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Somerset County man avoids a second back surgery through a unique model of care.

“I blew out my back working out back in December. I lived with the pain for 6-7 months. I went back to my surgeon who did the surgery on my back ten years ago and told me that I had a triple bulging disc. My surgeon recommended physical therapy. I had numbness in my legs and tightness in my lower back. I started therapy in May and within 2-3 weeks, the numbness was gone. I had chiropractic, physical therapy, spinal decompression, and the laser. When I did physical therapy ten years ago prior to surgery, that facility just had physical therapy. At Performance that was only one component considering I did spinal decompression, physical therapy, the laser, and chiropractic work. I really didn’t have a lot of time on my hands with three little kids and work to go to different facilities. Everything was done in house. It was a one stop shop.”

– Shahid

Runner suffering from a dislocated kneecap for many years finds relief with Regenerative Medicine at Performance Rehab.

“My kneecap dislocated about ten years ago and I was treated then, but never fully recovered. The pain was holding me back from what I wanted to be doing in life. Before I came to Performance, I kept seeing my orthopedic surgeon to get the prescription for physical therapy, which now, seems silly because I can come to Performance first and have everything done in one place. I have done two regenerative injections and I really see a lot of improvement. I am feeling a lot better, running more and it’s not bothering me during my everyday life. You don’t have to be in pain, they will talk to you about all of your options.”

– Rebecca

Gymnast with nerve pain finds healing through Physical Therapy and stays competitive in the sport

“I suffer from irritated neck and shoulder nerve pain. It got to the point where I could no longer move my arm. I went to a sports medicine doctor who said I tore my tendon and recommended surgery. I didn’t want surgery so he sent me home with a list of exercises to do at home for three weeks and come back. I never went back. I went to Performance which was the best decision of my life because I avoided surgery, I feel better, and I do completely different exercises than those my previous doctor gave me. I received acupuncture, physical therapy, and regenerative injections and have seen crazy results feeling almost 100% better.”

– Sabrina

Cincinnati Woman with Bursitis gets back to a pain free life through a Collaborative Approach to Non-surgical Orthopedics in New Jersey.

“I was diagnosed with Bursitis and had a lot of pain and burning in my hip. It was keeping me up at night and I couldn’t stand it anymore. I had nine months of excruciating pain, not being able to do normal activities on a daily basis and I was truly not enjoying life. It wasn’t until I came to Performance Rehab where the Doctors brainstormed a treatment plan for me and now here I am, nine months later, doing really well and back to living life.”

– Jeannie

New Jersey Devils 18U AAA hockey goalie overcomes injury thanks to unique model of regenerative medicine and rehabilitation

“After I was diagnosed with Athletic Pubalgia, Performance came up with a game plan on how I was going to get better. After getting the PRP injections, I noticed a difference within two weeks, it was a gradual progression, but I did start to notice benefits. After being on the ice for long periods of time, I was not experiencing severe or prolonged pain. After completing my treatment at Performance Rehab, I am able to continue playing hockey and I am no longer living with the nagging pain that I had while I was playing.”

– Tristen

Somerset County, NJ Women Eliminates Chronic Pain from Sciatica with Nevro HF10 Spinal Cord Stimulator

“I started getting sciatica pain running all the way up my leg, it was very painful, and it started aggravating my back too. Dr. Mejia told me about Nevro, it’s a pain inhibitor that’s implanted in your spinal area, my pain went from 85% all the way down to 10%. I can’t say enough about Performance Rehab, they are truly one of the best groups of people I’ve ever met.”

– Joy

Hunterdon County, NJ Woman Finds Hope and Healing through a Collaborative Approach to Non-Surgical Orthopedics

“Dr. Spiaggia gave me a variety of options from doing nothing all the way to very aggressive along with projections of what I could expect. Not only did he remain involved in my care, but the Physical Therapist, Dr. Moshenberg, was heavily involved, as were Drs. Mejia and Tabije…but all of them were collaborative throughout and I think that is what sets Performance apart.”

– Tammy

Somerset County, NJ Police Officer Overcomes Shoulder Injury and Honors Fallen Heroes

“Everyone told me to get surgery and I didn’t want surgery, because I already had surgery and it was the worst surgery I had in my life. So, I went to Performance and they started me with PRP/Stem Cell into my shoulder. The finishing result was amazing because I can move my shoulder with no pain. Everyone else said I would be out of work for 4 months, I was out for two weeks.”

