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Are you experiencing knee pain symptoms such as popping, clicking, bone-on-bone grinding, achiness, or sharp stabs? You're not alone in this journey. Knee pain affects nearly 25% of adults in the United States, causing discomfort, swelling, and chronic pain that can hinder everyday activities like childcare, walking, and exercise. Shockingly, recent statistics from The American Academy of Family Physicians indicate a 65% increase in diagnosed knee pain cases.

In a world where invasive surgeries and prescription painkillers are often the default solutions, it's crucial to explore the effective non-invasive options that are available. These alternative treatments provide relief without the associated risks of surgery.

Today, many doctors still recommend invasive surgeries and prescription painkillers rather than exploring non-invasive options. While those treatments are needed in some circumstances, there are alternative treatments available that can help you overcome knee pain without needing to go under the knife.

NJ Sports Spine and Wellness' advanced knee pain treatment in North Middletown, NJ gives men and women suffering from knee pain hope. Instead of relying on surgery, our team of doctors and physical therapists use non-invasive, highly effective treatments to help heal prevalent conditions such as:

Service Areas

Arthritis

Soft tissue injury

ACL tears

MCL tears

Patella dislocation

Misalignment of the kneecap

Patella tendonitis

Jumper's knee

Osgood Schlatter's Disease

Knee

With the right treatment,

many people can reduce their pain and improve their function, allowing them to return to normal daily activities. Plus, by taking preventative measures and seeking prompt care from our team, it's possible to reduce your risk of developing chronic knee pain and other painful knee conditions. If you've been searching for a non-invasive way to eliminate knee pain and get back to an active life, your journey to recovery starts here.

Let's take a closer look at some of the knee pain treatments available at NJ Sports Spine and Wellness, which all serve as great alternatives to knee replacement surgery.

Physical Therapy:

Optimizing Musculoskeletal Health with Conservative Care

The field of Physical Therapy (PT) aims to rehabilitate individuals who have experienced injury, illness, or disability by restoring their mobility and function. Physical therapists cater to patients of various ages and capabilities, ranging from young athletes to senior citizens, in order to help them surpass physical limitations and improve their standard of living with advanced knee pain treatment in North Middletown, NJ.

At NJ Sports Spine and Wellness, our physical therapy program was founded on a patient-centric philosophy, where physical therapists work closely with patients to get a deep understanding of their goals, preferences, and capabilities. In doing so, they can create a tailor-made treatment strategy to address their unique knee pain with the goal of avoiding a knee replacement. Treatment may involve exercises that are therapeutic in nature and can include:

  • Joint mobilizations
  • Soft tissue mobilization using cupping
  • Graston technique
  • Soft tissue massage
  • Stretching of associated muscle groups

Joint Mobilization for Knee Pain

This unique knee pain solution involves physical therapists using skilled manual therapy techniques to help improve your joint range of motion while simultaneously reducing your knee pain.

During joint mobilization, a physical therapist applies targeted pressures or forces to a joint in specific directions to improve its mobility. The intensity of the force applied can vary, and it is adjusted based on the patient's comfort level. Joint mobilization is generally pain-free.

STM

Soft Tissue Mobilization (STM)

Soft Tissue Mobilization is a manual therapy technique that involves stretching and applying deep pressure to rigid muscle tissue. This helps to relax muscle tension and move fluids that are trapped in the tissues that cause pain and inflammation. This effective form of physical therapy is often used as an advanced knee pain treatment in North Middletown, NJ for treating knee strains, knee sprains, knee pain, and more.

Graston

The Graston Technique

The Graston Technique involves the use of handheld instruments to identify and break up scar tissue through specialized massage. During a Graston Technique session, physical therapists use convex and concave tools for cross-friction massage, which involves rubbing or brushing against the grain of the scar tissue. This process re-introduces small amounts of trauma to the affected area. In some cases, this process temporarily causes inflammation, which can actually boost the amount and rate of blood flow in the knee. This process helps initiate and promote the healing process so you can get back to a normal life.

Massage

Soft Tissue Massage

Soft tissue massage is a less intense form of massage than it's deep-tissue relative. Instead of focusing on slow and firm strokes to reach the deep layers of muscles and tissues, this massage technique uses a variety of pressures, depths, and durations. Soft tissue massage is helpful in alleviating different types of knee aches, pains, and injuries. Soft tissue massages can also help reduce stress, improve circulation, and promote relaxation.

