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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 […]

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 […]

Osteoporosis and Physical Therapy

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

Physical Therapy For Dizziness

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

Physical Therapy 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]