Author Archives: MarieNelson

Osteoporosis and Physical Therapy

WHAT IS OSTEOPOROSIS? Osteoporosis is a condition that causes degeneration and weakening of the bones. It is most common in women, but can affect men as well. It is also more common as we age, with 55% of Americans 50 or older affected. Bone is living tissue and like all living tissues, old cells are […]

Physical Therapy For Dizziness

We all feel like life is spinning out of control at times, but if you have dizziness, that spinning feeling is for real. A physical therapist can help with many common forms of vertigo and dizziness. In this article we’ll take a look at two examples of conditions that cause dizziness commonly treated by PTs. […]

Physical Therapy Treatment for Urinary Incontinence

Urinary Incontinence Causes, Symptoms and Physical Therapy Treatment Options What is Urinary Incontinence? Urinary incontinence refers to accidental leakage of urine. There are several types of urinary incontinence including stress, urge, mixed and functional incontinence. What causes Urinary Incontinence? Several things can cause urinary incontinence, but the most common cause is weakness and lack of […]

Physical Therapy for Balance

Your physical therapist can play a big role in helping you maintain or improve your balance as you age. Unfortunately, falls are becoming increasingly common in adults age 65 and over. Just because they’re common, doesn’t mean they’re inevitable though. Research shows that falls are caused by a variety of factors, and many of them […]

The Most Effective and Lowest Cost Option to Treat Low Back Pain

Lowest Cost Treatment for Back Pain Chances are, you or someone you know has had back pain. Over the course of our lives, 80% of us will have an episode of back pain. Even though back pain is common, the medical community does a poor job managing it. Stories of chronic pain, opioid use, multiple […]

Physical Therapy Treatment for Parkinson’s Disease

What is Parkinson’s? Parkinson’s affects about a million adults in the United States. It is a progressive nuerodegenerative disorder that affects movement.  Parkinson’s disease occurs when nerve cells in an area of the brain that controls movement become impaired or die. This nerve cell damage in the brain causes dopamine levels to drop, leading to […]

Physical Therapy for Incontinence In Men and Women

What is Urinary Incontinence? Urinary incontinence is the involuntary leakage of urine. 25 million Americans experience this condition, and ¼ of women between the ages of 18 and 59 have urinary incontinence. There are different types of incontinence, with the most common being stress and urge incontinence. Stress incontinence is when leakage happens during coughing, sneezing, or laughing. […]

Fall Risk Assessments Help To Prevent Falls in Pennsylvania

Fall Risk Assessments Every second of every day an older adult falls. In the United States, falls are the leading cause of injury deaths for older adults and 28% of older adults who live at home fall at least once a year. Falls are a threat to the health of older adults and can reduce […]

Physical Therapists Adapt to Keep Clinics Safe

While the coronavirus pandemic continues to be front and center in the news and in the thoughts of many people, other health issues have not gone away. Between aches, pains, injuries and surgeries, many people would benefit from seeing a physical therapist. However some of are reluctant to attend because of concerns over COVID-19. Prior […]

How An Inactive Summer Leads to Deconditioning

The weather is hot and you’ve been busy enjoying the lazy, hazy days of summer. Taking a day off from your fitness program here and there is no problem, but if you’ve been consistently missing your regular run, bike ride, or gym session and notice some aches and pains showing up, you might have the […]

Why You Need a Physical Therapist on Your Healthcare Team in Pennsylvania

With health in sharp focus as a result of the pandemic, now may be a good time to look at the team of experts you have in place and see if there are any improvements you could make. You probably have a family doctor, dentist, and optometrist. Maybe you have some specialist physicians, a trainer, […]

How to Prevent Tick Bites in Pennsylvania

Lyme Disease Watch The majority of human Lyme disease cases occur in the summer months; and with it being August, we are in the thick of it. Lyme disease is caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi and is transmitted to humans through the bite of infected blacklegged ticks.When detected early, Lyme disease can be treated with […]

Inactivity Leads to Deconditioning

The lazy days of summer combined with social distancing, and stay at home orders due to the COVID-19 pandemic have led many people to reduced levels of activity. Gyms are closed, races are cancelled and for most people running or biking alone isn’t as much fun as a group run or ride. However, just as […]