Advanced Mechanics and Technology:

The Future of Knee Pain Therapy

While knee pain is a common symptom that affects millions of Americans every year, no two cases of knee pain are ever exactly alike. Some types of knee injuries require non-traditional solutions. At New Jersey Sports Spine and Wellness, we offer a range of treatments that leverage mechanics and technology to help patients recover from injuries while treating inflammation and pain as well as resolve the root cause of the pain.

AlterAlterG® Anti-Gravity Treadmill

The AlterG® Anti-Gravity Treadmill is equipped with NASA Differential Air Pressure (DAP) technology, which is a precise air calibration system that uses the user's actual body weight to enhance rehabilitation and training. By utilizing a pressurized air chamber, the AlterG allows patients and athletes to move without any pain or restrictions.

This advanced knee pain treatment in North Middletown, NJ uniformly reduces gravitational load and body weight up to 80% in precise 1% increments. The results can be incredible, with patients reporting benefits such as:

  • Restoring and building of knee strength
  • Restored range of motion in the knee
  • Better balance
  • Improved knee function
  • More

What Makes the AlterG® Anti-Gravity Treadmill So Effective?

The AlterG® Anti-Gravity Treadmill can monitor various metrics such as speed, gait pattern, stride length, and weight distribution. With real-time feedback and video monitoring, your rehabilitation team can promptly and accurately identify issues and pain points or monitor your progress throughout your knee pain rehabilitation journey.

One of the key benefits of this cutting-edge equipment is that it replicates natural walking and movement patterns without the artificial feel that hydrotherapy or harnesses create. This makes it an excellent choice for faster recovery after knee injuries or surgeries, as it allows for early mobilization while also preserving strength. Furthermore, it is ideal for sports recovery as athletes can use it for physical conditioning maintenance.

Advanced Knee Pain Treatment North Middletown, NJ
Advanced Knee Pain Treatment North Middletown, NJ

Low-Level Laser Therapy

Our advanced treatment modalities for knee pain include laser therapy, which harnesses the revolutionary power of light through photobiomodulation (PBM). LiteCureâ„¢ low-level laser therapy is available for acute and chronic types of knee pain and can be hugely beneficial when coupled with physical therapy, occupational therapy, chiropractic care, and sports recovery care.

Understanding Photobiomodulation (PBM)

PBM is a medical treatment that harnesses the power of light to stimulate the body's natural healing abilities. The photons from the light penetrate deep into the tissue and interact with mitochondria, which results in a boost in energy production. This interaction sets off a biological chain reaction that increases cellular metabolism. Utilizing low-level light therapy has been shown to:

  • Alleviate knee pain
  • Speed up tissue healing
  • Promote overall health and wellness
  • Expedite knee pain injury recovery
Advanced Knee Pain Treatment North Middletown, NJ

Exclusive Access to

Pain Management Professionals

At NJ Sports Spine & Wellness, we know that every patient requires a personalized approach to chronic knee pain and condition management. Sometimes, our patients need access to pain management professionals, who can offer relief in conjunction with physical therapy and other solutions like low-level laser therapy.

Two of the most common services we offer for pain management includes acupuncture which can assist in avoiding knee replacement surgery.

Acupuncture is a common treatment for knee pain that involves inserting thin needles into specific points in your knee. This ancient Chinese medicine has gained popularity in Western culture due to its effectiveness in treating various conditions with minimal side effects.

Acupuncture works by stimulating the nervous system to release various biochemicals, including endorphins and other neurotransmitters. The release of these chemicals helps to reduce inflammation, decrease pain perception, and improve overall blood circulation.

Multiple studies have shown that acupuncture can be effective in treating knee pain caused by a variety of conditions, including osteoarthritis and injuries related to physical activity like running. Acupuncture can also help reduce inflammation, improve muscle function, and decrease pain perception, making it a viable treatment on its own or as an addition to traditional treatment methods like physical therapy.

When undergoing acupuncture, a professional acupuncturist will insert thin needles into specific acupoints on the skin. These needles are left in place for roughly 20 to 30 minutes and may be gently stimulated for an enhanced effect. Patients might experience a slight tingle or warmth at the needle insertion site, but overall, acupuncture is considered a painless procedure.

