Physical Therapy for Incontinence In Men and Women

By MarieNelson on September 23rd, 2020

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

By MarieNelson on September 21st, 2020

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

By MarieNelson on September 10th, 2020

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

By MarieNelson on August 24th, 2020

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

By MarieNelson on August 17th, 2020

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

By MarieNelson on August 10th, 2020

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

By MarieNelson on August 5th, 2020

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

By MarieNelson on August 3rd, 2020

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

By MarieNelson on July 31st, 2020

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

By MarieNelson on July 29th, 2020

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

By MarieNelson on July 17th, 2020

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?

By MarieNelson on May 7th, 2020

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

By MarieNelson on May 2nd, 2020

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 

By MarieNelson on March 25th, 2020

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

By MarieNelson on March 24th, 2020

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

By MarieNelson on March 1st, 2020

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 […]

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

By MarieNelson on February 20th, 2020

Lowest Cost Treatment for Pain Chances are, you or someone you know has had back pain. 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 chronic pain, opioid use, multiple surgeries, and a lifetime […]

Exercise and Knee Osteoarthritis

By MarieNelson on January 24th, 2020

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

By MarieNelson on January 20th, 2020

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

By MarieNelson on January 6th, 2020

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

By MarieNelson on December 28th, 2019

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

By MarieNelson on December 18th, 2019

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

By MarieNelson on December 9th, 2019

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

By MarieNelson on December 9th, 2019

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

By MarieNelson on December 6th, 2019

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?

By MarieNelson on November 13th, 2019

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

By MarieNelson on October 8th, 2019

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

By MarieNelson on September 23rd, 2019

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

By MarieNelson on September 18th, 2019

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

By MarieNelson on August 30th, 2019

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?

By MarieNelson on August 20th, 2019

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

By MarieNelson on August 16th, 2019

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

By MarieNelson on August 13th, 2019

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?

By MarieNelson on August 5th, 2019

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

By MarieNelson on July 22nd, 2019

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?

By MarieNelson on July 19th, 2019

Make sure to check out our video covering this topic and the secret behind why private practice providers are your best choice:   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

By MarieNelson on July 6th, 2019

Make sure to check out our video exclusively covering incontinence treatment options and myths here:   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

By MarieNelson on June 18th, 2019

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

By MarieNelson on June 3rd, 2019

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

By MarieNelson on May 20th, 2019

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

By MarieNelson 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 […]

Summer Activities are Coming: Will You Be Ready?

By MarieNelson on May 6th, 2019

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

By MarieNelson on April 1st, 2019

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

By MarieNelson on March 8th, 2019

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

By MarieNelson on March 8th, 2019

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?

By MarieNelson on February 11th, 2019

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

By MarieNelson on January 20th, 2019

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

By MarieNelson on January 19th, 2019

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

By MarieNelson on December 19th, 2018

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? […]

Our Ancestors May Have Held the Secret to Better Brain Health

By Western Berks on November 17th, 2018

It turns out that while our early ancestors spent their days out in the wilderness hunting and foraging for food, they may also have been keeping their brains sharp. Researchers at the University of Arizona have found a connection between the highly active lifestyle that was prevalent in those ancient days and the prevention and […]

Break Your Sitting Addiction

By Western Berks on November 3rd, 2018

We’re rapidly transforming into an out-of-shape nation. Most Americans spend the bulk of their days driving a car, working on a computer, eating meals and watching TV. What’s the common thread in all of these activities? Sitting. With the advent of wearable devices to track fitness levels and so many other resources to safely add […]

Physical Therapists Boost Falls Prevention Programs as our Nation Quickly Ages

By Western Berks on October 27th, 2018

This year, one-third of all Americans 65 years old and older will experience a fall. Some will quickly brush off the dirt and go about their day, but others won’t be so lucky. The physical therapy profession has long been involved in fall-prevention efforts, guiding our seniors to ambulate safely, maintain mobility longer, and be […]

Physical Therapy Plays a Crucial Role in Post-Concussion Treatment

By Western Berks on October 20th, 2018

The critically acclaimed film Concussion has brought the subject of concussion into a new light for athletes across the United States. In the public health exposé, Will Smith portrays a Nigerian forensic pathologist who fights the National Football League’s efforts to bury research on the brain damage suffered by its players. Now that concussion awareness […]

Weekend Warriors: 5 Ways to Battle Injury

By Western Berks on October 13th, 2018

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates nearly nine million Americans pack a full week’s worth of exercise into just two days. These occasional athletes, also known as Weekend Warriors, account for the largest population encountering nonprofessional sport-related injuries, which add up to healthcare costs exceeding more than $18 billion per year. The […]

