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8 Tips For Safe Snow Shoveling

Here are some tips to keep yourself injury-free as you shovel today or during this wintery season

Each year, hospital emergency rooms see a spike in the number of people they see for injuries related to shoveling or removing ice and snow. The number of cases are in the thousands.

 

Western Berks Physical therapy doesn’t want you to let yourself become included in those numbers.

 

As you shovel snow from recent storms or those that may impact the region, here are some tips to keep yourself injury-free. (Tips from the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons):

 

  1. Warm-up. Shoveling can be a vigorous activity so warm-up your muscles for 10 minutes with light exercise before you start shoveling.
  2. Make sure you can see. Be sure that you can fully see the area that you are shoveling. Watch for ice patches and uneven surfaces.
  3. Dress appropriately. Wear light, layered, water-repellent clothing to provide both ventilation and insulation. Wear the appropriate head covering, warm socks and gloves or mittens. Avoid falls by wearing shoes or boots with slip-resistant soles.
  4. Start early. Clear snow early and often, especially if a large snowfall is expected.
  5. Pace yourself. Take frequent breaks and drink plenty of water to prevent dehydration.
  6. Proper lifting. Push the snow instead of lifting it. If you must lift the snow, do it properly. Squat with your legs apart, knees bent and back straight. Lift with your legs and do not bend at the waist.
  7. Safe technique. Do not throw the snow over your shoulder or to the side because it requires a twisting motion that stresses your back.
  8. Use the correct shovel. Use a shovel that is comfortable for both your height and strength. Do not use a shovel that is too heavy or too long for you. Space your hands on the tool grip.

 

Hopefully these simple tips can help you prevent any injuries that could happen while shoveling snow.

 

If you should sustain an injury as a result of shoveling, removing ice or falling during this wintery season, please contact Western Berks Physical Therapy so that we can help relieve your pain from injury.

 

 

Treat Your Pain Through Robesonia Physical Therapy

You suffer from chronic back pain and think the only way to treat it is with medication. But you should also be aware that another way to treat your pain is through Robesonia physical therapy. Physical therapy can be utilized for those of all ages who suffer from a variety of conditions.

Primary care physicians will often refer patients to physical therapy for conditions that cause pain or hamper movement. Physical therapy helps patients get more flexible and stronger. Once others see how well it works, they too become believers. Some of the benefits of physical therapy may seem very obvious, while others may indeed surprise you.

Hands-on therapy can help relieve pain and recover both joint and muscle function. Your physical therapist can also prevent pain from coming back.

If physical therapy is successful, you could avoid the need for surgery. Even if surgery is required, physical therapy will help you recover faster and stronger than you were before.

If you are having a difficult time moving about or even standing for that matter, physical therapy can help restore your ability to move, to properly function again.

Regardless the sport in which you participate, there will be inherent injuries that increase. Physical therapy is not only a way to recover from these injuries, but can be utilized to help prevent them in the first place.

As we age, many of us will develop arthritis or other conditions that impede motion and movement. Physical therapy is a way to keep the older generation more mobile and fit.

If you are suffering a painful condition, perhaps you should look into physical therapy.

 

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The Causes Behind Your Urinary Incontinence

At Western Berks Physical Therapy, we offer different forms of physical therapy to patients in Robesonia. We use physical therapy to treat a variety of different ailments and conditions, including pelvic floor dysfunction. Pelvic floor dysfunction encompasses a multitude of different pelvic floor disorders. From pelvic pain and spasms to bladder pain, there are a number of different conditions that fall into this category. The majority of pelvic floor disorders stem from damage to the different muscles and ligaments in the pelvic region or specifically, as the Virginia Hospital Center indicates, “the area between the pubic bone and the coccyx bone at the tip of the spine.” One common pelvic floor disorder that we help treat here at Western Berks Physical Therapy is urinary incontinence.

Urinary incontinence is the loss of voluntary bladder control, which leads to urine leakage. Urinary incontinence may be temporary or chronic, depending on the cause. some common causes of urinary incontinence may include:

Childbirth

Childbirth, specifically vaginal delivery, can lead to persistent incontinence. Your body undergoes a significant amount of stress, changes, and even damage during childbirth. According to the Mayo Clinic, vaginal delivery can “weaken the muscles needed for bladder control and also damage bladder nerves and supportive tissue, leading to a dropped (prolapsed) pelvic floor.” Pelvic floor exercises may help those muscles regain strength.

Enlarged Prostate

It is clear that childbirth is linked to the development of incontinence in women, but what could cause this condition in men? Older men who have an enlarged prostate may often also experience incontinence. According to the Mayo Clinic, this condition may specifically be referred to as benign prostatic hyperplasia.

Old Age

Unfortunately, no one is safe from the changes that occur with old age. As your body ages, the bladder muscle can become weaker and decrease your bladder’s capacity to store urine. This is something that can potentially affect everyone later on in life.

