Patient Testimonials

  • My experience here at Atlas, has been beyond words. Not just from the rehabilitation standpoint, but the entire journey. This is my second therapy treatment for two different separate injuries. The service and professionalism has been nothing short of mind blowing. The staff is warm and welcoming as always. The treatment is impactful and progressive. Dr. Sam is a brilliant and very compassionate person. I can’t think of any improvements in any area of the business. Atlas makes me feel 100% better physical and spiritually as a human after every visit! I love this place!

    Faruq  L., Barber, West Orange, NJ

    November 20, 2017

  • My wife was there for a very bad shoulder problem: several tears, torn rotator cuff. She was in severe pain for a long time, but working with Sam made miracles. It took a while but it worked. Sam is very knowledgeable of what he does, has a great sense of humor and HE CARES !!! The staff is very good: Mary , Fay and they make you feel comfortable, you don’t even realize you are in a doctor’s office. If you have need physical therapy, don’t even consider other place. If Sam can’t do it , no one will do it.

     

    Antonio L. and Isabel M. , West Orange, NJ

    October 25, 2017

  • Three years ago, I had pain in my left hip area. As a flooring contractor I have to carry heavy machinery and wood. I went to an orthopedic doctor and was scheduled for a hip replacement operation. After the operation I was determined to get full movement and ability back. I followed my doctor’s instructions and when it was time for therapy, I chose Atlas Physical Therapy, mainly because it was close to my home. Sam took over immediately and made sure I had the right therapy to get my strength and full mobility back. Even now, two years after completing therapy, I continue my floor business with no pain or problems. I’m thankful for Sam and his staff for their knowledge and ability to help me through the process in a professional manner.

    Jim R., Flooring Contractor, West Orange, NJ

    November 10, 2017

  • Previously I had two knee surgeries for severe ligament damage. It made it very difficult to play sports, sit or stand idly. Along with my flat feet, back pain and recurring knee problems it was difficult to remain active or idle. Before coming to Atlas, I thought I would need another surgery. The Doc solved my pain with back treatments and orthotics. The back treatment healed the pain in my lower back, while the orthotics allowed my knees to feel less pressure. No surgery or other extensive procedures require!

    Rushil G., Student, West Orange, NJ

    May 26, 2017

  • I first heard about Sam from my daughter Nancy. He treated her back and she improved greatly. I went to Sam with a problem with my neck which was causing me dizziness which several doctors were not able to resolve, even after testing. Sam manipulated and massaged my neck in general and several blood vessels which he made me aware of  and improved my condition. At the present time I have improved range of motion and freedom from pain in my neck area. At the time I need to address a lower back strain that inhibits my ability to walk without pain.

     

    Arthur F., West Orange, NJ

    July 23, 2017

  • At 71, I have had severe neck pain that radiated to the side of my face numbing it. Supposedly this was attributed to my arthritis, stenosis and other deteriorating conditions in my neck and spine. I had seen a number of orthopedic doctors along with neurologists over the years and nothing really helped. The last suggestion made by a neurologist was for Botox injections which really frightened me. by the time I saw Sam I was feeling hopeless and that this situation would not be improving and I would have to suffer with it forever. Amazingly Sam was able to reduce and eventually eliminate this relentless pain. Within five or six visits I began to feel better and then the pain was just about eliminated. I thought it was a miracle. Sam would with some manipulations and other seemingly simple methods, have an amazing impact on my life and comfort level. I want to thank him so much for the relief had had given to me . Without him I don’t know what I would have done.

    Marlene D., Psychologist, West Orange NJ

    October 16, 2017

  • My story begins about 10 months ago, when I woke up experiencing immense neck pain that only seemed to get progressively worse over the course of 4 days. After 4 sleepless nights and enduring extreme pain from just sitting, walking and lying down I finally had a chance to see a physician who diagnosed me with a degenerative herniated disc along with radiculopathy. At this point I knew there was something seriously wrong when I lost all feeling in my right arm! Luckily, I knew a trusted source for physical therapy in the area and immediate began my treatment with Sam at Atlas Physical Therapy. Sam and his staff not only understand a patient’s medical condition but really set themselves apart by dedicating 100% of their time whereas most others can’t. Sam is personable, funny and most of all compassionate and eager to get his patients back to their normal activities. I am proud to say that with the course of treatment Sam created for me, I have gained 90% of my ability to move around free of pain.