The Hidden Costs of Back Pain

The Hidden Costs of Back Pain Healthcare costs in the United States are among the highest in the world and low back pain is one of the major contributors fueling high healthcare costs. People with back pain average 60% higher healthcare costs than for those without. In the workplace, lower back pain is the leading cause of work […]

Physical Therapy for Dyspareunia & Vulvar Vestibulitis Syndrome

A retrospective study evaluated the effectiveness of physical therapy in relieving painful intercourse and improving sexual function in women diagnosed with vulvar vestibulitis. Vulvar Vestibulitis Syndrome is a frequent cause of premenopausal dyspareunia and is characterized by a sharp, burning pain located within and limited to the vaginal entry (vulvar vestibule). Pain is caused primarily […]

Exercise is Safe for Osteoarthritis: Lower Your Risk of Developing Knee Osteoarthritis

People at high risk for knee osteoarthritis may be nervous and reluctant to participate in strenuous physical activities such as jogging, cycling, singles tennis and skiing. However, a new Northwestern Medicine study that followed high-risk individuals for 10 years showed vigorous exercise did not increase their risk of developing knee osteoarthritis and may even protect […]

Skip the Doctor’s Office – No referral needed via ‘Direct Access’ for Physical Therapy

No referral needed via ‘Direct Access’ Getting to physical therapy at the first onset of pain is one of the key factors in achieving a positive, long lasting outcome. Delays of any kind in receiving physical therapy result in higher healthcare costs, decreased functional outcomes, and frustration to patients seeking relief. Adding in the fact that there […]

Fitness with a Side of Dysfunction?

This time of year, many people are focused on fitness so it’s worth taking a look at what fitness really means. The dictionary defines fit as “sound physically and mentally, healthy.” Using that definition, many “fitness” routines fall short of the goal. If you don’t enjoy running and dread every workout, you’re probably falling short […]

Knee Pain While Golfing

Effective Knee Pain Treatments for Golfers Golf is often viewed as a rather relaxed sport by non-players, but the reality of the game is that golf is exceptionally demanding on a golfer’s joints and musculoskeletal system. A 2017 study revealed that up to 18% of all golfers (professional and amateur combined) have experienced a knee […]

Beating the Flu with Good Nutrition 

Beating the Flu with Good Nutrition The Influenza virus is notorious for changing its genome, continually introducing new strains of influenza virus into the population. Because of the genomic changes, infection with an influenza strain from the previous year does not guarantee immune protection from a new strain. A study called The Influence of Nutrition on Influenza […]

Hip Pain Treatment for Golfers

Effective Hip Pain Treatments for Golfers The more you use your hips, often the more power, speed, and distance you can achieve. Unfortunately, all this hip action can often lead to pain. In fact, nearly 20% of male golf professionals report experiencing hip pain, and unsurprisingly, this increased with their age. Pain can also be […]

Physical Therapy Can Prevent Unnecessary Surgery

Recent research is showing that surgery might not be needed as often as we think. A large review estimates that 10% to 20% of surgeries might be unnecessary and that in some specialties such as cardiology and orthopedics, that number might be higher. From rotator cuff tears, degenerative disc disease and low back pain, to […]

Exercise and Knee Osteoarthritis

If you are seeking arthritis knee treatment after receiving a diagnosis of “arthritis of the knee,” which is the most common form of osteoarthritis, you might be surprised when your doctor recommends physical therapy. Because osteoarthritis involves a progressive deterioration of the protective joint cartilage, the bone is exposed within the joint, leading many to […]

Mentally Preparing for Surgery

High levels of anxiety before surgery not only cause hardship on the day of the procedure, but also have a profound impact on a person’s recovery. Statistics show that 40% of all adults undergoing surgery experience high anxiety and adverse effects, both during and after the surgical event. While there is no doubt that medicine […]

Getting Organized Before Surgery

During the weeks before your surgery, many people will ask about insurance coverage, medical history, and legal arrangements. You may feel that you are answering the same questions over and over again, but this repetition is necessary to meet quality assurance and medical insurance guidelines.   To make this easier and less stressful, take a […]

