Physical Therapy practioners serving Bergen County





We will reduce your spinal and sciatica pain and weakness and increase your mobility, including specialized spinal manual therapies from the McKenzie Institute.  Our commitment is to restore your mobility and functionality with a short recovery period.


 We will work to remedy your injury with alternative modalities to prevent surgery, and, if surgery is required, provide rehabilitative physical therapy pre- and post-surgery for hips, shoulders, knees, foot/ankle, etc. We will alleviate arthritis symptoms and injuries


We will help you realize your physical potential whether you are a weekend golfer, a pro athlete or just want to be able to pick up your grandkids again. We will use our time-tested strategies to heal you after an injury and guide you back to your best performance level.

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Apex Orthopedic Rehabilitation, located in Paramus, NJ, is committed to helping the residents of Bergen County move and feel better without reliance on unnecessary injections, medications and unnecessary doctor appointments. As a rehab facility, we are committed to getting in the shoes of our patients before taking any action. We work with a team of highly trained and dedicated clinicians who work tirelessly to meet the unique needs of every individual. We understand that there is no one solution that fits all. To address various physical therapy and orthopedic needs, our professional team uses the McKenzie Method. Everything is handled in the safest and most effective way possible.

In our experience, the most success stories are those in which there is active involvement throughout the healing process. We apply a collaborative method which brings together both our clinicians and patients, fostering a self-maintenance practice which is observed on a daily basis. Our patients include everyone right from teenagers who have experienced physical trauma caused by excessive athletics to grandparents who have trouble walking due to torn cartilage in the knee.

Our scope of patients and work is not restricted. Regardless of whether you experience mild or severe pain, you can get holistic solutions from Apex Orthopedic Rehabilitation. We have the experience, training and resources to provide you compassion, guidance and natural solutions to the pain.  We are proud to be your number one source for Paramus physical therapy services!!!


Unwavering commitment to safely restore you to maximum health with limited recovery time



The success of Apex Orthopedic Rehabilitation can be attributed to the use of the steadfast and clinically proven McKenzie Method. This is a viable as well as versatile program based on action. The method has continually provided incredible pain relief through holistic treatment, accurate assessment and tested prevention methods. The method works effectively in treating patients who suffer from musculoskeletal issues like back and neck pain. The McKenzie Method doesn’t call for expensive diagnostic testing. It promotes the ability of the body to repair itself through a consistent activity.

Self-treatment is achieved by extending your spine via mild physical therapy as well as exercise. This helps eliminate central pain. Because of how the treatment works, patients don’t need to deal with needles, medication or surgery. The success of the McKenzie Method offers well-rounded results and the team at Apex Orthopedic Rehabilitation is knowledgeable in the method. Our patients get to enjoy daily activities without the use of drugs or fear of pain getting in the way.

Step By Step

  • Assessment – Treatment starts with the understanding of the symptoms of a patient. The examination will include questionnaire of the history of the condition, placement of central pain, and how well a patient is able to perform various movements in specific areas. The objective is to get a detailed history of the condition of the patient.
  • Treatment – Using the information gathered from the initial assessment, the clinician will prescribe exercises which correlate to the patient’s symptoms. Since the treatment is all about self-healing, the involvement of the patient is necessary. Our clinicians will offer guidance as well as healthy doses of exercises. All in all, the success of the treatment is dependent on the commitment of the patient.
  • Prevention – Ordered exercise routines will help prevent the recurrence of neck, back and leg pain. Persistent action will help reduce persistent pain.

The McKenzie Method is usually adapted to the specific needs of a patient. The step by step method only offers guidelines for persons suffering from mild to severe pain. If it is not treated for long, chronic pain can get worse. The main purpose of the McKenzie Method is to readjust the patient’s vertebrae on his/her spine.

The McKenzie Method has five stages which start with prone lying.

  • In this step, the patient lies on a surface flat with his/her chest down. The purpose of the exercise is to reduce stress on the patient’s lower back.
  • The second stage requires the patient to lie down while at the same time resting on the elbows. This reduces pressure from the back all the way to the arms.
  • Stage three entails 10 prone push-ups which are known as cobra push-ups.
  • In stage four, the range of the patient’s movement is increased while doing the cobra exercise.
  • The fifth step focuses on adjusting the vertebrae in the patient’s spine. This is done by practicing various standing spinal exercises.

The frequency of the exercises in the McKenzie Method will depend on how often the patient experiences the pain. The exercises can be done 2, 3 or 4 times in a day.


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The most common musculoskeletal issues that are treated at Apex Orthopedic are the spine problems. In spite of their being the most common, spine problems are also the most misinterpreted. However, in spite of there being many terms that are used to describe the disc-related pain, the treatment solution is often very simple. The main categories of the disc related issues are the herniated disc and the degenerative disc disease.

The program in Apex Orthopedic Rehabilitation includes back exercises which reduce stress build up to your spinal cord. Most back pains are caused by daily stress on the back muscles which can lead to muscle spasms as well as sharp shooting pain. The main strengthening exercises that are prescribed to patients experiencing spine pain include:

  • Reverse extension
  • Reverse crunch
  • Back walkout
  • Front walkout
  • Or a combination of two or more


The lower back pain is the most common. Axial back pain is best known to young and old patients. This is pain that refers to pain in the lower part of the back. It worsens with activities like athletics. Lying or sitting in the same position for an extended period of time will also cause the pain. The best treatment is consistent of prescribed treatment and time.

