 hours a night for...

Scapular Winging Apr 16th, 2017

Scapular winging is a condition wherein the shoulder blade moves excessively away from its normal position on the thoracic region of the back. This can cause pain and weakness as well as loss of function and can be a problem cosmetically. The causes of scapular winging are numerous. The most...

Multi-Planer Movements Should Be a Part of Any Rehab or Training Program Apr 9th, 2017

Multi-Planer Movements Should Be a Part of Any Rehab or Training Program BY: Chris Lybarger, PT, DPT Whatever your activity of choice, whether it be running, team sports, dance etc they all require strength and mobility in multiple planes of movement. The major planes of movement are frontal (side to...

Health Benefits of Bone Broth Apr 2nd, 2017

With the temperature dropping and winter coming keeping healthy is important to help stave of colds and other illnesses we are prone to in the winter months. Bone broths are rich in protein and a great source of minerals that support the immune system and contain healing compounds such as...

Staying on Track Mar 26th, 2017

Having trouble sticking to your home exercise program while you are in PT or after you are discharged? There are fortunately many different ways for you to stay on track with your exercises and routine. 1) Try listening to music! Music is a great way to motivate you and stay...

Get Moving! Mar 19th, 2017

After writing about managing neck and upper back pain while on an airplane, I decided to write about an unpleasant experience I had while on a long flight to prevent you from having the same experience! A couple years ago, I flew to Japan which was a 13 hour flight....

Proper Sitting Posture for Crazy NJ Traffic Mar 12th, 2017

Proper Sitting Posture for Crazy NJ Traffic BY: Chris Lybarger, PT, DPT If you live in New Jersey, and especially North and Central aspects, then you know a little about sitting in traffic. Whether it’s the daily commute to and from work or trying to head into Philadelphia or NYC...

Women’s Health: Chestedness and Mid-Back Pain Mar 5th, 2017

If your breast size is on the larger end of the spectrum and you contend with mid back pain frequently you may be wondering how to combat the musculoskeletal effects of your breast size. If you’re diligent about proper bra size and fit and know that you’ve covered your bases...

Eat to Naturally Boost Your Metabolism Feb 9th, 2017

No matter what your fitness goals are one fairly common objective for many is the boosting of their metabolism. Simply put, your body’s metabolism is the way in which it utilizes energy to meet your physical needs and fuel your body both when it is working and at rest. There...

Facts about being a Physical Therapist: Did you know? Feb 2nd, 2017

Physical Therapy is a fascinating field since the dawn of its conception in the 1920s. Since that time the field of Physical Therapy has grown to an entity that has been pushing the envelope to what therapist can and cannot do. Did you know Physical Therapist can treat beyond the...

Benefits of Endurance Exercise Jan 26th, 2017

When you read the benefits of aerobic exercise, it’s a no brainer to include steady state cardio or circuit training between 120-130 bpm for 25+ mins in your workouts. Decreased risk of injury (esp in late stages of games) Less stress & anxiety Better memory and recall as well as...

My Back Hurts! Should I Have it Manipulated? Jan 20th, 2017

Do you have low back pain that began recently? Are you curious about your treatment options? The first question that you may have is “what is spinal manipulation?” You may have heard people talk about it as a safe and effective way of treating back pain, which is one of the...

Preparing for Holiday Races Jan 19th, 2017

During the winter, there are multiple 5k races around the holidays. This is a fun event for family members to do together to create traditions and memories around the holidays. If you are concerned about signing up for a race there are a few things to remember and consider for...

Olympic Lifting: Bigger, Faster, Stronger Jan 12th, 2017

Olympic lifting brings beauty and beast mode into one graceful movement. The sheer power and technique is a delight to watch during the Summer Olympic Games. The two movements that are considered to be Olympic lifts are the Clean & Jerk and Snatch. The reason for its popularity and known...

Stress Fractures Jan 5th, 2017

Stress fractures in healthy individuals are usually the result of sudden increases in physical activity over a period of a few to several weeks. Simply put, they are almost always a form of training error of doing too much too soon. They usually occur in weight bearing joints in which...

Travel Comfortably Dec 29th, 2016

As the temperature outside transitions into more of a brisk sensation, I have noticed an increased number of patients mentioning travelling somewhere warm! Because of this, I figured I would offer the best tip for managing neck and upper back discomfort while sitting in those luxurious and comfortable airline seats...

Christmas Safety Tips for Decorating Dec 19th, 2016

Trees When buying an artificial tree, look for the label “Fire Resistant.” When buying a live tree, check for freshness. A fresh tree is green, needles are difficult to pull from branches, and needles do not break when bent between your fingers. The sawed end of the trunk of a...

How to Stay Fit During the Winter Dec 15th, 2016

Now that it is cooler weather people are more inclined to stay inside and hibernate rather than getting outside to run or walk because of the chilly change in temperature. Fortunately, there are tips to continue to exercise and stay healthy during the holidays and cold winter months. 1) Invest...

Compound Exercises: More Bang for the Buck! Dec 8th, 2016

In most situations when it comes to working out, people often use the excuse “I do not have time to dedicate myself to the gym.” Before becoming a License Physical Therapist, I was a personal trainer and strength coach. Most of my clients and / or patients were active and...

Time to Take Charge Dec 1st, 2016

You probably hear people say it all the time: “I don’t have time to exercise. I’m busy. I have too much going on.” Whether you believe these to be excuses or reasons isn’t the issue in this blog. This isn’t about condemnation. This is about change and improvement of quality...

Machine vs. Free Weights: How do I choose? Nov 29th, 2016

The topic of conversation you will most likely have at the gym is to choose between weighted machines or free weights. A question you may ask yourself is: How do I choose? or Which one is better for me? My answer is it depends on the individual. The question you...

Thanksgiving Health Tips Nov 22nd, 2016

Thanksgiving is just around the corner! It is that time of the year were people are okay with unbuttoning those pants by one notch. That sweet scent of all those thanksgiving dishes being placed on one table just makes your mouth salivate with happiness. The typical stuffed turkey, mash or...

Turkey Trot Tips Nov 21st, 2016

If you’re planning on running a turkey trot later on this month first of all let me just say GOOD FOR YOU and CONGRATULATIONS ON EMBARKING ON SOMETHING MANY PEOPLE DON’T TRY. Whether you’re a seasoned vet runner or this is your inaugural trot there’s valuable tips for both camps...

Importance of Recovery Time Nov 20th, 2016

Taking a rest day after a bout of exercise is just as important as the workout itself! This recovery period allows the body to repair and strengthen itself. A person who does not take enough rest/recovery days can suffer from “overtraining syndrome”. Overtraining can be described as a decrease in...

Prehab Nov 20th, 2016

Everyone understands that after a surgery they go to physical therapy for rehabilitation, but what many people don’t know is that attending physical therapy prior to a surgery is just as important! This “prehabilitation” or “prehab” can help patients return to their prior level of function/activity faster. Research and anecdotal...

Spilling the Fall Tea Nov 15th, 2016

Now that the colder weather is upon us many will be indulging in their favorite hot beverages. Many people are tea drinkers and with good reason. It’s one of the healthiest drink options out there and one of the few that is just as enjoyable cold as it is hot...

Fall Stew Nov 8th, 2016

Now that it’s cold outside now you may have already dusted of that good ol’ crock pot. Whipping up crock pot recipes is an easy way to make a filling and warming meal for you and your family. Stews tend to be very popular this time of year and with...

Removing The Ac Nov 1st, 2016

If you have wall unit air conditioners that you need to remove and store for the fall/winter here’s some tips to help you be mindful of not injuring yourself while doing so. Always have a second person help you lift the air conditioner out of the window. If you live...

Halloween Fright Night Oct 25th, 2016

Tempted to bust into your kiddos trick or treat candy??? Well, GET READY FOR A FRIGHT!! Those tiny treats may be smaller in size but they still pack a hefty punch. Here’s the 411 on the most popular Halloween candies, in their Halloween sizes, and the workout price tags they...

Pass (on) the Pumpkin Latte Oct 20th, 2016

It’s fall now and everybody is on pumpkin overload. It truly is a great time of year. The trees look beautiful the weather is gorgeous and folks are decorating their homes in a festive way which means, you guessed it, pumpkins everywhere! No doubt your favorite coffee stop has re-stocked...

Why Sleep is Important to your Well-Being Oct 13th, 2016

In a world where time is essential and peoplekeep pushing their limits,sleep is one of many sacrifices that gets the short end of the stick. Sleep for the average adult should be between seven to nine hours undisturbed. With too little sleep comes with a few issues that will impact...

What is difference between endurance, strength and power? Oct 6th, 2016

To fully understand the difference among the three phases of exercises we must first define each phase. Endurance is defined as a group of muscles that can generate sub-maximal force over a sustain amount of time or through repeated movements. Strength is defined as the ability of specific groups of...

What is Cupping? Sep 29th, 2016

The latest therapy trend after the 2016 Olympics You have all witnessed as you watched the Summer 2016 Olympics when Michael Phelps made his debut at the Brazilian swimming pool. Many were in awe when the media focused on the numerouspurple circles located around Phelp’s shoulders. The circles as the...

3 Myths and Facts about Sleeping Sep 23rd, 2016

1. The older you get, the fewer hours of sleep you need. According to the National Sleep Foundation recommended sleep for the average adultranges from seven to nine hours of sleep, while the average teen ranges from 8 to 10 hours. The amount of sleep required generally does not change...

Why Rationing Out Your Conservative Care When You Have an Active Problem Is Not a Good Idea Sep 19th, 2016

Many people now have insurance coverage that includes conservative care benefits for their ailments. This has opened up a window of opportunity for many to explore avenues of health that they may not have even heard of before. While there are some newer methods of treatment two staple conservative care...

Here Comes Fall Sep 12th, 2016

THE SEPTEMBER SHUFFLE!!! Summer is coming to a close, vacations are ending, and the kiddos will soon return to school. From pumpkin spiced everything to bonfires, hoodies, leggings and Ugg boots, you’re probably noticing all of the little reminders of the fall season popping up everywhere. There’s plenty of hustle...

