Westfield - North

Excel Physical Therapy
128 Elm Street
Westfield, NJ 07090
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Westfield - North

Excel Physical Therapy

128 Elm Street
Westfield, NJ 07090


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Based on 65 reviews

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  • Located near Starbucks and the Gap
  • Located across the street from Trader Joes
  • Accepts most insurance plans including Medicare
  • Appointments within 24 hours
  • See us with or without a prescription
  • Excel is now part of the Ivy Rehab Network!

128 Elm Street
Westfield, NJ 07090

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Where We’re Located

We are located in Westfield, NJ in Union County. We are located across the street from Trader Joes in downtown Westfield. We strive to deliver exceptional therapy by making our services available and accessible to our patients nearby, within their communities.  We love being close to our patients!

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You can give us a call or you can click the “Request an Appointment” button above. One of our friendly patient coordinators will respond quickly to your request and confirm your appointment time at our clinic. Some of the many benefits of physical therapy may include reducing pain in muscles and joints, improving mobility and flexibility, recovering properly from an injury, getting back to playing sports, avoiding surgery, preventing falls, and ensuring the proper recovery after surgery. Our team is here to help you get back to living your life and feeling like yourself again.

About Us

At our clinic, we go out of our way to make your physical rehabilitation and recovery a great experience. You can see us with or without a prescription from your doctor! If you see us first, we can provide you with a complimentary injury screening or refer you to a great physician, if necessary. We know your time is valuable, so to make you wait as little as possible we even offer appointments within 24 hours of your first phone call. We’ll also do everything in our power to accommodate your busy schedule.


About Excel Physical Therapy

Learn more about Excel Physical Therapy

Get your life back with physical therapy. 

At Excel Physical Therapy our mission is to deliver an unsurpassed physical therapy experience that exceeds expectations by providing the highest level of service, care, and respect. Our expertly skilled clinicians have extensive experience in treating a range of ailments, from nagging aches and pains to advanced orthopedic injuries. We prioritize the education and empowerment of our patients to quickly and safely return to their life and the activities they love.

Providing superior care for more than 30 years.

Excel was founded in 1990 with the vision of becoming the standard of orthopedic rehabilitation in the state of New Jersey. Since then, Excel has built an unparalleled reputation by combining the highest quality of physical therapy with exceptional customer service to provide a genuine “patient first” approach. Excel remains a trusted source of rehabilitation for both patients and physicians alike.

Our skilled staff and upbeat atmosphere support rapid rehabilitation. You will feel at home in our state-of-the-art facility.

Our therapists work closely with each patient to create the best recovery plan with individualized, professional care.  We are committed to your health and recovery, and your goal of feeling better is our goal, too! Our experienced therapists know how important health, quality of life, and careers are to patients. We educate our patients on how to safely and quickly return to their regular activities after an injury, surgery, or illness. In addition to treatment in our outpatient clinic, patients are educated on home exercises to accelerate recovery and prevent problems from reoccurring, and we support our primary care healthcare providers with easy access and rapid communication. Our highly-trained providers and staff work as a team to provide excellent, coordinated, cost-effective physical therapy care.

What we treat

Below you’ll find the list of what we treat and the programs we offer. A high percentage of injuries and pain syndromes result from weakness and/or tightness in neighboring regions of the musculoskeletal system. Our therapists evaluate possible compensatory patterns in addition to the area of pain or loss of function. This thorough examination allows us to better identify and eliminate all underlying causes so patients achieve lasting results. We also focus on educating you, so that you’re empowered to take control of their injury, grow stronger than ever, and prevent recurrences.

We understand the impact that pain and loss of function can have on the lives of our patients. Our entire staff, from the front desk to our clinical team, provides a compassionate and motivational environment dedicated to healing. We ensure we are meeting each patient’s unique needs so their experience is both enjoyable and rewarding. We have extensive experience treating a variety of conditions including: shoulder injuries and surgeries, knee injuries and reconstructions/replacements, spinal conditions and surgeries, sports injuries and muscle traumas, chronic and acute pain syndromes, neck conditions and surgeries, pre and post-surgical cases, geriatric conditions, work-related injuries, chronic pain conditions, lower back pain, general strains and sprains, joint replacement recovery, neurological conditions, vestibular and balance conditions, auto accidents, hand and wrist injuries, and much more!  

