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Unconventional Physical Therapy Program Helps Manalapan Man Regain Mobility

By |2019-07-17T12:06:20-04:00July 15th, 2019|Categories: Health A-Z|Tags: , |

Joe Holden isn’t a quitter. After six spine surgeries and countless hours of traditional physical therapy in eight years, the Manalapan resident still needed a wheelchair to get around. For Joe, that wasn’t living. Joe suffers from spinal stenosis, a narrowing of the spinal canal that puts pressure on [...]

Teen Wrestler Motivated to Get Back on the Mat After Orthopedic Surgery

By |2019-07-17T15:51:22-04:00July 12th, 2019|Categories: Health A-Z|Tags: , , |

Julia Schleuss was a trailblazer when she joined the boys’ wrestling team at Wall Township High School. However, when she broke her collarbone during a match this winter, she was concerned that she might never wrestle again. Julia, 16, decided in eighth grade that she wanted to join the [...]

Knocking Down Parkinson’s Disease with Boxing

By |2019-07-17T11:56:50-04:00July 11th, 2019|Categories: Health A-Z|Tags: |

While Tony Yodice isn’t from Philadelphia, he feels like Rocky Balboa twice a week. The 79-year-old Monroe resident is fighting the effects of Parkinson’s disease through boxing—and he’s winning. Tony was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease five years ago after noticing tremors in his hand. Parkinson’s disease is an incurable [...]

Pine Beach Teen Exceeds Personal Best After Physical Therapy

By |2019-03-28T13:32:01-04:00March 28th, 2019|Categories: Health A-Z|Tags: , |

When Abbey Olexa collided with another soccer player during a game last May, she pushed through the pain and continued playing. However, after two weeks of rest, the elite soccer striker still had pain. Abbey’s mother, Elizabeth, took the 14-year-old to orthopedic surgeon Gerardo Goldberger, DO. An MRI found [...]

Marlboro Father Finds Answers and Compassion After Multiple Sclerosis Diagnosis

By |2019-01-17T11:39:43-04:00January 16th, 2019|Categories: Neuroscience|Tags: , , |

Brian Giacchi has experienced muscle spasms off and on since age 9. When the condition ramped up in his 20s, he sought medical advice. Unfortunately, several years of doctors’ visits, testing, and frustration failed to solve the mystery. Then finally, at age 34, he got an answer: he had [...]

Jamesburg Mom Finds Relief After Decades of Painful Periods

By |2019-01-17T10:37:35-04:00January 16th, 2019|Categories: Women’s Health|Tags: , , |

Unbearable, debilitating, and disabling are just some of the ways that Krisda Abene, 43, used to describe her menstrual periods. The mother of three from Jamesburg began suffering from painful periods in her 20s, but it was after she had her third child at age 27 that her symptoms [...]

Saving Face: A Lifetime of Nerve Pain Ends After Microvascular Decompression Surgery

By |2019-01-17T10:34:18-04:00January 14th, 2019|Categories: Neuroscience|Tags: , , |

A few years ago, Walter “Bud” Burch’s wife, Kathy, found him on the kitchen floor writhing in pain. He had to be carried to their truck before being driven to the emergency department. Suffering from a chronic condition called trigeminal neuralgia, Bud lived with this kind of intense pain [...]

CentraState Physician Gets a Winning Assist Through Shoulder Surgery

By |2019-01-17T10:32:04-04:00January 14th, 2019|Categories: Health A-Z|Tags: , , , |

Edward Stoner, MD, a board-certified internal medicine physician on staff at CentraState, has considered team sports as his “gym” for most of his life. A self-proclaimed aging athlete, his interests have ranged from high school football to tennis, golf, and racquetball. But over the past decade, he’s found a [...]

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