– Janos

Somerset County, NJ Boy Beats Cancer and Walks Again Thanks to a Unique Model of Physical Therapy

“I was diagnosed with Ewing Sarcoma, cancer…I went through a whole bunch of surgeries and chemotherapies. The stuff going on with my nerves really did disable so much for me. I was having a hard time walking. I had the pleasure of working with Doctor Carmine, and he was with me every step of the way. When I first started to walk without anything, it was amazing and refreshing.“

– David

 “… I feel as good as I did when I was 18”

I’ve been living very comfortably the last couple years thank God with all the things I’ve been working on with the Stem Cells and PRP and physical therapy. My body feels as good as it did when I went to college at 18 years old. The little aches and pains have gone away. Theres just something different at Performance Rehabilitation.

– Jim Burt, Former NY Giant, 2 time Super Bowl Champ

 “I can tell you today, even after a couple of weeks, I have seen a difference.”

The results from the stem cell treatments have been positive. I’ve noticed improvement in my left knee where I had the procedure done. There’s not as much stiffness, not as much pain. I can tell you today, even after a couple of weeks I have seen a difference.

– Bart Oates, Former NY Giant, 2 time Super Bowl Champ

“I was unable to walk up stairs because of the pain in my knees”

As a Personal Trainer and a competitive Weight Lifter, the pain in my knees was not something I could live with.  I was to the point where I could not walk up stairs or complete squats or leg extensions during my workouts.

The Doctors at Performance Rehabilitation & Regenerative Medicine recommended a combination of Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy and Physical Rehabilitation.  This combination has  made a huge difference in my knees.  As a Personal Trainer, it is comforting to know that I can honestly refer my clients to Performance Rehabilitation & Regenerative Medicine and know that the Doctors will work with them to return them to their active lifestyles.

– Eric Robinson, Personal Trainer – Eclipse Fitness

 “… I scored the game winning goal”

When I came to Performance I was greeted by smiling faces and everybody knew my name. They got me better before my hockey tournament which is all I really wanted. My first day back to hockey practice I scored the game winning goal. From the ladies behind the desk to the physical therapists, everyone at Performance Rehabilitation worked really hard to get me better. They got me back to doing what I love… would recommend them to anyone.

– J.D. Kusch, Green Brook, NJ

“I thought the next six weeks would be miserable…”

When my son first got hurt and was told that it would be four to six weeks before he got back on the ice, he was devastated. I thought it was sure to be a very long six weeks dealing with a miserable 11 year-old boy, but that was far the case. Everyone we encountered at Performance Rehab from the moment we walked through the door was welcoming and kind, and JD quickly began to love going to PT. Dr. Mosh was absolutely fabulous with him, as was everyone.  When played in his first game since getting injured, he did amazing, scoring the only goal of the game. His team won 1-0. We are now off to Pittsburgh for a big hockey tournament. As a huge Pittsburgh Penguins fan, it was JD’s goal to get back in time for this tournament, and thanks to Performance he did!

– Renee Kusch, Green Brook, NJ

“…I thought I would just have to live with the pain in my elbow, NOT true..”

After 2 PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) treatments I can honestly say that the results have been amazing compared to any other treatments that I have tried.  The staff at Performance is great! Would highly recommend Performance to anyone that is in pain.
– J. Schreck, Warren, NJ

“…The people are amazing, so nice and incredibly honest.…”

I have been going to them for about two weeks and I couldn’t be happier with the services! From the consultation to now, I have been treated with such respect and genuine care. The people are amazing, so nice and incredibly honest. They are very professional, but know how to make the healing process not feel like a chore. I look forward to going each appointment and am incredibly happy I decided to go to them for help with my shoulder! I have already recommended them to a coworker for their son and will continue to recommend them to anyone in need of help!
– E. Kasey, Watchung, NJ

 “… Performance helped me get back into the game again”

Performance helped me get back into the game again and really be able to perform exercises that I wasn’t able to any longer. I like the fact that you have a team of people that you’re working with instead of just one person. I would highly recommend Performance to other athletes. In fact, in my own business we do…

– Karen Monetti, Somerville, NJ, owner and co-founder of Bodhi

“…Hands down the best…”

Hands down the best! Dr. Piccillo and staff are very professional and welcoming. The environment is very friendly and meticulously clean. I had dealt with a chronic lower back pain for about 2 years. Dr. Piccillo and Dr. Defeo taught me various exercises to improve my strength and mobility in my back. I noticed a difference after my first week of rehab. I continue to notice positive improvements each time I go. I do my exercises at their gym and at home. The pain in my lower back is gone and I am now able to improve my athletic performance!! Thank you!!!!
– D. Hernandez, North Plainfield, NJ

“…My knees are great and the pain is gone…”

Since finishing the Hyalgan shots in both my knees and going through Physical Therapy, my knees are great and the pain is gone! Stair climbing and walking have greatly improved.  Thank you Performance
– C. Pfeifer, South Plainfield, NJ

“…I’ve been a patient at PR&RM for almost 3 weeks and I’ve already seen improvements in my condition…”