Acupuncture has been a trusted and effective treatment option for thousands of years. The World Health Organization (WHO) recognizes acupuncture as a legitimate form of healthcare, and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has even funded research studies to explore its efficacy for a range of medical conditions. To learn more about acupuncture for knee pain, contact NJSSW today.

Advanced Knee Pain Treatment North Middletown, NJ

Acupuncture

Acupuncture is a common treatment for knee pain that involves inserting thin needles into specific points in your knee. This ancient Chinese medicine has gained popularity in Western culture due to its effectiveness in treating various conditions with minimal side effects.

Acupuncture works by stimulating the nervous system to release various biochemicals, including endorphins and other neurotransmitters. The release of these chemicals helps to reduce inflammation, decrease pain perception, and improve overall blood circulation.

Multiple studies have shown that acupuncture can be effective in treating knee pain caused by a variety of conditions, including osteoarthritis and injuries related to physical activity like running. Acupuncture can also help reduce inflammation, improve muscle function, and decrease pain perception, making it a viable treatment on its own or as an addition to traditional treatment methods like physical therapy.

Advanced Knee Pain Treatment North Middletown, NJ

What Happens During Acupuncture Therapy for Knee Pain?

When undergoing acupuncture, a professional acupuncturist will insert thin needles into specific acupoints on the skin. These needles are left in place for roughly 20 to 30 minutes and may be gently stimulated for an enhanced effect. Patients might experience a slight tingle or warmth at the needle insertion site, but overall, acupuncture is considered a painless procedure.

Advanced Knee Pain Treatment North Middletown, NJ

Is Acupuncture Actually Effective for Knee Pain?

Acupuncture has been a trusted and effective treatment option for thousands of years. The World Health Organization (WHO) recognizes acupuncture as a legitimate form of healthcare, and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has even funded research studies to explore its efficacy for a range of medical conditions. To learn more about acupuncture for knee pain, contact NJSSW today.

Avoid Knee Replacements with Advanced Knee Pain Treatment in North Middletown, NJ

Advanced Knee Pain Treatment North Middletown, NJ

When it comes to knee pain therapies and treatments, getting a knee replacement should be last on your list. Why put your body through such trauma if you haven't tried other non-invasive treatment options? Whether you're an athlete trying to work through a knee injury or you're over 65 and are dealing with osteoarthritis, NJ Sports Spine and Wellness can help.

It all starts with an introductory consultation at our office in Matawan or Marlboro. During your first visit, we'll talk to you about your knee pain symptoms, the goals you have in mind, and the advanced knee pain treatments available to you at our practice. From there, it's only a matter of time before you get back to a healthy, active lifestyle.

Every day you wait can worsen your knee condition. Contact us today and let our team help get you on the road to recovery and life with painful knees.

Latest News in North Middletown, NJ

Middletown North baseball stays calm in state tourney win over Middletown South

MIDDLETOWN - There is something that comes with winning a NJSIAA championship the year before and returning five starters from that magical run.So, a sectional semifinal game against a crosstown rival in front of a large crowd will not result in a case of the nerves.Neither will the situation Middletown North faced in the top of the seventh inning of Tuesday Central Group 3 semifinal when Middletown South had the bases loaded with one out, down by two runs and its No. 5 batter at the plate.Middletown North...

MIDDLETOWN - There is something that comes with winning a NJSIAA championship the year before and returning five starters from that magical run.

So, a sectional semifinal game against a crosstown rival in front of a large crowd will not result in a case of the nerves.

Neither will the situation Middletown North faced in the top of the seventh inning of Tuesday Central Group 3 semifinal when Middletown South had the bases loaded with one out, down by two runs and its No. 5 batter at the plate.

Middletown North, the defending Group 3 state champion calmly turned a game-ending 5-4-3 double play to preserve a 5-3 win at its Rich Veth Field.

"It's a low heart rate group,'' Middletown North coach Ryan McCabe said. "I think they are very good at staying calm, staying in the moment.''

"Nothing makes us crack,'' Middletown North sophomore third baseman/pitcher Zachary Hampton said. "We played in a lot of big games last year. This was just another game. There was a lot of hype going into it. But, we stick to what we know and made it out alive.''