Your Smart Phone Could Be Rapidly Aging Your Spine

By Western Berks on September 29th, 2018

Chances are that you probably haven’t given much thought to how your neck and back are faring in the era of the smart phone, but studies show that you most certainly should. It’s practically a reflex these days to pull out our smart phones when we’re standing in line, sitting at the airport or riding […]

Preventing ACL Injuries with Physical Therapy

By Western Berks on September 26th, 2018

Physical Therapists Play Key Role in Reducing Frequency of ACL Injuries A quick change in direction on the soccer field or a shaky landing following an explosive jump on the basketball court can spell trouble for the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL). Each year, the United States sees anywhere from 80,000 to 250,000 ACL injuries, resulting […]

Helping Keep Your Dreams Alive During the Golden Years

By Western Berks on September 24th, 2018

  Are you among the millions of Americans who have high aspirations for how you’ll spend the extra time during your post-retirement years? Whether you plan to travel the world, pick up fly fishing, spend more time woodworking or sign up for a golf league, your physical fitness level will be a factor. A 2010 […]

Routine Physical Therapy

By Western Berks on September 24th, 2018

Physical Therapy Should be as Routine as an Oil Change The automobile industry recommends regular oil changes to keep your car running at its peak performance. Chances are that you adhere to the guidelines outlined in your car manual as closely as possible, and probably even have a favorite business nearby that performs the services. […]

Which Bones, Joints and Muscles Do You Want to Keep?

By Western Berks on September 24th, 2018

Chances are you’ve come across the old dental health saying, “Floss the teeth you want to keep.” The first time you heard the phrase uttered by a dentist probably made you giggle a bit. Once the humor of it washed away though, you more than likely had an a-ha  moment. It just makes so much […]

First Day of Fall

By Western Berks on September 22nd, 2018

Falls Prevention Awareness Day The first day of fall is September 22. This day also marks Falls Prevention Awareness Day! If you feel unsteady or suffer mild or severe anxiety related to falling, you need our help. Fear of falling can lead to significant Fall Risk and can be treated with measurable results at our office. […]

Hispanic Heritage Month

By Western Berks on September 14th, 2018

Hispanic Heritage Month begins each year on September 15th.  September 15th marks the anniversary of independence of five Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. This month, and every month, we recognize the accomplishments of Hispanic Americans throughout the history of the United States and celebrate their heritage and culture! Western […]

Maintain a Healthy Spine with Physical Therapy

By Western Berks on September 10th, 2018

Physical Therapy’s Role in Maintaining a Healthy Spine As we age, regular exercise plays an increasingly prominent role in reducing the risk of developing spine-related problems. For those in or approaching the golden years, it’s important to live an active lifestyle that focuses on healthy posture, function and movement. It’s normal to experience some functional […]

National Honey Month

By Western Berks on September 2nd, 2018

September is NATIONAL HONEY MONTH! Honey is naturally sweet and perfect to drizzle on your favorite foods. Research has shown that honey contains a wide array of vitamins, minerals, amino acids and antioxidants. Honey has been used for centuries to help alleviate symptoms of the common cold; and now research confirms this approach for children ages one […]

Gynecologic Cancer Awareness Month 

By Western Berks on September 1st, 2018

September is a perfect time to encourage your female patients to learn more about cancers of the cervix, vagina, vulva, ovaries, and uterus including early detection and prevention. Western Berks Physical Therapy offer free consultations in order to determine if physical therapy is the right choice for you. We have remained true to the mission […]

Staying Fit While Traveling

By Western Berks on August 30th, 2018

The media has paid a great deal of attention to suggestions that passengers exercise during flights or car rides, particularly those lasting four hours or more. Although some reports may have been sensationalized, it is true that exercise reduces the risk of deep vein thrombosis (DVT). DVT is a condition where a clot occurs in […]

Keeping Seniors Mobile: In Life & Behind The Wheel

By Western Berks on August 22nd, 2018

Today’s older Americans are healthier and more active than ever before. Staying independent and living a full, happy life for as long as possible is the goal. Independence can be defined as the ability to perform basic activities of daily living without help. Some people believe that if they never exercised regularly before, that starting […]

Sleep The Pain Away

By Western Berks on August 14th, 2018

The Best Sleep Position For What’s Causing You Pain! Sleeping in the right position can not only help you feel more rested when you wake up, but can also help alleviate symptoms of common aches and pains. We will tell you the best, and worst, positions for what’s ailing you! Back pain According to the […]

Combat Depression with Physical Therapy

By Western Berks on August 7th, 2018

Experts are starting to recognize that regular exercise is not only good for your mood but may help combat depression, too. Until physicians and other healthcare providers universally prescribe exercise as an alternative treatment for depression, it’s best to turn to a group of professionals who are already in the know: physical therapists.   PTs […]