Whatever the reason may be, the team at Western Berks Physical Therapy is dedicated to helping you overcome your urinary incontinence. We offer non-surgical treatment options that may help with the correction of pelvic floor dysfunction. Contact us today to learn more.

 

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Runners in Wyomissing, Here are Signs You Need to Seek Physical Therapy

It is one of your worst fears, you are running or doing another type of exercise in Wyomissing and you hear a pop or it feels like something jumped up and bit you, you have just injured yourself. Now, it could be something minor, a pain that will be easily treated with ice and heat and disappear in a few days, or it could be the type of injury that requires a physical therapist. The problem is you don’t know the extent of the injury. Here are signs that you might need to seek physical therapy for your injury.

If the pain from the injury lingers even after three or four days of rest and icing, it could be a sign you need to seek an orthopedic specialist. The best thing you can for an injury is to give yourself a few days off, if there is no improvement, then you should consider giving your doctor a call.

Often, the pain goes away when you are at rest or have ice on an injury. But with more serious injuries, symptoms may linger or come back repeatedly until the underlying injury is addressed.

Some injuries are quite easy to notice as they occur during a traumatic event. But sometimes, even a simple ankle twist can result in a serious injury, you just may not know it at the time. If you are concerned about an injury, you should have it checked out by a professional.

If you find yourself downing aspirin or ibuprofen throughout the day, something is certainly not right.

If you wonder if you need therapy for an injury, give us a call.

 

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Physical Therapy Can Help Your Fibromyalgia Pain

Pain and fatigue are the most common symptoms of fibromyalgia, a condition that effects more than 5 million people in the United States (most of them women). One of the things that can be helpful for those dealing with fibromyalgia is aerobic exercise routine. Unforatunely, many people with fibromyalgia avoid exercise because of their pain symptoms. That’s where our physical therapy services can help. We can help you learn to interpret your pain signals, and develop an aerobic routine that works for your lifestyle and your physical limitations.

Our physical therapy team won’t just write down a bunch of exercises and send you on your way. They’ll work closely with you to help you learn to pace yourself, listen to your body, and take control of the pain. They will also help you set realistic goals, taking into account that some days your pain may be too much to allow you to do much exercise. They’ll also be a source of support, cheering you on when you get frustrated with your symptoms. You’ll love the support you get from them, in and out of the office!

If you’ve been struggling with pain symptoms due to fibromyalgia, give us a call. We’ll set you up with an appointment with our physical therapy team so they can help you get started with a routine that works for you. You’ll be amazed at the relief they can bring, and how much more enjoyment you can get out of life with their help. Make your appointment today and put pain in its place!

 

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Physical Therapy Can Help Treat Repetitive Work Injuries

We are nearing the end of another long year.  With so many different demands from your professional life, you might have started to notice certain pains or stresses that were not there earlier in the year.  These types of pains are easy to ignore especially if they are not always prominent or if they are difficult to pinpoint.  However, after some time these small pains become more noticeable and in turn, more painful.  If you are experiencing any kind of pain that is the result of a repetitive work strain, physical therapy can help!  Physical therapy can help alleviate the pain and prevent future recurrence.

Our physical therapy clinicians specialize in the treatment of orthopedic problems.  They have years of experience understanding and treating a multitude of orthopedic complications.  By nature, orthopedic problems can be very complex and are not fixed after one treatment.  Our clinicians will evaluate the problem and work to get to the root cause of it so as to help eliminate the symptoms as well as any possibility of recurrence.  Western Berks Physical Therapy is also more than willing to participate in all Employer’s Worker Compensation Panels.  We are also happy to perform onsite visits and evaluations for repetitive work injuries or strains.

Repetitive work injuries or strains are not something to ignore!  If left untreated, they can progress and worsen and may eventually require surgery.  Start the new year off feeling revitalized and pain free!  Do not wait to ask us more about how physical therapy can help treat your injuries and strains.

 

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Let Us Help Get You Ready for Your Upcoming Surgery

Regardless of how “minor”, no surgery ever feels as if it is a minor procedure. Any surgery, no matter what is being done, proves to be an extremely intense situation for your body. It is an invasive procedure that causes some trauma. While it may seem as if you can never really be prepared for an upcoming surgery, Western Berks Physical Therapy offers a prehab program to patients that is designed to help prepare them for their approaching surgery.

We are all aware that nearly every surgery requires some type of rehabilitation process. Physical therapy is designed to help our bodies recover from some sort of trauma. It is designed to help us restore our bodies to their healthy states after an injury or surgical procedure. Much like rehabilitation or physical therapy, our prehab program is designed to help your body recover. However, the idea behind this program is to get a jump start on the rehabilitation process by preparing your body for the upcoming trauma. Our specialists will help prepare you for everything, from crutch and walker training to preparatory exercise instruction, all of which is tailored to help you prepare mentally and physically for the challenges ahead. We believe, if we can help get you ready for your upcoming surgery, that you will experience a much smoother recovery process.