Stop Sitting Aug 7th, 2016

Our bodies aren’t designed to sit all day. The evolution and advancement of technology has caused a de-evolution in our physical sustainability. Studies are showing that on average people with desk jobs are now sitting more hours per day than they sleep which is terrible for your overall health and...

Seasonal Allergy Survival Jul 24th, 2016

Allergy season is upon us! Many patients contend with the havoc seasonal allergies wreak on their wellbeing this time of year. If you are someone who struggles with this yearly, and needs help with making it through these crucial first weeks of warm weather, here are some tips that can...

Why are my fingers numb? Jul 20th, 2016

Do you ever wonder why sometimes your fingers feel numb in certain positions and awaken you from sleep at night? What could be causing these pins and needles? Where is it coming from? Have you ever thought this could be from your neck? However silly that may sound, a pinched...

Help, I’m constipated! Jul 19th, 2016

Are you afraid to talk about constipation? Unfortunately, constipation is known to be a side effect of some of the most commonly prescribed medications for pain. Constipation is a very serious problem that can ultimately lead to fatigue, nausea, vomiting and even death. Prescription pain medications called ‘opioids’ can lead...

Ok, I’am Better Jul 17th, 2016

You’ve just spent months undergoing chiropractic care and physical therapy for your injury or condition. You’ve arranged your appointments around your already busy schedule and put in the time and work required to give your body its best chance at healing. Now you’re ready to go back to life as...

Flip Flop Fever Fest Jul 10th, 2016

The summer and hot weather is upon us!!! Now is the time of year that more and more folks will ditch their conventional footwear and opt for sandals and flip flops. Although many manufacturers are producing more ergonomically sound designs, the difference in support offered is enough to cause issues...

Posture and TMJ Jul 5th, 2016

Are you suffering from Upper Cross Syndrome or TMJ Disorder and you can’t find any relief? Look no further. Performance Spine and Sports Medicine will use an integrated approach to help treat your pain so you can live your life pain free, drug free, and surgery free. From a physical...

Dangers of opioids and other alternatives for pain management Jul 5th, 2016

No one likes being in pain. Patients choose care at Performance Spine and Sports Medicine because of this fact. Sure, pain has its purpose. For most people it is the first signal that something is awry in the body and our natural instinct is to put a stop to the...

Eat Your Breakfast Jul 3rd, 2016

Now that the weather has broken, and our chilly rain days seem to be a thing of the past, it is getting hotter earlier in the mornings. Many people site skipping breakfast in the summer months stating that it is too hot for them to eat so early in the...

Where are my abs Jun 26th, 2016

Core-strengthening is a common activity recommended for patients with low back issues. The reasoning for this is due to the fact that the core is the largest low back stabilizer the body naturally has. However, many patients often ask about how to train their anterior core (the abdominal muscle group)...

Tennis Elbow Jun 20th, 2016

Do you suffer from tennis elbow? Then you know how debilitating it can be. Have you had a steroid injection that didn’t work? Are you wearing a brace that doesn’t work or only works a little bit while wearing it? Ironically, tennis elbow (or lateral epicondylitis) is not an inflammatory...

Getting Good Night’s Sleep Jun 20th, 2016

It’s a known fact that most Americans are sleep deprived: are you? Sleep is such a vital part of our lives; however, in today’s society it is one of the things that is most neglected. Sleep keeps us healthy as human beings. Sleep restores our bodies, our minds and our...

Opiate Overdose Jun 20th, 2016

There has been significant media buzz around opiate overdose since the death of music legend, Prince. Prince had apparently been taking Percocet for a hip problem. It is unclear where things went wrong for Prince, but this problem is all too common with opiate pain killers. With opiate pain medications...

Stress Beaters Jun 19th, 2016

Exercise and breathing exercises are the best way to reduce stress. For some people if they are short on time I suggest they take 5 minutes out of their day to sit somewhere quiet and focus on their breathing of deep breaths in and out with their eyes closed and...

School Bag Jun 13th, 2016

This blog is going to address carrying a heavy schoolbag, but really the information can be carried to carrying a heavy bag in general. Carrying a heavy schoolbag can lead to many issues in children, specifically when it comes to the musculoskeletal system. If your child tends to wear her...

Safe Running tips Jun 5th, 2016

Now that the weather is warmer it is common for people to start transitioning from the gym to running outside again. Here are some tips to promote safety when running this spring and summer! According to Runner’s World,1) If you can avoid running with headphones in. If you do, make...

Phytonutrients May 29th, 2016

Ever wonder why we are told to eat 9 servings of fruits and vegetables in a day? This is because they contain compounds known as phytonutrients. The purpose of phytonutrients is to help protect the plant and increase the lifespan of the plant. Certain phytonutrients help to protect the plant...

Papaya May 23rd, 2016

Ever go into a grocery store and see a large spherical/pear shaped fruit that is green/orange and quite exotic looking? Most likely you have seen this fruit, but you have not bothered to buy it or to eat it. This interesting fruit is called a papaya. If you cut open...

The Importance of Chewing Your Food May 20th, 2016

Many people suffer from gastrointestinal problems. Often expensive testing is done that frequently shows no structural abnormalities. Most physicians are not equipped to treat functional gastrointestinal disorders. Functional gastrointestinal disorders present in many ways and problems may originate in one or more areas. The first thing that we can do...

Why Am I So Moody? May 20th, 2016

Ladies, are you suffering from any of the following symptoms? Anxiety, depression, irritability, mood swings, insomnia, pain & inflammation, osteoporosis, heavy periods, hypersensitivity, nervousness, migraines, weight gain, decreased libido, low HDL cholesterol. Thousands of women suffer from these symptoms and are prescribed various medications and often a hormonal cause is...

Control Your Pain May 20th, 2016

Have you had pain for more than six months? That means you are suffering from a debilitating condition known as chronic pain. Believe it or not, there are several types of chronic pain. The three main types are: Nociceptive pain Neuropathic pain Mixed pain Nociceptive pain is the pain most...

Hip Extension May 17th, 2016

Loss of hip extension range of motion is a common problem we see in PT. This can be related to symptoms in the lower back, hips, knees or ankles. Modern lifestyles can contribute to this problem. Hours spent in a seated position and decreased use of the gluteus muscles are...

Tips to Prevent Injury as You Get Out and Garden May 11th, 2016

With spring time rolling around quickly on the east coast, countless people flock outside for different activities. One of those most often performed is gardening/yardwork. People love to get those flower beds looking pretty to go with all the sunshine! However, with this increased motivation to get active comes an...

Tips to exercise when you are really busy May 5th, 2016

Making sure that you find time to exercise is difficult for a lot of people especially for people with careers and children in their lives. Fortunately, there are a few ways to try and promote a healthy life style where you can raise your heart rate or get on your...

Prolapse Apr 19th, 2016

Thunder down under A lot of women are embarrassed by feelings of pelvic pressure associated with pelvic organ prolapse. To understand exactly what is happening when you have prolapse, PT Julie Wiebe, makes reference to an inflated balloon in the abdomen. In order for the air to be properly balanced...

Pain while travelling Apr 12th, 2016

A common complaint for people who have to drive or fly far distances for work or travel is that their back begins to ache while sitting for a prolonged period. There are a few ways to try and reduce this pain for the everyday traveler. One tip is to use...

Detox Diets Apr 6th, 2016

Detox diets are common with people trying to “cleanse” their bodies of toxins accumulated from food, drink, the environment and even stress. These diets promise to boost energy, help you lose weight, clarify the skin, reduce headaches and decrease bloating. While there is no standard definition of a detox, most...

Cold Vs Flu Mar 31st, 2016

Have you ever woken up in the middle of the night coughing, sneezing, and achy all over? These symptoms can be present in both the common cold and the flu. So what is the difference between the cold and the flu? A cold is milder than the flu. A cold...

Leaky Gut Mar 4th, 2016

Do you experience digestive issues such as gas, bloating, diarrhea or irritable bowel syndrome? Do you suffer from seasonal allergies or asthma? Do you have a diagnosis of chronic fatigue or fibromyalgia? Do you have food allergies or intolerances? If so, it’s possible that you may be suffering from a...

Exercise and endorphins Mar 4th, 2016

Exercise can be a great way to improve stress and energy levels in certain individuals. Endorphins are known to be correlated with exercise which can improve mood and relaxation. Most people are very active during the fall and summer since the weather is accommodating to outdoor activities. There is typically...

Diagnosis Terms for the Low Back Commonly Heard in the Rehab Clinic Mar 4th, 2016

A Physical Therapist’s training includes how to combine subjective history with objective measures and tests to determine an accurate diagnosis of a patient’s pain. Following an accurate diagnosis, the initial evaluation (or even in subsequent treatments) turns toward describing the areas of dysfunction to the patient and what measures will...

Best Biceps Exercise Mar 4th, 2016

The biceps brachii is one of the most trained and sought after muscles among those who perform resistance training. But which exercise is the best to strengthen the biceps? The best exercise would elicit contraction of the greatest amount of muscle fibers. The standard test to determine muscle activity is...

Slipping on ice Mar 4th, 2016

Slipping on ice is a common winter injury that can result in hip or wrist fractures typically. In order to prevent a trip to the emergency room, safety precautions are necessary during snowy and icy weather. Always make sure that your sidewalks or driveways are salted. Be cautious of black...

Review of Organics Mar 4th, 2016

Production of organic foods has become big business and farmers who wish to sell their produce as such are required to meet standards enforced by the USDA. Due to this fact, you can expect to pay up to 40% more for organics than their non-organic counterparts. People choose to eat...

How to have a Proper Bowl Movement Nov 22nd, 2015

Chances are defecation is not a taught skill, BUT it should be, says Dr. Judelkiss Todd, physical therapist at PSSM Bordentown location. A deep squat should be the position assumed during a bowel movement rather than sitting. Literally placing your feet on a stool while sitting on the toilet mimics...

Futuristic Therapy Comes Down to Earth Oct 22nd, 2015

Vibration therapy, founded to help astronauts maintain muscle mass in space, has down-to-earth benefits that can help patients. Dr. Jim Tholany said that whole body vibration (WBV) therapy is offered at the Bordentown office where he works as a physical therapist and rehabilitation manager. WBV treatments are a few minutes...