No More Excuses For Putting Off Incontinence Treatment

Getting Past Your Leaking Excuses, published by The Section on Women’s Health-American Physical Therapy Association (SoWH), discusses the excuses we give for not treating our incontinence and tips for overcoming them. While we did not write this article below, we needed to share this with you because it is so important!  For many of us, […]

What to Expect from a Total Hip Replacement

Hip replacement surgery has become increasingly common in the United States but it’s only just the beginning. A new study conducted by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons found that the number of total hip replacements is expected to reach 635,000 by the year 2030 – a 171% increase. While there are many non-operative treatments and physical therapy […]

Keeping Your New Year Fitness Goals On Track

As 2019 comes to a close and another year begins, people begin to set goals and make resolutions. Losing weight, getting to the gym more often or getting into “better shape” are all common. According to a recent survey, 60% of people make New Year’s resolutions but only 8% are successful in achieving them. More […]

Buying the Perfect Yoga Mat for Pain Relief

Getting more out of yoga therapy For many of us, yoga is much more than just a simple pastime. It’s a natural stress relief, physical therapy, and pain-reducing medication all in one. So, if you’re already one of “us” and are familiar with the benefits of the practice, it’s time to get familiar with what […]

Matching Your Workout to Your Goals

Are Your Workouts Giving You What You Want? How much thought have you put into the exercises you’re going to use for your next workout? Did you choose them yourself, or did you find them on the internet or in a magazine? What’s your workout designed for? Do those goals match yours? Are the exercises […]

What’s a Movement Diagnosis?

Medical diagnoses don’t need much of an introduction. They’re what you get from your doctor when you’re sick. Examples would be influenza, diabetes, or hypertension. They describe the underlying problem that is causing your symptoms. When people feel sick, they know they need to go to the doctor and find out what’s going on to […]

Preventing Medicare Fraud

Preventing Medicare Fraud Just about every week of the year, a person or group of people is found to have committed Medicare fraud. And the fraud doesn’t amount to thousands of dollars—we’re talking billions. The Department of Health and Human Services Office of The Inspector General, along with state and federal law enforcement partners, participated […]

Exercising During Pregnancy Leads to Better Motor Skills in Infants

Infants of mothers who engaged in aerobic exercise during pregnancy show better motor development at 1 month compared with infants of nonexercising mothers, according to authors of a new study. The researchers believe that aerobic exercise during pregnancy could be a hedge against childhood overweight and obesity. Researchers analyzed data from 60 healthy mothers (ages […]

Free Walk-In Fall Risk Screenings

Rates of medically treated falls are rising as the older adult population increases. Falls affect us all personally or someone we love or care about. Every second of every day an older adult falls. In 2015 alone, more than one in four older adults reported falling and more than 28,000 older adults died as a […]

Tips for an Injury Free Labor Day Weekend

Labor Day is synonymous with the end of summer, and the long holiday weekend is upon us. Whether you’re planning a final summer outing or staying home to wrap up summer chores, we want you and your family to enjoy this weekend safely. To help you do so, we’ve gathered these helpful Labor Day weekend […]

Do You Know Your Movement Vital Signs?

Most people think of heart rate or blood pressure when they think of vital signs. It is common to use numbers to quantify health and risk of disease. The American Heart Association encourages people to “know their numbers” referring to blood pressure, blood cholesterol, blood glucose, and weight. However, research is now showing the importance […]

Cluster Headaches and Time of the Year

The changing of seasons can trigger cluster headaches, which are defined as a series of relatively short but extremely painful headaches every day for weeks or months at a time. One possible reason for the trigger of cluster headaches is as the seasons shift, so does the amount of sunlight you get. In the summer, days are longer and […]

Treating Multiple Sclerosis with Physical Therapy

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a progressive neurologic disease that damages the nerves. This damage often leads to serious symptoms such as numbness and tingling, weakness, muscle pain and vision problems. In some people, MS can be aggressive and advance quickly. In other people, it can be mild and progress at a much slower pace, with long periods […]

Hot Topic >>> How Does Physical Therapy Treat Pain?