Binge Watches Beware

By Western Berks on July 17th, 2018

Frequent TV-Watching Comes With A Risk That Can’t Be Ignored Dedicated binge-watchers beware!  A study has found that regular long periods of television viewing can increase risk for venous thromboembolism (VTE). Venous thromboembolism (VTE) is a condition in which a blood clot forms most often in the deep veins of the leg, groin or arm (known […]

Why You Need to See a Physical Therapist for Low Back Pain

By Western Berks on July 10th, 2018

For the past week, the pain and stiffness in your lower back has been unbearable. Daily activities like unloading the dishwasher, opening the car door, and taking the trash out are a struggle. Even sneezing is painful. You missed a day of work and your spouse has taken over all childcare duties. If you can […]

7 Myths You Need to Know the Truth About

By Western Berks on July 5th, 2018

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Physical Therapy & Spinal Stenosis Treatment

By Western Berks on July 3rd, 2018

Physical Therapy Scores High in the Treatment of Spinal Stenosis Patients diagnosed with lumbar spinal stenosis are often surprised to learn that physical therapy for low back pain can be as effective as surgery without the associated costs and complications. The debilitating and painful diagnosis is a daily struggle for nearly 400,000 Americans. The results […]

Healthy Summer Recipes Under 400 Calories That Everyone Will Love

By Western Berks on June 24th, 2018

We’ve scoured the internet to bring you our favorite healthy recipes this summer! Whether it’s for a Fourth of July celebration, a family reunion, backyard barbecue, or a casual party, these dishes are sure to please. With two entree options below 400 calories and two salad options below 145 calories, mix and match these dishes […]

Summer Solstice

By Western Berks on June 21st, 2018

Summer Solstice is here which means… IT IS THE FIRST DAY OF SUMMER! Solstices happen twice a year, in June and December. The summer solstice happens June 21, when the SUN is directly overhead the Tropic of Cancer. Astronomers and scientists use the date of the summer solstice to mark the beginning of summer! Western Berks Physical Therapy would […]

Tai Chi for Fibromyalgia Relief

By Western Berks on June 12th, 2018

Tai chi is proving to be an effective option in the management of pain for individuals with fibromyalgia. In a randomized controlled trial, researchers studied 226 adults with fibromyalgia over a one year period. The participants of the trial were placed into 2 different groups to study the effectiveness of aerobic exercise and tai chi […]

Why does my neck hurt when I turn my head to back up my car?

By Western Berks on June 6th, 2018

That pain you feel when turning your head while backing up your car is probably due to tightness in the muscles of your neck and upper back, often the result of years of poor posture. To improve your posture, keep your neck in a “neutral” position, with your chin more tucked in than pushed forward. […]

The Opioid Crisis Continues

By Western Berks on June 1st, 2018

  In March, President Trump signed a 2018 budget bill that includes more than $3 billion for opioid efforts. The plan allocates $500 million in grant funding for research on opioid addiction, development of opioid alternatives, pain management, and addiction treatment; $20 million for telemedicine and distance learning in rural areas to help address opioids; and $1 […]

Physical Therapist’s Guide to Concussions

By Western Berks on May 25th, 2018

A traumatic brain injury causing lasting effects A concussion is a traumatic brain injury that can cause lasting effects on brain tissue and change the chemical balance of the brain. Concussions may cause physical, cognitive, and behavioral symptoms and problems, both short-term and long-term. Every concussion is considered a serious injury by health care providers. If […]

Why does my neck hurt when I wake up in the morning?

By Western Berks on May 20th, 2018

If you experience an achy neck upon waking in the morning, your pillow habits could be to blame. You may be using pillows to “overstuff” the space between your neck and the mattress or be sleeping on an older, flattened pillow. Fluffy feather pillows are usually better than foam for providing proper support. Replace them […]

Preventing ticks on your dog

By Western Berks on May 14th, 2018

Western Berks Physical Therapy has expanded its professional and expert service in patient care with a growing concern for those who suffer with Lyme Disease. Just like humans, dogs are very susceptible to tick bites and tickborne diseases. Vaccines are not available for all the tickborne diseases that dogs can get, and they don’t keep the […]

Hip, Knee & Leg Treatment

By MarieNelson on May 7th, 2018

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

By MarieNelson on May 6th, 2018

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

By MarieNelson on May 6th, 2018

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

By MarieNelson on May 5th, 2018

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 […]

Post Partum Exercise

By Western Berks on May 5th, 2018

Creating an Exercise Routine After Birth Starting a new workout routine is challenging enough on its own, let alone after giving birth. Between feedings, changing diapers and coping with changes to your body after pregnancy, you may be feeling overwhelmed about starting to exercise again. At Western Berks Physical Therapy our therapists, Dr. Deborah McKim, […]

Back & Neck Treatment

By MarieNelson on May 4th, 2018

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

By MarieNelson on May 4th, 2018

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 […]