WHAT IT MEANS

Middletown North (16-8), the No. 3 seed in Central 3, will host No. 4 seed Lawrence (21-6) Friday in the sectional final.

Lawrence advanced with a come-from-behind 3-2 win over No. 9 seed Matwan.

Middletown North has won nine straight state tournament games, dating back to the start of last season's state tournament.

Last season, the Lions were 9-10 and did not qualify for the Shore Conference Tournament before they went on a 12-game winning streak to end the season.

Middletown North was 2-5 to begin this season and has won 14 of 17 since. Its three state tournament wins have been by a combined four runs.

"They're hungry. They want more,'' McCabe said. "I don't think there's a single guy who took (Tuesday) as this is going to be the end of the line or this is what their ultimate goal is.''

KEY PLAY

Middletown South (13-13), which trailed 4-0 after three and 5-1 after five, had pulled within 5-3 with runs in the sixth and seventh innings and had the bases loaded after Will Christopher beat out a ground ball to third.

Middletown North was also playing a new third baseman after Hampton, who had been playing third, came on relief of sophomore left-hander Gabe Ahlemeyer after the first two batters reached in the seventh.

Sophomore Aldo Casale, who entered the game when Hampton went to the mound, then ranged to his left on Brendan Silva's ground ball, fielded it smoothly, threw to second baseman Colby McMahon for the second out of the inning and McMahon fired to first baseman R.J. Kernan for the final out.

"One of the big things we talked about post-game is being ready and knowing your number is getting called,'' McCabe said. "That's really Aldo's situation right now. He's a hell of a ball player. I had a lot of confidence when I saw that ball hit. It was just everybody doing their piece on that one.''

"That's a tough spot sitting out all game and coming in with no ground balls and no practice .'' Hampton said, about Casale's play. "But, I believe in him. He made the play.''

PIECING IT TOGETHER PITCHING-WISE

Pitching was a major question mark for Middletown North entering the season.

McCabe said just a combined five innings pitched returned from last season.

Among those who left the program after last season was then ace and fifth-year senior Colin Dowlen, who went 3-0 with a no-decision in last season's state tournament.

"I know there were people, probably even some well-informed people who thought we were going to have to do some searching,'' McCabe said. "I think we did. These guys went through some trials and tribulations early, but I think they have righted the ship.''

Ahlemeyer and Hampton have emerged as the aces. Ahlemeyer is 2-0 in the state tournament. He doesn't throw overly hard, but he throws strikes and makes batters put the ball in play.

Tuesday, he pitched allowed three runs on five hits, struck out three and walked four.

"He stays calm regardless of the situation.'' McCabe said. "His fastball is always moving. It's not a comfortable at-bat against him. You don't see batters get squared up against him, too often. ''

The pitching of Ahlemeyer and Hampton made a four-run third inning stand up. Hampton and Jason Quardt had run-scoring singles and McMahon a sacrifice fly in the third. Quardt scored the fourth run on a throwing error on a double steal.

Dylan Briggs added a booming solo homer leading off the fifth.

High school football summer snapshot: Middletown South hungry for NJSIAA championships

The senior class for the Middletown High School South football team has made its mark on the storied history of the program.This season, those seniors would love to make themselves legendary by winning the program's 11th NJSIAA sectional championship and then going on to win the Group 4 state championship.Middletown South has been defeated in sectional championship games by Irvington and Mainland the last two seasons.The Eagles had 425 yards of total offense, including 282 rushing, and outgained Mainland b...

The senior class for the Middletown High School South football team has made its mark on the storied history of the program.

This season, those seniors would love to make themselves legendary by winning the program's 11th NJSIAA sectional championship and then going on to win the Group 4 state championship.

Middletown South has been defeated in sectional championship games by Irvington and Mainland the last two seasons.

The Eagles had 425 yards of total offense, including 282 rushing, and outgained Mainland by almost 160 yards in last season's Central Group 4 final. But, turnovers and big plays by Mainland were the difference as it rallied from a three-point halftime deficit.

