A-Z Physical Therapy Services Guide

By Western Berks Physical Therapy on May 7th, 2019

Western Berks Physical Therapy specializes in providing the highest quality physical therapy services at our three convenient office locations for Berks County patients and beyond. Our clinicians have extensive training and years of clinical experience in understanding, evaluating, and treating complex orthopedic and pelvic floor problems, truly finding the root of the issue. Our highly skilled physical therapists will set up a comprehensive treatment plan to eliminate symptoms and prevent further recurrence.

Below is an A-Z list of the services we provide along with a brief descriptive outline and link to each service on our main website.

BELL’S PALSY – Bell’s palsy is an acute disorder of the facial nerve, which produces full or partial loss of movement on one side of the face. Physical therapy, specifically neuromuscular retraining, is a useful intervention for treating facial nerve palsy. Physical therapy for Bell’s Palsy aids in a quicker recovery, improved facial function and minimized sequelae. Many studies indicate that physical therapy is effective for the rehabilitation of patients with facial nerve palsy and can be used synergistically with interventions administered by physicians, such as targeted botulinum toxin injections.

CONCUSSIONS – Western Berks Physical Therapy provides comprehensive concussion care. Our clinical care team understands that concussion symptoms and recovery time are unique for every person. We provide a comprehensive evaluation and develop an individualized plan of care to help get you back to the activities you enjoy. Our team is up-to-date with the latest research and rehabilitative techniques for treating concussions.

FIBROMYALGIA – Physical therapy can help ease the pain, stiffness and fatigue caused by Fibromyalgia. In addition to exercise, our physical therapists use a wide range of resources, from manual therapy, to massage to ice and heat packs for hydrotherapy. With these tools, our physical therapists can help people with fibromyalgia use their muscles, stretch for flexibility, and move their joints through range-of-motion exercises. Manual therapy is highly recommended for fibromyalgia treatment. Specializing in hands on techniques, this chronic condition can be combatted to provide pain relief.

GAIT ABNORMALITIES & WALKING PROBLEMS – Abnormal gait or a walking abnormality is when a person is unable to walk in the usual way. This may be due to injuries, underlying conditions, or problems with the legs and feet. Walking may seems to be an uncomplicated activity. However, there are many systems of the body, such as strength, coordination, and sensation, that work together to allow a person to walk with what is considered a normal gait. Your physical therapist is trained to recognize abnormal gait patters and provide a strategy to maximize safe walking. Whether you are a toddler learning to walk, a stroke patient relearning to walk, or suffering from an injury or fall that has your gait off-kilter, Western Berks Physical Therapy can get you on the road to recovery.

HEADACHE & MIGRAINE MANAGEMENT – Physical therapy can reduce headache and migraine pain while restoring function and movement. Each headache patient is treated as a unique case and requires a custom rehab approach. In some headache patients with musculoskeletal problems, the muscles and joints of the neck “refer” pain into the head, while in other patients, neck joint or jaw problems can trigger a migraine event. Treating neck and jaw (musculoskeletal) issues with physical therapy reduces stress and tension on soft tissues and joints, which reduces the individual’s headache pain. In patients whose headache condition involves the neck and/or jaw, not only does PT reduce pain, it also may prevent future headaches or migraines from occurring.

LYME DISEASE – Physical therapists at Western Berks Physical Therapy teach patients personalized and gentle exercises to relieve Lyme Disease symptoms and reach increased activity levels. In addition, a customized diet plan from a Nutrition and Wellness consultant can be coordinated that may aid Lyme patients by steering them toward energy-boosting meals and snacks. Our team effort is a vital part of the recovery processes to return each and every patient back to an active, pain-free lifestyle.

MANUAL THERAPY – Manual therapy is considered the most effective approach to treating musculoskeletal dysfunction, including pain and disability. It is a clinical approach using skilled, specific, hands-on myofacial techniques to the muscles, tendons, ligaments and joints. Our therapists commonly use hands-on strengthening exercises, stretching and massage to help patients move better, improve circulation, and decrease muscle tension.

MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT – Attending physical therapy after a car accident can help speed up recovery time, strengthen muscles and prevent additional harm that may have resulted from your injuries. Whiplash and orthopedic injuries can have lasting effects on mobility if not properly treated. Our therapists use a thorough and comprehensive approach to treating and restoring your entire body, including rehab for whiplash or any other accident related trauma. All motor vehicle insurances can be processed at our office so there is no delay in pain relief and injury rehab.

ORTHOPEDIC REHAB – Western Berks Physical Therapy specializes in the treatment of orthopedic related injuries, surgeries, and the pain and disability stemming from dysfunction of the musculoskeletal system. Some of these conditions include sprains, strains, tendonitis, arthritis, ligament tears, muscle tears, joint/muscle/tendon inflammations, post-fracture injury, joint stiffness, joint pain, rotator cuff repair, ACL (Anterior Cruciate Ligament) reconstruction, and post-arthroscopic and total joint replacement surgeries. Our clinicians have extensive training and years of clinical experience in understanding, evaluating, and treating complex orthopedic problems, truly finding the root of the problem. Our highly skilled physical therapists will set up a comprehensive treatment plan to eliminate symptoms and prevent further recurrence.

PREHAB – At Western Berks Physical Therapy we help patients prepare for, and recover from, orthopedic and pelvic surgeries to ensure the best possible outcome in a short-term physical therapy program designed to help your body become as strong as possible prior to surgery. With Western Berks Physical Therapy’s PreHab program, recovery begins before surgery through functional skill training, home safety preparation and patient education. Our expert team of clinicians encourage proper muscle function prior to surgery to deliver high quality long-lasting outcomes to patients of all ages. This is a program designed specifically for you by your physical therapist that can help you achieve greater outcomes after surgery.

