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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 […]

Direct Access: No Referral Needed

With Direct Access, you can head straight to physical therapy without a referral from a doctor. Here are just a few reasons you should consider Direct Access today:  Quick access to the care you need. Our goal is to see patients within 48 hours of scheduling an appointment. Compare this to the 24-day average wait […]

Back Pain While Sitting

Many office environments do a good job providing optimal conditions for prolonged sitting using items like ergonomically correct chairs, keyboards and high-quality monitors. However, during the COVID-19 pandemic, many office workers had to shift away from their normal office routine into a home office that was far less suited for long periods of sitting. This […]

Movement Experts

Physical therapists do more than help you recover from surgeries or injuries. They are movement experts and highly skilled in helping people get and stay active so they can be healthy now and in the future. Physical activity has a well known and impressive list of benefits including: • Controlling weight • Improving sleep • […]

Defend Your Health Through Movement

While COVID-19 is front and center in most people’s thoughts, it isn’t the only illness out there that can be life changing. Heart disease, diabetes, strokes and cancer can all be devastating too. To become more resilient and to defend your health, research says you should move more. The dangers of a sedentary lifestyle are […]

Working From Home Pain

Working From Home: A Real Pain If you’ve been working from home during the pandemic and are experiencing new body aches and pains, it could be caused by your home office set-up. With the sudden shift to remote work and school, many Americans have had to quickly create a home office using whatever space they had […]

Movement Tests to Predict Your Health

Your Movement Can Predict Your Future Health with 2 Simple Tests Strong evidence suggests that movement is a valuable predictor of future health and resilience against disease. If your goal is to live a longer, healthier life, seeing a physical therapist makes sense, given their expertise in human movement. Here are two simple tests to […]

Post-Covid Free Screen

Free Screens for Patients With a Prior Diagnosis of COVID-19   Did you have COVID and now can’t seem to shake the weakness, fatigue or mental fog? Physical therapy is an integral part of the recovery from COVID. Our therapists are highly skilled in treating fatigue and other post-COVID related symptoms. We can help by […]

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 […]

Young Athletes: Nutrition, Exercise and Sleep

Nutrition, Exercise and Sleep for Young Athletes Most people understand that nutrition and exercise are important parts of health. Growing research is showing that sleep deserves a spot along with them when we think of healthy lifestyle choices. The importance of these three pillars of health is difficult to overstate. The World Health Organization estimated […]

Physical Activity for Older Adults: How Much Is Needed?

How Much Physical Activity Do Older Adults Need? Most people know that physical activity is important. In fact, not getting enough exercise has been linked to illnesses like heart disease, stroke, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, high blood pressure and lung disease. So, the important question is not if you need to be doing some form of physical […]

Physical Activity for Kids: How Much Is Needed?

How Much Physical Activity Do Kids Need? Recently we have seen a rise of diseases in children that, in the past, had only been seen in adults. Things like obesity, type 2 diabetes, and high blood pressure are being diagnosed more at younger ages. One of the best ways to combat the rise of these […]

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 […]

Pelvic Health Education Sessions

Pelvic Health Education Sessions Unsure about Pelvic Floor Therapy? Watch our video explaining what to expect from a first time pelvic floor therapy patient. Pregnancy and delivery are obvious signs that the body is changing. However, changes that occur to the pelvic floor girdle during the aging process are less obvious. Pelvic floor issues such […]

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 […]

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. […]

Treatment for Urinary Incontinence

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

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 […]

Back Pain Treatment

Physical Therapy: The Lowest Cost Back Pain Treatment Option Chances are, you or someone you know has had back pain. Over the course of our lives, 80% of us will have an episode of back pain. Even though back pain is common, many people struggle to find the right back pain treatment for them. Stories […]

Physical Therapy Treatment for Parkinson’s Disease

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

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, […]

Sleep The Pain Away

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 […]

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 […]

Beating the Flu with Good Nutrition 

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

Hip Pain Treatment for Golfers

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

Golf After Total Knee Replacement

Golfing After Total Knee Replacement 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. However, with a good rehabilitation program like the month-by-month regimen outlined below, you can be back […]