High school football summer snapshots:2023 Shore season previews, players to watch

"We've run into a couple of buzzsaws unfortunately at the wrong time,'' Middletown South coach Steve Antonucci said. "These guys are one of our most successful classes in terms of wins - just not championships. They are definitely a group that I think, in the back of their minds, even though they may not come out and say it, they feel like this is their opportunity. They've got to come out with at least one.''

Middletown South has, obviously had a lot of talented teams.

Future NFL running back Knowshon Moreno led the Eagles to three consecutive unbeaten sectional championships from 2003-2005 as part of a four-straight sectional title run from 2003-2006.

The 2015 team went 12-0 and finished as the consensus No. 1 ranked team in the state.

The unbeaten teams led, by eventual NFL running back Stephen Michael Pitts, won sectional titles in 1989 and 1990.

This senior class has gone 18-4 over the last two seasons.

"This has been a talented group for us,'' Antonucci said. "Between Jake (quarterback/defensive back/placekicker/punter Jake Czwakiel), Colin (linebacker/running back Colin Gallagher), Donovan (running back Donovan Summey) and Owen (wide receiver/defensive back Owen Richter), we just feel like those guys have been great players for us.

"These guy have done so much for our program. They are just missing out on that one piece.''

The Shore Conference American Division schedule Middletown South will face, beginning with the opener Aug. 25 against 2022 NJSIAA Group 2 runner-up Rumson-Fair Haven, should have it prepared for the post-season.

The Eagles will have divisional games against defending Group 5 state champion Toms River North, last season's NJSIAA Non-Public B runner-up Red Bank Catholic, a solid Donovan Catholic team that Middletown South defeated last season, and Wall.

"I don't complain about it,'' Antonucci said. "It's been consistent, and we've been consistent. We've been able to win games, and I expect we'll be able to do the same. The thing about it is there's a lot of wear and tear. That's the concern.''

Shore Conference American Division

Summer plans

The Eagles will host scrimmages against both Notre Dame on Aug. 16 and Piscataway on Aug. 19.

The Piscataway scrimmage will be six days before the opener against Rumson-Fair Haven.

Middletown South football: Top performers

Colin Gallagher, Sr., LB/RB

Gallagher, last season's Asbury Park Press Defensive Player of the Year, is one of the Shore's best two-way players. He was in on 148.5 tackles, 27 of which were for a loss and 10.5 sacks last season. Gallagher also rushed for 522 yards and nine TDs on 72 carries.

"He's your old school football player. If there was a definition of the term in the dictionary, he'd be the guy, (who defines old school football player),'' Antonucci said. "He plays the game the right way. He's got a motor. He's smart. He's everything you want in a football player. ''

One thing Antonucci and his coaching staff will monitor is how much Gallagher plays on offense because he is so valuable on defense. It also helps that Summey is also a very good running back who is more than capable of carrying the running back duties.

Jake Czwakiel, Sr. QB/DB/PK/P

Czwakiel is a true jack-of-all-trades. He threw for 935 yards and four TDs, rushed for 633 yards and nine TDs, was five-for-six on field goals and 32-for-34 on extra points.

"He's one of my favorite players that I've had,'' Antonucci said. "He just plays the game and he has fun playing it. He competes.''

Antonucci said he and his coaching staff hope the passing game will open up due to Czwakiel's running abilities plus the running ability of Summey and Gallagher.

"The beauty of having him, Summey and Gallagher being so effective running the ball, is if we can become more efficient passing, it's going to put us in a different situation,'' Antonucci said.

Donovan Summey, Sr., RB/LB

Summey rushed for 707 yards and eight TDs and had 12 receptions for 128 yards and two TDs last season.

Antonucci said Summey will also play more on defense this season than he did last season.

Owen Richter, Sr., WR/DB

Richter had 13 receptions for 195 yards and a TD and was in on 58.5 tackles and had an interception last season.

Middletown South football: Program players

Brandon Slivia, Jr., RB/DB

Sliva was in on 50.5 tackles and had a fumble recovery last season

Ryan Harden, Jr. OL/DL

Harden will be a key player on both the offensive and defensive lines.

Gio Massagli, Jr., OL/DL

Massagli gained valuable experience last season and will also play a key role on the offensive and defensive lines.

Joe DeMarco, Sr., OL/DL

DeMarco will also be a key player on both the offensive and defensive lines after gaining valuable experience last season.