Getting Back in the Groove After Baby Oct 15th, 2015

The body changes after a baby, said Dr. Beth Bossart of PSSM Wellness. The time to think about post-baby fitness is before delivery. “Mothers can start to think about getting back into shape before their baby is even born. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle during pregnancy is extremely important both for...

Muscle Memory is Behind Every Move Oct 6th, 2015

From infancy bodies begin to make connections in the muscles that set a road map for the future of movement, according to Christopher Lybarger, physical therapist at Performance Spine & Sports Medicine in Lawrenceville, NJ.Muscle memory begins the moment we start learning how to move. “The aspects of our life...

Gluten or Gluten-Free? Sep 29th, 2015

Today gluten-free foods are everywhere and considered as an overall health-promoting type of food. But why is this? While gluten is a protein found it wheat, barley and rye, think of it more like glue as it helps dough stick together. Since our bodies are designed to be able to...

Centuries old benefits of coconut oil come into vogue Sep 20th, 2015

Coconut oil is being touted as a new cure-all, but Our staff said it’s no fad, the benefits of coconut oil have been known in other cultures for centuries. One of the most debated claims of coconut oils is that oil pulling, a practice where one swishes a tablespoon of...

Get Clued in to Bad Posture Aug 20th, 2015

It doesn’t take Sherlock Holmes to solve the case of a “C” shaped back, when the curve of the spine moves away from its intended “S” shape, posture is almost always the culprit.Dr. Chris Cush of Performance Spine and Sports Medicine in Newtown said that bad posture from desk jobs...

Golf: A Game for Life Aug 12th, 2015

Hockey, basketball and football all have an expiration date, but golf can last a lifetime. Dr. Jason Green of Performance Spine and Sports Medicine of Newtown was an avid hockey player but as he aged he knew his hockey days were coming to a close. He sought a new sport,...

The Physical Cost of Running: Common Injuries Jul 29th, 2015

The glory of running and the defeat of injury are both well known to Dr. Mathieu Lentine, D.C.Lentine was a competitive runner for nearly 16 years. He ran in high school, college and post collegiately. “I never liked to run but loved to race so that was what my training...

How to Make Volleyball a Day at the Beach Jul 15th, 2015

Getting down and dirty for beach volleyball can be a win every time with the right preparation.Dr. Judelkiss Todd from Performance Spine & Sports Medicine serves up tips for this favorite sport, but she warns even the best prepared people might feel the effects of a day of beach volleyball....

Benefits of Coconut Water Jul 9th, 2015

The clear liquid found on the inside of immature, green coconuts is known as coconut water. It has a mildly sweet, nutty flavor and is contained in coconuts which are between 5-7 months of age. Coconut water should not be confused with coconut milk, which is extracted from the meat...

Take the pressure off the little ones: how to lower stress in children Jun 23rd, 2015

When the pressure is on some kids lash out. Dr. Mahmud Ibrahim of Performance Spine and Sports said there are usually signs that children are under stress and most of them are a cry for help. He said some warnings that a child is facing too much stress can be...

Breakfast Should Never Be a Hunger Game Jun 23rd, 2015

It doesn’t make sense that less food would equal more weight, but according to Dr. Michael Pismarov of Performance Spine and Sports Medicine, it’s true for people who skip breakfast. “Those who skip breakfast often weigh more and are more likely to eat higher calorie snacks throughout the day to...

Text Neck: Extreme Cell Phone Usage is a Huge Pain in the Neck! Jun 9th, 2015

Take a trip to the mall and look around; start counting how many people you see with their heads down looking at their phones. Some will be on the phone for a few seconds at a time; others will be on it for a few minutes at a time. Now...

Fallen and Can’t Get Up?: Balance in the Elderly Jun 9th, 2015

Have you experienced recent missteps or loss in balance recently? Falls are one of the most common reasons for hospitalizations and hip fractures in the elderly. In 2013, 2.5 million nonfatal falls among older adults were treated in emergency departments and more than 734,000 of these patients were hospitalized1. As...

Dietary Tips to Reduce Inflammation May 29th, 2015

Acute inflammation in response to an injury is a helpful, normal and necessary process of the human body. When inflammation becomes chronic it is a lower level, harmful response and is thought to be an underlying cause of many common conditions and diseases. Following are some changes you can make...

Foam Rolling May 13th, 2015

Recently, foam rolling has gained popularity among trainers, physical therapists and fitness enthusiasts. What are the benefits of using a foam roller? Quicker recovery, decreased muscle pain and spasm, increased blood flow and less delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) are some of the claims. The physical act of rolling over...

Laser therapy: Touch-free healing May 12th, 2015

The future of healing has been in the hands of professional athletes for years and is now available to everyone as a method of treatment at Performance Spine and Sports Medicine (PSSM). Laser therapy has been in use by major league sports trainers and Olympic trainers for years, according to...

The Skinny on Summer Slimming May 7th, 2015

Trimming the waistline starts with training the mouth. “Diet is the number one factor for slimming down, exercise helps cardiovascular health and burn calories, but if the diet isn’t taken into factor then you aren’t refueling the body correctly,” says Dr. Susann Clothier, chiropractor at Performance Spine and Sports Medicine....

What kind of stretching is most beneficial? May 2nd, 2015

There are many schools of thought when it comes to stretching. For years, static stretching, holding a stretch in one position for 30 secs or longer, was thought to be the ideal way to stretch. New research has shed some light on some possible drawbacks of static stretching as well...

Sneaky Movement Apr 28th, 2015

I often hear people say they do not have time for exercise. Quality of life improves when we exercise so I can suggest a few ways to fit more activity into our busy schedules. Take the stairs, skip the elevator. Park farther away from your destination; force yourself to walk....

Staying Healthy Through the Spring Sports Season Apr 23rd, 2015

Spring is finally here and those running into the warmth before warming up might find themselves out for the season. Dr. Jim Tholany, director of rehabilitation at Performance Spine and Sports Medicine, said the warmer weather leads to a resurgence of activity and recreational activities that lead people into physical...

Text Neck Apr 22nd, 2015

Don’t let your neck pay the price of keeping in touch The key to avoiding the latest back problem is looking up. This relatively new ailment seen by medical professionals over the last decade is known as text neck. This problem has been rising with the increased use of smart...

The Importance of Dynamic and Static Stretches Apr 17th, 2015

Before you go outside for your run, remember that it is essential to prepare your body for the challenge it is about to take on. Give yourself an extra 5 to 10 minutes to perform a dynamic warm-up prior to your run or work out. A balanced dynamic warm-up is...

Healthy Hips for Life Mar 30th, 2015

The adage a body in motion tends to stay in motion is especially true when it comes to healthy hips. Krista Rubini, DPT, of Performance Spine and Sports Medicine (PSSM) in Newtown, Pa., said that movement isn’t merely about keeping the joint active, the act of motion increases blood flow...

Rotator Cuff: Solutions for Shoulder Pain Mar 12th, 2015

Whether there is a chill in the air or summer is heating up, seasonal activities can lead to shoulder pain and rotator cuff injuries. Dr. Mahmud Ibrahim with Performance Spine and Sports Medicine of Lawrenceville said that shoulder injuries are a common complaint heard year-round. “In the winter the cold...

How Healthy Am I Really? Feb 19th, 2015

Those of us that try to eat right, exercise and take nutrients to improve health hope that these efforts translate into improved quality and quantity of life. But how do we know? Sure, we can look at blood work such as cholesterol and this gives some of the answer. Blood...

Physical therapy and matters of the heart Feb 19th, 2015

Pain and limited mobility are generally what brings patients in for physical therapy, though what they don’t feel can be just as important. Gary Fuschini who works as a physical therapy assistant at Performance Spine and Sports Medicine said some of the common ailments they see in patients are various...

Heart opening yoga Feb 7th, 2015

Heart opening in yoga is both a restorative path and process. Dr. Aisling Linehan, a physical therapist at Performance Spine and Sports Medicine, uses heart opening yoga to help reverse some of the incorrections modern life can apply to over-burdened backs. This form of restorative yoga specifically focuses on decreasing...

Fire Cider: A Natural Remedy Jan 28th, 2015

Looking for a natural remedy made from everyday ingredients for that cold or chest congestion, try fire cider. Don’t let the name fool you, fire cider is delicious. Made from natural ingredients it is a warming and energizing drink, especially in the fall and winter months. It works extremely well...

Cervical Health Month: Physical therapy to Aid Monthly Cramps Jan 27th, 2015

We all know stretching and exercise help lessen menstrual cramp discomfort, but did you know physical therapy can help with severe cases? January is Cervical Health Awareness month, highlighting health maintenance through pap smears and screenings for the Human Papilloma virus (HPV). Krista Rubini, DPT, of Performance Spine and Sports...

Omega 3 Fatty Acids: Not just good for your heart. Jan 20th, 2015

Do you have joint pain? Taking a regiment of fish oil or Omega-3 fatty acids may help. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, a recent review of 17 randomized, controlled clinical trials looked at the effects of omega-3 fatty acid supplementation in people with joint pain. Results suggested...

Butterbur For Your Migraines Jan 18th, 2015

No, you’re not going to rub butter on your head. Butterbur root, or Petasites hybridus, is a perennial shrub used in ancient times and has recently been rediscovered for medicinal purposes including migraine headaches. Here is a photo of the flower: A 2004 study in Neurology studied the effects of butterbur for the...

New Year’s Resolutions Tips Jan 7th, 2015

According to data collected by University of Scranton, Journal of Clinical Psychology in a 2014 study more than 45% of Americans make New Year’s Resolutions, yet only 8% of Americans are successful at accomplishing their New Year’s Resolutions. They also found that people 20’s and under are more likely to...

Why Traditional Shoulder Rehabilitation Often Falls Short Dec 29th, 2014

Traditional Physical Therapy rehabilitation of the shoulder has focused intently on strengthening the rotator cuff as means to improve function and decrease pain and disability. While this is often times needed, particularly post-op and with strains, it is often time just one small piece of the puzzle. In order to...