Lyme Disease: What you Need to Know

By Western Berks on May 1st, 2018

May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month Western Berks Physical Therapy has expanded its professional and expert service in patient care with a growing concern for those who suffer with Lyme Disease. Lyme Disease is an inflammatory infection caused by the bacteria, Borrelia burgdorferi, which is transmitted through tick bites. In the eastern United States, Lyme […]

Questions to Ask Your Physical Therapist

By Western Berks on April 25th, 2018

9 Questions to Ask to Find the Right Physical Therapy Provider for You We have created a quick question checklist below to ensure you are making the right choice when searching for the right physical therapy provider! Is the physical therapy provider conveniently located? Most treatment plans call for 2-3 visits per week depending on […]

Physical Therapy During Pregnancy

By Western Berks on April 16th, 2018

Pain Free Pregnancy and a Smooth Birth As your physical body changes and accommodates to the needs of your growing baby, you may experience pain or discomfort. Physical therapy can be invaluable for remedying common discomforts like back pain, strengthening your pelvic floor and enhancing your body’s ability to have a smoother pregnancy, birth and […]

A Physical Therapist’s Guide to Gardening

By Western Berks on April 10th, 2018

A Physical Therapist’s Guide to Gardening After a long winter many of us can’t wait to get into the garden! However, if you’ve spent the winter  hibernating indoors with limited physical activity, you may be at risk for injury as you head outside to tackle your spring “to-do” list. If you engage in physical activity […]

What to Expect When You’re Expecting

By Western Berks on April 3rd, 2018

The Questions You’ve Always Wanted to Ask About Pain During Pregnancy From discomfort, pain, and even urinary incontinence, we’d like to answer a few questions we know you’ve been wanting to ask about Physical Therapy during pregnancy.  Is pain during pregnancy normal? For many, the general response to pain during pregnancy is, “It’s just because […]

Thank a Doctor Today!

By Western Berks on March 30th, 2018

March 30th is National Doctor’s Day! National Doctor’s Day was created to show appreciation to physicians for their leadership in the prevention and treatment of illness and injury. The first Doctor’s Day was celebrated on March 30, 1933, when the wife of Dr. Charles B. Almond set the day aside to honor physicians everywhere. This […]

Manual Physical Therapy for Pain

By Western Berks on March 22nd, 2018

Modalities vs. Manual Therapy Some patients arrive at their first physical therapy appointment expecting to receive hot packs and instructions on how to complete a series of exercises. Electrical muscle stimulation, heat and ice are all considered modalities. A modality is a type of electrical, thermal or mechanical energy that causes physiological change to relieve […]

Getting to the Root of Headaches

By Western Berks on March 14th, 2018

Relieve Your Headaches with Physical Therapy Headache pain can vary from being a slight annoyance to completely debilitating. Many headaches stem from poor body posture and position. Poor posture can put stress on the cervical spine which houses delicate nerves that can become inflamed. By examining the body and paying close attention to symptoms, our […]

My Back Pain Always Returns! What Can I Do?

By Western Berks on March 5th, 2018

After the common cold, the most reported reason Americans miss work is back pain. Unfortunately, once you have experienced back strain or injury, it can easily become a recurring problem. Many cases of back strain are due to the way we live. Unless you implement lifestyle changes, the same muscles and ligaments that were initially […]

Weight Training: Health Benefits for Every Age

By MarieNelson on February 27th, 2018

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 […]

8 Tips For Safe Snow Shoveling

By Western Berks on February 10th, 2017

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 […]

Treat Your Pain Through Robesonia Physical Therapy

By Western Berks on March 21st, 2016

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 […]

The Causes Behind Your Urinary Incontinence

By Western Berks on March 21st, 2016

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 […]

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

By Western Berks 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 Can Help Your Fibromyalgia Pain

By Western Berks on March 21st, 2016

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 […]

Physical Therapy Can Help Treat Repetitive Work Injuries

By Western Berks on March 21st, 2016

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 […]

Let Us Help Get You Ready for Your Upcoming Surgery

By Western Berks on March 21st, 2016

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 […]

Let Our Orthopedic Specialists Help Treat Your Car Accident Related Injuries

By Western Berks 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 […]

Benefits of Massage Therapy

By Western Berks on March 21st, 2016

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 […]

Physical Therapy Benefits Frozen Shoulder

By Western Berks 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 […]

Patience Can Thaw Frozen Shoulder Syndrome

By Western Berks on March 21st, 2016

  Doctors estimate that 2% of the general population have a condition commonly referred to as “Frozen Shoulder Syndrome” (FSS). Characterized during the onset of symptoms by night pain and reduced range of motion, usually in just one shoulder, FSS most often strikes people 40–60 years of age, with women being affected more often than […]