Middletown South football: Names to know

Jesse Burbank, Jr., WR/DB

Burbank will have an increased roles on both sides of the ball this season.

Mike Toth, Jr., OL/DL

Toth is another one who will have increased duties on both the offensive and defensive lines.

Liam Curley, Jr., LB/RB

Curley had 15.5 tackles, 2.5 of which were for a loss, last season.

Middletown South football: Playoff history (53-23)

Middletown South football 2023 schedule

Middletown Residents Say Town Needs To Fix Tennis Courts ASAP

MIDDLETOWN, NJ — At the Monday night Middletown Township Committee meeting, many people asked the town when the long-promised renovations will be completed at the Tindall Park tennis courts and elsewhere."On Saturday we were on the courts, there wasn't one court that was open at Tindall. All the others were too dangerous to play at," said Port Monmouth resident Donna Blaze, a longtime member of the Middletown Tennis Association. "Bodma...

MIDDLETOWN, NJ — At the Monday night Middletown Township Committee meeting, many people asked the town when the long-promised renovations will be completed at the Tindall Park tennis courts and elsewhere.

"On Saturday we were on the courts, there wasn't one court that was open at Tindall. All the others were too dangerous to play at," said Port Monmouth resident Donna Blaze, a longtime member of the Middletown Tennis Association. "Bodman is a disaster, Lincroft is a disaster. Half of the courts at Tindall are dangerous to play on: They're cracked, they have weeds growing out of them. They're moldy. It would be really sad to have someone really get hurt over there."

Both Middletown high school tennis teams, but particularly North, practice on the town tennis courts. One part of the courts, in the shade, is mossy and slippery.

"These have to be the worst courts that any high school team plays in the entire county," continued Blaze. "I've been in Oceanport, they're gorgeous. Atlantic Highlands, they're gorgeous. It's really sad that Middletown, as populated as it is — I've been playing tennis for 55 years in Tindall and I think they've been fixed twice. It's sad."

Also, people have fallen due to cracks in the town tennis courts. Said a North High School tennis player of the courts at Tindall Park:

"I've fallen several times playing; it defeats the purpose of the sport and there is debris on the courts that could be cleaned up easily."

Another resident said "a lot of altercations" have broken out between tennis and pickleball players at the Tindall Park tennis courts.

Middletown is planning to re-surface all the tennis courts in town, replace the posts and replace the nets, repeated Mayor Tony Perry Monday night. But due to delays, the project is not supposed to go out to bid until the fall of 2023 and it remains unclear when the work will begin.

"I would assume by next year all the courts will be done," said Perry.

Middletown Township also plans to have two courts at Tindall that will be devoted to pickleball only. As previously reported on Patch, McMahon Park in North Middletown will become pickleball courts only.

Perry said the town of Middletown wants to have separate pickleball and tennis courts. There will no longer be "dual use" tennis/pickleball courts.

That is because tennis players and pickleball players have been arguing with each other.

That will leave 14 tennis courts open in Middletown.

But Middletown residents who play tennis say they have been asking for years now to have the town resurface the tennis courts — and it hasn't happened yet.

"For years, he’s promised me (and the dozens upon dozens of members of the Middletown Tennis Association), that the town had been awarded a grant and the tennis courts would be fixed," resident Denise Skelton told Patch in an email before the Township Committee meeting, referring to Perry.

"We are forced to go outside of our own town to play tennis on other town’s courts, rather than willingly submitting our members’ dues to secure the required permits to play on our own courts! It’s ridiculous. Every day and evening, the courts are packed full. We deserve safe tennis courts for all the money we pay in taxes."

North Middletown's McMahon Park Getting 6 Pickleball Courts (Jan. 2022)

Here is the most recent Middletown Township Committee meeting, July 17:

See The Celebration As Middletown North Ice Hockey Are State Champs

NEWARK, NJ — In a historic win, the Middletown High School North varsity ice hockey team won the state championship title in the NJSIAA Public B final Monday.The championship game was played at 3:30 Monday afternoon at the Prudential Center in Newark. Middletown North defeated Chatham 3-2 for the win.It is the first time since 2015 that Middletown North won a state title and only the second time in the school's history. Christopher Imbriale scored the winning goal in the third period, ...