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 […]

Physical Therapy As Effective as Surgery in Treating Wide Range of Conditions

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

Exercise and 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 […]

Physical Therapy and Knee Osteoarthritis

Knee osteoarthritis (OA), also known as degenerative joint disease, is typically the result of wear and tear and progressive loss of articular cartilage. It is most common in elderly women and men. Finding a physical therapy program that fits your unique lifestyle and knee osteoarthritis symptoms is important for managing your condition. Physical therapists are well […]

Mentally Preparing for Surgery

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

Getting Organized Before Surgery

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

Total Hip Replacement: What To Expect

Total 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 […]

Keeping Your New Year Fitness Goals On Track

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

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 […]

What’s a Movement Diagnosis?

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

Medicare Fraud: How to Identify and Prevent

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 […]

Free Walk-In Fall Risk Screenings

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

Injury Free Labor Day: Tips to Prevent Injuries

Injury Free Labor Day 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. For an injury free labor day, keep these […]

Do You Know Your Movement Vital Signs?

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

Cluster Headaches and Time of the Year

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

Treating Multiple Sclerosis with Physical Therapy

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

Treating Pain with Physical Therapy

How Does Physical Therapy Treat Pain? Physical therapy is an excellent choice for treating pain and can truly find the root of its cause. Physical therapists are experts in human motion and can identify areas of weakness or stiffness that may be adding stress to the places that already hurt. After a thorough evaluation, your […]

Physical Therapy for Seniors

Physical therapy for seniors is an excellent choice for patients over ager 65 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 treatments for conditions commonly experience by seniors including: Osteoarthritis Joint replacements Chronic […]

Becoming An Educated Healthcare Consumer

By becoming an educated healthcare consumer you can go from being a passive patient who take the first recommendation to an active consumer who weighs options and makes choices. 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? Or […]

Urinary Incontinence Myths

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. Below are 4 urinary incontinence myths along with non-invasive treatment options available from our Pelvic Floor Specialists at Western Berks Physical Therapy.   MYTH #1: INCONTINENCE IS THE SAME FOR EVERYONE  […]

Weight Lifting As You Age

If weight lifting as you age 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 […]

League Sports Injury Prevention

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 […]

Best Time to Exercise According to Science

Research has consistently shown that exercise produces a number of benefits, ranging from improved mood to better strength and cardiovascular health. But, what is the best time to exercise according to science? One study found that your body’s ability to perform peaks in the afternoon. Your body temperature increases throughout the day, optimizing your muscle […]

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 […]

Preparing Your Body for Summer Activities

Temperatures are starting to rise in many parts of Pennsylvania. Just like your AC system that has probably been dormant all winter, a body that hasn’t been physically preparing for summer activities may have trouble getting started again. Taking a day off from your fitness program here and there is no problem, but if you’ve […]

Communication in Physical Therapy

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

Your Physical Therapy Experience Improved

Ways to Gain Control of Injury-Related Stress to Improve Your Physical Therapy Experience Dealing with the pain and limited mobility associated with an injury or illness can be stressful for so many reasons. You might have questions like, “How long will I be sidelined?” and “What do I need to do to get better?” Or […]

Is Rock Climbing Safe for Kids?

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

Linking Guide Dogs to Decreased Falls

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 […]

Risk of Ski Injury Over The Winter

If winter weather has you prepared to hit the slopes, be sure to take the necessary precautions minimize the risk of ski injury 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 […]

Physical Therapy for Back Pain Prevention

Got back pain? You’re not alone. 80% of Americans suffer from low back and neck pain at some point in their lives. 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? Physical therapy for back pain […]

Secret to Better Brain Health From Our Early Ancestors

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 may have found the secret to better brain health in the connection between the highly active lifestyle that was prevalent […]

Dr. Kevin W. Krause, PT, DPT

BS Biology, Juniata College, Huntingdon, PA BS Physical Therapy, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA Doctor of Physical Therapy, Widener University, Chester PA Dr. Kevin W. Krause, PT, DPT is the owner and director of Western Berks Physical Therapy; and he works in all offices. Dr. Krause has over 30 years of clinical experience treating diagnoses […]