Partial Knee Replacement – An Alternative to Total Joint Replacement

By Western Berks 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 Western Berks 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 Western Berks 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 Western Berks 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 Western Berks 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 Western Berks 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 Pain Relief

By Western Berks on March 21st, 2016

Kneecap, or patella, pain is common, whether a person is athletic or sedentary. Although there are many causes of this condition, an important treatment 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 alignment may indicate that tight tissues […]

Knee Injuries and Running

By Western Berks on March 21st, 2016

Knee injuries are possibly the most common injury that runners experience, the one most likely to keep you from running for the longest time. Knee pain 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. […]

Kids – A Pain in the Knee

By Western Berks on March 21st, 2016

If your child experiences knee discomfort, 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 when children, whose bones are growing rapidly, are […]

We Offer a Variety of Different Treatment Options for Pelvic Floor Dysfunction

By Western Berks on March 21st, 2016

Many people suffer and deal with pelvic floor dysfunction daily. 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. We are committed to helping our patients overcome their conditions and symptoms so […]

Is Carpal Tunnel Surgery for You?

By Western Berks 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 Staying Fit in the Air

By Western Berks on March 21st, 2016

  The media has paid a great deal of attention to suggestions that passengers exercise during flights, particularly those lasting four hours or more. Although some reports may have been sensationalized, it is true that exercise reduces the risk of deep vein thrombosis (DVT). DVT is a condition where a clot occurs in a deep […]

How Your Mattress Affects Back and Neck Pain

By Western Berks on March 21st, 2016

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

How to Prevent Shin Splints

By Western Berks on March 21st, 2016

“Shin splints” is the common term for medial tibial stress syndrome, the inflammation of the thin tissue (periosteum) that covers the shinbone (tibia). You feel the pain of shin splints in the lower leg muscles and connective tissues that attach to the tibia through the periosteum. On occasion there may be mild swelling or redness […]

How to Prevent and Treat a Stress Fracture

By Western Berks 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 […]

Helping Your Spouse Adopt a Fitness Plan

By Western Berks 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? Many people tend to grow more sedentary after marriage. Between work and family commitments, fitness just falls […]

Hand Injuries – Only Jammed?

By Western Berks 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 […]

Golf After Total Knee Replacement

By Western Berks on March 21st, 2016

  Total knee replacement can be tough on a golfer. A 2008 report from the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons found that swinging a golf club creates even more stress on the knee than jogging. But with a good rehabilitation program like the month-by-month regimen outlined below, you can be back on the course by […]

Give your Employees Corporate Wellness in Robesonia, PA

By Western Berks on March 21st, 2016

Are you a business owner who is interested in providing corporate wellness for your well deserving employees? You of all people are aware of the hard work that your employees complete each day. With our corporate wellness plan, we are certain that your employees will be happier and healthier as well as enjoy working for […]

Gifts for the Fitness-minded Friend

By Western Berks on March 21st, 2016

The holidays are quickly approaching and purchasing the appropriate gift can be easy, especially if the recipient is involved in fitness activities. If are considering gifts for the fitness-minded friend or relatives and they already belong to a health club they enjoy, you could extend the membership for as long as your budget allows. Depending […]

Find an Orthopedic Specialist that is Perfect for you!

By Western Berks on March 21st, 2016

When it comes to an injury, do you know how to act on it? When you injure yourself and you need to see a specialist, do you know where you can turn for help? When it comes to orthopedic injuries, Western Berks Physical Therapy has the what it takes to care for you! We have […]

Exercise Banishes “Blues” from Gray Days

By Western Berks 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 Western Berks 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 […]

Effective Physical Therapy for Shoulder Dislocations

By Western Berks 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 […]

Don’t Let Your Achilles Tendon Become Your Achilles Heel

By Western Berks 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 […]

Does Osteoarthritis in the Hip Joint Necessitate Surgery?

By Western Berks on March 21st, 2016

Does Osteoarthritis in the Hip Joint Necessitate Surgery? Most people with osteoarthritis (OA) 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 […]

Corporate Wellness for Businesses in Robesonia, PA

By Western Berks on March 21st, 2016

Are you searching for an Orthopedic Specialist in the area of Robesonia, PA? Know that you can count on Western Berks Physical Therapy and Wellness Center for all of your physical therapy and corporate wellness needs.  We focus on you and how to get you back to health.  With our Orthopedic Specialists by your side, […]

There are Many Advantages in Implementing a Corporate Wellness Program for Robesonia Companies

By Western Berks on March 21st, 2016

Health care costs are a major expense for companies and organizations, so it is critical to keep employees as healthy as possible. Corporate wellness programs for Robesonia businesses is the right tool for that. There are many advantages in implementing a corporate wellness program, especially if the focus of such programs is the prevention of […]

