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Prevent Falls in Older Adults

A simple thing like tripping on a rug or slipping on a wet floor can end up changing your life. For older adults, falls can lead to broken bones, injury, disability or death. If you or a person you know has fallen, you’re not alone. According to the CDC, more than 1 in 4 adults […]

Walking for Good Health and Powerful Health Benefits

Walking: Easy Exercise for Good Health Most people know that physical therapists often recommend exercise as part of their treatment. What most people don’t realize is how simple that exercise can be. Instead of complicated workouts, heavy weightlifting, or running for miles, physical therapists often surprise people when they recommend walking for good health. While […]

TRICARE Waives Copays for Low Back Pain PT

TRICARE Waives Copays for Physical Therapy for Low Back Pain TRICARE, one of the nation’s largest insurers wants their members to get physical therapy for back pain. They think that treating back pain with physical therapy is so important that they’re willing to waive copays for their members. The Defense Health Agency (DHA) has authorized […]

Chair Exercises for Seniors: Staying Active This Winter

Chair Exercises for Seniors: Staying Active During “Social Distancing” This Winter The coronavirus outbreak has disrupted our lives and forced us to change our habits, including hindering most group fitness activities. Whether you like to do your own thing outside, take a class, or work one-on-one with a personal trainer, you might be feeling a […]

Cold Weather Body Pains: Causes and Relief

Cold Weather Body Pains When the temperature drops and the body is exposed to cold, most people’s inclination is to hunch, cross their arms or wrap in a blanket to keep warm. This response is due in part to our muscles reacting to the cold – the muscles tighten, contract, and become more rigid. Cold […]

Physical Health During Quarantine: How to Manage

Physical Therapy and Quarantine: Managing Your Physical Health The coronavirus has changed the way many of us go about daily routines. The CDC is recommending social distancing. Depending on where you live you may have lost access to in person visits with your physical therapist. While our daily lives have changed, good physical health should remain […]

Cold Weather Arthritis Pain: Causes and Relief Options

Cold Weather Arthritis Pain: Causes and Relief Options Stiffness, aches and pains are often associated with changes in weather, especially the cold temperatures of winter. There is no one explanation for why dropping temperatures and cold weather cause arthritis pain and affect your joints. One theory is that drops in barometric pressure cause the tendons, […]

Radiating Pain: Getting to the Root of Pain

Getting to the Root of Radiating Pain When a body part is injured, surrounding nerves send signals to the brain, which recognizes pain in the injured area. However, because all the nerves in the body are connected, pain signals can spread throughout your body. The pain can move along the nerve’s pathway, causing discomfort in other areas […]

Safe Holiday Celebration Ideas During COVID-19

With the COVID-19 pandemic ongoing, small household gatherings and events of all sizes are adding to the rise in cases. Because of this, your holiday gathering may look different this year; but it doesn’t mean that you can’t celebrate the season in joyful, meaningful ways. Keep your friends, families, and communities healthy by incorporating some […]

Promoting Physical Activity in Pennsylvania

National Physical Therapy Month may have ended in October, but that’s no reason to ease up on promoting the importance of physical activity. It’s a message that the American Physical Therapy Association will be emphasizing throughout their centennial year in 2021, and one that physical therapists, physical therapy assistants, and physical therapy students are uniquely […]

Fitness Programs Designed by Physical Therapists

5 Reasons Why You Need a Physical Therapist Designed Fitness Program Physical therapists aren’t just for people that are injured or have had surgery. Physical therapists can also help healthy people improve their fitness. Here are 5 reasons why you should consider seeing yours. You Want a Fitness Baseline When you schedule an appointment at […]

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 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 […]

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 […]

Risk of Knee Osteoarthritis: Exercise Lowers it by 30%

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 […]

Becoming Physically and Mentally Healthy

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 […]

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 […]

Back & Neck Treatment

Our expert physical therapists provide back and neck treatment to decrease pain through manual, hands on therapy 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 are experts in […]

Shoulder & Arm Treatment

Our bodies are complex, especially in areas like the shoulder. That’s why our therapists offer shoulder & arm treatment that looks deeper than surface-level symptoms to identify the underlying issues causing your pain. To do this, we begin with a thorough and precise initial evaluation. Then we learn about your lifestyle and your goals to […]

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 plan 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 […]

Foot & Ankle Treatment

Foot & ankle treatment is available at Western Berks Physical Therapy. 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. Explore our foot physical therapy services below for treatment of a wide range of problems including foot pain, ankle […]

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 through hand & wrist treatment at Western Berks Physical Therapy. Learn more about the hand and wrist conditions that Western Berks Physical Therapy can help with and request an appointment […]

Exercise and Your Mood: Benefits for Your Mental Health

Why Exercise Lifts Your Mood Exercise has great benefits for your physical health – it can strengthen your muscles, improve your cardiovascular system, and reduce your risk of diseases like stroke and diabetes. But, did you know that exercise can have benefits for your mental health too? Exercise causes your brain to release chemicals including […]

Yoga for Pain Relief: Yoga Mat Guide

Choosing a Yoga Mat for Pain Relief For many of us, yoga is much more than just a simple pastime, it’s a practice that provides natural pain relief. So, if you’re already one of “us” and are familiar with yoga for pain relief, it’s time to get familiar with what yoga mat you should actually […]

Matching Your Workout to Your Goals

Matching Your Workout to Your Goals Using the wrong workout program can lead to wasted time in the gym, frustration, plateaus in progress and an increased risk of injury. Let’s take a closer look at what goes into matching your workout to your goals and the cost of getting it wrong. Exercise Selection There are […]

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 […]

Preventing ACL Injuries with Physical Therapy

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 […]