Check Out Some of Our 5-Star Reviews

Based on 65 reviews
I recently went to Excel PT for neck issues from working out that started causing really bad headaches 24/7. Aaron, John, and Josh were awesome and had me feeling normal again. Can’t thank them enough and they are awesome people
I can’t recommend the Excel team highly enough. They not only eliminated my pain but set me up for future success with the stretches and exercises I may need in the future. The team works together to make it an excellent - and even fun - experience for patients. Thank you all!
I can't say enough good things about the incredible team at Excel. Jon and his team helped my daughter so much with a shoulder injury. Jon not only helped her with her pain but was incredibly kind, encouraging, and supportive during her time at Excel. He came up with a treatment plan to help her get back to the sport she loves. They were always very accommodating of my daughter's school and practice schedule when making her PT appointments. I am very grateful we found Excel PT and can't recommend them highly enough.
Extremely good at what they do. John runs the show, and quite frankly, seems smarter than most doctors I've been to. Aaron is the heart of the place giving 100% in getting you where you need to be in rehab. Josh is the MVP, as he always makes you feel like a VIP. While it's unfortunate I've had to go for PT for so long due to my physical ailments I'm very fortunate to have found this specific Excel and these folks.
Aaron did a fantastic job which allowed me to significantly reduce pain and regain mobility of my arm and shoulder. Staff is friendly and helpful. I definitely recommend!
Everyone here is professional, personable, patient and knowledgeable. I went in with an ankle injury and Dr. Aaron created a tailored plan for my recovery. The team adapted my plan as I improved and even treated other injuries in my knee and back. They responded quickly via the app and were flexible whenever I needed to reschedule. If I ever need PT again I will definitely go back. Also, shout-out to Josh for spending dozens of hours getting me set up with exercises! He and Dr. Aaron also have the best sports trivia and have a unique way of making all their patients feel comfortable from day one. Thank you!
Aaron and the team at Excel Westfield helped me and my back issue from the first visit. They paid close attention to the details of my condition, and always provided answers to my questions, which helped me build confidence and understanding in the direction of my treatment. Aaron provided expert care along with attentive and guided exercises. I am so thankful for the team and for the results of their work and efforts.
Aaron, Josh, and the rest of the staff--John, Chris, Michelle, Alexa, Ebony--have all been pleasant and genuinely concerned with my rehab status and well-being. I felt very comfortable talking with them and voicing any questions or concerns regarding my progress. They guided me through stretching and exercises that alleviated my condition and strengthened me. They were professional as well as personal. I felt very comfortable and well cared for, and enjoyed my time. I would highly recommend Excel!
The Westfield Excel team did a fantastic job for my rehab, my ankle was in terrible shape and I was running and lifting heavy again by the end with no discomfort. Very knowledgeable, skilled, and great people all around - Jonathan, Aaron, Josh, Michelle, Alexis - Thank You!!!
Excel physical therapy is the best! The facilities are great, the staff at large is kind and supportive and Aaron is an extremely caring, empathetic, and knowledgeable therapist. Highly recommended!
Aaron Ploshnick provided an excellent physical therapy program for me. He asked questions about any concerns I might have, my progress assessment, and fielded questions I had. Over the course of my program, he performed diagnostics and adjusted the program as I progressed to maximize my progress. Aaron is also cheerful and personable. I felt at ease, understood, and cared for by Aaron. I am grateful he was my physical therapist. Thank you Aaron!
Aaron and John were amazing and helped me work through a few longstanding issues with my back and hamstrings. They were persistent in tracking progress and adjusting my program until we landed on something that worked and was sustainable. The vibe in the office is great. It’s clear that they are incredibly knowledgeable, they love to share that knowledge with patients, and they truly want everyone to have a good outcome. Highly recommended.
I have been a patient of Excel Westfield for a few years due to a spinal stenosis injury causing a dropped left foot. This past winter, I decided to finally have a total replacement of my severely arthritic right knee which I have delayed for many years due to fear of slow recovery, on top of my sluggish walking due to the dropped foot, then add the pandemic in all built on my hesitation of elective knee surgery. After deep thought and prayer, I made the decision to have the right knee replaced. There is only one place I will go for orthopedic surgery and that is the Hospital for Special Surgery in NY. And Kudos to Brian Chalmers MD my orthopedic surgeon. There is only one place I will go to for physical therapy and that is Excel at Westfield New Jersey and Dr. Aaron Ploshnick.Due to my existing problems with my left foot I was very apprehensive of the post knee replacement recovery and accompanying physical therapy. I must state that my apprehensive was totally relieved by the excellent therapy, sensitivity and moral support of my physical therapist Dr. Aaron Ploshnick. I am now four months out of surgery and walking better and pain free.Kudos to my surgeon HSS's Dr. Chalmers and Kudos to Excel's Dr. Ploshnick, as I can now say that I am pain free and walking better than I have over the past four years.Excel's Dr. Ploshnick provides EXCELlent physical therapy and as a bonus, related positive mental therapy as well.J. Schiffer