Corporate Wellness Programs are Something Every Business in Robesonia Needs to Take into Consideration

By Western Berks on March 21st, 2016

More than ever, corporate wellness programs are something every business in Robesonia, regardless the type, needs to seriously take into consideration. In addition to the stunning numbers in terms of improving the overall well-being of employees, corporate wellness programs also have a positive impact on a company’s bottom line. However, corporate wellness cannot be implemented poorly […]

Core Reasons to Strengthen Your Core

By Western Berks 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 Western Berks 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 […]

Benefits of Yoga

By Western Berks on March 21st, 2016

As part of your physical therapy program, you may be considering a variety of treatments to help obtain better mobility and function. Most likely you have heard of yoga, but you may not be familiar with its benefits, particularly in relation to physical rehabilitation. Yoga is a therapeutic complement to physical therapy that can help […]

Benefit Employees with Corporate Wellness in Robesonia, PA

By Western Berks on March 21st, 2016

If you are looking for a way to give your employees a chance to take care of themselves like they should be, our corporate wellness offer is what you need. At Western Berks Physical Therapy we have the opportunity to give you and the employees who work for you, the chance to optimize their health […]

Ankle Injuries – Rehabilitation Approaches

By Western Berks 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 Western Berks on March 21st, 2016

Depending on how recently your hip surgery was performed, the hip pain you experience afterward could be quite normal. It will be minimized if you remember to diligently follow your surgeon’s specific instructions about what you can and cannot do in the first few weeks after surgery. In fact, a program of physical therapy exercises—begun […]

A Wide-open Look at TMJ Disorder

By Western Berks on February 15th, 2016

  Unfortunately, more than 10 million people in the United States alone suffer damage, pain or discomfort related to the temporomandibular joint (TMJ), and the vast majority of them are women. You actually have two of these joints, one on either side of your head, connecting the mandible (or lower jaw) to your skull. Given […]

Statin Drugs and Exercise

By Western Berks on February 12th, 2016

  When cheaper statin drugs came on to the market several years ago, making cholesterol-reducing medication more accessible, some doctors worried that this would actually have an adverse effect on their patients’ health. It is far easier to pop a pill than it is to exercise or commit to a healthier eating plan. But exercise, […]

Can I Exercise After a Mild Heart Attack?

By Western Berks on February 11th, 2016

    For most people who have had heart attacks, the answer to this question is “yes”—but before you begin to exercise, you should consult your physician about which limitations you should observe, ranging from how moderate or intense your workouts should be to particular motions you should avoid. In fact, physicians often refer heart […]

Is Rock Climbing Safe for Kids?

By Western Berks on February 10th, 2016

    An activity that makes you feel good and improves physical fitness? 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 for kids. Besides releasing “happy” hormones […]

A Part of Any Wellness Program for Laureldale Residents Should Include Nutrition Counseling

By Western Berks on February 9th, 2016

A part of any wellness program for Laureldale residents should include nutrition counseling. Nutrition counseling analyzes the various health needs of a person in regards to exercise and diet. It is the job of a nutritional counselor to help their patients achieve health goals and teach ways in which to maintain these goals throughout life. Such […]

Is Walking Enough Fitness for Women?

By Western Berks on February 9th, 2016

    Walking is good exercise. It is inexpensive, requires only a good pair of athletic shoes and can be done almost anywhere. No one will argue about that. But even a brisk daily walk does not meet the goal of total fitness for women. A comprehensive woman’s fitness program should include moderate to vigorous aerobic […]

Does Wearing a Corset Prevent Back Injuries?

By Western Berks on February 8th, 2016

    While back pain for some people is no more than a nuisance, statistics show that 50–80% of American adults will be disabled by back pain—some more severely than others—at some point during their lives. Corsets and braces, available without a prescription and generally obtained by individuals on their own or from employers, have […]

Treating a High Ankle Sprain

By Western Berks on February 4th, 2016

  A high ankle sprain involves a stretching or tearing of the ligaments that bind the two lower leg bones (the tibia and fibula) together at the place where they meet the anklebone (the talus). This complex joint is called the ankle syndesmosis, and these sprains sometimes are called ankle syndesmotic sprains. Unlike most ankle […]

Sneaking Exercise Into Your Schedule

By Western Berks on February 2nd, 2016

Are you frazzled? Stressed? Do not think there are enough hours in the day to get everything done? Then when you hear that the Department of Health and Human Services has established physical activity guidelines that call for getting a minimum of 2½ hours of moderate exercise every week, your first thought may be, “No […]

Weight Training – Health Benefits for Every Age

By Western Berks on February 1st, 2016

  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 […]