Sitting Addiction in America

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. Newsflash: America has a sitting addiction. With the advent of wearable devices to track fitness levels and so many other resources to safely add more activity into our […]

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Falls Prevention Programs for an Aging Nation

Physical Therapists Boost Falls Prevention Programs as our Nation Quickly Ages 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, […]

Concussion Treatment Plan with Physical Therapy

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 Warrior Injury Prevention: 5 Tips

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates nearly 9 million Americans pack a full week’s worth of exercise into just two days every weekend. These occasional athletes, also known as Weekend Warriors, account for the largest population encountering nonprofessional sport-related injuries. However, these injuries can be minimized with a few simple weekend warrior […]

Your Smart Phone Could Be Rapidly Aging Your Spine

Your Smart Phone Could Be Rapidly Aging Your Spine 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 […]

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 […]

Fitness in Your Golden Years: Staying Active As You Age

Are you among the millions of Americans who have high fitness aspirations for how you’ll spend the extra time during your golden years? Fitness in Your Golden Years: Staying Active As You Age Whether you plan to travel the world, pick up fly fishing, spend more time woodworking or sign up for a golf league, […]

Routine Physical Therapy: Give Your Body a Tune Up

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. […]

Falls Prevention Awareness Day

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. […]

Maintaining a Healthy Spine with Physical Therapy

As we age, regular exercise plays an increasingly prominent role in maintaining a healthy spine and 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 decline as our […]

DVT Risk: Remember to Exercise When Traveling

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 […]

Staying Independent: Keeping Seniors Mobile

Staying Independent: Keeping Seniors Mobile In Life and Behind the Wheel 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 […]

Combat Depression with Physical Therapy

Combat Depression with Physical Therapy 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 […]

Physical Therapy for Low Back Pain

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 […]

Physical Therapy for Spinal Stenosis Treatment

Physical Therapy Scores High in Spinal Stenosis Treatment Patients diagnosed with lumbar spinal stenosis are often surprised to learn that physical therapy for spinal stenosis and 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 […]

Favorite Healthy Summer Recipes Under 400 Calories

We’ve scoured the internet to bring you our favorite healthy summer recipes! 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 entrée options below 400 calories and two salad options below 145 calories, mix and match these dishes to […]

Tai Chi for Fibromyalgia: Effective Pain Relief

Tai chi is proving to be an effective option in the management of pain for individuals suffering from 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 […]

Neck Pain While Driving and Backing Up Car

Why Do I Get Neck Pain While Driving? Neck pain while driving, particularly when your head is turned when backing up a car, is likely due to tightness in the muscles of your neck and upper back. Neck pain is experienced by a significant portion of the population. While it can be caused by trauma […]

The Opioid Crisis Continues in America

In March 2018, a 2018 budget bill was signed that includes more than $3 billion for opioid efforts as the opioid crisis continues across America. 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 […]

Guide to Concussions & Physical Therapy Treatment

A Guide to Concussions & Physical Therapy Treatment Options 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 […]

Morning Neck Pain Causes

If you experience morning neck pain, your sleeping and pillow habits could be to blame. A pillow that doesn’t support your head and neck properly can create tension in your muscles, and cause neck pain. Sleep related issues can also cause morning neck pain such as sudden movements, like sitting up quickly, or tossing and […]

Lyme Disease in Pennsylvania: What you Need to Know

Lyme Disease in Pennsylvania Pennsylvania leads the U.S. in diseases caused by the bite of an infected mosquito, tick or flea. Lyme disease tops the list, contributing 33,666 cases nationally in 2018, of which 10,208 came from Pennsylvania alone, according to data from the Lyme Disease Association. Because of the staggering numbers of Lyme disease […]

9 Questions to Ask Your Physical Therapist

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 […]

Avoid Pain While 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 without preparation for all the bending, […]

Manual Physical Therapy for Pain Relief

Manual Physical Therapy vs. Modalities Manual physical therapy is a specialized form of physical therapy delivered with the hands as opposed to a modality. In manual therapy, therapists use their hands to put pressure on muscle tissue and manipulate joints to decrease pain. Manual physical therapy is proven to restore mobility to stiff joints and […]

Getting to the Root of Headaches

Get to the Root of Headaches with Physical Therapy Headache pain can vary from being a slight annoyance to completely debilitating. Whatever your pain level, getting to the root of headaches can be challenging due to the many causes of headaches but our physical therapists can help! Many headaches stem from poor body posture and […]

Reoccurring Back Pain: What Causes It?