Great “hands on” PT. Aaron is a true professional who has his clients best intentions for a speedy, but long term recovery in mind. Highly recommend!
After foot surgery for Lisfranc injury, I came to Excel in Westfield for physical therapy as it’s part of the Hospital for Special Surgery Rehabilitation Network, and I’m delighted with the outcome. Westfield Clinic Director Mike Gaeta is excellent. He has extensive expertise and experience in treating foot and ankle injuries, is attentive, kind and caring and made my challenging exercises fun. I was thrilled with the progress I was making with very session. Mike and his team monitor patients closely and engage them on a personal level; they are very good.
Mike and the team at Excel Therapy Westfield are the ultimate professionals in the area of PT! I can’t thank them enough, for managing to get my 16 year old son back on the soccer field in just 8 weeks following foot surgery and getting him strong and ready for both a National (MLS Next Cup- Texas) and an International (Capelli Cup -Denmark) competition this summer!
Amazing team! You all have helped my son Kevin recover from his injury! Thank you so much ❤️
Amazing staff. Very welcoming and really helped heal my injury. Would recommend to anyone.
Both Mike and Michelle at Excel PT in Westfield were fantastic and helped me make a very speedy recovery from a stress fracture in my left tibia. Mike was extremely patient and thorough with all of my questions and took the time to understand the history of the injury and the exact nature of the pain I experienced before developing a very effective treatment plan to restore strength and function through all our PT sessions. I was extremely happy with the rapid progress I made and will highly recommend Mike and Excel PT in Westfield to anyone who is in need of a knowledgeable and caring physical therapist who is invested and focused on getting you back on the path to being well again! Thank you Mike and Michelle, you guys rock!!:)
Excel Physical Therapy, Westfield NJI had rotator cuff surgery in December 2020 for a full tear. I had never been to PT before so I didn’t know what to expect. From the first time I stepped foot in the Westfield facility, I knew I made the best choice for recovery. The entire staff is welcoming, friendly, helpful and very knowledgeable. The facility is very clean and the equipment is wiped down after each use. My physical therapist, Mike, explained everything to me every step of the way. He addressed all my questions and concerns and reassured me when I felt discouraged. Recovery from surgery is not easy, it’s a slow recovery that requires a lot of hard work both at PT and at home. Mike’s positive words motivated me to continue to work hard at home. Had it not been for Mike’s compassion, knowledge and encouragement I would not be where I am in my recovery. I went to PT for 7 months and on my last day I felt like I was leaving family. Although I was very sad to end PT, I was at the same time so very pleased with the results that WE worked hard to achieve. Mike is one of a kind! I highly recommend Mike at Excel PT in Westfield.
Michael in Westfield is great, attentive, and professional! I came for a couple of month for my knees. And I feel better now.
Great Experience
Mike and Kelsey have been a fantastic team over the past three months of my physical therapy for my right knee replacement. Mike ensured that I made my progress and maintained maximum flexibility day over day. Kelsey made sure that I was going from one exercise to another without missing a beat. The team of M&K truly care about my (and all of the Excel patients) rehab and I feel that I progressed quite a bit because of them.
This was my fourth stint with physical therapy and it was by far the best experience. Mike & Kelsey are the MVPs. Anytime an exercise felt too difficult or painful, they were quick to trust my limits and use creative workarounds to encourage me to keep trying! I so appreciate the time Mike & Kelsey spent to make me feel safe and confident (and in good spirits!) while I got my strength back. I cannot say enough good things about this team -- they take such good care of their patients ✨As for equipment, I was very glad that Excel had the GameReady icing/compression machine! It made a huge difference for my pain and swelling, especially in the initial post-op period.If anyone feels nervous regarding covid, there are enough machines & equipment, everything is cleaned between use, and the facility is big enough that you have a comfortable amount of space between you and other patients.Thank you so much, Mike & Kelsey ! You are the best !!
Excel physical therapy it was the best therapy!! It is located in the center of westfield NJ. Michael and Kelsey were able to put me back on my feet 100 % after meniscus tear. Michael has an excellent expertises with any type of injury that requires you to heel and get back were you want it to be.They spend time with you and you never feel rushed, they have the best ice machine. The therapy it’s super spacious everything is being cleaned after each use. Water bottles available with clean towels. Very well recommended place to be!!
