Author Archives: MarieNelson

Let’s Talk About Urinary Incontinence

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 here at Western Berks Physical Therapy.   MYTH #1: INCONTINENCE IS THE SAME FOR EVERYONE  FACT: Incontinence […]

PT 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. The reasons for so many unneeded surgeries being performed are varied, but […]

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 […]

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, […]

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

Chances are, you or someone you know has had back pain. Each year 15% of the population has their first episode of back pain, and over the course of our lives, 80% of us will have back pain. Even though back pain is common, the medical community does a poor job managing it. Stories of […]

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 […]

Exercise and Osteoarthritis

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 exercise. Because osteoarthritis involves a progressive deterioration of the protective joint cartilage, the bone is exposed within the joint, leading many to believe that exercise would only intensify the condition. […]

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? […]

Alexa Dicerchio, 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. […]

Lindsay Bollinger, PT, DPT

BS,  Penn State University, University Park, PA DPT, Methodist University, Fayetteville, NC Lindsay earned her Bachelors degree from Penn State, and then continued on to each her Physical Therapy degree from Methodist University. She comes to Western Berks Physical Therapy with clinical experience in outpatient orthopedics, neurological disorders, geriatrics, and pelvic health. She will soon […]

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 WBPT’s pelvic floor and women’s health programs. Sierra strives to provide individualized care to all patients by learning […]