     

    Andrea B., West Orange, NJ

    August 21, 2017

  • It has been over fifteen years since I had two falls, sustaining injury to my neck and lower back. The multi level injuries and multiple degenerative spinal changes caused increasingly severe pain and lessening of my ability to engage in routine daily activities. The period of time I could stand, sit or walk diminished greatly. The level of discomfort was unresponsive to traditional treatment modes. Traditional physical therapy, medication, epidurals, and chiropractic each resulted in varying degrees of temporary and short-lived  relief. Much to my dismay I had to give up tennis, which physicians and I agreed was aggravating the situation.

    A little over two years ago, a family member, herself a physical therapist, was visiting from out of town. She suggested that I look for a physical therapist with training in manual manipulation of the musculoskeletal system. I went immediately to the Internet and I found Sam!!! What a blessing he has been!

    Sam is warm, friendly and genuinely concerned about his patients. IN addition he brings special skills and valuable knowledge to the treatment experience. The staff working with Sam further enhances the atmosphere in the office. Chatting with other patients during my first few visits, I was assured that “Sam works miracles”.

    Working with Sam three times a week initially, the pain began to lessen and I was gradually able to resume some daily activities without the previous level of discomfort. It became clear that pacing myself differently was also imperative. We eventually agreed that return to the tennis court was not advisable. In addition to the manual manipulation, treatment included heat, electrical stimulation, ultrasound and specific exercises recommended by Sam. At the conclusion of the treatment I was essentially pain free and only infrequently needing to use medication. Sam told me that he “could not eliminate the problem but he could make the spine function better” and that he did. This is definitely the mode of treatment for me!

    Two years later, I am now completing a “tune-up” series of treatments. I can now personally vouch for Sam’s ability to “work miracles”.

    Thanks to Sam, Mary and the staff at Atlas Physical Therapy

    Judith G,
    Orange, NJ

  • Sam helped me tremendously after a serious ankle injury. I am in my late 50’s and after a complex surgery on three broken bones the healing was very slow. I tried a few physical therapists  at three different clinics but all they offered was exercise and machines, like electrical stimulation and ultrasound. After few months of plateau with no significant change I heard about Atlas from a friend who is a dancer. Sam begun to do a deep tissue massage of the scar tissue and taught me a different type of exercise. I noticed an immediate relief of the pain while walking. Before I was not able to walk more than five minutes without debilitating pain. Today, a few months later I am starting to run and can hike for a few hours with no pain. Sam is very dedicated to make people heal and puts his vast experience, wisdom and heart into his work.

    Orly S. Psychologist West Orange, New Jersey

  • I had been suffering with a burning sensation in 3 of my toes for over a year. It only happened at night and would wake me 4 or 5 times a night. Only by walking on a cold tile floor could I get any relief. I went to the general practitioner who sent me to a neurologist. He ruled out diabetes and other debilitating disease but was unable to diagnose or treat the problem.

    Then I decided to go to Atlas Physical Therapy. I had been there before for a back problem that was treated successfully. Sam immediately diagnosed it as Morton’s neuroma after questioning and examining me. He treated it with the electrical stimulation as well as ultrasound, massage and stretching exercises. He also fitted my feet with new orthotics. I am now pain free and able to sleep through the night. Another success story for Atlas PT!

    Judith B. Teacher, Livingston New Jersey

    March 21, 2017

  • Atlas came highly recommended by a friend.  I was having serious lower back problems coupled with sciatica.  I called it pain from “HELL”.  I could barely get through the day without taking pain pills.  The pain was so severe, shooting across my lower back and down the sides of my legs.  I am very active and serve on a number of community boards.  My condition was so bad that I could not carry out my responsibilities as a board member and had to put my activities on hold.

    Sam and his staff make the client feel very comfortable – like a family member.  He did an assessment on the initial visit, which enabled him to plan my treatment program. This includes some time in the gym as needed after treatment.  He is a hands-on therapist and he does the manipulation.  He does not rely on machines to do his work as do many physical therapists.  Going three times a week took over my life, but after three months I had my life back.  I am thrilled with the results. I don’t enjoy taking pills and it is wonderful leaving them in the medicine cabinet.

    I was so satisfied with my experience at Atlas that I did not have a problem returning for therapy when I had knee replacement surgery.  Again, he demonstrated excellence in a treatment program for me. I returned with the assistance from a family member on a walker.  I soon graduated to a cane.  After therapy three times a week for 3-4 months, I walked away on my own without any assistance and I have never had a problem with my knee.

    I highly recommend Atlas.  The staff is wonderful and Sam, the therapist, is better than the best!!

    Delores T., West Orange, New Jersey

    October 1, 2016

     

  • In 2010, I had a terrible accident at a five point intersection which left me with a broken left arm (humerus bone). As I sat in the vehicle in disbelief, I immediately felt intense pain.   I also watched as my arm would not follow any commands from my mind.