Physical Stress And Holiday Travel Dec 24th, 2014

With the holiday season now upon us, many of will be embarking on some sort of travel to see friends and family. While short distance traveling does not usually affect our bodies as often, longer travels certainly do. Whether it be sitting in a car, train, or plane we are...

Beating the Flu – Strategies to fight infection Dec 17th, 2014

Button that coat, wash those hands, and grab your Echinacea, flu season is here, check these strategies for beating the flu. #PSSM #Wellness #BeatFlu Wearing a coat in the cold, and bundling up with a scarf and hat are just good advice, but they won’t be enough to protect you...

Staying Healthy during the Holiday Season Dec 8th, 2014

The holiday season is here! Tis the season to eat, drink and be merry. During these busy times, we tend to set aside our usual diet and exercise routines. As a physical therapist, I encourage my patients to adopt a healthy lifestyle in all aspects of life. Here are a...

Holidays can bring joy, laughter, family, and stress Dec 8th, 2014

Shopping, egg nog, out-of-town guests? Add in some lunges, deep breathing and plan ahead to beat the effects of holiday stress.#PSSM #Chiro #BeatStress Any added stress on the body can exacerbate injuries or lead to pain and headaches. In order to fight stress Dr. Michael Pismarov of Performance Spine and...

Why Am I So Tired All The Time??? Nov 24th, 2014

Fatigue is a common presenting complaint for so many patients. Frankly, primary care doctors just don’t have the time to properly evaluate people for fatigue. Why you ask? Simple – there simply isn’t enough time. Most primary care doctors have to see a patient about every seven minutes in order...

Preparing For a Marathon Nov 24th, 2014

Think you can’t run that marathon? Think again. If you’re in good cardiac health, preparing and training your body to go the distance can be achieved in a few months.You can go the distance, with preparation Pushing through “the wall” when aiming to run over 26 miles requires a healthy...

Estrogen Metabolism: A Key Factor in Breast Cancer Risk Assessment Oct 21st, 2014

October is breast cancer awareness month. One aspect of breast cancer risk that is not discussed frequently is estrogen metabolism. This is not only important in women on bioidentical hormone restoration therapy, but also for young women who are exposed to endogenous estrogen, the estrogen their bodies make every day....

What is tennis elbow? Jul 14th, 2014

Much of the population knows little about elbow injury. This article is going to discuss one specific condition local to the elbow known as tennis elbow, or more specifically, “lateral epicondylitis.” And here’s something that might surprise you, tennis elbow is not restricted only to those of us who play...

Small Swimming Tips that Make a Big Difference Jul 7th, 2014

It goes without saying. We’ve all waited long enough for this summer to come along. And if you’re like me, now that summer is here, it won’t take you too long to find the closest pool and jump right in. However, before you hop on in, take a minute to...

Yoga 101 Jun 30th, 2014

Yoga has become very popular in the U.S. in recent years. It is an ancient activity involving exercise, meditation, breathing and philosophy. Some sources claim its origins date back 5000 years. Many styles of yoga have developed through the years and we can find a variety of classes within most...

Tips to Help You Get Better Sleep Jun 27th, 2014

Most people do not get enough quality rest. Without adequate sleep consistently, there are a number of detrimental effects both physically and mentally. Following are a few tips to ensure a better night’s sleep. Firstly, aim for 8 hours of sleep with 6 being the minimum. Although we can function...

Reshape your body the healthy way: A primer on nutrition and exercise Jun 16th, 2014

It’s summer and that means the mad rush is on to slim down right in time for swimsuit season. While there are many “diets” out there to choose from, don’t you think it’s time to make some long lasting progress? Here are a few tips to get you in the...

Benefits of Laser Therapy Jun 16th, 2014

We have been fortunate enough to add laser therapy to the list of rehabilitation modalities that we offer at Performance Spine and Sports Medicine. This is a tool that very few people have access to in the area. The laser that we have is a class IV high intensity laser...

A Simple But Effective Way to Strengthen the Gluteus Medius Jun 9th, 2014

The gluteus medius muscle works to abduct and rotate the hip but also functions to dynamically stabilize the leg and pelvis. Glute medius weakness can contribute to dysfunction and pain not only in the hip but in the lower back, knee and ankle as well. Furthermore, it is common due...

Scapular Winging and What to Do About It Jun 6th, 2014

When the shoulder blade pokes out and does not lay flat on the surface of the upper back, we call it scapular winging. This is usually caused by weakness in the muscles that externally rotate and retract the scapula. Our current lifestyles usually include too much time working on the...

Spring and Summer Season Injuries and Conditions Jun 4th, 2014

Are you someone who tends to be more active when the weather gets warmer? Well, you’re not alone, especially after the winter that we’ve had here in the Mid-Atlantic. And between the summer time sports mishaps and the sandals snafus, this heavily anticipated change in weather is the time when...

Soda is a Four Letter Word May 29th, 2014

America has an obesity problem. And it seems the rest of the developed world is following suit. A question that many people wonder is whether soda consumption increases the likelihood of weight gain. The short answer is YES. Soft drink consumption has increased globally from 9.5 gallons per person per...

Treat Your Migraines (and your wrinkles too) May 14th, 2014

Do you suffer from migraine headaches? Migraine headaches can be debilitating and some people have more headache days than non-headache days. Migraines typically start as a dull ache and progress to a throbbing pain. You may have sensitivity to light or sound with this headache. Some people even get nausea/vomiting...

How to Choose the Right Mattress for Low Back Pain Sufferers Apr 30th, 2014

You may have heard that your mattress could be causing your back pain. You may be wondering what the correct mattress is for you. You probably know that lack of quality sleep can cause a myriad of problems and can worsen many existing conditions. The most current studies suggest a...

Hip Flexor Stretch continued Apr 28th, 2014

The hip flexor stretch has become a popular one to stretch in both the fitness and the sports performance realm and rightfully so. After all, we, as a society spend a lot of time sitting which lends itself to tightening of the hip flexors. Unfortunately, it is all too common...

Have Back Pain from Sitting All Day? Give Your Hip Flexors a Stretch! Apr 26th, 2014

Hip flexor tightness is very common today as many of us spend a lot of time in a seated position. When we work at a desk or on a computer, drive a car, relax on the couch or in a theater and sit down for a meal we are shortening...

Proper Workstation Posture Apr 24th, 2014

It is not surprising that many people with desk jobs suffer from neck, shoulder, mid and low back pain. Oftentimes quick postural and workstation adjustments can make a huge difference. It is first important to have an understanding of neutral posture. Neutral is a comfortable working posture in which joints...

EndoPAT – A Life Saver Apr 15th, 2014

Perhaps you noticed the recent events in sports. Gary Kubiak collapsed at halftime during the Texans recent game. Rocky, the Denver Nuggets mascot, passed out as he was being lowered to the court at the start of the game. These events certainly make me think of my own health. First...

Rage Against the Gluten Machine! Apr 15th, 2014

Certainly you have all heard about gluten-free diets by now. Why is this all the rage? Why is avoidance of gluten helping so many people battle various problems from digestive issues to allergic symptoms? Theoretically it comes down to the proteins gluten and gliadin. These are proteins found in wheat....

Spring-time Running Tips; by Jason Green, DC Apr 2nd, 2014

It took long enough, but it finally appears as though Spring is on its way. With this winter dragging on the way it did, I personally cannot wait for the temps to rise and the sun to shine. And now that the time has come, it’s time to lace up...

Anterior Snapping Hip Syndrome Mar 19th, 2014

If you are frequently experiencing a snapping sensation in the front of your hip, you may have a condition called snapping hip syndrome. The snapping sensation is felt in the front of the hip when you walk, run, or even rise from a chair. This condition is especially common when...

Get Ready for Winter Running! By: Katie Palmer, DPT Feb 5th, 2014

Winter running is a whole other beast compared to running outside in other seasons. In my opinion, winter running is for the strong and truly dedicated. While I choose to take my running indoors during the winter, I can appreciate all that goes into running in cold weather. The air...

The Functional Movement Screen By: Chris Cush, DPT Feb 5th, 2014

What is it? How does it relate to an athlete’s return to sport? More and more of today’s individuals are working harder to become stronger and healthier. These individuals are constantly working to improve their activities by increasing their flexibility, strength, endurance, and power. A large number of athletes and...

Understanding neck pain: A non-surgical approach to diagnosis and management By: Mike Dougherty, DC Feb 5th, 2014

Pain that originates in the shoulder, arm, or upper back can arise from the neck. Differentiating between them can be tricky and should be managed by a licensed healthcare practitioner. In this article we will look at information to help understand the process of identifying the pain. What your MRI...

Benefits of Coconut Oil By: Susie Clothier, DC Feb 5th, 2014

Over the past couple years I’m sure you’ve started hearing more and more about coconut oil. Coconut oil is made up of antioxidants, Medium-chain triglycerides (MCT), Lauric acid, Carprlic acid, and Capric acid. Below I’ve listed some of the benefits of coconut oil and why you should be using it...

Optogait’s contribution to Rehab and Performance By: Jake Caulfield, ATC Feb 5th, 2014

We, at Performance Spine and Sports Medicine, like utilize every possible option we have available when diagnosing, prescribing and treating our patients. We like to look at the every piece of the puzzle that is getting our patients better. One of the puzzle pieces we like to use is the...

Importance of Concussion Testing By: Jake Caulfield, ATC Feb 5th, 2014

From the NFL to youth soccer, concussions are being diagnosed more frequently with the use and availability of concussion testing systems. That being said, there is one key test that is very important to any athlete, the baseline test. Having the information from a baseline concussion test will not only...

How much Vitamin D should you take? By: Mike Dougherty, DC Feb 4th, 2014

With any over the counter supplement, there is sure to be various recommendations for what constitutes enough. Vitamin D is an often recommended supplement that falls under this category as well. The Institute of Medicine’s Food and Nutrition recommends 600 IU (standard for International Units) while the Endocrine society recommends...