NEWARK, NJ — In a historic win, the Middletown High School North varsity ice hockey team won the state championship title in the NJSIAA Public B final Monday.

The championship game was played at 3:30 Monday afternoon at the Prudential Center in Newark. Middletown North defeated Chatham 3-2 for the win.

It is the first time since 2015 that Middletown North won a state title and only the second time in the school's history. Christopher Imbriale scored the winning goal in the third period, NJ.com reported. Jack Turner and Joey Wall also scored.

You have to see the victory celebration below, in a video taken by NJ.com:

If you missed the a game, you can watch it here (you have to create an account): https://l.facebook.com/l.php?u...

Middletown North varsity ice hockey team is currently soaking up the accolades Tuesday morning:

"Congratulations to the Middletown High School North Hockey Team for winning the New Jersey B-State Championship. What an incredible accomplishment and a true testament to a season of hard work teamwork!" wrote former Middletown Township Committeeman and now Monmouth County Assemblyman Gerry Scharfenberger on Facebook.

"What an unbelievable moment for Middletown — the State Championship is back after a great North victory!," Middletown Mayor Tony Perry posted to Facebook Monday evening after the game.

"The Middletown HS North Hockey team is the State Champion!," posted Middletown school board president Frank Capone. "It's not by accident; it's not by chance; the Middletown HS North Hockey team is an exceptional bunch of players who should be incredibly proud. Congratulations, Coach Wood and the entire staff, for an incredible year; well done!"

GOAL Middletown North! Back and forth we go in the Public B final as we are tied at two with 9:01 to go in the second period on this beauty by Joey Wall. pic.twitter.com/KPhK5lrbzO— Robert Aitken Jr. (@RobertAitkenJr) March" class="redactor-linkify-object">https://twitter.com/RobertAitk... 6, 2023

Middletown: The Learning Experience Celebrates Ribbon Cutting.

The Learning Experience Celebrated Middletown Location with a ribbon cutting event that included a giant foam party!Photo Credit: The Learning Experience, Middletown, NJPhoto Credit: The Learning Experience, Middletown, NJPhoto Credit: The Learning Experience, Middletown, NJFirst responders attended the event to welcome The Learning Experience. Photo Credit: The Learning Experience, Middletown, NJPhoto Credit: The Learning Experience, Middletown, NJThe Learning Expe...

The Learning Experience Celebrated Middletown Location with a ribbon cutting event that included a giant foam party!Photo Credit: The Learning Experience, Middletown, NJ

Photo Credit: The Learning Experience, Middletown, NJ

Photo Credit: The Learning Experience, Middletown, NJ

First responders attended the event to welcome The Learning Experience. Photo Credit: The Learning Experience, Middletown, NJ

Photo Credit: The Learning Experience, Middletown, NJ

The Learning Experience Celebrated Middletown Location with a ribbon cutting event that included a giant foam party!Photo Credit: The Learning Experience, Middletown, NJ

By Jeanne Wall

PublishedJuly 24, 2023 at 2:58 AM

MIDDLETOWN, NJ: On July 22, the official ribbon cutting was held for a new childcare center in Middletown: The Learning Experience, located at 1287 NJ 35 North, (next to Mavis). According to their website: For nearly 40 years, The Learning Experience has been positively impacting the lives of children ages 6 weeks to six years by developing and implementing ground-breaking childcare and early education programs.

Middletown Township Committee Members: Mayor Tony Perry and Committeewoman Kimberly Kratz, attended the event and welcomed The Learning Experience to Middletown. According to Jessica Ellis, manager of The Learning Experience, "It was a huge turn-out with enrolled families and the local township. There was a Foam Party, vendors from local family friendly small business, fire trucks, police and fire chiefs, a reptile demonstration and more. We even raised money toward our Make a wish foundation collection."

According to The Learning Experience website: "From preschool through kindergarten, we make early education and daycare joyful, engaging, and fun, so children are happy to learn, play and grow. Our L.E.A.P.® (Learning Experience Academic Program) Curriculum uses fun, hands-on activities throughout early education to help children develop intellectually, socially, and cognitively. All-inclusive enrichment programs include yoga, music, fitness, science, soccer and more. To learn more about Middletown's new childcare center, visit HERE.

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