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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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]