PPSM Overview Video Jan 13th, 2014

Performance Spine & Sports Medicine, LLC, is a premier non-surgical orthopedic institute providing a team-oriented approach to optimize your health and wellness.

Make Your New Year’s Weight Loss Resolution Stick! By Mike Dougherty, DC Jan 1st, 2014

We’re all familiar with the post-holiday rush to lose weight, start exercising, and get healthy. What too few of us define is to why we are doing this. Sure, motivation can be quite simple. Things like looking better, fitting into some old clothes, or even feeling better. Now, the last...

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) By Susie Clothier, DC Dec 31st, 2013

Seasonal Affective Disorder (also called SAD) is a type of depression that occurs at the same time every year. Most people in the Northeastern territory of the US have symptoms that start in the fall and continue into the winter months, sapping energy and causing mood swings. Although less common,...

Healthy Exercise Recommendations By, Krista Rubini DPT Dec 20th, 2013

Do you have stress in your life and lack energy? If the answer is yes, exercise is the best remedy for you! Exercise is not only important to control stress and boost energy, but continued exercise will promote a healthy lifestyle and an overall state of wellness. Multiple studies have...

Dynamic Warm Up with Mike Dougherty, DC Dec 18th, 2013

Working out the lower body? Try this quick warm up. How about the upper body? Here are a few including a simple thera-band. Dynamic warm-up exercises are essential to prime the muscles and grove what we term “motor patterns.” This short series is more effective at preventing injuries and loosening up muscles...

PSSM sponsors Shady Brook Farm’s *Holiday Light Show*, a Bucks County tradition Dec 16th, 2013

PSSM has partnered up with Shady Brook Farm as a Top Sponsor for their annual Holiday Light Show, Bucks County’s most anticipated community event of the year! Experience the magic of millions of lights illuminating acres of farmland at the Shady Brook Farm 2013 Holiday Light Show!” This event makes...

Platelet Rich Plasma Injection Dec 15th, 2013

Platelet Rich Plasma Injection involves injecting your own blood platelets (special cells in your blood that heal tissues) into joints like shoulders and fix rotator cuff tears.

Chronic Pain Solutions Dec 15th, 2013

Dr. Matthew Wiederholz, M. D., Board Certified – Speaks about chronic pain and advanced pain treatment.

Concussion Awareness Dec 15th, 2013

Matthew Shade, Director of Sports Performance – Speaks about Concussion Awareness in athletics today.

Matt Shade – Optogait at PSSM Dec 15th, 2013

Matthew Shade, Director of Sports Performance – Optogait presentation w/ case study.

Integrated Multidisciplinary Platform Dec 15th, 2013

Matthew Shade, Director of Sports Performance – Speaks about PSSM and about the advantages of an Integrated Multidisciplinary Platform.

Acupuncture at PSSM Dec 14th, 2013

Dr. Michael Rizkalla, MD – Discusses acupuncture treatment at Performance Spine and Sports Medicine. Here our interdisciplinary clinic and approach allows us to coordinate your care and tailor make a customized treatment plan for you.

News 12 – ACL injuries Prevention Dec 14th, 2013

Dr. Joseph Jimenez, PSSM Co-founder, M.D., MBA, CSCS Board Certified – News special featuring ACL injuries and its prevention in athletes.

Advanced OptoJump Dec 14th, 2013

Advanced uses of OptoJump technology.

What is OptoJump? Dec 14th, 2013

An introduction to OptoJump technology.

PSSM Sports Performance Video Dec 14th, 2013

Performance Spine and Sports Medicine is dedicated to helping athletes reach their ultimate performance!

Neurologic Rehab Dec 14th, 2013

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Infant/Toddler Orthopedic Help Dec 13th, 2013

Matthew Shade, Director of Sports Performance – Performance Specialist Matt Shade remarks on the importance of analyzing the biomechanics of growing pediatric patients to ensure that they get personalized treatments suited to their development and/or specific sport injury.

How can Physical Therapy help an infant? Dec 13th, 2013

Dr. Katie Palmer, PT, DPT – Dr. Palmer talks about how Physical Therapy can be beneficial in treating pediatric developmental delays and conditions such as torticollis.

Pregnancy Rehab Dec 13th, 2013

Aisling Linehan, PT, DPT – Our integrated services are physician (MD) directed Chiropractic Treatments, Physical Therapy, Medical Intervention, Nutritional Intervention, Acupuncture and Fitness Programs that is customized to the patient.

Why women are at more of a risk to develop knee pain Dec 13th, 2013

Aisling Linehan, PT, DPT explains why women are at more of a risk to develop knee pain

Who Benefits from Chiropractic Dec 13th, 2013

Dr. Christine Fagan explains the benefits of chiropractic treatment. Do you have problems that concerns you health? See your chiropractor today!

Why a multi-disciplinary practice just makes sense! By, Mike Dougherty, DC Dec 10th, 2013

Here are Performance Spine and Sports Medicine; we take an integrative approach to rehabilitation, health, and wellness. Our practice employs multiple specialists including medical physicians, doctors of physical therapy, chiropractic physicians, and athletic trainers. Our primary objective is to try and solve your musculoskeletal condition with conservative efforts, i.e. in...

Boost Your Energy Levels For a Healthy Holiday! Dec 5th, 2013

Give Yourself the Gift of HEALTH this Holiday: Knock-Out Stress & Get Energized! The Holiday Season is in full force! Parties & shopping make this the most exciting time of the year. But all of this entertaining, eating out & overcommitting can cause stress. Fitness maintenance often times is placed on hold & energy is...

Beating the flu: Strategies to fight infection this winter Nov 25th, 2013

Every year it seems, the flu approaches an epidemic. Hospitals and pharmacies can’t keep up with the current demand and even with the incidence of vaccinations increasing; we’re still not seeing dramatic improvements in terms of prevention. There are many simple and effective ways to fight off infection. Starting with...

Food/goods drive alert at Performance Spine and Sports Medicine to support the... Nov 18th, 2013

During tough economic times, we start to see more and more people who need help with the essentials of daily living. People who were never in a dire situation are finding themselves having trouble paying bills or putting food on the table for their families. Most people want to help...

Avoiding Injury Raking Leaves Nov 18th, 2013

This autumn ensure that you and your family stay injury free and avoid sprains or strains of your back, neck, shoulders, wrists, and knees from raking leaves by following these simple tips. Before you get started take the time to warm up your body by doing 10 minutes of light...

Basics of Chiropractic Care Nov 18th, 2013

Cervical Spine (Neck)The cervical spine is the structure connecting the brain to the rest of the body. It envelopes the spinal cord that runs messages from the brain to the other parts of the body and vice versa. Not only does it contribute to keeping safe the most delicate part...

Backpacks 101 By, Jason Green DC Nov 12th, 2013

With our kids back in school again, we all may want to take a closer look at our children’s backpacks. Compared with shoulder bags, messenger bags, or purses; backpacks are superior because the strongest muscles in the body, the back and abdominal muscle, support the weight of the packs. As...

How To Train with an Injury Nov 6th, 2013

Make time to workout this Holiday Season…despite your injury! That’s right! You CAN maintain fitness while injured. There are ways to continue with your exercise regime – properly, safely & effectively. Learn how! Performance Spine & Sports Medicine is a proud partner of Gold’s Gym “Extra, Extra” Wellness Series ~ designed just for you. Join us...

Helpful Halloween Tips for Parents Oct 29th, 2013

For a parent with little ones, when you arrive home on Halloween night, the house is most likely full of excitement. Chances are, the kids have already magically transformed into their evening costumes and are levitating towards the door, passing by any plans that you may have made for dinner. ...

Using Gratson Technique for soft tissue ailments By: Mike McLarnon D.C. Oct 22nd, 2013

Graston Technique is a form of manual therapy known as instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM). Graston Technique instruments are made of stainless steel which are specifically designed and developed as an alternative to manual transverse friction massage. These instruments help aid in diagnosis and treatment of soft tissue pathology...

Staying Flexible and Fit for GOLFERS During the Off Season By, Jason Green, DC Oct 7th, 2013

It’s no secret; summer has come to an end. With the warmer weather fading, most golfers will start hanging up the clubs. Unfortunately, most amateur golfers believe that there isn’t anything that they can do to help their game throughout the cold season. When in reality, this couldn’t be any...

Do Calories Matter? Mike Dougherty, DC Sep 23rd, 2013

If you have tried to lose a few pounds in the past, chances are you’ve tried to eat as little as possible to reach your goal. There’s also a good chance you were able to drop a few pounds in a short amount of time but were you able keep...

Back to Health with Nutritional Wellness Sep 22nd, 2013

Are you struggling through your day with low energy? Are you too stressed to make healthy balanced meals for you & your family? Are you feeling frustrated you aren’t reaching your health & wellness goals? Have diets failed you? If you answered “Yes” to any of these questions, you need Nutritional Intervention! Imagine feeling renewed & energized everyday! This is possible...

Rotator Cuff Tendinopathy, By Mahmud Ibrahim MD Aug 26th, 2013

The shoulder is one of the most mobile joints in the body. The rotator cuff is a group of muscles that attaches to the shoulder joint via tendons. These tendons not only control the movements of the shoulder, but also help to stabilize the shoulder joint. Over time, patients can...

Anxiety and depression, making your back pain more chronic and harder to treat Aug 20th, 2013

We’ll try to keep short and sweet about what we’re reading. Here’s an old article that resonates pretty well: “Improved outcome after lumbar microdiscetomy in patients shown their excised disc fragments: A prospective, double blind, randomized, controlled trail.” This was published in the journal of neurology, neurosurgery, and psychiatry in...

PSSM August Fitness Challenge Aug 4th, 2013

Make August AWESOME with PSSM! We’re holding our first Staff FITNESS CHALLENGE for the month of August! We are encouraging staff to take their workout to the next level with exercises that will challenge the mind & body. Check out our calendar above! Do you think YOU think you have what it takes? Tell us! – Log...

Gluten: Far Beyond GI Distress by Mike Dougherty, DC Jul 28th, 2013

The prevalence of gluten intolerance and sensitivity is on the rise. Although testing has largely remained the same, we see more non-Celiac diagnosed people avoiding gluten and wheat and seemingly curing some of their ailments. While we have identified those suffering from disease directly associated with Gluten, i.e. Celiac Disease,...