This place is great!
Mike and Kelsey make are great team!I had a great time and thanks to Mike my knee is 120 better.Thanks again guys.I will miss you guys!
Super easy to make an appointment or reschedule. They take time to make sure they’re not only helping you but are making sure you understand why and what’s going on during the process. Would definitely recommend
I have nothing but nice things to say about the folks at Excel. When I came in my back was so bad I couldn’t touch my toes. I left in terrific shape and would go back for any future need.
Another 5-star review and recommendation. I delayed my PT for some time due to procrastination and work. So happy and relieved I took the time to research and find the right PT...and even better their location was so convenient. Mike and Kelsey are both terrific with their initial analysis, expertise, plan of action, follow-up and overall care. After having shoulder issues for the past year I'm thrilled to be back to working out and other daily routines pain free. Their commitment to their customers is obvious and both pay extra attention to ensuring I'm following proper form with all the stretching and exercising. I will be sure to recommend them, as well as Excel, to others. Thank you.
I came to Excel in Westfield to rehab a broken ankle. Mike and Kelsey are fantastic. They did a great job of helping me get to a full recovery. All the staff there is very friendly and caring, and great at what they do. If you are in the Westfield area and are in need of PT, I recommend excel!
I want to share my great experience with Micheal Gaeta and kelsey here in Westfield.They are professional and friendly. Great time and my shoulder feels much better. Thank you.
Mike and Kelsey are superstars. I’m 31 with mild to moderate OA in my knee and I’m also active. They have moving again and performing running activities with decreased pain and increased mobility. They show great attention to each client and actually spend time to engage with them on a personal level. This helps with keeping me motivated. They also pay close attention to each workout and make sure I follow proper form. I’ve been to multiple PTs and often you feel like “just another client” to those PTs. But with Mike and Kelsey I feel they actually care.
I had a great experience working with Mike as I rehabbed from elbow surgery. He was very knowledgeable and changed the therapy each step of the rehab. Mike provided multiple exercise workouts to keep the process from becoming routine. You never feel as though they are rushing you to get to the next patient. Joslyn and Kelsey were also very helpful. The location and hours make it very convenient. I would definitely recommend Excel Orthopedic Physical Therapy.
My 9 year old son was diagnosed with little league shoulder last summer. After a couple months of rest, he was prescribed physical therapy. We decided to try Excel in Westfield and we are very happy we did. My son was difficult to treat as it was hard to get a clear description from him of where it hurt exactly and how badly. Jon Crawford was extremely patient with him, as well as creative with the exercises in order to get him engaged. Now, Jason looks forward to PT and is all smiles, no matter who on staff works with him. He has gotten much stronger and is ready to start playing baseball again as the new season starts up! Thanks so much to everyone at Excel!
After feeling tight in my upper back and shoulders for months, I came into Excel PT (no prescription necessary) to see if they could help! John took the time to talk to me and thoroughly decide a treatment plan that would best suit me. I now feel so much less tightness in my muscles and have a deeper knowledge of how to stay strong for the future. Every time I went to my appointments Jon, Kelsey and Austin were there ready to help me with all my exercises and stretches with such a positive attitude. I 100% recommend Excel PT to anyone considering it. Whether you have long term pain or a recent injury, I am confident that Excel would be able to get you through it!
After suffering a severe ankle sprain this winter, I was fearful that I would never wear my high heels again. But after a great experience with Excel Physical Therapy, I have been able to wear my heels with confidence and without pain. My Physical Therapist, Mike made me feel very comfortable from the get-go. My exercise regime was tailored to my injury. The regime varied and combined massage, exercise, stretching and cold packs. I was seeing result immediately. I actually enjoyed going there! In addition to Mike, the staff: Jon, Kelsey and Joslyn contributed to a great environment filled with laughter and motivation. Oddly enough, I was sad to graduate but happy to have been given exercises to do at home. I will definitely stop by to visit my new friends when I'm in town and I will don my spiked heels when doing so. :)
I left my first Physical Therapy facility and discovered a really great Physical Therapy facility in Excel Westfield. Everyone there is friendly, caring and fully dedicated to your injury recovery. The therapy is varied and not boring, you are evaluated on a regular basis so that the therapy fits you. I highly recommend Excel.Just finished my physical therapy at Excel Physical Therapy in Westfield (corner of East Broad & Elm St.). I would recommend Excel to anyone who needs and wants the best Physical Therapy. In the past I have been to three other physical therapy studios for various injuries. This was by far the best. You really feel like you are getting personalized attention. My PT was usually Jonathan Crawford and Kelsey his assistant. But on occasion I have had Michael Gaeta the other PT and Joslyn the other assistant who are also outstanding. It’s definitely Five Stars.