    Three hospitals and an operation later, a permanent rod was inserted in my arm to function.  Physical therapy followed.  Even months later, I was in tears as I still  could not lift more than three pounds without pain or even dress myself.   Simple things in life were no longer simple!

    Then came Atlas and Sam.   I walked into his office in tears.  He comforted me and reassured me it would all be better with time and work.   Sam’s expertise and superior manipulations slowly allowed me to retain my flexibility and strength.  He was persistent to help me and instilled determination in me to keep going and pursue my goal.

    Today I am enjoying life again and able to do those things I did prior to my accident.

    Thank you Sam!

    Rose H. Teacher, Cedar Grove New Jersey

  • Working with Sam has been GREAT! After hurting my back three times in four months, my primary care physician wrote me a prescription for physical therapy. I wanted to find a physical therapist that specialized in back issues. After searching the area I found Atlas. Sam understood m issues, and worked out a plan to get me going again. My main issue was lower back pain and sciatica where my leg would go numb. I couldn’t sit more than a few minutes, bend or lift anything. After working with Sam I am pain free. I have to be careful how I bend and adjust, how I lift things, but I can sit and enjoy daily activities without being in constant pain. If you are having back issues, come see Sam and the staff at Atlas. They will take good care of you and treat you like family. “I personally am very, very grateful”.

    D.P. Information Technology, West Orange, NJ

    January 1, 2017

  • After having done an MRI indicating a full thickness tear of my right shoulder rotator cuff, I was supposed to call back the orthopedist to schedule surgery.
    I was afraid to do so because of the pain, disability and risks involved and also the long time it takes afterwards for rehabilitation.

    I was in pain, could not move and lift my arm. I was desperate, I had to accept the fact that I would have to live the rest of my life with a handicap, surgery or not. I continued my therapy with Sam who was confident he could cure me. I have to confess that I could not believe that he could cure a tear when surgery was needed! He convinced me though that I had to at least to try.

    He operated with his own special technique only HE knows about; working on my shoulder, taking his time, listening to what I had to say about my pain, what I felt…
    After the treatment, I would go to the adjacent well equipped gym to do some exercises with the help of his wonderful crew. Little by little with along Sam’s encouragements, patience & assurance, I started to get better & after just a few months I was cured!
    I could not believe it; for me it was so incredible!

    Sam is not just any therapist, he has his own & unique “miraculous” technique; he is compassionate, he really cares. Each time you go to see him, you feel like going to see a friend and you are treated in a warm atmosphere; you feel good, not only physically, but also psychologically. Sincerely, if needed, Atlas Physical Therapy is one of the best decisions you could ever make in your life!

    Jacqueline F. Artist, West Orange, New Jersey

  • When I started my “PT” I was in very bad shape and I was suffering with a whole lot of pain in my lower back and both legs. The pain was so intense that I quit my job two years ago. My daughter told me about Dr. Sam and I took her advice. I saw him and explained to Dr. Sam my “Pain”. Dr Sam helped me be myself again. My back pain and legs were so bad I thought I would never get rid of it but Dr. Sam took it away. His “PT” is one of the best I am telling you I would use Dr. Sam again in a heartbeat. Thank you for helping me be me again.

    Marcelene C. Home health aide, Newark New Jersey

  • I came to Sam (Atlas Therapy) unable to standup straight or walk more than a couple of feet and I was in bad shape for approximately one year. The pain was very severe.

    After having already gone through other therapies and visits to pain management doctors with years of spinal epidurals, I was convinced by my Husband to give Sam a chance. I was hardly able to walk into his office. My spinal stenosis was severe. My ability to move was extremely limited, and I was getting very depressed.

    Sam presented a friendly and competent plan to help me with my back. After what I consider a short period of time, around 3-4 months, I was standing straight and now walking without pain. Sam also discovered an issue with my neck and worked on that to relieve the stress and reoccurring headaches.

    Thank you Sam. I really appreciate all you have done for me. Sam is wonderful and I highly recommend Atlas Therapy to everyone who needs help.

    Mary C., Teacher, Livingston, N.J.

  • I’ve been to physical therapy several times over the years for issues relating to my neck and my back. I would go for a few weeks, see multiple therapists, and feel better for a few weeks before things would go back to the way they were.

    After my symptoms worsened, recently an MRI determined that I have a herniated disc in my cervical spine. I started again at a PT center but was quickly dissatisfied as it was difficult to get appointments with the same therapist on an ongoing basis. That’s when I searched online and find out about Atlas Physical Therapy. I contacted them and asked if I could see Sam to discuss my situation and to determine his approach to my problems. Within minutes of meeting him I knew I was in good hands.