“Extra, Extra!” — Got Sciatica? Jul 2nd, 2013

Got Sciatica? Sciatica is among the most common causes of low back pain that affects millions of Americans each year. Without the proper treatment, it can quickly worsen. Our team of Chiropractic Physicians & Physical Therapists will help! Performance Spine & Sports Medicine is a proud partner of Gold’s Gym “Extra, Extra” wellness series ~ designed...

Neck & Shoulder Pain Relief with Non-Surgical Care Jun 17th, 2013

“Oh, My Aching Neck!” Do you suffer from Neck or Shoulder pain? Look no further! Your solution to the best non-surgical approach in diagnosis & management is here! Empower Yourself. Eliminate Your Pain! Learn about: • Differentiating between Neck & Shoulder pain• Diagnostic Imaging: What test do/don’t I need• Therapeutic Injections for the shoulder...

Abdominal Core and Glute Strengthening Program For the Summer Jun 10th, 2013

Core + Glute Program #7 GET READY FOR THE BEACH WITH THIS EFFECTIVE CORE AND GLUTE PROGRAM! TRY IT FOR AT LEAST 3 WORKOUTS ONCE A WEEK AND STREADILY INCREASE THE WEIGHT THAT YOU USE FOR THE EXERCISES: NOTE, SOME OF THE EXERCISES MAY NEED SUPERVISION BY A TRAINED PROFESSIONAL...

Orthopedic Doc in Lawrenceville Discusses Surgery Prevention For Knee Arthritis (3 of 3) May 16th, 2013

Now that you’ve got the exercise program down, it’s time to make sure you are eating your best! Maximize your health by eating foods that are good for you, paired with supplements that keep you feeling your finest. Two MAJOR super foods that help with arthritis: *Fish. Why? Fish has tons of omega-3...

Orthopedic Doc in Lawrenceville Discusses Surgery Prevention For Knee Arthritis (2 of 3) May 9th, 2013

Now that you’ve been doing the beginner program for a couple of weeks, you can move on to some intermediate exercises to help strengthen the knee. This exercise program, similar to the beginner program will consist of 4 intermediate exercises. First lets begin with the Bulgarian Squat: Using a short bench, position...

Stress Incontinence May 8th, 2013

Does Your Pelvic Floor Fail You when you Laugh, Sneeze, Run or Jump? You are not alone! Many women ages 25 – 50 suffer from Stress Incontinence. Stress Incontinence is caused by weakening of the muscles that keep urine stored in the bladder. Stress Incontinence can be prevented & treated with CONSERVATIVE treatment. Physical Therapy can help!...

Orthopedic Doc in Newtown and Lawrenceville Discusses Surgery Prevention For Knee Arthritis (1 of 3) May 2nd, 2013

It is uncertain whether having surgery results in a better outcome than the more conservative option of physical therapy. The New England Journal of Medicine recently featured a study which involved 330 participants who were similar in age, gender, race or ethnic group and divided into two groups. Half of...

NFL Draft 2013 News and Orthopedic Doctors Reveal the FAST for Athletes!! Apr 26th, 2013

NFL Pre- Draft Party at EVR Lounge in NYC with Performance Spine & Sports Medicine Doctors sponsor a party for NFL Draft Candidate, Xavier Rhodes  (click his name and hyperlink for his NFL profile).Xavier Rhodes from Florida State, is a Corner Back and His Combine numbers are amazing…He runs a 40 yard...

Performance Spine & Sports Medicine supports “National Prescription Pain Medication Take-Back Day” Apr 24th, 2013

Do you or your friends & relatives have a medicine cabinet full of old pain medications? The Medical Doctors at PSSM ask that you collect any unwanted, unused or expired perscription pain medications. Help Mercer County get rid of them safely! Here’s how: This Saturday, April 27th, is National Prescription Drug Take-Back...

Weight Loss Tips Mar 19th, 2013

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Physical Therapy Clinic Reveals Core Exercise Program for Injury Prevention and... Mar 4th, 2013

The key today’s program is:TO have minimal to no rest between exercises so justJUMP RIGHT FROM ONE EXERCISE TO THE NEXT. For each set, only allow 15 seconds of rest between sets Seated Boat-side  Begin seated on floor with knees bent and feet on floor. Attain neutral spine by straightening...

Exercises to Shape your Pelvic Floor, Treat Pelvic Pain and Train YOUR CORE Mar 1st, 2013

The pelvic floor muscles provide support for the pelvic organs, such as the bladder, intestines, and uterus (in females). As a result, they play a vital role in continence via urinary and anal sphincters. The pelvic floor is made up of levator ani and coccygeus muscles. Proper pelvic floor functioning...

Pelvic Floor Relaxation Feb 28th, 2013

5 Poses for Pelvic Floor Relaxation Spasm of the pelvic floor muscles can lead to incontinence and pelvic pain. Try these pelvic floor exercises to relax your pelvic floor, helping to both cure and prevent future occurrences. For more information please contact pelvic health physical therapist Aisling Linehan: alinehan@njspineandsports.net Happy...

Fighting Inflammation with Food, By Mike Dougherty, DC Feb 28th, 2013

Inflammation is a big catch word in popular culture and media, but what does it really mean and what can it entail? We know that acute injury, inflammatory arthritic conditions, and even chronic disease have an inflammatory component. Now, the most common ways to address this is usually with the...

Stretch of the Day Feb 27th, 2013

From a standing position with your feet slightly apart, engage your abdominal muscles to stabilize your spine. Gently exhale and bend forward from your hips (“hip hinging”). Try to keep your knees straight (but not locked). Slowly lower your torso towards the floor until you can place your fingers or...

Exercise of the Day Feb 27th, 2013

Begin lying face down on floor. Bend and position elbows and forearms next to body. Activate core muscles. Lift upper body off floor so that forearms are supporting body weight. Maintain a straight plank like position from ankles through shoulders. Maintain core contraction and neutral spine. In the full plank...

Warming Up and Active Recovery: Critical For Weekend Warriors and the Aging Athlete Jan 28th, 2013

Athletics have always played an important role in my life. I have consistently found a way to stay competitive throughout my clinical training and even now with current practice demands. One thing I have begun to notice, especially with impending real world obligations, is exercise is harder to recover from....

Sports Physical Therapists in Lawrenceville: Abdominal Core Program for Injury Prevention Jan 27th, 2013

Core training and Keeping up with your New Year’s Resolution! as featured in our Exercise App and Injury Prevention Blog Abdominal Core Program of the week!Important note for today’s program…PLEASE HAVE A SOFT SURFACE OR MATto do the exercises. Your Elbows will thank you for it!! Do each exercise with only 15...

Nutrition Strategies to Achieve New Year’s Weight Loss Goals, By Susie Clothier, DC Jan 15th, 2013

Dr. Susie Clothier of PSSM Lawrenceville The New Year is a perfect time to re-vamp your eating habits. Right around Thanksgiving most people throw caution to the wind when it comes to eating and drinking while getting into the holiday spirit. And then there are all the holiday parties, Christmas/Chanukah,...

Physical Therapists in Lawrenceville, NJ use YOGA to prevent injury Jan 13th, 2013

Common Yoga Poses to help prevent Orthopedic and Sports Injuries! This goes beyond STRETCHING!!! In fact, studies have not shown to prove they prevent injury! We advocate instead, for Dynamic Mobility and Warmups along with overall cardiovascular fitness that help prevent injury improve joint health and mechanics. These exercises can be done...

Physical Therapists of Lawrenceville NJ presents Glute and Core Exercises for the New Year! Jan 1st, 2013

Glute Activation Program to help kickstart a healthy, pain free New Year!! If your NEW YEAR’s Resolution involve getting fit, losing weight, having healthier spine or joints, here is a great exercise program to start the New Year. Perform this program along with other core and glute programs in previous posts...

Sports Physical Therapist of Lawrenceville, NJ shows how to lift a box and PREVENT BACK PAIN Dec 21st, 2012

Stand tall with core activated, feet hipsdistance apart. Keeping your chest up,shoot your hips back then bend at your knees as you approach the object you arepicking up. Keep the object close to you.Remember to keep a neutral back and bend at the hips. **Be sure kneebend occurs after you...

X-Mas Ergonomics Dec 19th, 2012

WARNING: Be careful when wrapping presents! Always be aware of your posture and correct ergonomics when preparing you and your loved ones for the holiday festivities. On top of ergonomics make sure that you are feeding your body with plenty of good fruits, vegetables, whole grains and 8-10 glasses of...

Talking Points: Helping Children Cope Following School Violence Dec 15th, 2012

In light of the events that took place in Newtown, Conneticut we have done some research to help parents and teachers or any adult for that matter communicate to children on how to handle school violence. The University of Dentistry and Medicine of New Jersey set up a great landing...

Sports Therapy Expert in Lawrenceville, Nj Talks About How to Fix Hip and Back Pain Dec 10th, 2012

PART 1 Hips Don’t Lie Throughout the past few years of practice I have come across a myriad of musculoskeletal conditions from the low back all the way down to the feet all of which have a common denominator. That being hip girdle inhabitation or weakness namely the gluteal muscles:...

Physical Therapy Clinic in Lawrenceville Specializes in Back Pain Prevention, PRESENTS “THE PLANK” Dec 4th, 2012

The “CORE” involves NOT ONLY YOUR ABS, but the small muscles under everyone’s sides OR LOVE HANDLES known as the OBLIQUES and the small back muscles of the spine called the PARASPINAL muscles, as well as your PELVIC FLOOR muscles (the muscles involved in holding your urine when you have the urge to go to the bathroom)...

Orthopedic Doc in Lawrenceville, NJ gives Nutrition Tips to help fight inflammation, cancer and pain Nov 10th, 2012

PERFORMANCE SPINE AND SPORTS MEDICINE (PSSM) PROMOTES FOODS THAT MAY HELP MANAGE PAIN and FIGHTS CANCER! PSSM SUPPORTS BREAST CANCER AWARENESS AND “RESILIENCE DAY” which was a day of lectures about breast cancer as well as spa and beauty treatments for the participants. It was held in COLORS restaurant in...

