The Causes of Urinary Incontinence

By on March 21st, 2016

Common Causes of Urinary Incontinence At Western Berks Physical Therapy, 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 […]


Running Injury in Wyomissing: When to Seek Help

By on March 21st, 2016

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 […]


Physical Therapy for Fibromyalgia

By on March 21st, 2016

Many people with fibromyalgia avoid exercise because of their painful symptoms but that’s where physical therapy for fibromyalgia can help. A physical therapist can help you learn to interpret your pain signals, and develop an aerobic routine that works for your lifestyle and your physical limitations. Pain and fatigue are the most common symptoms of […]


Repetitive Work Injuries: Physical Therapy Can Help

By on March 21st, 2016

With so many different demands from your work 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 […]


Preparing for Upcoming Surgery: Let Us Help

By on March 21st, 2016

Regardless of how “minor” of a surgery you are preparing for, 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 […]


Let Our Orthopedic Specialists Help Treat Your Car Accident Related Injuries

By on March 21st, 2016

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 […]


Physical Therapy Benefits Frozen Shoulder

By on March 21st, 2016

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 […]


Partial Knee Replacement – An Alternative to Total Joint Replacement

By on March 21st, 2016

As we age, many of us experience increased pain in our knees. Most of this pain is the result of osteoarthritis (OA), which is the wearing away of cartilage that helps our bones glide smoothly. If nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications, muscle strengthening, rest and weight loss do not relieve knee pain, joint replacement surgery may be […]


Pain at the Mall

By on March 21st, 2016

As the outside temperatures drop, people contemplating undertaking an exercise program often consider walking at the mall. Benefits include a controlled climate, an absence of traffic, security and easily available restrooms and water. However, starting a new walking program can sometimes bring on shin splints, pain at the front of the lower leg. Mall walkers […]


Pain After Falling on an Outstretched Hand

By on March 21st, 2016

If you are experiencing pain after falling on an outstretched hand, you should have an x-ray to check for a bone fracture, which could certainly account for lingering pain. Often, the bone affected is the navicular bone, also known as the scaphoid, located between the base of the thumb and the radius (one of the […]


Orthopedic Specialists in Robesonia, PA – Wellness Program

By on March 21st, 2016

Are you thinking of seeing one of our Orthopedic Specialists to help solve the issues you are having with your body? We know that at our office, Western Berks Physical Therapy, we can give you the assistance you need to heal your body. We have a worthy physical therapy program here and we have a […]


Orthopedic Specialists in Robesonia, PA for your Sports Injuries

By on March 21st, 2016

Have you been injured with a sport related injury? If you have been and are looking for an experienced orthopedic specialists to improve your overall body’s wellness, you have come to the right place.  In Robesonia, PA we are a Top Rated Local®. With that title, you can rest at night knowing that you have […]


Learn Kegel Exercises for Women

By on March 21st, 2016

If you are in need of an orthopedic specialist in Robesonia, PA make sure you visit us at Western Berks Physical Therapy and Wellness Center. Here we have many different services available to you including physical therapy and a wonderful wellness program. We want to help teach you how to include corporate wellness into your […]


Knee Taping for Proper Knee Alignment and Relief

By on March 21st, 2016

Knee pain is common, whether a person is athletic or sedentary. Although there are many causes of this condition, one interesting treatment approach is knee taping, also called “McConnell taping” after Jenny McConnell, an Australian physical therapist who found that the procedure improved kneecap alignment while reducing pain. Abnormal knee alignment may indicate that tight […]


Common Running Knee Injuries to Watch Out For

By on March 21st, 2016

Knee injuries are the most common injury that runners experience. Knee pain while running can be a warning signal that you need to change something in your running regimen, like your posture or the rate at which you are increasing your weekly mileage. Learn about the different types of common running knee injuries and what […]


Osgood-Schlatter Disease – A Pain in The Knee for Kids

By on March 21st, 2016

If your child experiences knee discomfort or complains of a pain in their knee, it could be due to Osgood-Schlatter disease. Although temporary, this condition can be a source of pain and swelling. Most children suffering from Osgood-Schlatter disease also experience a tender bump just below the kneecap. The pain associated with this condition appears […]


Pelvic Floor Dysfunction Treatment Options

By on March 21st, 2016

Pelvic floor dysfunction can include a wide range of symptoms and complications. From incontinence or constipation to menstrual-cycle related pain, Western Berks Physical Therapy can help treat a wide variety of conditions through our pelvic floor dysfunction treatment options. We are committed to helping our patients overcome their conditions and symptoms so they can return […]


Is Carpal Tunnel Surgery for You?