At Western Berks Physical Therapy, we are dedicated to our patients and to helping them overcome the challenges that come with traumatic injuries and other ailments. Our specialists will set up a treatment plan that will help restore your body, as well as help prevent further injuries. Call us to set up your appointment today.

 

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Let Our Orthopedic Specialists Help Treat Your Car Accident Related Injuries

Here at Western Berks Physical Therapy, we specialize in the treatment of orthopedic related injuries. Our orthopedic specialists have years of experience dealing with orthopedic related injuries and surgeries. They are highly knowledgeable and have experience with a multitude of different disorders as well as injuries brought on by several different events or occurrences.

Car accidents are often times the culprit of many different orthopedic injuries and pain. Many times the severe trauma one receives from an accident can lead to chronic pain as well as severe injuries. If you have been in a recent car accident and are suffering from pain or an injury, our clinicians can help treat the problem and relieve the pain. We can help treat any car accident related injury, including whiplash. Our specialists will get to the source of the injury and with the utilization of different therapy techniques, they will have you feeling pain free in no time at all. We also understand that when it comes to therapy and relieving pain, there is no time to waste. That is why we have the ability to process all motor vehicle insurances at our office. We can process everything on site so there will be no delay in getting you started with therapy and rehab.

If you are suffering from an orthopedic injury or pain caused by a car accident or any other type of accident, please contact us right away. Western Berks Physical Therapy is dedicated to each client’s individual needs so we can help you recover from your injuries as quickly as possible. You can trust our specialists to find the right treatment for any injury. We understand that no injury is the same and that every injury requires different attention. Here at Western Berks, we are committed to helping you on your road to recovery!

 

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Benefits of Massage Therapy

At Western Berks Physical Therapy, not only do we specialize in physical therapy in Robesonia, but we also specialize in massage therapy. Massage therapy promotes wellness and encourages awareness of your body. Used in conjunction with physical therapy, massage therapy can do a lot to alleviate pain and promote healing in your body. There are several benefits to be had from massage therapy.

Helps with Depression and Anxiety

Life can be hard. Between balancing your job, family, and friends, there is no way to avoid stress and anxiety and everyone has a different way of coping. Massage therapy offers a healthy way to release it all, leaving you feeling relaxed, restored, and ready for the next curveball that is thrown your way.

Improves Immunity

No one likes getting sick and we are always looking for ways to boost our immunity. What if you could do so just by laying down and relaxing? Regular massages can help increase your immunity and help you fight off illness. Massage therapy helps stimulate the lymph flow and allow your body to rid itself of harmful toxins.

Releases Endorphins

Nothing beats the endorphin high you feel after a long, hard run. Massages release the same endorphins in your body, which not only serve as natural pain killers for your body, but they can also boost your mood.
Message therapy offers much more than just relaxation. These benefits, combined with the many benefits of physical therapy, are sure to leave you feeling restored and on your way to healing. Come into our physical therapy and wellness center today and explore all of the different services we have to offer.

 

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Physical Therapy Benefits Frozen Shoulder

Much more common in women than men, frozen shoulder typically affects those in the 40- to 60-year age range. About 3% of the general population and 20% of those with diabetes suffer from this puzzling condition. Its technical name, adhesive capsulitis, comes from the area affected (the shoulder’s joint capsule), and the fact that shrinkage and/or inflammation lead to scarring, which causes a “sticking” or adhesion of the tissue within.

 

Physical Therapy Benefits Frozen Shoulder

 

The benefits of physical therapy vary according to the stage of frozen shoulder you experience. Stage 1, the freezing phase,” during which the shoulder becomes increasingly painful and stiff, typically lasts from a few weeks to eight months. The shoulder is resistant to aggressive physical therapy or pain reduction and is very difficult to treat. When possible, passive or assisted range-of-motion exercises can help prevent loss of movement, and various pain-reducing methods can sometimes help. Some research indicates that anything beyond minimal treatment during the “freezing phase” could impede long-term success.

 

In Stage 2, the frozen or stiffening phase,” treatment may become more effective. This phase usually lasts up to 12 months. Although the shoulder is still very stiff, physical therapy can become more active as pain recedes.To achieve this, a nerve block administered by an anesthesiologist can be effective, as can more conservative medications. The goal is to retain and regain as much motion as possible.

 

Therapy can be more aggressive and is better tolerated for Stage 3, the thawing or recovery phase,” which can last up to 24 months. Sometimes, arthroscopic surgery, in which specific tight sections of the shoulder capsule are cut to “release” them, is recommended and helpful, but often frozen shoulder resolves fairly well without it.

 

If you experience frozen shoulder, schedule an appointment with us. We can assess the stage of the condition and devise a specific treatment program to get you back to full range of motion as quickly and completely as possible.

 

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