Sports Doc of Lawrenceville NJ: PREVENT BACK PAIN by working on Glute Muscles Nov 10th, 2012

Orthopedic Doctors, Physical Therapists and Chiropractors of Performance Spine & Sports Medicine (PSSM) work together to get patients OUT of BACK PAIN. But Back pain can recur within a year and the chances of getting hurt again can be anywhere from 30% – 80%!!!! (1) To prevent this from happening, the...

Using Kinesio Tape to Treat Injuries and Reduce Pain Oct 2nd, 2012

Athletic trainers have been using various forms of tape for decades in their efforts to treat athletes’ injuries. A relatively new type of tape called KinesioTape made a major impression on athletes and the general public when we saw volleyball star Kerri Walsh wearing this tape during the 2008 summer...

Most Common Back Pain missed by YOUR doctor? Sep 22nd, 2012

Sacroilits, Sacroiliac Joint Pain or SI pain are missed by most Doctors!! Sports Medicine and Orthopedic Doctors at Lawrenceville, NJ are the experts on this VERY common cause of back pain! Sacroiliac joint is a small joint in the low back just above the buttocks. In fact, at our practice,...

Orthopaedic specialist, Matt Wiederholz’s non-surgical approach to Elbow Tendonitis Sep 19th, 2012

Do you enjoy playing golf or tennis? If you do, you’ve probably suffered from elbow pain at one time in your life. Up to 50% of these athletes do. The pain is either on the inside or outside of the elbow and usually worse with use of the flexor or...

Mike Rizkalla MD gives 1 minute tip on the benefits of acupuncture for pain. Jul 18th, 2012

This is a quick one minute tip on how acupuncture can help your pain.

Orthopedic Doctor of Lawrenceville NJ Reviews Jun 26th, 2012

This blog article is in honor of Dr. Jimenez’s publication of the 2012 issue of GOT GAME magazine. The article is the published content!!!! We started the day at Eugene Monroe’s second annual All Pro Football Camp in Brooklyn NY and then celebrated the premier of this summer issue of GOT GAME...

Orthopedic Doctor of Lawrenceville NJ talks about how to market Physical Therapy... Jun 19th, 2012

Marketing our expertise Sports Medicine, Non Surgical Orthopedic Medicine and Physical Therapy Clinics and Chiropractric Medicine in Lawrenceville New Jersey and now in Newtown, PA It is tough to do but there are so many moving parts in marketing and promoting our clinic. The irony is that even though I am...

Orthopedic Doctor in Lawrenceville NJ gives Instructions for Physical Therapy... May 21st, 2012

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Injections can help cure rotator cuff injuries, ligament, muscle and tendon tears in ANY Joint Injury! As of May, 2012, analysis of our charts at Performance Spine & Sports Medicine (PS&SM) reveals that 90% of our patients with rotator cuff tears that cause shoulder pain can be cured by PRP...

NFL Draft Party NYC: Sports Doc talks Stem Cells, Sports Injury and Liposuction?! Apr 28th, 2012

Treating Sports Injury and orthopedic problems non-surgically using Stem Cell Therapy: Sports Doctor from Performance Spine and Sports Medicine of Lawrenceville, New Jersey, Dr. Joseph Jimenez, mingles with athletes at the Rare View Lounge, NYC at a sponsored event on April 2012 for hopeful athletes Eric Page is a Wide Receiver...

Performance 3D shows Bruce Jenner how to improve his golf swing and PREVENT INJURY Feb 7th, 2012

Golfers and other athletes can use Performance 3D can help prevent elbow injury, back pain and MORE Performance 3D uses video game – like sensors on the body to study any sports motion (LIKE A GOLF SWING) and TELLS YOU EXACTLY HOW TO IMPROVE your GOLF SWING, PREVENT INJURY to your joints...

Orthopedic Doctors Bring Revolutionary Sports Performance Sensor Technology to Mercer / Bucks Jan 12th, 2012

ATTENTION SPORTS FANS & ATHLETES: FACT: MOST TRAINERS, DOCTORS, & THERAPISTS DON’T KNOW HOW TO TECHNOLOGICALLY PREVENT SPORTS INJURIES IN ATHLETES.  EVEN WORSE, THEY DON’T KNOW WHEN AN ATHLETE SHOULD RETURN TO PLAY AFTER REHAB! The issue is alignment…Car Mechanics talk about proper alignment in cars to prevent wearing out breaks,...

Orthopedic Doc in Lawrenceville, NJ Quick Discussion on Fantasy Football Injuries: Dec 12th, 2011

This is a QUICK MANUAL on INJURIES for fantasy football: WHEN DO YOU SIT OUT YOUR PLAYER? NFL playoffs are here and fantasy league owners are seeing record injuries for the 2011 – 2012 season Most Recently as of NFL week 13, 2011, Matt Forte from the Chicago Bears was...

Physical therapist at PSSM finishes Tough Mudder! Nov 26th, 2011

Performance Spine and Sports Medicine would like to congratulate our very own Dr. Aisling Linehan for finishing the Tough Mudder in 4 hours! I’m sure she needed some physical therapy after such an accomplishment. The Tough Mudder is an intense obstacle course that was designed by British Special Forces that tests) 1)...

Lower Back Pain Video discussion and 3D “Patient Path To Wellness” 1 min. Nov 20th, 2011

At Performance Spine and Sports Medicine (PSSM), we celebrate the opportunity to educate the Mercer and Bucks’ county communities. We are happy to present two short presentations. The first focuses on lower back pain, the different sources of back pain like herniations and the solutions that PSSM has to offer. The second is a 3D...

Timeline to Recovery: Performance Spine and Sports Medicine’s Get Better Faster, Stay Better Longer Nov 19th, 2011

Orthopedic Doctors, Physical Therapists and Chiropractors work together with our service mark: “Get Better Faster, Stay Better Longer” The timeline shows how the disciplines of the practice integrate orthopedic non-surgical care under one roof producing an unparalleled patient experience and superior outcomes. We use the latest technology, equipment and procedures...

Halloween Nutritional Health and Safety Tips by Sports Medicine Doc in Lawrenceville NJ Oct 28th, 2011

Performance Spine and Sports Medicine Halloween Survival Guide: For managing Halloween treats and Safety Did you know that raisenets are one of the top candies with the most sugar? Or that Reese’s pieces are among the candies with the lowest sugar? Here are a few popular Halloween candies with the...

Patient Testimonial – Sonia Sep 17th, 2011

Sonia discusses her experience at PSSM.

Patient Testimonial – Lisa Sep 17th, 2011

Lisa discusses how our multidisciplinary approach alleviated her pain.  

Patient Testimonial – Jeff Sep 17th, 2011

Jeff reflects on our customized planned approach to nonsurgical orthopedic care.

Patient Testimonial – Helen Sep 17th, 2011

Helen describes her lower back pain and how all the clinical disciplines are under one roof.

Sports Doc, Dr. Joseph Jimenez, in Lawrenceville NJ talks Sports Injuries including concussion Sep 14th, 2011

The NFL lockout is done! The SEASON HAS STARTED! As a fan, I am happy to have football again. As a doctor, I feel for the sports docs of every team…time for another season of sports injuries! One injury in particular is Sports Concussions. I had a short conversation with...

Performance Spine & Sports Medicine on HURRICANE IRENE PREPARATIONS Aug 26th, 2011

HURRICANE IRENE HAS LANDED ON THE EAST COAST !!! Besides what you have already done, must do:– Secure and lock all outside doors and windows.– Fill bathtub. Water will be used for washing and flushing if needed– 5-gallon pail with lid (for toilet if needed – if power failure stops...

Sports Medicine Doc in Lawrenceville can Fix Knee Injuries NONSURIGICALLY Jul 19th, 2011

KOBE BRYANT SHOULD STAY HOME As many of you may of heard Kobe Bryant went to Germany for PRP (platelet rich plasma) on his right knee (1). Rumor has it that KOBE BRYANT has ongoing issues with his meniscus. The menisci are the special cushions that your thigh bone and your leg bones use so...

Help Performance Fight Cancer Jun 1st, 2011

On Saturday, June 11, the team at Performance Spine & Sports Medicine will be participating in the Relay for Life event at the Sawmill YMCA in Hamilton, NJ. Together with our patients and colleagues, we have raised almost $1000 for the American Cancer Society. With the event little more than...

High Heels cause Back Pain May 23rd, 2011

LADY GAGA DOES IT! YOUR FRIENDS ARE DOING IT! THE BEST DESIGNERS FROM MANOLO BLAHNIK, CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN, AND JIMMY CHOO MAKE ALL WOMEN DO IT What am I talking about? I am talking about women everywhere since the beginning of fashion will suffer through PAIN and DISCOMFORT to look sexy...

Treat your Back Pain: Useful tips from Physical Therapists in Lawrenceville NJ May 20th, 2011

Abdominal BracingA lot of people do strength training for their abdominals, but are you really doing any good? All of the sit-ups and crunches in the world aren’t going to train your body as much as this one simple exercise:Abdominal bracing strengthens the transverse abdominous muscle which is an overlooked...

Nutrition Advice from Performance:Fish Oils can give kids the edge in school May 13th, 2011

Fish oil supplements are safe for children and have been shown to help malnourished children get the essential fats they need. (1) Research shows that fish oil supplements can help kids with dyslexia (reading difficulties), dyspraxia (problems with co-ordination), and ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder). (2) But what about the...

Orthopedic Medical Doctor, Joseph Jimenez discusses: Platelet Rich Plasma Injections keep... May 2nd, 2011

(from Left to right: Dr. Joseph Jimenez, Ras-I Dowling, Dr. Emily Splichal) CONGRATULATIONS TO RAS-I DOWLING! HE WAS SELECTED BY THE NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS IN THIS YEAR’S 2011 NFL DRAFT. PERFORMANCE SPINE & SPORTS MEDICINE ALSO THANKS DR. EMILY SPLICHAL, founder of the Evidence Based Fitness Academy, FOR HER SUPPORT IN THIS YEAR’S...