    With Sam you are seeing the same person each visit. He gives you a measure of personal attention that you just don’t get anywhere else. He has very skilled hands to gently manipulate you in ways that bring you relief from your pain. Also he has a vast knowledge of how your body works and will educate you on things you can do to minimize pain episodes in the future.

    Within weeks of starting physical therapy with Sam I made tremendous progress and was feeling much better than I could have imagined. If you are experiencing neck or back problems and have not been able to get long-term help from the large therapy centers, I recommend you contact Atlas Physical Therapy and let Sam provide you with the help you need.

    – Stuart I., Entrepreneur, Livingston, NJ

  • My back and neck were a mess when I first started going to Atlas Physical Therapy, but Sam really took the time to diagnose the issue, finding issues that x-rays couldn’t. He is a warm and friendly person, and really knowledgeable, approaching my health from all directions. In addition to his treatments, he helped me get orthotics, gave me a stretching regiment, and strength building exercises. Sometimes I go in with another smaller issue, and he can make a sore foot (after a long hike), or thumb (from texting too much) feel good as new with just a 5 minute massage. I’m not perfect yet, but I’m a hundred times better than when I began at Atlas, and still improving. I’ve had problems for 10 years, seen a lot of therapists, but never had results like these!

    – Spencer H., Teacher, Montclair, NJ

  • Before I came to Atlas Physical Therapy, I had a lot of pain in my left ankle. Every step I took, I was in pain. I went to Dr. James Lee and he examined me, took X-rays, and suggested that I needed therapy. He wrote up the prescription and I thank God for the friend who recommended you to me. I am more than pleased with your expertise, high quality of service, devotion, compassion, personalized caring and warm relationship with all the patients. I listen and watch you with your patients. You never watch the clock when you work with your patients. You are truly committed to excellence and devotion to us.  You have a personalized approach to the work and gift that God has given to you. Finally, the office staff is very warm and professional. I can now walk without pain.

    Thank you, Thank you. My ankle will miss you. I’ll be dancing soon!
    May God continue to bestow his richest blessings upon you and your family.
    Fondly,

    – Wilma B., Retired School Principal, West Orange NJ

  • I went to Atlas Physical Therapy after dealing with back pain for over one year. I arrived with a frustrated spirit, given that all of my efforts to heal my back on my own (eg. rest, stretching, yoga) failed to produce the desired results. Sam’s work on my back has in many ways left me amazed and very pleased. I say ‘amazed’ because I have no idea how he produced such amazing results. I still have work to do in terms of following his instructions, but my back is one-hundred times better than it was a few months ago. I take my hat off to Sam at Atlas physical therapy for all of his hard work and dedication.

    – Douglas E., Writer,  West Orange, NJ

  • Before I came to Atlas, I was a fragile young lady who heard her spine snap for the first time. At first, it was nothing, but then it became the more horrifying pain I have ever experienced. I could not walk for more than 30 seconds.  I could not sit due to the increase pressure and pain. All I wanted to do was lay down and cry. I was then recommended to Sam at Atlas physical therapy by my PCP. I was a little nervous at first because I have never done PT before. From the moment I walked in, it was as though I was taken into a new family. Their primary goal was caring for the patients and that made my mom very happy. At first sight, I began treatment. I thought it was going to be the most painful 6 weeks of my life, but I was wrong. Sam guided me into getting my fragile self-back to normal, and was the most kind-hearted person I have ever met. After those 6 weeks, I was back to new! I still had to take my time but it was well worth it. I saw Sam my sophomore year of high school and now I am completing my senior year at Penn State. He has made me very comfortable in offering me the very help and support I needed for my back and previous ankle injuries. Thank you Atlas Physical Therapy for an awesome 6 years of service. I will surely be back and will definitely recommend others.
    Update: I no longer have swelling in my ankles and I am now able to do my regular activities with care!

    – Toni G., Student, West Orange, NJ

    August 11, 2016

  • Before I started physical therapy, I had worsening pain in my right shoulder. It hurt to reach up and turn on the light above my bed and putting on a t-shirt became a difficult task. Many minor, everyday tasks were done in pain. After physical therapy at Atlas, it’s like the pain was never there. It’s hard to tell where I was even hurting.

    Victor E., Librarian, West Orange, NJ

    August 1, 2016

  • Before I came to see Sam, I had spent six years dealing with a neck injury that happened unexpectedly during the birth of my daughter. I had severe headaches that lasted more than half of every month and my body was so sensitive to activity. Often something simple, like taking my daughter on a walk around the block would leave me in such a severe pain that I would throw up.