PELVIC FLOOR DYSFUNCTION – Male and female patients of all ages with urinary incontinence, fecal incontinence, and pelvic organ prolapse respond very well to physical therapy interventions focusing on regaining optimal muscle function and improving behavioral habits related to pelvic health and body mechanics. With a very promising success rate, Western Berks Physical Therapy offers an alternative option to surgical correction of pelvic floor dysfunction. From incontinence to pelvic pain, we utilize confidential, private, and non-invasive pelvic floor therapy techniques to treat a variety of conditions in male and female patients of all ages, including children.​ Our pelvic floor dysfunction treatment options are covered under most insurances.

PODIATRIC FOOT PROBLEMS – At Western Berks Physical Therapy, our foot physical therapy program will get you back on your feet by helping to reduce your foot pain or other related symptoms caused by injury, footwear, surgery, arthritis and other chronic conditions. Our physical therapists are experienced at foot physical therapy treatment and pain reduction for a wide range of problems including pain in the foot, ankle sprains and fractures, plantar fasciitis or heel spurs, “Flat feet” or excessive foot pronation, achilles tendon strains, tears or ruptures, lower leg cramps and pain and ankle joint arthritis. Our post-surgery rehabilitation program is ideal for those with limited motion and strength after an ankle and surgical foot reconstruction or ankle replacement.

POSTURAL SYNDROMES – Prolonged or repetitive poor body position can lead to pain and dysfunction and can become a more serious condition resulting in a loss of range of motion if not properly treated. Neck pain, headaches, shoulder pain, mid back and low back pain can all occur with poor posture. Physical therapy can be enormously helpful in dealing with postural syndrome. Stretching and strengthening of specific muscles are a large part of the treatment plan along with specific suggestions for workspace modifications to prevent future pain. Depending on the severity of the condition, other manual techniques including soft tissue massage, joint mobilizations and pain relieving modalities may be used to help alleviate symptoms.

REHAB – After an injury or surgery, having a personalized physical therapy plan helps ensure that your body heals properly. Physical therapy provides proper healing and faster recovery times after surgery through postoperative, or post-surgery, rehabilitation. The goal of postoperative rehabilitation is to return you to your normal, pre-surgery level of physical activity. Your physical therapist will work with you to design a plan involving progressive exercises that will begin to strengthen the body, restore range of motion and provide overall stability. Spending time with our expert physical therapist will help you determine which methods for recovery will work best and also how to maintain and improve that level of health after therapy ends.

REPETITIVE STRAIN INJURIES – Repetitive strain injury is a term used to describe pain in the tendons, muscles, or nerves of a joint that has been overworked due to repetitive movements. The hands, wrists, forearms, neck, shoulders, and elbows are most commonly affected. Our clinicians have extensive experience in treating conditions that may develop due to repetitive strain injuries including Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Cubital tunnel syndrome, Guyon’s canal syndrome, Tennis Elbow and Tendonitis/Tendinosis in the wrist or hand. Pain, numbness, burning, tingling sensations in the affected joint or surrounding muscles, muscle weakness, cramping, stiffness, and decreased mobility are all key signs that you need to see a physical therapist.

SPORTS INJURIES & SPORTS PERFORMANCE ENHANCEMENT – Sports and orthopedic rehabilitation specialists at Western Berks Physical Therapy provide personalized care to athletes of all ages and performance levels. Our clinicians direct treatment to restore function, reduce pain and safely return you to play. In addition to rehabilitating injuries, our clinicians optimize sports performance using a multidisciplinary approach to injury prevention and performance enhancement.

TMJ – The focus of physical therapy for temporomandibular disorders (TMDs) is relaxation, stretching and releasing tight muscles and scar tissue. Physical therapy is an especially important part of recovery from temporomandibular joint (TMJ). A physical therapist will develop a program tailored to your symptoms, age and overall health that includes learning and practicing techniques for regaining normal jaw movement.

WORK INJURY – Our dedicated therapists are committed to providing a successful return to work by offering comprehensive, individualized treatment plans with hands-on therapy. Work conditioning programs are available at all three convenient office locations. Western Berks Physical Therapy is happy to participate with all Employer’s Worker Compensation Panels. On-site visits can be made for repetitive work injury evaluations, injury prevention and wellness education. Your employee is a valued resource for your company. Caring for them is our priority.

Contact our facility today and find out how our physical therapy services can help you recover. We proudly serve residents in Robesonia, Wyomissing, Laureldale and the surrounding areas. To schedule an evaluation with us, follow these simple steps.

  • Click Here to Make an Appointment. We have day and evening appointments available to fit even the busiest of schedules. We can even see you THE SAME DAY!
  • We accept all major insurance plans. View our current list of ​Accepted Insurances or call our billing department at 610-589-2263, ext. 14 to verify your coverage.
  • Have your doctor’s office fax your prescription or your referral information to us using our EZ Fax Referral Form
  • No prescription? No problem! We are Direct Access licensed and can see you for 30 days without a prescription!
  • Fill out a Clinical Evaluation Form and Insurance Screening Form online. We also have a Clinical Evaluation Form En Espanol.
  • Arrive 15-20 minutes early prior to your appointment
  • Bring your insurance card, photo ID card and a current list of your medications
  • Wear or bring comfortable, loose fitting clothing that is easy to move around in
  • Expect your initial evaluation to last approximately 60 minutes