On June 18, 2020, Excel Physical Therapy hosted a community webinar to discuss the “back pain pandemic,” against the backdrop of COVID-19. Under normal circumstances, 80% of the population experiences back pack at some point in their life. However, the current COVID-19 pandemic has caused a massive shift in the way people conduct their every day lives. More and more people are spending increased time at home, working on a computer or from their phone, or trying to do more DIY projects around the house or yard. With this change in culture, people may be more likely to experience back pain and we’re here to help.

Non-operative spine physiatrist from North Jersey Brain and Spine, Dr. Peter Schmaus, discussed the causes of back pain, and then we welcomed back EXCEL’s very own co-founder and president, Matt Gibble, to review exercises you can do at home to not only treat back pain, but help prevent it too.

Watch the video recording here. 


Peter Schmaus, MD is a physiatrist specializing in non-surgical spine care, ergonomics and pain management. He aims to enhance and restore functional ability and quality of life to those with physical impairments, injuries or disabilities. Dr. Schmaus graduated from Columbia and the Mt. Sinai School of Medicine in New York City, going on to complete his residency at Mt. Sinai where he was chief resident before joining Orthopedic Spine and Sports Medicine Center in 1989. Dr. Schmaus is board certified both in physical medicine and rehabilitation as well as in pain management. 

Matt Gibble, PT is one of the two owners and co-founders of Excel Physical Therapy. After receiving his Bachelor’s degree in Physical Therapy from Arcadia University, he went on to work at a sports medicine facility in New York City. There he was involved for three years with the New York Knicks, where he provided their long-term physical therapy, as well as their pre-season and pre-signing orthopedic evaluations. A competitive triathlete, Matt has successfully completed Ironman USA in Lake Placid, NY three times.

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