Physical therapists are not only experts in treating pain, but also its source. Your therapist will look for areas of weakness or stiffness that may be adding stress to the places that hurt. They will then treat those areas with certain exercises to ease pain and help you move better. PT is the best choice you can make when […]

Physical Therapy for Seniors

Helping Seniors in More Ways Than You Ever Expected For seniors recovering from injury or illness and for those experiencing chronic pain, physical therapy can help relieve pain and restore physical functions such as flexibility, strength, balance and coordination. Physical therapy is a great choice for those with: Osteoarthritis Joint replacements Chronic pain Spinal Stenosis […]

Are You A Passive Patient or an Educated Healthcare Consumer?

Make sure to check out our video covering this topic and the secret behind why private practice providers are your best choice: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3FuEbeXYGXQ&feature=youtu.be   Think about the last time you made a big purchase, say $1,000 or more. Did you go out and buy the first thing you saw? Take one recommendation from somebody? Or […]

Let’s Talk About Urinary Incontinence

Make sure to check out our video exclusively covering incontinence treatment options and myths here: https://youtu.be/gJxOt2Q-WYY   Urinary incontinence affects more than 25 million people in the United States, but incontinence is rarely discussed. We’d like to put an end to that. Here are some myths about urinary incontinence and treatment options from our Pelvic Floor Specialists […]

When Lifting Gets Harder with Age

If lifting seems harder as you grow older, your aging body may be at fault. Even healthy people typically lose a little muscle strength each year as a result of the normal effects of aging. Studies have shown that the loss of strength starts at about age 55, with muscle strength diminishing by 15% per […]

Summer League Sports – Injury Prevention Tips For Your Children

Summer is about to be in full swing and for some athletes that means additional sports participation in the form of summer sports leagues, camps and workshops. Participation in any sport, whether it’s recreational bike riding or Pee-Wee football, can teach kids to stretch their limits and learn sportsmanship and discipline. However, sports also carry the potential […]

The Best Time of Day for Exercising

Research has consistently shown that exercise produces a number of benefits, ranging from improved mood to better strength and cardiovascular health. But, what time of day is the best for exercising? Some people find that a morning workout fits into their schedule and keeps them energized for the rest of the day. Others prefer working […]

A-Z Physical Therapy Services Guide

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 […]

Summer Activities are Coming: Will You Be Ready?

Now that spring has arrived, temperatures are starting to rise in many parts of the country. That means the transition from heating our homes to cooling our homes is right around the corner. No matter what method you use to cool your home during the warm spring and summer months (central air conditioning, window units, […]

Specialty Programs

Our wide array of specialty rehabilitation programs include Surgical Prehab, Pelvic Floor Treatment, Concussion Rehab, Lyme Disease Symptom Management, Headache Management, TMJ Therapy and more. Explore all our specialty rehabilitation programs below available to patients at Western Berks Physical Therapy. Specialty Programs for:  Concussion Rehab Gait Training and Gait Analysis Geriatric Physical Therapy Headache And […]

The Importance of Goal Setting & Communication in Physical Therapy

The Importance of Goal Setting & Communication in Physical Therapy When you kick off a new project at work, chances are you spend a fair amount of time setting and reviewing goals. These goals help you, and those you’ll be working with, to get a clear sense of what you’re looking to achieve and begin […]

The No. 1 Thing You Can Do to Improve Your Physical Therapy Experience

The No. 1 Thing You Can Do to Improve Your Physical Therapy Experience Dealing with the pain and limited mobility associated with an injury or illness can be stressful for so many reasons. You might have questions like, “How long will I be sidelined?” and “What do I need to do to get better?” Or […]

Is Rock Climbing Safe for Kids?

An activity that makes you feel good, improves physical fitness and is available inside during the cold winter months? Sounds like something parents and kids would equally love. But rock climbing can be dangerous, and the thought of your child hanging 50 feet above the ground is, understandably, daunting. Nevertheless, rock climbing offers extensive benefits […]

Physical Therapists’ Research Aims to Limit Pain for Guide Dog Users

The University of North Georgia is looking at the health effects of visually impaired people that use guide dogs in a way that nobody else is. UNG is the first to extend the scientific study,  linking guide dog usage and decreased falls, and it has also shown a potential link between guide dog harness handle […]