I highly recommend Performance Rehabilitation & Regenerative Medicine based on my excellent experience thus far!! I’ve been a patient at PR&RM for almost 3 weeks and I’ve already seen improvements in my condition…I’m a fairly athletic person so the hip injury I’m faced with has certainly diminished my mobility which has been somewhat disheartening…PR&RM was recommended to me by someone in my family but I had never gone to a chiropractor before and was skeptical at first…My first appt. was with Dr. Vincent Diana and he immediately made me feel comfortable and my skepticism began to fade…I ended up being very pleased with the treatment plan he initiated, his execution of my treatment, and just his overall positive demeanor and rapport with me…This is also true of the rest of the staff…Everyone was kind, friendly, informative, attentive, and they ALL have a great sense of humor (which I believe is an invaluable and advantageous trait to have when interacting with patients who are faced with the realities of an injury)…The practice has so many wonderful Doctors and Physical Therapists on staff, that there will always be someone there to help…I also had a great experience with Dr. Dane Hardy…Overall I’m very satisfied and happy I decided to come to PR&RM but more importantly I’m hopeful and confident to make a complete recovery with their help…a huge Thank you to everyone at Performance Rehabilitation & Regenerative Medicine!
– A. Acquaviva, Bridgewater, NJ

“…This team, from the ladies at the front desk all the way up to Dr. Spiaggia and Dr Mejia are second to none.…”

I have been going to performance rehab for a while now with spinal issues. Both pre and post op. This team, from the ladies at the front desk all the way up to Dr. Spiaggia and Dr Mejia are second to none. If you are going somewhere else to get better, stop now and get here. They truly care about their patients, more than I have ever seen anywhere. Their positive ways have kept my head up with the many issues I have had with my back. They are without a doubt the best around.
– C. Maynard, Middlesex, NJ

“…In 2 1/2 months they have me feeling better than I have in years…”

After being injured during firefighting training I was sent to several therapy places. Recently my back and neck have been getting worse to the point where standing, walking and sleeping were almost impossible. In 2 1/2 months they have me feeling better than I have in years. Everyone is professional, pleasant and competent. They talk to each other and customize each therapy session to your benefit. I can’t recommend Performance Rehabilitation highly enough.
– L. Solon, Watchung, NJ

“…Dr. Ron & His Awesome Staff & Doctors had my son back together with only 7 weeks till Lacrosse season…”

Dr. Ron & His Awesome Staff & Doctors had my son back together with only 7 weeks till Lacrosse season. So thrilled that they were able to help heal him in time for try-outs. He’s pumped to be playing on Varsity! I asked him which therapist he liked the best–he said they were all equally amazing–that’s hard to come by!
– S. Walker, Branchburg, NJ

“…Really the best and you can’t go wrong…”

Really the best and you can’t go wrong if you need physical therapy. I had stem cells done on my shoulder that others wanted to do a shoulder replacement, and it worked miracles in getting rid of the terrible pain and allowing better movement.
– J. Jagiello, Somerset, NJ

“…I traveled from the Middle East (Doha-Qatar) to receive DRX 9000 Spinal Decompression treatments…”

I had neck pain and numbness and tingling in both hands for eight years following a car accident. I tried physical therapy and pain management with little success. After extensive research on the Internet, I wanted to try non-surgical Spinal Decompression therapy on the DRX 9000. I traveled from the Middle East and stayed at a local hotel for six weeks while undergoing the spinal decompression process. Upon completion of treatment I feel about 90% better. Thank you so much Performance Rehab.
– K  Al-Hammadi, Doha-Qatar

“…in just a few short weeks my shoulder injury has improved so much that I can work out without any pain…”

These guys are the best. I have never done any Chiro or PT before but after a couple recent injuries at the gym and some recommendations from a friend, I contacted Performance Rehab. Best decision, Dr. Piccillo and Dr. DeFeo have eliminated my low back pain in just a few short weeks and my shoulder injury has improved so much that I can work out without any pain. My body overall feels better than it ever has. I definitely needed this and would recommend them to anyone with injuries or pain. I also I want to thank the friendly staff as well.
– D. Escobar, Berkley Heights, NJ

“…I am back to walking 8000 to 10000 steps a day..”