By on March 21st, 2016

  Surgery is never something to be taken lightly, but when you are suffering from a painful, persistent condition like carpal tunnel syndrome, it may be the only way to find relief. If your doctor has recommended surgery to treat your carpal tunnel syndrome, consider all the factors. Normally, conservative treatments should be attempted to […]


In-Flight Exercises For Avoiding DVT

By on March 21st, 2016

  The longer a person is immobile, the greater the risk of DVT. DVT is a condition where a clot occurs in a deep vein, typically in the lower leg, although it can occur in other areas such as the arm. Therefore, experts believe that you can reduce your risk during airplane travel by exercising […]


Back Pain and Your Mattress: How it Affects You

By on March 21st, 2016

People who suffer from back and neck pain, particularly when it’s chronic pain, look to many sources to relieve their discomfort. One question that is frequently asked at our physical therapy clinics is whether the purchase of a special mattress will help to manage back and neck pain. Since a large amount of time is […]


How To Prevent Shin Splints in Athletes

By on March 21st, 2016

Patients often ask us how to prevent shin splints in their young student athletes. “Shin splints” is the common term for medial tibial stress syndrome, the inflammation of the thin tissue (periosteum) that covers the shinbone (tibia). You may feel the pain of shin splints in the lower leg muscles and connective tissues that attach […]


How to Prevent and Treat Stress Fractures

By on March 21st, 2016

Although it’s usually so small that it can’t be detected with conventional x-rays, a stress fracture is a very real crack in a bone. Most stress fractures occur in the tibia or fibula (lower-leg bones), the metatarsal or navicular bones of the foot, or the heel. The fracture develops over a period of days or […]


Getting Your Spouse to Workout With You

By on March 21st, 2016

You can’t open a newspaper these days without reading something about rising levels of obesity in America. You know that eating right is key. You know that you have to exercise. But how can you convince your spouse? This article provides a straight forward approach to getting your spouse to workout and adopt an exercise […]


Hand Injuries – Jammed Fingers and Hand Sprains

By on March 21st, 2016

Sixteen million Americans go to the emergency room every year with hand injuries. Unfortunately, many more who decide their fingers are “only jammed” should see a physician. A deceptively complex part of the body, hands tightly pack 19 bones, muscles, tendons, ligaments, nerves and blood vessels into a small area. What appears to be a […]


Gifts for Fitness Friends: Holiday Fitness Gift Guide

By on March 21st, 2016

The holidays are quickly approaching and purchasing gifts for fitness friends can be easy. Follow our Holiday Fitness Gift Guide below to select the right gifts for your fitness friends! If you are considering buying gifts for the fitness-minded friend or relatives and they already belong to a health club they enjoy, you could extend […]


Seasonal Affective Disorder: Exercise Can Help

By on March 21st, 2016

Call it the doldrums, cabin fever or an instinct to hibernate: the shorter, grayer days of fall and winter can sometimes get you down. Cold weather is inevitable, but the “blues,” known as SAD (seasonal affective disorder), do not have to be! In fact, a dose of regular physical activity may boost your mood. Researchers […]


Elliptical Trainers: Before You Buy Give Them a Try

By on March 21st, 2016

If you are in the market for an elliptical trainer, you have probably already heard about some of the benefits. Elliptical trainers have been receiving positive press recently as a popular, low-impact workout for both your upper and lower body. Elliptical trainers are often helpful to patients undergoing rehabilitation or for those with joint problems. […]


Shoulder Dislocation: Physical Therapy is Effective

By on March 21st, 2016

If you have dislocated your shoulder, choosing the best mode of treatment to get you moving and free from pain as quickly as possible can be a real challenge. One kind of shoulder dislocation, multidirectional shoulder instability, tends to occur in younger adults and may need surgery, along with physical therapy, to provide relief. Care […]


Achilles Tendon Injuries and Poor Conditioning

By on March 21st, 2016

A healthy Achilles tendon is vital for top sports performance. Unfortunately, like the mythical hero killed by an arrow to the heel for whom it’s named, the body’s largest tendon is also extremely vulnerable to injury. Achilles tendon injuries, ranging from painful strains to debilitating ruptures, are common among athletes. Several factors can predispose you […]


Osteoarthritis of the Hip Joint

By on March 21st, 2016

Does Osteoarthritis in the Hip Joint Necessitate Surgery? Most people with osteoarthritis of the hip joint never need joint replacement surgery. Surgery only becomes an option if the person suffers from severe pain in the joint that is unrelieved by available treatment methods, with a dramatically impaired ability to perform daily activities and marked joint […]


Core Reasons to Strengthen Your Core

By on March 21st, 2016

  Everyone seems to be talking about “core strengthening,” but many people don’t know what this phrase means. The body’s “core” refers to the muscles around the abdomen, pelvis, back, shoulders, chest and hips—the body’s center of gravity—all working together in a symphony of movement. As a result, it plays a role in virtually all […]


Choosing the Right Exercise

By on March 21st, 2016

Still looking for the one right form of exercise? You might do well, fitness gurus suggest, to widen your vision! Engaging in any single fitness activity—be it running, weight lifting or yoga—just doesn’t add up to optimum fitness. According to the American Council on Exercise, a good overall exercise regimen includes three key areas of […]


Ankle Injuries – Rehabilitation Approaches

By on March 21st, 2016

Ankle injuries are among the most common athletic hindrances. Jumping sports such as basketball and volleyball produce the majority of ankle injuries, although non-athletes can easily injure an ankle simply by stepping onto an uneven surface, such as a stone. Rehabilitation following an ankle injury is crucial to managing pain and preventing future injury. There […]


Hip Pain After Hip Replacement Surgery

By on March 21st, 2016

Hip Pain After Hip Replacement Surgery Depending on how recently your surgery was performed, hip pain after hip replacement surgery could be quite normal. Up to 6 weeks after surgery, you can still expect discomfort at night and when you move about, although it should not stop you from performing most activities of daily living. Keep […]