Treadmill or the Outdoors The Great Debate

By Western Berks on January 28th, 2016

  You like to run on your gym’s treadmill, with the air-conditioning blowing and the television on. Your friend swears that the outdoors is the only place to really run. So who’s reaping more benefits? On a physiological level, treadmill running (or walking) can be easier on your bones and muscles—which can be a good […]

ACL Repair Autograft vs Allograft

By Western Berks on January 27th, 2016

    The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is the main ligament that stabilizes the knee to anterior displacement. If you have torn your ACL and are scheduled for reconstructive surgery, you may have been told that your surgeon could use either an autograft or an allograft. An autograft is a piece of tissue removed from […]

Walk Your Way to Fitness

By Western Berks on January 20th, 2016

  Starting an exercise program can seem like a daunting task, but it is really as simple as getting off the couch and walking out your front door. Walking is one of the easiest and most beneficial forms of exercise. It burns calories, is easy on your joints, strengthens your bones and muscles, reduces stress […]

Using Exercise to Manage Weight Gain

By Western Berks on January 18th, 2016

  Many people struggling with weight gain hope to either maintain their weight or lose weight by improving their exercise routines. Unfortunately, the solution is not that simple. Weight maintenance or loss involves monitoring your caloric intake and output. You gain weight by ingesting more calories than you burn. Weight maintenance occurs when your caloric […]

Stay Loose as You Age

By Western Berks on January 13th, 2016

  When you climb out of bed each morning, you may wonder why your muscles are so stiff. After all, you just slept a full eight hours! Why don’t you feel rested and limber? There are several reasons why you may feel stiff each morning. As we get older, there is an underlying physical tendency […]

Why Does My Back Still Hurt After Lumbar Disc Removal?

By Western Berks on January 12th, 2016

  First, ask yourself if the discectomy was performed to alleviate leg pain or lower back pain. While you can expect good results from lumbar disc removal when the goal is relieving leg pain, generally lumbar disc removal is less successful at relieving lower back pain, and a significant number of patients will experience additional […]

Strong Quads Help Fight Osteoarthritis

By Western Berks on January 11th, 2016

  Many individuals experience pain from osteoarthritis, also called degenerative joint disease, the “wear and tear” version of arthritis. It can occur in any joint but is especially common in the knee. Your knee is a complex joint where the thigh bone (femur), a lower leg bone (tibia) and the kneecap (patella) come together. These […]

Simple Steps to Starting a Weight-training Program

By Western Berks on January 8th, 2016

One of the challenges of weight training is determining how much effort to put in for the most benefits. A little may not be enough for an impact, while too much may be detrimental to your health. Extensive research recommends a weight-training program of two sets of eight to 12 repetitions per set, three times […]

Alleviating Soreness During Car Rides

By Western Berks on January 6th, 2016

After a few hours in the car, your body may crack and creak, often painfully. What is it about a simple automobile ride that can cause such dreadful muscle soreness? You are at risk of developing soreness any time you stay in one position for an extended period of time. Some of the most common […]

Walking – An Effective Tool for Weight Loss and Maintenance

By Western Berks on December 30th, 2015

The simplest exercise available is placing one foot in front of the other and walking. Because this is something we do every day, it is often overlooked as a valuable tool for weight loss. A 140-pound person walking at a moderate pace for 20 minutes will burn approximately 92 calories while increasing heart rate, thus […]

You’re Never Too Old for Weight Lifting

By Western Berks on December 29th, 2015

When someone talks about weight lifting, perhaps you picture young, muscled athletes lifting outrageously heavy barbells over their heads. But today, weight lifting, or strength training as it is sometimes called, is for everyone. Studies have shown that moderate weight lifting produces significant health benefits in older individuals, even if they do not begin exercising […]

Winter Activities Foster Year-round Fitness

By Western Berks on December 24th, 2015

The urge to “hibernate” in winter is strong, even for us humans. However, you are better off staying in shape than struggling to catch up come spring. And winter exercise benefits more than just physical fitness; it is also a powerful antidote for the winter blues. Your options for winter workouts vary by interest and […]

Rehabilitation After Multiple Fractures to the Pelvis

By Western Berks on December 21st, 2015

Pelvic fractures are complicated by nature. The pelvis is actually made up of three “rings” of bone: one major, large ring and two smaller rings. While a mild fracture of the pelvis can heal on its own, more serious fractures like those sustained in automobile accidents often require surgery and intensive physical therapy rehabilitation. Because […]

Regaining Normal Rotator Cuff Function After Surgery

By Western Berks on December 20th, 2015

Surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff is often a last-resort treatment, one that requires extensive rehabilitation to return your shoulder to full range of motion without pain. For most people, full recovery will take from 4 to 6 months, depending upon the reason for the surgery, the type of surgery and the patient’s level […]

We Are Hiring at Western Berks Physical Therapy

By Western Berks on December 18th, 2015

Western Berks Physical Therapy is currently accepting resumes for full and part time Physical Therapists. Therapists who strive to deliver manual care and spend 1:1 time with patients are encouraged to apply. Join our team and receive: Competitive Pay, Health Care Benefits, 401K, Generous Continuing Education Allotment, Friendly and Fun Work Environment To take advantage […]

Weight Training For Adolescent Girls – Is It Safe?