The spine serves as the highway of your nervous system. If the area is congested, stress will build up on your spinal discs thus causing back and leg pain among other symptoms. In the case of degenerative disc disease, the problem will occur if the flexibility of spinal discs is reduced due to aging. With the progressive self-maintenance through the McKenzie method, Apex Orthopedic Rehabilitation will ensure that the pain never worsens but instead subsides as you age.

This is also referred to as the slipped disc. The conditions have many terms that relate to nerve ending pain. They include cervical spine stenosis or lumbar spine conditions. Herniated disc occur when inner core spinal disc leaks fluids to the adjacent nerve root. You will experience the pain within the nerve ending in the fingers, arm, hand and neck. The main symptoms include weakness, tingling and numbness. The symptoms can be experienced spontaneously but relieve can be achieve within 2 to 3 visits to Apex Orthopedic Rehabilitation.

Neck pain is common in patients of all ages. The pain is caused by the straining of nerves, muscles and bones in the patient’s neck. This results from excess movement or a single quick twist. The spinal cord and the brain are intertwined deeply in the necks mobility. If the pain is excruciating to the extent of causing disruptions in a patient’s daily activities, there may be a medical problem. You need to get help as soon as you can. Common symptoms of chronic neck pain include:

  • Stiff neck
  • Sharp pain in the spot or movement along your neck
  • Soreness
  • Tingling and numbness

The main exercises used in treating neck pain include strengthening conditions and aerobic exercise. Some effective exercises include the following:

  • Aerobic exercises such as stationary biking, using the treadmill, and elliptical training
  • Neck strengthening which include Back Burn, Prone Cobra and Chin Tuck
  • Trigger Point Exercise such as Racquetball and Foam Roller.


This is yet another common problem that is treated in a good number of patients who come to Apex Orthopedic Rehabilitation. Having a continuous pain that is experienced from the lower back all the way to the leg region is usually a sign of larger medical problems. Simply put, sciatica is a sign of a bigger medical problem. The pain that is experienced varies from being mild to sharp shooting pain. With mild sciatica, the ache can be felt for a long time. However, if you experience constant pain, you should reach out to a professional. Our clinicians will guide you until you no longer experience any pain.

There are different ways in which constant pain can be categorized. They include:

  • Sharp pain that makes it hard to walk
  • Numbness or weakness or difficulty moving the legs or feet
  • Tingling or burning leg pain

The abdominal and back muscles (core muscles) are usually not strengthened enough in an average person. As a result, a majority of back pains can be healed with dorsal muscle exercises. The balanced exercises at Apex will help with full, self-healing without the need of using any unnecessary needles or addictive substances. Such back exercises as flexors (abdominal) and extensors (gluteal and back muscles) help with the support of the spine from the patient’s abdomen.

Exercises used to treat sciatica include:

  • Arm/leg raises
  • Knee-to-chest
  • Cat curls
  • Back extension
  • Exercise ball

The spine deteriorates with age. Degeneration of the body increases the risk of spinal cord problems. This is because the spine is usually connected to almost every inch of the nervous system. Pain is often attributed to the legs and lower back. Lumbar spinal stenosis is a condition caused mainly by spinal aging. The condition makes walking uncomfortable because of the resulting sharp shooting pain in the patient’s legs. Sitting becomes a pain reliever in most patients who suffer from this condition.

The symptoms associated with lumbar stenosis vary from one patient to another. It is for this very reason that Apex Orthopedic Rehabilitation has come up with a treatment plan that is based on a patient’s specific needs. Surgery has been the most common treatment for this condition. The Apex program has found activity modifications and regular exercises that will help relieve the pain in the spinal cord without the need for surgery.


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The quality of your current life can keep you from living life to the fullest. If you have at any one point felt sharp shooting pain in the leg or had a pinched nerve in the lower back, you could have a higher risk of experiencing other painful symptoms. At Apex Orthopedic Rehabilitation, our team of experienced clinicians has found a range of methods that can be used to treat such pains without ever requiring you to submit to injections or medication.

Our all-inclusive treatment style is based on helping patients heal from pain naturally. The treatment allows for collaborative effort in dealing with pain. Instead of prescribing addictive medications, Apex Orthopedic Rehabilitation has come up with a solid plan which will easily fit your busy day schedule. The plan includes examination, education as well as prevention methods.

Physical therapy is designed to offer relief for people suffering from musculoskeletal as well as neuromuscular symptoms. Our clinicians use physical therapy as the only treatment because it is proven to alleviate tightness as well as work on the mobility of tissues. Our rollout plan at Apex Orthopedic Rehabilitation to everyone in constant pain is the combination of stretching, strengthening and aerobic exercises.

Our holistic solution has consistently shown positive results in the treatment of all our patients. Our one-on-one physical therapy sessions and a combination of stretches and exercises are designed to the unique needs of a patient. At Apex Orthopedic, we do not use one solution to meet the needs of all out patients. Our practices are individualistic, holistic and realistic. We will understand both your strengths and limitations as soon as you come to us. We also encourage patients to continue using their personalized therapy even after the pain goes away. We will educate you on prevention and offer necessary pre and post examinations if additional medical procedures will be required. Our success is measured by your well-being; physically and mentally.  We would be honored to be your first call when looking for Paramus physical therapy services.

Other conditions treated include Spondylitis, Carpal Tunnel, Rotator Cuff tears, Facet Dysfunction, Tennis injuries, Gold injuries, Hip & buttock pain, Upper back pain, Lower back pain, Ankle sprain/strains, Lumbar radiculopathy, Strain/sprains, Knee pain, Tennis elbow, Fracture management, Running injuries, Shoulder bursitis/tendinitis, Arm or leg tingling, weakness or burning, Cervical radiculopathy