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Dr. Joe Camisa received his Bachelor of Science degree in Health Studies with a minor in Clinical Exercise Physiology, and his Doctorate in Physical Therapy (DPT) from Boston University. Aside from being a young athlete, his career in the health and fitness industry began as a personal trainer and boxing instructor for Boston University. After receiving his Doctorate, he began working as a physical therapist in outpatient orthopedics and sports medicine in Bergen County, New Jersey. He was soon recruited by Parisi Franchise Systems Inc. as a consultant to Bill Parisi, teaching new training research and injury prevention strategies across the Parisi network . In 2016 Dr. Camisa began practicing in Morris County and in 2020 opened his own private practice with his wife Caitlin, a board-certified acupuncturist.
Over the years Dr. Camisa has expanded his knowledge and expertise in the field by closely studying the teachings of Dr. Stuart McGill for back injury rehab and prevention, as well as effective and safe sports performance enhancement through proper core and joint mechanics training. As a long-time student of Dr. McGill’s research he was the first American to become a McGill Method Certified Practitioner. After several years of patient success Dr. McGill designated Dr. Camisa as a McGill Method Master Clinician in January 2024. McGill’s Master Clinician is the highest level of clinical competency in his system. Dr. Camisa was the second physical therapist worldwide to receive this distinction.
In addition to successfully treating the lumbar spine, Dr. Camisa has further expanded Dr. McGill’s approach of a detailed mechanical assessment by determining the pain triggers of all other joints (ie. the cervical spine, thoracic spine, hip, knee, foot/ankle, shoulder, elbow, wrist and hand). By combining this method with the work of other great world-renowned clinicians, such as Dr. Shirley Sahrmann, Dr. Chris Powers, Dr. Michael Shacklock, Dr. Vladimir Janda, etc., he has developed his own unique treatment paradigm. His expertise in neurodynamic assessment and treatment has also afforded great success in rehabbing thoracic outlet syndrome, as well as other neural entrapment conditions.
Dr. Camisa also has a passion for performance training, and applies the performance techniques of the McGill Method with that of Mike Boyle, Pavel Tsatsouline, Dan John, Alwyn Cosgroves, and several other experts in the industry. By integrating this research, Dr. Camisa is able to successfully diagnose, treat pain and injury, and enhance athletic performance by optimizing the human body to its fullest potential. Dr. Camisa has also undergone training in ergonomics, functional dry needling, myofascial decompression, instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization and Frequency Specific Microcurrent. These techniques are used to better facilitate recovery in patients/athletes via its effectiveness with pain management, improving muscle performance and restoring optimal/healthy movement patterns.
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“The evolution of physical medicine has proven that the human body requires a holistic perspective from a practitioner in order to ideally resolve a problem, condition, or disorder. Whether the condition is chronic or acute, there is a root cause that creates the symptomatic pain. My role as a Doctor of Physical Therapy is to determine the mechanical cause of the symptoms and determine a solution through the use of movement science. It is common for patients to see practitioners who cannot determine the root mechanical cause, and therefore only treat the patient’s symptoms. This perspective only temporarily resolves the patient’s issue. In contrast, I use a thorough biomechanical assessment, manipulating motions, postures and loads to select joints to determine the patient’s precise pain triggers and the associated tissue pathologies. I then coach better movement strategies to avoid the causative pain triggers and design an appropriate corrective exercise program to build the patient’s deficits. This establishes a pain free foundation of stability or mobility where appropriate and restores function to enhance fitness/performance. This approach will not only identify and treat the actual cause of the pain triggers but will empower the patient to prevent reoccurrence. By determining the position of most resilience for the joints and the body as a whole, the patient will have more tolerance to load before breakdown. The same mechanical principles that prevent injury also enhance performance, which further satisfies the patient’s goal of returning to sport and/or living a pain-free life.”
Dr. Joseph Camisa