Minimizing the Risk of Ski Injury

If winter weather has you prepared to hit the slopes, be sure to take the necessary precautions to keep yourself injury-free this season. In addition to using the proper gear and sticking to the slopes that match your skill set, proper strengthening and stretching exercises can prepare your body for the physical demands of this […]

80% of Americans Experience Back Pain, But 100% of our Therapists Know How to Prevent It

Got back pain? You’re not alone. 80% of Americans suffer from low back and neck pain at some point in their lives. Let that sink in. With such great odds that you, or someone close to you, will one day become a statistic, wouldn’t it make sense to arm yourself with preventive strategies and knowledge? […]

Dr. Kristin Kissling, PT, DPT, OCS

BS Kinesiology, Penn State University, State College, PA BS Health Science, Lebanon Valley College, Annville, PA    Doctor of Physical Therapy, Annville, PA  Kristin earned bachelors degrees from both Penn State University and Lebanon Valley College before going on to obtain her doctorate in physical therapy from Lebanon Valley College in 2013. She has a […]

Dr. Lindsay Bollinger, PT, DPT

Orthopedic & Pelvic Floor Specialist BS,  Penn State University, University Park, PA DPT, Methodist University, Fayetteville, NC Lindsay earned her Bachelors degree from Penn State University, and then continued on to reach her Physical Therapy degree from Methodist University. She comes to Western Berks Physical Therapy with clinical experience in outpatient orthopedics, neurological disorders, geriatrics, […]

Dr. Alexa Budock, PT, DPT

BS Kinesiology, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA Doctor of Physical Therapy, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA Lexi attended James Madison University to study Kinesiology for her undergraduate career, and then went on to the University of Pittsburgh for her Physical Therapy degree. Her PT interests include outpatient orthopedics, manual therapy, and return to sport rehab. […]

Hip, Knee & Leg Treatment

From a total joint replacement to leg pain, hip pain or knee pain, find long term relief through a thorough examination and customized treatment plans at Western Berks Physical Therapy. If you have leg pain, hip pain or knee pain, your physical therapist will perform a thorough examination to help determine the cause of the […]

Head Treatment

Providing advanced head therapy treatment services at all office locations to patients suffering from Head Pain, Concussions, Ear Ringing, Bell’s Palsy, Vertigo, Headaches and Migraines. Head Treatment For: Bell’s Palsy Concussion Conversion Disorder Disequilibrium Of Aging Ear Ringing / Tinnitus Epley Maneuver to Treat BPPV / Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo Head Pain Headache Labyrinthitis Migraine […]

Hand & Wrist Treatment

Hand and wrist pain makes it difficult to complete even the simplest daily tasks. Let our Physical Therapists get to the root of your pain. Learn more about the hand and wrist conditions that Western Berks Physical Therapy can help with and request an appointment below. Hand & Wrist Treatment for: Arthritis Of Hand Carpal […]

Foot & Ankle Treatment

Our physical therapists will get you back on your feet by reducing foot pain and related symptoms caused by injury, surgery, arthritis and 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 […]

Back & Neck Treatment

Our expert physical therapists help to decrease neck and back pain with manual therapy  techniques while providing comprehensive strategies to prevent future pain from reoccurring. Physical therapy for back and neck pain focuses on the structures that support the spine and its joints including muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Our clinicians treats individuals with back and […]

Arm & Shoulder Treatment

After an injury to the shoulder, arm or elbow, our goal is to assist you in getting back to the activities you enjoy pain free. Much of what we do requires the use of our upper extremities, which includes everything from the shoulder to the hands. Therefore, an injury to the shoulder, elbow, wrist or […]

Weight Training: Health Benefits for Every Age

Most of us know that regular exercise provides many benefits. However, as we age, we lose muscle mass, bone density and strength. Weight training, also called resistance or strength training, can substantially slow or reduce these effects of aging. Weight training is any exercise where muscles work and contract against an object. Push-ups, lifting weights […]

Sierra Werley, PTA

Physical Therapist Assistant, Pennsylvania State University, Hazelton, PA Sierra graduated with honors from Penn State University. She comes to WBPT with clinical experience in outpatient orthopedics as well as geriatric management in skilled nursing. She assists in Western Berks Physical Therapy’s pelvic floor and women’s health programs. Sierra strives to provide individualized care to all […]