    I had already completed 12 visits of physical therapy at another facility which only made my pain worse. However, in my first visit with Sam, my headache was relieved. I have continued to improve and my headaches have greatly diminished. I am getting back to regular exercise and the activities that I used to enjoy before my injury. I am extremely grateful.”

    – Kristyn B., Occupational therapist, Bloomfield, NJ

  • When I came to Atlas I had terrible pain radiating down my right leg. I had trouble walking more than a block or standing for any period of time. Pain killers were useless. Fortunately my physical therapy was a great success within 8 treatments. The radiating pain subsided and my soreness slowly decreased. The exercises are extremely helpful and I will continue with them now that I am healthy again. In only a few short weeks I have my life back again. Everyone in the office is very nice.

    Thank you.

    – Amy G., Attorney, Livingston N.J.

  • I have been coming to Atlas physical therapy for a few years now. I am 78 years old and I’m refereeing soccer which requires a lot of running. I don’t think I could have done this especially the last few years without the help of Atlas physical therapy. Sam the physical therapist does an excellent job in assessing and treating my needs. I would highly recommend him and the practice to anyone.

    – Guenther G., West Orange N.J.

  • I came to Atlas with severe lower back pain in the L5-S1 area as well as sciatica in my right leg. Sam went to work on relieving the pain by using a combination of heat, ultra sound, exercises and most noteworthy, his individualized Manuel Therapy skills.

    I have visited other PT centers with varying results. However, Sam is in a league of his own. He is totally committed to his patients. By utilizing his knowledge and expertise, he has been the catalyst in significantly reducing my back and leg discomfort.

    Sam is outstanding and I highly recommend his physical therapy services.

    – Yosef M., West Orange, N.J.

  • After years of working in the construction business, I had developed a chronic back problem and issues with my discs. Following a particularly strenuous work day I was in such pain that I could not even walk and working was completely out of the question. After that day, I could no longer walk up right, and for the next 6 months, I was couldn’t even stand up straight and had to move around hunched over.  I went to see at least 5 different doctors and each of them gave me a different explanation and solution to my pain. By the end of all the visits I was feeling worse than when I had started. After all other resources were exhausted, I finally agreed to consider having surgery, which I had been adamantly trying to avoid. The pain was so immense that I was desperate to find a fix.

    I met Dr. Sam through a mutual friend. At my first appointment, he evaluated me and asked me to give him 2 weeks. Within those two weeks, his hands worked magic and I was feeling much better. It took about 3-4 weeks and I felt like my normal self again.

    Over the years, there have been several incidents where I have injured myself again during work. However, each time I know exactly where to go. Dr. Sam has allowed me to keep working in construction, ensuring that I have no pain, can maneuver through all my daily functions and live a normal life. If your goal to is to be pain free and avoid surgery, you are not going to want to see anyone other than Dr. Sam.

     

    George M., Business Owner, Montclair, NJ

    September 14, 2017

  • I started experiencing severe back (lumbar region) pains in January 2016. After a visit with my primary care physician he recommended physical therapy with Dr. Sam Dimitrakis (Atlas Physical Therapy).

    I started seeing Sam twice a week. The sessions were carefully designed and administrated by Sam on one to one basis. By using a diverse approach, yet always gentle, my back pain was going away. I have to say the pain was easily a “10” at times and now reduced down to a “1” or lower.

    At the same time I was encouraged to exercise but carefully, to rebuild my lower body especially since I had total hip replacement surgery in September 2015.

    I am very grateful for everything, Sam has done for me. In my understanding, he is very personable and a “healer” – a rare combination!

    – Nikolas B., West Orange, N.J.

  • My feet are as flat as a pancake. And, after many years of walking, the tissue along the bottom of my feet got so stretched and inflamed that I developed plantar fasciitis. My heels were killing me. They felt like pins and needles. I tried everything—Advil, stretching, heel cups, splints, boot contraptions, cortisone shots, shockwave therapy, orthotics from a foot surgeon, even a crazy foot freezing procedure. Nothing worked!

    Then I found Sam at Atlas Physical Therapy. He told me he could fix my problem, but I needed to be patient. He would make me special orthotics to align my feet properly so they would stop stretching in the wrong places, and coupled with therapy, reduce the inflammation, giving my feet a chance to heal. And he was right!

    He spent a lot of time studying my feet, made special orthotics that had quite a lift ( it took a bit of getting used to them), and gave me therapy a few times a week. After about 3-4 months the pain stopped. The man worked magic! It’s been a couple of years that I’ve been pain free. And I won’t go anywhere without Sam’s orthotics.

    Thank you, Sam for healing my heels.

    – Marci K., Upper Montclair, N.J.

  • I had cervical spinal fusion in my neck 6 months before I came to Atlas Physical Therapy. I had a microdiscectomy 25 years prior and had a horrible experience with physical therapy.