Reoccurring Back Pain: What Causes It? After the common cold, the most reported reason Americans miss work is back pain. Unfortunately, once you have experienced a back strain or injury, it can easily turn into a recurring back pain problem. Many cases of back pain are due to the way we live. Unless you implement […]

Strength Training: Health Benefits for Every Age

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

Safe Snow Shoveling: 8 Tips to Avoid Injury

This article contains safe snow shoveling tips and information on how to keep yourself injury free this winter 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 […]

The Causes of Urinary Incontinence

Common Causes of Urinary Incontinence At Western Berks Physical Therapy, 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 number of different conditions that fall […]

Physical Therapy for Fibromyalgia

Many people with fibromyalgia avoid exercise because of their painful symptoms but that’s where physical therapy for fibromyalgia can help. A physical therapist can help you learn to interpret your pain signals, and develop an aerobic routine that works for your lifestyle and your physical limitations. Pain and fatigue are the most common symptoms of […]

Repetitive Work Injuries: Physical Therapy Can Help

With so many different demands from your work 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 difficult to pinpoint. However, after some time these small […]

Partial Knee Replacement – An Alternative to Total Joint Replacement

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 After Falling on an Outstretched Hand

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

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 […]

Pelvic Floor Dysfunction Treatment Options

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 through our pelvic floor dysfunction treatment options. We are committed to helping our patients overcome their conditions and symptoms so they can return […]

Is Carpal Tunnel Surgery for You?

  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 […]

How to Prevent and Treat Stress Fractures

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 or […]

Hand Injuries – Jammed Fingers and Hand Sprains

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 a […]

Elliptical Trainers: Before You Buy Give Them a Try

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 problems. […]

Achilles Tendon Injuries and Poor Conditioning

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 you […]

Ankle Injuries – Rehabilitation Approaches

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

Hip Pain After Hip Replacement Surgery Depending on how recently your surgery was performed, hip pain after hip replacement surgery could be quite normal. Up to 6 weeks after surgery, you can still expect discomfort at night and when you move about, although it should not stop you from performing most activities of daily living. Keep […]

A Wide-open Look at TMJ Disorder

  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 […]

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

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?

    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 […]

Treating a High Ankle Sprain

  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

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

  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

  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

  ACL Repair Autograft vs Allograft 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 […]

Lumbar Disc Removal Pain – Why Does My Back Still Hurt?

Why Does My Back Still Hurt After Lumbar Disc Removal? 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, […]

Strong Quads Help Fight Osteoarthritis

Strong Quads Help Fight Osteoarthritis 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 […]

Starting a Weight Training Program

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

Alleviating Soreness During Car Rides After a few hours in the car, your body may crack and creak, often painfully. What is it about a simple drive that can cause such dreadful muscle soreness during car rides? You are at risk of developing soreness any time you stay in one position for an extended period […]

Walking for Weight Loss and Weight Management

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

Weight Lifting Benefits in Older Adults

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 adults, even if they do not begin exercising […]

After Rotator Cuff Surgery: Regaining Normal Function

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. After rotator cuff surgery, full recovery will take from 4 to 6 months, depending upon the reason for the surgery, the type of surgery and the patient’s […]

Weight Training For Adolescent Girls – Is It Safe?

Is Weight Training For Adolescent Girls Safe? An important part of strength training, weight training for adolescent girls 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 […]

Plantar Fasciitis: Night Splint Treatment

Treating Plantar Fasciitis with a Night Splint 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 […]

Western Berks Physical Therapy-Keeping You In Motion

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 […]