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Monthly Archives: April 2018

Questions to Ask Your Physical Therapist

9 Questions to Ask to Find the Right Physical Therapy Provider for You

We have created a quick question checklist below to ensure you are making the right choice when searching for the right physical therapy provider!

  1. Is the physical therapy provider conveniently located?
    • Most treatment plans call for 2-3 visits per week depending on your plan of care. Make sure that the office you select is convenient for you to visit multiple times per week.
  2. Do they have appointment hours that fit around my schedule?
    • You have a busy life outside of therapy, so make sure that the appointment hours the clinic has works around your schedule. Many clinics, usually private practice facilities, offer evening hours.
  3. Does the provider accept my insurance?
    • Therapy can be costly without insurance so make sure that the clinic accepts your insurance or offers a self-pay option.
  4. What if I am in intense pain, is the provider Direct Access licensed so that they can see me right away without a prescription?
  5. Do they offer free consultations to see if therapy is the right choice for me?
  6. What are the provider’s therapy techniques?
    • We suggest finding a provider who is highly skilled in manual therapy and that uses manual techniques aimed at relaxing tense muscles and restricted joints in order to decrease pain and increase flexibility.
  7. Does the physical therapist specialize in the type of treatment I need?
  8. How many patients does each physical therapist see at each time?
    • Some physical therapists will treat one on one while others may treat two or three patients at one time. Individualized attention is important to effective physical therapy so be sure to inquire about this.
  9. Will I see the same physical therapist for each appointment, or will I be assigned a different therapist each time?
    • Scheduling with the same physical therapist for each appointment can help you develop a good relationship that may help your therapy outcome. On the other hand, scheduling your appointments with the first available therapist may be helpful to accommodate your busy schedule.

Make the most out of your physical therapy treatment and receive the best possible care by doing your homework on which provider is right for you! If you are new to physical therapy, these easy, quick questions will make sure that you are in the right hands!

Physical Therapy During Pregancy

Pain Free Pregnancy and a Smooth Birth

As your physical body changes and accommodates to the needs of your growing baby, you may experience pain or discomfort. Physical therapy can be invaluable for remedying common discomforts like back pain, strengthening your pelvic floor and enhancing your body’s ability to have a smoother pregnancy, birth and recovery. A proactive strength, flexibility and stabilization program can be beneficial in preventing or decreasing the intensity of painful symptoms, making your pregnancy          experience a more positive one. Providing a customized therapy plan for your entire pregnancy & post partum experience,Western Berks Physical Therapy offers the highest level of evaluation and treatment techniques. Reduce discomfort and make your pregnancy the best it can be with the help of our skilled therapists, Dr. Deborah McKim, PT, DPT, MTC and Dr. Jennifer Estes, PT, DPT.

Experience our expertise in the examination and treatment of the following diagnoses:

  • Urinary and fecal incontinence
  • Constipation
  • Enuresis
  • Encopresis
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Chronic pelvic pain
  • Vulvodynia
  • Vaginismus
  • Anismus
  • Levator ani syndrome
  • Vulvar Vestibulitis
  • Interstitial cystitis
  • S/P pelvic floor reconstructions
  • Pubic symphysis separation
  • Dyspareunia
  • Endometriosis

Now accepting new clients! Call now for an appointment!

 

 

A Physical Therapist’s Guide to Gardening

A Physical Therapist’s Guide to Gardening

After a long winter many of us can’t wait to get into the garden! However, if you’ve spent the winter  hibernating indoors with limited physical activity, you may be at risk for injury as you head outside to tackle your spring “to-do” list. If you engage in physical activity without preparation for all the bending, twisting, reaching, and pulling that comes with yard work, you may potentially find yourself dealing with muscle aches; back, shoulder and knee strains; back disc bulge or herniation; or shoulder, elbow and knee pain.

Here are a few tips to avoid the pain:

  1. Call Western Berks Physical Therapy and schedule an evaluation to develop an exercise plan to help prepare you for yard and garden work.
  2. Start slow and stick to your exercise plan.
  3. Warm up by walking and stretching.
  4. Use tools to reduce risk and strain on your body while doing yard work.
  5. Drink water and stay hydrated.
  6. Take breaks to allow yourself rest even if you don’t feel tired or strained.
  7. Stop at the first sign of pain. Any persistent pain lasting more than 48 hours should be addressed by a physical therapist or other medical professional. It is more effective to treat new and recent injuries rather than those lingering for a few months.

Our Physical Therapists have many techniques to help teach you ways to modify activities with the goal of allowing you to continue enjoying all your favorite spring time activities while reducing your risk of pain. Call now for a free consultation!

What to Expect When You’re Expecting

The Questions You’ve Always Wanted to Ask About Pain During Pregnancy

From discomfort, pain, and even urinary incontinence, we’d like to answer a few questions we know you’ve been wanting to ask about Physical Therapy during pregnancy. 

 

Is pain during pregnancy normal?

For many, the general response to pain during pregnancy is, “It’s just because you’re pregnant. It will go away after you give birth.” However, that’s not what research shows. Research has shown that for 80% of women, if pain or urinary incontinence hasn’t resolved itself 3 months postpartum, it’s not going to. A study published in BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology found, for example, that among women who reported having urinary incontinence at 3 months, 76.4% reported having it at 12 months postpartum. Preventing incontinence before childbirth can stave off problems postpartum. At Western Berks Physical Therapy, our Doctors of Physical Therapy can cure urinary incontinence in as little as 4 weeks through confidential, private, and non-invasive treatment.

 

Is exercising during pregnancy healthy and safe?

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends 30 minutes of moderate intensity exercise most days of the week throughout pregnancy. Women who exercise throughout pregnancy recover and lose their weight faster. They’re at a reduced risk for problems with their pregnancy, and their babies are healthier. At Western Berks Physical Therapy we can come up with a customized plan to help you work an exercise routine into your daily life. Whether you are working long hours or have other children at home, we can show you how you can exercise through the day to relieve pain and strengthen muscles.

 

My entire body aches, can physical therapy help with that?

During pregnancy, the most common areas where women experience pain are the pelvic girdle, lumbar region, and hips. This is due to hormonal changes and because a woman’s center of gravity and body mass are changing. A study showed that 30% of women who have untreated pelvic girdle pain during pregnancy later become chronic pelvic pain patients. However, just because you are pregnant doesn’t mean you have to live with pain. It is treatable through physical therapy! The highly skilled pelvic floor therapists at Western Berks Physical Therapy help you avoid pain and incontinence during pregnancy and postpartum. Our therapists can treat any pain pregnant women are experiencing including neck, shoulder, back, mid-back, or hip pain. Every woman should have a physical therapy pelvic health checkup postpartum. If left untreated, pain can persist well into the future, but pain can be prevented or cured through effective physical therapy. Our physical therapists are here to help you!

Call now to schedule a free consultation and discover what physical therapy can do for you!