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Harris helped with manual therapy: Now no pain medication!

Experience the Excel Difference!  2 patients an hour, hands-on manual therapy, a full one-hour for the initial evaluation and no PT Aides!  How can Excel help you?  Here is how we helped Harris, in his own words:

I came to Excel with back issues; a result of arthritis and multiple bulging discs.  I could not stand straight or without pain!  I required a cane to walk because of sciatic pain.  And that was with the aid of prescription painkillers!

Several weeks of therapy found me off the pain meds, able to walk standing straight and without pain!  And without needing a cane.  I found the manual therapy most helpful: pressing on my spine, leg pulls, etc.  Combined with the exercises I was given to perform provided exactly the results I was looking for!”    

Harris

Welcome Kristen Grater, PT, DPT

Kristen is currently seeing patients in our 1608 Walnut Street clinic in Center City after graduating from Temple in 2016.  She has experience in treating 1st rib and SI joint dysfunctions and  uses various manual therapy techniques, including joint mobilization and muscle energy, in her treatment plans. Kristen is currently working towards becoming an Orthopedic Certified Specialist (OCS) through the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA).

What is your favorite part about working one-on-one with patients through the duration of care? Working one-on-one with a patient allows me to constantly reassess and react to how the patient is responding to a specific treatment. I can then make any necessary corrections to the program and this leads to a more efficient level of care.

Please share with us your most memorable patient, or patients, and their story. I had a patient who was referred for ankle pain who fit many of the criteria for being at risk for heart disease. As I was doing my evaluation, including monitoring vital signs, I discovered he had extremely high blood pressure. He was not aware of his condition and was not on any medication so I referred him back to his Doctor. He returned to Physical Therapy after his physician started him on proper blood pressure medication. When he was discharged from therapy not only was his ankle feeling better his overall health was better and his Blood Pressure was controlled.

What do you like to do in your off time, outside the clinic?  I am a Maryland girl, so crabbing, fishing, and being on the water is home to me.

 

Diane Ledford for #LifeWithoutLimits

Diane got her life back after arriving  at Excel with 3 broken bones in her foot and not being able to walk for 14 weeks.

“I came to Excel after breaking 3 bones in my foot. I was in a cast for 14 weeks and once the cast came off I was unable to walk. Brad evaluated me and then immediately started therapy. He first started by helping me get my gait training underway with the assistance of 2 crutches. I was so happy to be able to walk at all, but I had homework each night. Soon I was able to go to one crutch then a cane shortly thereafter. There were bumps along the way, but through it all Brad was there helping me, he gave me moral support when I would get down during the 10 weeks I was there.

I was able to go on Vacation in the beginning of May and was so happy I was able to get around!! This is the third time with an injury Excel has helped me rehab. I will and have recommended Excel to everyone I know if they need physical therapy.

I want to thank Brad for giving me my life back. I was unable to go anywhere without crutches or a knee scooter. I am back to working out at the gym with my personal trainer”