    Reluctantly, I went to Atlas. Sam, the physical therapist, with the touch of his hand, knew exactly where the issues were in my neck. Within 1 month, the pain I had been living with for years, was gone.I am able to drive longer distances and have actually gone back to my regular workout routine with Sam’s guidance.

    – Michelle S., Livingston, N.J.

  • When I first came to Atlas physical therapy I was experiencing extreme pain in my lower back. Sitting or standing for any length of time was painful. My legs were numb much of the day. I also had discomfort in my neck. I have had a history of back issues for a long time.

    I’ve used various methods of treatment some more helpful than others. Sam has a very soft approach with no aggressive corrections. When I started I almost felt that he wasn’t doing much but lo and behold I started feeling better. It was working!

    Sam focused on my spine functioning properly by aligning my vertebrae very gently. He taught me how to move in a better way, how to stand, how to turn and how to walk properly. So now I am a long way from where I started. I still have a way to go but I’m going with a lot less pain

    – Steve W., Photographer, West Orange, N.J.


  • Thank you for the wonderful care you have given me. Words can’t express how much my family and I appreciate everything you have done to help me get better.

    I have been struggling with my back for years, the last few months have been difficult for me and when I came to you I wasn’t able to move without feeling pain. I had problem sleeping because every time I moved I was in pain. Getting into my car was also difficult.

    Coming into your facility turned out to be the best decision I could have made to help my recovery.After few weeks of therapy I am able to move and sleep comfortably without any pain. I am able to do things that I love like walking with my dogs.

    Thank you again.

    – Danuta C., Entrepreneur, Livingston, N.J.

  • I came to Sam with occipital neuralgia, which caused me to have severe neck and head pain. I also had chronic migraines and suffered from chronic headaches when I was a child. I tried different prescriptions from my neurologist and I have previously had PT for my migraines, but nothing seemed to help very much.

    I went to a chiropractor, but my neurologist told me that it was not a good idea and to stop immediately. He recommended PT when my insurance company declined a shot that should have helped. That was the best insurance denial ever! I researched places that were in network and that were close to my job and I found Atlas Physical Therapy. When I arrived the atmosphere was very welcoming and everyone was helpful and accommodating. At first I came a few times a week, then once a week then once every 2-3 weeks for a total of 12 treatments.

    Sam worked on my neck using methods that no one else had ever used on me. He explained why my neck and head hurt so much and offered advice on what to do to make sure that I kept my neck as relaxed as possible. After the first session I noticed a difference and I can happily say that since working with Sam I have not had a recurrence of my occipital neuralgia. My migraines are currently limited to happening only when there is bad weather. I was taking an all-natural over the counter medicine for my migraines once or twice a day.

    I am happy to say that I have not needed it on a daily basis since I finished working with Sam. Being someone who has suffered from some form of head pain for most of my life and having tried almost everything under the sun, I can honestly say that this is the most relief I have ever had from head pain.

    I cannot begin to thank Sam and his staff enough for all of their help and for finally giving me relief after 6 years of migraines!

    – Joleen S., Teacher, Bedminster, N.J.

  • Sam has been treating my back pain. I have had tremendous response from his therapy. I feel like a new man.

    I have been to a lot of physical therapy places over the years and I highly recommend Atlas physical therapy and Sam to anyone suffering from back pain and want relief.

    – Nicholas M., Retired police officer, Cedar Grove, N.J.

  • I had hurt my back, neck and rotator cuff in December 2013. I was in a lot of pain and went to my chiropractor 3 times a week for 5 weeks. The treatment did not help me. I then went to the doctor and he gave me a prescription to go for physical therapy. I was so down because I was in so much pain. I truly believed I was not going to ever feel good again, but at my first visit Sam my physical therapist assured me that with just a little bit of time he was going to make me feel good again. He had pointed out some things I was doing wrong. My posture was not good and I moved my head too much causing me to add to my problem. I went for therapy two to three times a week and after three to four weeks I began to feel good again. I also worked on my posture as Sam would point out to me when I was having therapy how I was not sitting up straight and tilting my head too much.

    I have gone to two other physical therapy places over the years for various reasons and I must say Atlas is the best. I feel great and I am almost done with my therapy. I would strongly recommend Atlas. In fact, my son hurt his rotary cuff and I told him about Atlas and he took my advice and went there. He is just finishing his therapy and his shoulder feels great

    – Maureen M., Retired teacher, South Orange, N.J.

  • There is not a better place to get personalized, effective and long lasting physical therapy! Atlas Physical Therapy has helped me with a knee injury and chronic lower back and left leg pain and numbness. I hope you never need to visit their offices but, if you do, you will be in the best of hands!