I had been diagnosed with tendinitis of the hip, degenerative disc disease and inflammation in my legs.  I had visited other PT facilities and had injection over the last 4 months with no relief. After my therapy at Performance my range of motion is much better.  I can move without severe hip pain and impingement.  I am back to walking 8-10,000 steps a day.  My total outlook is much better.
– M Galdi, Somerset, NJ

“…in just 8 visits my knee felt great…”

Performance Rehabilitation was highly recommended to me by a family member and now I understand why. I compete as a professional MMA fighter, I’ve fought for WSOF, Bellator, and currently made my return under the CFFC banner. I injured my knee during training camp for my upcoming fight at the Borgata in Atlantic City. I was diagnosed with a sprained MCL and a possible meniscus injury. The physicians and staff members exceeded my expectations and needs every step of the way. They laid out all potential options for me and I ended up deciding on Platelet Rich Plasma therapy (PRP) combined with high-end Sports Rehab, with hopes I’d see results in a short time. Being a professional fighter we always have injuries during training or in a fight but thanks to the doctors and staff at Performance Rehabilitation, in just 8 visits my knee felt great. On fight night I was able to perform at a high level with no knee pain or hindrance with mobility and I ended up winning my bout. I will be a forever patient at Performance. A big Thank You to Dr. Tabije, Dr. Piccillo, Dr. DeFeo, and all other staff members that encouraged me along the way. They are honest, caring, and the best in the area at what they do. I couldn’t imagine preparing for a fight without them in my corner. I highly recommend anyone suffering from joint pain give them a call.
– R. Patishnock, Green Brook, NJ

 “… I can do anything I want to now”

My function level is 95 to 100 percent. Thanks to Performance I can do everything I want which is uncommon for someone who has been training as long as me. I would 100% recommend Performance to other athletes. In my studio as soon as someone gets hurt, I say “hey I know a great group of physicians that can help you out.” So I would 100% recommend Performance Rehabilitation.

– Anthony Monetti, Somerville, NJ, owner and co-founder of Bodhi

“…my neck pain is completely gone…”

After twenty years of neck pain, I decided to try the DRX 9000. I have seen several doctors for this condition who only suggested drug therapy and exercise. Since completing the protocol, my neck pain is completely gone. Truly the DRX is a great piece of equipment.
– B Dorf, Warren, NJ

“…The orthopedic surgeon recommended back surgery, but a friend told me about DRX…”

I have been suffering from low back, hip and leg pain for two years. I tried chiropractic, physical therapy and several epidural injections. All provided temporary relief at best. The orthopedic surgeon recommended back surgery, but a friend told me about the DRX 9000 Spinal Decompression System. After eight weeks of treatment, I am finally out of debilitating pain and back to all of my normal activities. I thought I would be in pain forever. I can’t thank you enough.
– B Griffin, Green Brook, NJ

“…My family doctor would just give me medications to dull the pain…”

I have had chronic low back and left leg pain for almost ten years. I had an MRI which confirmed a herniated disc in my low back. My family doctor would just give me medications to dull the pain, but no real answers. After completing the DRX 9000 treatments, my low back pain and leg pain dissipated nearly 100% and I feel great.
– T Jackson, North Plainfield, NJ

“…My low back and leg pain are gone…”

I had an accident and herniated a disc in my low back. My brother-in-law who is a physical therapist suggested I try Spinal Decompression Therapy. After twenty four treatments on the DRX 9000, my low back and leg pain are gone.
– D. Feng, Green Brook, NJ

 “… These people heal you”

This is a very wonderful place. Everybody smiles here. They taught me how to take care of myself and gave me confidence. These people really take care of the patients, really…

– Jose Gonzales, Watchung, NJ

“…I can now walk without jolting pain. WOW! I can’t thank you enough…”

I came to Performance Rehab because I was disappointed with the services provided at local physician offices for the treatment of my neck pain. Your recommendation for DRX treatment on my neck has truly made a difference in my life and I am feeling much better. I can now walk without jolting pain. WOW! I can’t thank you enough. I truly appreciate the professional expertise of the multi-disciplinary approach.
– L Fallon, Martinsville, NJ

“…It is truly wonderful to have such an increase in range of motion, and a decreased level of discomfort…”

I recently completed 8 weeks of rehab and acupuncture at Performance Rehabilitation, and my expectations were exceeded in terms of both time, and recovery. Their excellent staff was always a pleasure to work with, and my recovery was faster and so much more than I imagined was possible! It is truly wonderful to have such an increase in range of motion, and a decreased level of discomfort. I am looking forward to seeing their smiling faces as I continue with my on-going chiropractic care. I would HIGHLY recommend Performance Rehabilitation!!
– C. Tamashunas, Warren, NJ

“…Though skeptical of PT/Chiro at first, within the first week (3 sessions) of working on my knee, I feel a huge difference…”

Beating myself up for not starting these sessions sooner, guess everything happens for a reason. First off, I just want to tell everyone how AWESOME the staff is here, they make me feel so comfortable and every single person has a great unique personality. Though skeptical of PT/Chiro at first, within the first week (3 sessions) of working on my knee, I feel a huge difference; from walking straighter to gaining a steady balance. They’ve made me a believer. Im going to be so sad when my sessions are over, I’m not going to know what to do with my life anymore lol. Thank you ladies and gents in advance for helping me on this road to recovery from this malicious Meniscus!
– R. Knight, Green Brook, NJ