Acupuncture PROVEN for Pain: Back Pain and Sciatica Treatment in Lawrenceville NJ Apr 30th, 2011

MEDICAL STUDIES show Acupuncture helps with Back Pain!! MEDICAL ACUPUNCTURE using the Integrative NeuroMuscular Acupoint System (INMAS) combines modern Chinese acupuncture theory with Western medical approach to TREAT BACK pain without drugs or surgery. The most recent studies have shown that ACUPUNCTURE EFFECTIVELY TREATS BACK PAIN (see references at the...

Shin Splints Apr 30th, 2011

What are Shin Splints? Shin Splints are the common term for pain in the front of your lower leg along your tibia, commonly known as the “shinbone.” This pain may be from a stress fracture of the bone or micro-tears in the muscles. Common complaints are pain on the inside...

Lawrenceville Chiropractor describes intermediate neck exercise Jan 25th, 2011

Here is a simple exercise that you can do at home with no exercise equipment.It works the longus capitis, longus colli, SCM (sternocleidomastoid) muscles.The purpose of this exercise is to increase neck strength and muscular endurance.The benefits are improved stability, functional strength and injury prevention.Begin by lying on the back...

Chiropractor in Lawrenceville explains knee exercises for beginners. Jan 18th, 2011

Here is a simple exercise that you can do at home with no equipment.It works the biceps femoris, semimembranosus, semitendinosus muscles.The purpose of this exercise is to increase knee strength and muscular endurance.By doing this exercise you can have the benefits of improved stability, functional strength and injury prevention. Begin...

Chiropractic hip exercises for Lawrenceville Jan 11th, 2011

Here is a simple exercise that you can do at home with no equipment.It works the gluteus medius/minimus, piriformis and hip lateral rotators muscles.The purpose of this exercise is to Increase hip strength and muscular endurance. By doing this exercise you can have the benefits of Improved stability, functional strength...

Orthopedic Physical Therapy Jan 10th, 2011

Dr. Palmer gives examples of both common and uncommon reasons why someone may need a physical therapist. Do you have problems that concerns your health? See your chiropractor today.

Headaches and Physical Therapy Jan 6th, 2011

Headaches can vary in intensity and duration but many headaches, particularly migraine headaches can be quite disabling. Many people rely on over the counter medications initially and likely followed by prescription strength headache medications if symptoms do not improve. What many do not realize is Physical Therapy can effectively help...

Lawrenceville Chiropractor shares ankle exercises for beginners. Jan 5th, 2011

Here is a simple exercise that you can do at home with no equipment.It works the peroneus longus/brevis, tibialis anterior, tibialis posterior, gastrocnemius, soleus muscles.The purpose of this exercise is to improve muscular endurance, ankle strength, and proprioception.By doing this exercise you can have the benefits of Improved stability, functional...

Why Not To Wait Jan 4th, 2011

Not long ago, I took a course about techniques for treating back pain. It was a great course and I learned a lot, but there was one thing in particular that the instructor said that really made me think. He said that most American people live in a constant state...

Confession Time! Dec 29th, 2010

I have a confession to make. I have not been living up to my end of the bargain. I have not been able to make 10 minutes a day to go for a walk. In the morning I get up most days at 5:08 and by the end of the...

Who Has The Time? Dec 27th, 2010

Eating healthy, daily exercise, meditation and relaxation – all great ideas… in theory! As a working mom I struggle everyday with how to keep my family and myself as healthy as possible. The trouble is, who has the time. As a physical therapist and yoga instructor by day, people come to...

TENS Dec 20th, 2010

When you visit the doctor because you are in pain, one of the treatment options they may offer you is called a “TENS Unit.” It’s a small, handheld device that uses a mild electrical current for pain relief. What Does TENS Mean? The word TENS stands for Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation....

Defining the Levels of the Spine Dec 17th, 2010

The “Spine” or your Vertebral Column is formed by 26 bones and is generally thought to be divided into 3 different segments. The names we are most familiar with are the following: the CERVICAL Spine, the THORACIC Spine, and the LUMBAR Spine. Let’s count the number in each segment. The...

Rotator Cuff Injuries Dec 15th, 2010

What is the rotator cuff? Your rotator cuff is made up of four muscles and several tendons in your shoulder. These muscles form a cover around the head of the humerus which is the upper arm bone that runs from the shoulder to the elbow. These muscles and tendons work...

The Five W’s of Physical Therapy Dec 13th, 2010

What is Physical Therapy? Physical therapy which is also know as physiotherapy, is a health profession in which trained individuals use their knowledge to assess injuries and then provide varies services to help restore, develop, and maintain functional movement in patients that have lost it one way or another. Physical...

Incontinence Nov 28th, 2010

Although it’s not everyone’s favorite thing to talk about, urinary incontinence can affect anyone at some point in life. It can happen at different times and for different reasons, but when it does happen its something that you will want to take care of! What are some causes of incontinence?...

Fibromyalgia Nov 28th, 2010

Fibromyalgia is a rather uncommon condition that currently affects around 2 percent of the population. However, that statistic could be wrong due to the unpredictability of symptoms that can identify this condition. Such symptoms that can ultimately stem from fibromyalgia include pain that is not exclusive to a single part...

Chiropractor Lawrenceville shares low back exercises for beginners. Oct 21st, 2010

Here is a simple exercises that you can do at home with no equipment.It works the multifidus, erector spinae, transverse abdominus, oblique muscles.The purpose of this exercise is to Increase low back strength and muscular endurance. By doing this exercise you can have the benefits of Improved stability, functional strength...

Chiropractor Lawrenceville shares intermediate level abdominal exercise. Oct 5th, 2010

Involves no equipment. This exercise works the abdominal, oblique internal/external, iliopsoa muscles. The purpose is to increase abdominal strength and muscular endurance. The benefits include improved stability, functional strength and injury prevention. Begin lying on floor. Lift knees so that a 90º position is attained at hip and knees. Place...

Physical Therapy Exercises, Lawrenceville NJ and Princeton NJ Jun 13th, 2010

For our patients, please login to PERFORMANCE SPINE AND SPORTS CUSTOM PROGRAM to view your customized exercise program!! If you have any questions, please contact us

Sciatica Treatment with Lysis of Adhesions Jun 13th, 2010

Performance Spine & Sports Medicine offers an innovative treatment for sciatica called “lysis of epidural adhesions”. The name implies that there is scar tissue in the epidural space and it is approved for the treatment of scar tissue. However, it can also be used in patients that have not had...

DRX-9000 Sciatica Relief in Lawrenceville NJ and Princeton NJ Jun 5th, 2010

  BACK PAIN CAN BE CAUSED BY A HERNIATED DISC WHICH CAN PINCH A NERVE LEADING TO LEG PAIN. MANY PATIENTS KNOW THIS CONDITION AS “SCIATICA”.  ONE PROMISING NON-INVASIVE TREATMENT IS SPINAL DECOMPRESSION WITH THE DRX 9000. THE DRX9000 CAN RELIEVE THE PRESSURE ON THE HERNIATED DISC THEREBY RELIEVING THE PRESSURE...

Therapy for Back Pain in Lawrenceville NJ Feb 9th, 2010

EXERCISE #1:PELVIC TILT Lie on your back, legs together, knees bent, feet flat on the floor, with your arms above your head. Push the small of your back flat to the floor, at the same time tightening your abdominal muscles and buttocks. Hold for 20 seconds and relax Pelvic tilt....

Low Back Pain treatment Oct 16th, 2009

Low Back Pain treatment: Sacroiliac Joint as the cause of Back Pain by Dr. Wiederholz of Performance Spine and Sports Lawrenceville NJ What is a Sacroiliac Joint Injection? A sacroiliac joint injection is an injection of an anesthetic with a long lasting steroid (“cortisone”) in the Sacroiliac joint(s.) The sacroiliac...

Low Back Pain causes and Treatment Oct 14th, 2009

Low Back Pain causes and Treatment: Dr. Wiederholz of PSSM discusses Facet Syndrome What is a Facet Joint Injection?A facet joint injection is an injection of an anesthetic with a long lasting steroid (“cortisone”) in the Facet joints. Facet joints are located in the back and neck at each vertebral...

Causes of Back Pain and Herniated Disc Oct 14th, 2009

Causes of Back Pain and Herniated Disc: Dr. Wiederholz of PSSM in Lawrenceville NJ   The epidural steroid injection is the placement of cortisone, a powerful anti-inflammatory agent, into the epidural space, which approximates the disc and spinal column. The epidural injection has been used for over 40 years as...

Health and Wellness: Basics of Nutrition Sep 19th, 2009

This is the introduction to the talk I gave to a group of engineers wanting to know about nutrition. Learn the basic knowledge and secrets to having a long and healthy life with nutrition and the basic knowledge to prevent disease, to live pain free and to maximize fitness and...

Failed Back Surgery Syndrome Sep 12th, 2009

Failed Back Surgery Syndrome: Hope for patients with back pain AFTER BACK SURGERY in Lawrenceville NJ, Princeton NJ and Hamilton NJ   Have you had back surgery? Do you still have pain in your lower back or leg? You’re not alone! At Performance Spine & Sports Medicine we see many...

Introduction to PSSM in Lawrenceville NJ and Mercer County Aug 30th, 2009

Introduction to PSSM in Lawrenceville NJ and Mercer County: Dr. Wiederholz shows how to stop neck pain without surgery

Your Doctors in Lawrenceville, New Jersey May 13th, 2009

Hello Lawrenceville! Dr. Joseph Jimenez and the staff of Performance Spine & Sports Medicine welcome you to our PSSM blog. The purpose of this blog is to share tips and information with you. If you are not a patient, please go to our website and check out our “New Patient Specials” or...

Healthy Slow Cooker Beef Stew Nov 20th, 2006

Fall is here and with it comes chillier weather! With the cooler weather hitting the city, who doesn’t like to enjoy a nice, hot bowl of stew?! Here’s a recipe for a healthier beef stew (more veggies, low-sodium beef broth) that you can make in your slow cooker for your...