    – Kuan K., Administrator, West Orange, N.J.

  • I originally went to Sam for a shoulder problem that he corrected for me, but while speaking with him I told him about my neck issue. I incurred a neck injury in the late 1960’s that left with me headache issues that plagued me ever since. Headaches would come upon me very often waking me in the morning and any time I performed repetitive chores such as raking, sweeping, snow shoveling and certainly exercising. Taking aspirin, Tylenol and Advil became a way of life because chores and life functions had to get done.

    Over the decades I saw many doctors that basically said my neck seemed satisfactory but the headaches persisted. Once I told Sam about this issue he was confident he could correct it. I was a skeptic since I have had this problem for many decades but I asked Sam to give it a try since he was working on my shoulder anyway. To my amazement Sam corrected my neck problem in a short time. Still being skeptical I began working on various home chores and outside landscaping that normally would have produced a headache but I had none. I continued to do various chores and exercising and to my pleasant surprise I had no headache. I have not taken any Advil since Sam began working on my neck. After doing some of my heavy outside landscaping chores I had normal body aches but no headaches and therefore no pain medication.

    Through the years I have seen various doctors about my neck and if I had only known more about physical therapy and Sam my issue would have been corrected years ago without my need to take unnecessary pain medication and spend hard earned dollars that got me nowhere.

    – Ed G., Sparta, N.J.

  • My neck and back were in spasm. It was very painful to move. For over one year, I experienced tinnitus (ringing in the ears) and dizziness. Driving became a real challenge. My primary care doctor was baffled. I was admitted to the emergency room on two separate occasions. After a battery of tests and medications, my physician referred me to a neurologist, then to an orthopedist, an ENT surgeon and onto a cardiac surgeon. That specialist thought I was having panic attacks, wrote a script for anti-depressants, and told me to follow up with a psychiatrist. I didn’t know where to turn.
    A co-worker recommended that I schedule an appointment with Atlas Physical Therapy. Clearly, that was the best decision I ever made. The physical therapy re-aligned the vertebrae in my neck and back. Within the first session, the dizziness subsided and I was able to move my neck again. I can’t thank you enough Sam for providing the treatment I so desperately needed!
    I highly recommend physical therapist Sam Dimitrakis of Atlas Physical Therapy. His 27 years of experience and training in manual therapy, combined with his kind and compassionate manner, made my full recovery possible.

    You were the answer to my prayers.

    – JoAnne G., Short Hills, NJ

  • I had huge pain before I came to see Sam. I had severe pain in my lower back and both legs. I remember last November coming out of the train I couldn’t walk because of pain. I was so scared because I never had any problems like that before. Now I am much better. I have more energy. I went back to my job as a salesman and I’m able to stand eight hours with no problem. The pain is gone and I can lead a normal life. I cannot praise Sam enough. I am a man transformed, thanks to Sam and his great staff.

    – Alan R., Milburn, N.J.

  • Sam Dimitrakis is a miracle worker. He’s given my life back. I’ve suffered with chronic and acute neck and shoulder pain for over 20 years. I have been to every type of doctor and tried every type of treatment, including nerve blocks , radiofrequency ablations and spinal surgery – all to no avail. I was progressively becoming more and more limited in what I could do and was actually to the point of being bedridden at least three times a week. Then I found Sam and Atlas Physical Therapy. In less than twelve sessions with Sam, my overall pain has decreased by at least 80%. In fact, after my first treatment, I experienced an almost pain-free day, the best day I’ve had in over ten years. In the last few weeks, I’ve been swimming and dancing.
    Sam and his staff truly care! Sam is very thorough and even researched all my records and surgical reports to determine the safest and most effective treatment plan for me. He is a gifted therapist with “hands of gold” and spends a considerable amount of time with you each session. This, coupled with his intelligence, education, experience and compassion, come together and create a miracle worker.His technique is gentle, safe and extremely effective. IT WORKS!

    – Anita B., West Orange, N.J.


  • I was suffering from severe neck pain which made it difficult to turn my neck. No medication was able to relieve the pain. The pain traveled to my head which made my head feel heavy and sick. There were times that I wanted to pull my hair off. My doctor said it is due to arthritis and the pain may never go away completely. I was referred to Atlas Physical Therapy by a friend. Sam Dimitrakis said he would make me feel better and he did. He took the time to ask me questions about my pain, explained how he would treat it, and gave me exercises to do at home. He spent quality time with me using his skilled hands-on therapy. After 8 weeks of physical therapy treatment sessions, the pain has gone away and I am able to turn my neck with ease. I would recommend Sam to anyone in need of a highly skilled and attentive physical therapist.