Last Spring I needed to begin physical therapy post surgery to help me with the very basic but crucial task of walking again as well as driving again. I'm very glad I followed my friend's suggestion and chose Excel PT. I felt like Excel would be a welcoming place from my first call with Dani, who handles the front desk and administrative paperwork. The entire staff is pleasant and attentive and Excel boasts a great patient /staff ratio so I'm usually working one on one with both my physical therapist and the aide who walks me through my exercises. The Clinic Director, Johnathan Crawford, is my pt. Dr. Jon spends considerable time working on my leg and foot and I have seen great results as my ability and stamina are improving. Jon adjusts my customized program frequently as I make strides. Kelsey is the friendly and knowledgeable aide I work with most often and I especially appreciate how patient Kelsey is. I highly recommend Excel PT Westfield.
I had the best recovery experience at Excel Physical Therapy in Westfield. I had my hip replaced and expressed to the Director there Jon my concerns about recovery and he made sure to incorporate all my issues in my PT program. All the assistants are also very good; they made sure to watch my exercises and help me to improve to best of my ability. I felt comfortable, confident and at ease for the three months I went to Excel. I really recommend this facility.
I came to Excel Physical Therapy in Westfield after receiving PT at another local facility for 6-8 weeks with no improvement. Feeling very frustrated, I scheduled a free consultation with Jon. Upon arriving, I noticed how welcoming the staff and environment was. Jon took the time to ask me about my injury, past treatment and completed a thorough evaluation. He quickly determined that I was most likely misdiagnosed and determined the root cause of my injury. He developed a plan and at each visit, assesses my current state/progress and adjusts treatment and exercises accordingly. I am glad to be on the road to recovery and thankful to have found Excel!
Three months ago I walked into Excel Physical therapy because my knee had been bothering me for awhile. I knew that I was able to receive physical therapy without a prescription from a doctor and so I was able to make a consultation appointment on the spot. Jon took the time to hear my past medical history and come up with an extensive plan in order to start rehabbing my knee. He always starts each session with manual therapy followed by exercises that he updates frequently. He has well trained physical therapy aides working in the clinic that supervise all of the exercises and always help to keep me motivated. In addition, Jon has helped me figure out how to make changes to my everyday routine that also add to the improvement of my knee. Jon and his staff are amazing and I highly recommend Excel Physical Therapy in Westfield.
Immaculate brand new facility .State of the art equipment!Head PT Johnathan Crawford has tremendous knowledge and expertise on numerous injuries.My issue was strained Achilles which he was able to get me back to full strength much more rapidlyThan I had anticipated .Support staff were all excellent in supervising numerous exercise routines . Front desk courteous, friendlyAnd very efficient in scheduling. Never had to wait to start sessions.Entire staff positive, supportive and professional made it fun!Great atmosphere for getting positive results.
I hurt my ankle over the summer playing soccer; however, I wasn’t worried because after my first session at excel they showed me all the amazing exercise they would do to help me get better. They gave me a game plan of how the next three months would look. I can say now after the three months are done, that I feel better than ever and I am grateful for the great service and amazing dedication the excel staff had to offer! Jon really helped me get back to playing the game that I love in no time. Once again I can not thank the fantastic staff enough for all their stellar help in my quick and speedy recovery!
So impressed with this place. Customer service is without compare. You walk in and you immediately feel like a priority. Everyone on staff takes a personal interest in your injury and recovery and their scheduling is incredibly flexible. Bottom line. Their priority is your needs and setting you up for success. Big time recommend!
Without any previous pains or injury , my knee began to lose strength and would "give out " on me when I was walking. I saw an orthopedist after letting it rest a few weeks and he prescribed PT for a knee cap /ligament injury. . I've seen Excel in town and also found it interesting one doesn't need a prescription for their therapy. Jon has helped me immeasurably. His ability to manage the pain, and now the healing is impressive. The exercises and healing therapy have allowed me to resume my exercise routine and my knee is without pain. I'm continuing my PT because it is helping me become stronger too. All things considered, i feel very fortunate to have found Jon Crawford at Excel in Westfield.

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