By Western Berks on December 18th, 2015

An important part of strength training, weight lifting provides many health benefits, along with increased strength and endurance in athletics. Because girls produce much less testosterone than boys during puberty, your daughter’s muscles will enlarge a little, but most of her increased strength will come from training more nerve cells to fire when a muscle […]

When Backing Up the Car Becomes a Pain in the Neck

By Western Berks on December 16th, 2015

That pain you feel when turning your head while backing up your car is probably due to tightness in the muscles of your neck and upper back, often the result of years of poor posture. To improve your posture, keep your neck in a “neutral” position, with your chin more tucked in than pushed forward. […]

Add Strength Training to Your Yoga Practice

By Western Berks on December 14th, 2015

Many people practice yoga for relaxation. Yoga can also help you tone your muscles, and, at first, it can increase your strength. But eventually you will need something beyond yoga to build muscle tissue. That is when adding a strength- training program makes sense. To shape up and get fit, building muscle tissue is essential. […]

Weight Machines or Free Weights: Which Is Better?

By Western Berks on November 30th, 2015

The debate over whether weight machines or free weights better help a person achieve fitness is not new. Recently, the trend has been away from weight machines and toward free weights, so it is worth revisiting the benefits and drawbacks of both. Weight machines have several advantages. For one thing, they are easy for the […]

Treating Plantar Fasciitis with a Night Splint

By Western Berks on November 23rd, 2015

The plantar fascia is a ligament full of fibers that runs along the bottom of the foot from the heel to the toes. More than two million Americans seek treatment each year for the pain and inflammation that result when tiny tears occur in the tissue. When the tears are located at the end of […]

Treadmills: Getting the Best Results

By Western Berks on November 6th, 2015

If you are new to working out on a treadmill, you will want to make sure that you not only get the best results but that your program is a safe one. Whether you are an avid outdoor runner who wants to transition to the treadmill for indoor exercise or a complete exercise beginner, you […]

Three Rs of Managing the Pain of Fibromyalgia

By Western Berks on November 5th, 2015

Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition, leaving those who suffer from it struggling with muscle, tendon and ligament pain, as well as fatigue and tenderness throughout the body, where even gentle pressure triggers discomfort. Fortunately, physical therapy exercises can help manage the pain of this debilitating condition. Part of the role of physical therapy is not […]

Resuming Exercise After Being Bitten by the Flu Bug

By Western Berks on November 2nd, 2015

Flu season is in full swing, and along with the regular flu, the new H1N1 virus is infecting thousands of people. Influenza can be a serious illness. Symptoms include fever, chills, headache, body aches, sore throat, runny nose, dry cough and a general feeling of exhaustion and sickness. While the fever usually lasts two to […]

A Wellness Plan for Your Robesonia Employees is Only as Effective as it is Engaging

By Western Berks on September 28th, 2015

A wellness plan for your Robesonia employees is only as effective as it is engaging. That is, it is bound to be a failure at least at some level if you cannot gather interest enough for people to participate. The first step to a successful wellness program is to get people to participate. From there, […]

Fighting Childhood Obesity

By Western Berks on August 5th, 2015

It is not news that obesity has been at a high the past few years. With our society always seeking the quickest and easiest way to a solution it is with little surprise that companies like Xbox and McDonalds have our youth targeted. As many of us know, what you do to your body while […]

Provide Corporate Wellness for your Employees in Robesonia, PA

By Western Berks on June 26th, 2014

Are you ready to make your business the best it can be for your deserving employees? When your employees work harder than ever for you, have you thought about giving back to them so that they can take care of themselves like they should in Robesonia, PA? If you haven’t thought about this until now, […]

Physical Therapy & Orthopedic Specialists

By Western Berks on January 15th, 2014

Visit your local Western Berks Physical Therapy and Wellness Center in Robesonia, PA to get help from the best orthopedic specialists, enroll in a wellness program, get physical therapy, and learn simple tips and tricks for kegel exercises for women. We have a great wellness program here at Western Berks. When you visit us, you will […]

Western Berks Physical Therapy-Keeping You In Motion

By Western Berks on November 20th, 2013

As we age our bodies are sometimes not as stable as they were.  Arthritis and joint pain can set in and even lead to joint replacement.  This leads us to physical therapy to help get us functional again.  Motion is essential to quality of life. Everyday tasks such as making the bed or emptying the […]