    – Ronald D., Verona, N.J.

  • My left shoulder always hurt. I have a daily yoga practice that was becoming very limited. A doctor in Florida had me get an MRI and Xray. It showed a tear needing surgery. He said there was an outside chance of physical therapy helping. A date was set for surgery on my return to Florida in four months.

    Back in NJ I went to Atlas… 3 months later the range of motion was back to normal and the pain was gone. Surgery canceled…

    The care, treatments and exercises I received were nothing short of amazing. Recently I had a hamstring twinge playing handball. After 1 treatment later that afternoon I was MUCH better… a week later 100%.

    Thanks Sam!

    – Carmine T., West Orange, N.J.

  • My husband and I have had neck and shoulder problems for a long time. We went to a few physical therapists in the past and felt relief for a short period of time but then it always came back. About a few months ago, I heard about Sam from one of my co-workers. We decided to try him out and we’ve been seeing him ever since. Both of us have made a lot of progress, especially my husband, who has had two neck surgeries in 2010 with residual chronic neck and shoulder pain, and numbness in his arm and legs for years.

    Sam Dimitrakis is a compassionate, knowledgeable, and experienced therapist. He always listens to our concerns and answers our questions. He has given us directions for exercises that are very helpful in alleviating our problems. Most importantly, he is very patient. He repeatedly shows us the proper posture for sitting and standing until we get it just right. Now we are pain-free most of the time, and we are sure that we will have no pain at all in the near future. We really appreciate all of his help, and definitely recommend him to our family and friends!

    – Yen T., Parsippany, N.J.

  • I would like to thank Atlas Physical therapy and Sam for an outstanding experience and care for my debilitating condition. About two years ago I was diagnosed with a condition that limits my ability to move around leading to need for pain management. I spoke to my primary physician to stop my pain management because it didn’t help my condition for I still had stiffness and pain. I asked for any alternative treatments that can help lessen the stiffness and pain so, my physician referred me to Sam and Atlas Physical Therapy. After the first few sessions, my stiffness and pain gradually began to lessen. I was relieved that I was able to regain some of the movement that I had lost before.

    As a result of the good treatment I was able to continue working and providing for my family. Sam has helped me through a very tough time in my life and he could do the same for you one day. I highly recommend Atlas Physical Therapy if you are in need of a serious Spinal Therapy treatments. If you had previous therapy with no success I recommend that you give Sam a chance and he will resolve your issue.

    – Gaylor P., Pharmacy technician, Livingston, N.J.

  • Sam you are awesome!! Thank you so much for your commitment, sacrifice and passion towards the treatment of my neck pain. The greater award is afforded to the lives you change and touch every day. God bless you.

    Dr. G. Union New Jersey

  • Hi, I dislocated my knee and had to have MPFL ligament replacement surgery in June 2016, a week after moving to West Orange. I first went to Atlas about a week after my surgery and was unable to walk without crutches or put weight on my leg. It was a long hard road to recovery, especially that first month. But, within four months, I am walking 100%, back to the elliptical and bike at the gym, danced at a friend’s wedding recently and almost 100%.

    A huge thank you to Sam, Mary and his team for all of their help. For anyone who knows knees, MPFL surgery is very rough, and similar in recovery to ACL replacements, and recovery times vary and can be much longer than mine has been. Atlas was a great place for rehab, and Sam (who seems to know so much about all types of injuries) is great, hands on and somehow manages to spend time with each of his patients on every visit. I have been to other PT locations where you never actually spend any time with the lead therapist at all, and this is not that kind of place.

    I highly recommend Atlas for any PT needs; it is a great mix of quality care, the right level of attention and great people. As someone who has a very busy work schedule they are also very flexible with appointment times and very accommodating.

    Thank you to the team at Atlas, you were instrumental to my
    recovery and I will forever appreciate it!

    Aharon S. Event Director, West Orange New Jersey

  • I’ve been to more than several physical therapists in my 66 years. I consider “Sam” of Atlas Physical Therapy to be one of the most skilled and compassionate of all I’ve experienced. I am an extreme exerciser. I like to hike 2 hours a day or swim 60 lengths a day or do water aerobics for an hour or more. In addition, I’m a cellist and enjoy practicing the cello and teaching. All of these activities were crushed by joint and muscle pain caused by over use or my own aging process. “Sam” has gotten me back to my music as well as to “working out” through his skilled physical therapy that helped repair and strengthen my joints and muscles.

    I recommend “Sam” of Atlas Physical Therapy to anyone of any age that needs skilled hands and a compassionate nature and the expertise to relieve pain.

    – Nancy S., Livingston, N.J.