Dr. Thomas DiPaolo, PT, DPT, CFC
Physical Therapist498 Inman Ave 200 Colonia New Jersey, 07067
Dr. Thomas DiPaolo is a physical therapist practicing in Colonia, NJ. Dr. DiPaolo has over 20 years experience as a clinician and is 1 of 2 therapists in NJ certified in Cranio-facial Therapy from the University of St. Augustine, specializing in the treatment of balance dysfunction and TMJ pain/dysfunction. Dr. DiPaolo is the official physical therapist for the semi-professional soccer club NJ FC Copa and veteran of the US Army. He is skilled in manual physical treatment to help a patient reduce pain, restore mobility, rehabilitate an injury, or increase movement and overall function. As a Doctor of Physical Therapy, Dr. DiPaolo can treat multiple conditions with skilled manual treatment, therapeutic exercises, Class IV Laser, vibration therapy, electrical stimulation, joint mobilization, heat, ice, massage, ultrasound and more. Dr. Thomas DiPaolo will create a treatment plan based on the patient's specific injury or condition, and target a specific body part or body system based on the individual.
Dr. Thomas DiPaolo, PT, DPT, CFC's Expert Contributions
How to (Really) Achieve Those Health & Wellness Goals in the New Year
The beginning of the new year is a great time to make a fresh start, and for many Americans, that means writing a new chapter in the health and wellness department. But a staggering 80% of the resolutions set at midnight fizzle out by the second week of February. Here are a few ways to make sure...
For Long-term Neck Pain that Just Won’t Go Away, try PT
Cervical spine pain is a common diagnosis and for many, it can last more than three months (then you are labeled as a chronic pain patient). Physical therapy is definitely something to consider if you are looking for chronic neck pain relief.Neck pain is one of the most common health problems...
Is physical therapy recommended after back surgery?
Absolutely! However, you will likely need to wait a few weeks to allow sufficient healing time. Consult with your surgeon regarding how long to wait and get into PT as soon as possible. Remember, you do not need a prescription from a doctor to start PT. READ MORE
I am a woman suffering from Jones fracture. What is the course of treatment for this?
See your doctor first for any casting that might be necessary to allow the bone to heal. If it's healed, then most outpatient rehab facilities should be able to help you with the typical pain relief modalities and exercises. READ MORE
My daughter is recovering after a paralytic stroke from Guillian Barre syndrome. How should I go about her physical therapy?
I would start with the hospital that she was in. See if they have an outpatient rehab department. If so, try and observe the type of care they give their patients. If you're satisfied that your 7 year old would feel good about going there, then start there. If not, call around to a few pediatric PT centers. If you get nowhere with them, look for rehab facilities that can promise to spend at least 30 minutes of 1-on-1 care with her. READ MORE
Is joint pain a symptom of gout?
It is a symptom of gout, but you should see your primary care physician for testing in order to confirm. Gentle range of motion exercises may help meanwhile while you're waiting for your results. READ MORE
What exercises can my mom do to relieve her back pain?
Yes, but not all exercises are appropriate for all back pain patients. So if she tries any of the following and it hurts or just doesn't feel right, she should stop and go in to see a Doctor of Physical Therapy for a proper evaluation. She can try laying on her back and hugging her knees up into her chest and laying on her back with her knees bent and rocking them side to side. Hold each position about 5 seconds and repeat about 15x. She can also wrap a dog leash or something similar around her foot, lay on her back and pull her foot up to the ceiling while keeping her knee straight in order to stretch her hamstring muscle. Hold this for about a minute. Do these frequently throughout the day. These are no substitute for seeing a therapist, although it may buy her some time while looking for an appt. READ MORE
Is there a way to reverse osteoporosis?
Bone grows and remodels itself in response to the forces that are placed upon it. Exercise requires muscles to pull on the bones in order to produce movement. Supervised exercise from a physical therapist is certainly an excellent start in order to prevent more bone loss. After a few sessions with your PT, and considering your current fitness level and severity of the osteoporosis, you should be able to continue a safe, effective exercise routine, that hopefully will become a way of life. READ MORE
I get a pain in my lower back when I sit. How can I reduce the pain?
Taking frequent stretch and walking breaks is one way. Another idea is to be sure you're using great posture and ergonomics. The best way is to schedule one or two sessions with a PT to get on a program designed to counteract the weakness and tightness you are developing in certain muscles, which is what's contributing greatly to your pain. READ MORE
My knee hurts every time I try and jog. What could be the reason behind this?
There are many possibilities...arthritis, tendinitis, bursitis, chondromalacia, muscle imbalances caused by tightness and/or weakness, decreased joint mobility in your ankles, knees or hips, poor running technique, etc. If you can't figure it out, the best thing to do is see a PT for a proper diagnosis and treatment plan to address issues you may not even know you had. READ MORE
After a hip surgery, when can I resume exercise?
That's completely up to your surgeon, so that's who you should be asking. But, based on what you said...complete bed rest for 3 months, it seems like you should be able to get back to exercising the day after your sentence is over. However, if they'll allow you to exercise the upper body in order to save whatever sort of cardiovascular fitness you still have, then you should get permission for that right now. READ MORE
I have increased twitching in the left thumb. Is that a sign of cervical disc herniation worsening?
Yes, if your disc herniation is at the level that innervates that thumb. I hope you've gotten therapy for that disc problem by now. READ MORE
I have a constant lower back pain. Can it he managed through exercise?
There are many exercises. Get evaluated by a PT for a proper exercise regimen. There are no short cuts. Spend the time and money on your health and get proper advice from someone in person. READ MORE
Can occupational medicine treat Parkinson's?
Look for a therapist certified in LSVT BIG. Don't settle for a video. Do your grandmother a solid and get her proper treatment from a PT in person. READ MORE
I have a strain in my back after playing hockey. Should I try warm water therapy to ease it?
For just about any injury...ice it for 3 days, then you can use heat if it still hurts. READ MORE
Why do I have swollen feet inspite of taking anti-inflammatory medicines?
The swelling may not be from an inflamed plantar fascia. You may need to consider endocrine, neurological or cardiovascular issues as well READ MORE
Is there any physical therapy for preventing sinusitis infections?
Yes, PT, yoga, acupuncture, massage. READ MORE
Can you suggest some stretches for treating my sciatica pain?
Typically, stretching the hamstring, piriformis, and quadratus lumborum helps. But you should be looking to improve your core strength and spinal flexibility, which is only properly diagnosed and treated by seeing a physical therapist READ MORE
I am having a back pain in my mid spine region. Can I go for physical therapy?
Yes. READ MORE
Right brachial plexus birth from injury
The deltoid is the biggest muscle of the shoulder and is what is easily seen by everyone. You can work to develop the smaller stability muscles, but it will likely never get as big as the other arm. You mentioned a scar, so either they removed it or the nerve injury is preventing proper growth of the deltoid. If you're that concerned about your appearance, I suggest not bulking up on the left. READ MORE
Can yoga make the bones weaker?
No, unless what you're doing in yoga is causing you pain. If so, then you should stop READ MORE
I have a lower back pain after sex. Can physical therapy help me?
Yes. READ MORE
Areas of expertise and specialization
- American Physical Therapy Association, Private Practice Section
- American Academy of Orofacial Pain
- American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists
Professional Society Memberships
- American Physical Therapy Association, American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists, American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists
What do you attribute your success to?
- Hard Work, Dedication and Good luck.
Hobbies / Sports
- Hiking, Boating
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