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Excel Physical Therapy Helped Patty Get Her Life Back

Left to right: Patty Voight, Valerie Brill, PT and Robert Frederick MD.  Dr. Frederick stopped by Excel’s Villanova clinic on Patty’s last day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“I wish I could write this review without crying, but alas the tears are already falling. I’m not sure how you write a proper review for a place that completely changed your life, but I’m going to try my best!

My therapist, Val, is a godsend. She is the best at what she does. For both my pre and post-surgical rehab, she’s been a rock of support – cheering me on and celebrating all the important milestones with me as if they were her own. Little things, like bending your knee or walking up a flight of stairs pain-free, she was right there with me. I couldn’t have asked for a better person to be by my side while I got my life back from having a knee cap re-alignment and tibia tubercle osteotomy. Val also knew exactly my game plan for my pre-surgery visits to ensure that I was going into knee surgery as healthy as I could be. I went into knee surgery completely confident knowing my road to recovery would be easy with Val and the whole team by my side.

I need to also shout out both office schedulers, as well as all the other PTs. From day one, everyone has been easy to work with and super friendly.

When I walk into Excel, I feel like I’m home. I love Val and the entire team at Excel and I’m so incredibly blessed that I found them! I’m now almost 6 months post op and I feel better than I did pre-knee injury.” Patty Voight has had a long road to recovery but thanks to Excel Physical Therapy and Valerie Brill, PT she got her life back!!

To help celebrate her last day in Physical Therapy her surgeon, Robert Frederick visited our Villanova clinic to see her “graduate” Physical Therapy!

Joshua Colon- From A Patient To An Award Winning Inventor

 

Joshua demonstrates his Foot Fixer

Joshua had over pronated(flat) feet and his physician recommended physical therapy.  His mother researched centers and found out that Excel had a great reputation and got him started in our Cherry Hill location. His therapist was Gabriel Rocco, PT, DPT. The therapy was very effective and fun. His soccer cleats stopped hurting him and he started to see a slight arch in his feet forming. Still though when doing the exercises at home he had trouble with his form. He built the Foot Fixer with some help from his father to help him correct his form. He presented his Foot Fixer at the home school science fair where he placed 2nd in the 6th grade in February of 2018. Then he competed with the Foot Fixer at the Coriell Science Fair in March of 2018 and placed 3rd for the engineering division of all 6th-8th graders in Camden, Burlington, and Gloucester counties. He also received the one and only Subaru award for excellence in engineering or physics for 6th-8th grade! He has learned so much about the foot and motions of the foot! What a great way to overcome adversity!

 

Are you prepared to shovel more snow this year?

The Farmer’s Almanac reports that the winter of 2017-2018 may produce more snow that usual.  Are you prepared?

Here is a video showing the proper snow shoveling technique to minimize injury.  The most common injury is to the low back and it is due to lifting through the back and not using the legs.  In addition, minimize the twisting in the back, move your feet to position your body where you want the snow to go.

Have a Holiday season and Happy New Year!

Featured PT- Jess Goldberg, PT, DPT

Jess started with Excel Physical Therapy in 2008 while still in PT School. She is currently treats patients at our  1608 Walnut Street location in Center City and is  working towards her Certification in Orthopedic Manual Therapy.

  1. What is your favorite part about working one-on-one with patients through the duration of care? I enjoy the one on one time with my patients and being able to positively impact patient’s lives. I enjoy the opportunity to collaboratively work toward patient goals be it walking further in order to get to the grocery store, returning to bike commuting without pain, or running a half-marathon. 
  2. Please share with us your most memorable patient and their story? I was treating this 94 year old woman who came in for neck pain and loss of motion. Her primary goal was to be able to reach to the top of the refrigerator so she could get her water bottles. Over the next 4-5 weeks I utilized manual therapy techniques and range of motion exercises, all the while, she would tell me interesting stories about her life.  By the end of her therapy she was pain free and able to reach her water bottles on top of the refrigerator.
  3. What do you like to do in your off time, outside of the clinic? I am currently coaching a U17 girls ice hockey team for the Ed Snider youth hockey program. We just started our season last week, I’m excited to have a good year!

Featured PT- Brad Richie, PT, DPT

Brad joined Excel Physical Therapy in our Bensalem location earlier this year. He is currently seeking his McKenzie spine certification.

    1. What is your favorite part about working one-on-one with patients through the duration of care? I enjoy being able to get to know patient and build a rapport with everyone since you are the only one that the see. You are able to monitor the patient’s progress better and tailor a program to meet their specific needs and goals when you are the only one working with them.
    2. Please share with us your most memorable patient, or patients, and their story? My most memorable patient was the mother of a woman who works in our business complex and was brought in for her knee pain and difficulty walking. This woman did not speak English and was scared about coming into therapy after having negative experiences with previous therapies. She was confined to a walker and was unable to walk more than 50 feet without having to sit or have someone help her. Her daughter stayed for the first few sessions to help translate and make sure her mother was comfortable with staying but it only took 5 sessions for her daughter to tell me that her mother couldn’t be happier with the therapy she was receiving. She said we were the first facility who put forth effort to understand her and take the time to work 1 on 1. After needing to be dropped off at the door for her first couple weeks, she got strong and confident enough to walk to our office from her daughters salon on the other side of the complex to the clinic with just a cane and her young granddaughter. She also felt confident enough to no longer have her daughter come with her, and despite not speaking the same language, we were able to understand each other perfectly and help her achieve her goals. She has since been back to see us two more times for other conditions and says she would never go anywhere else.
    3. Tell us something personal. I was a collegiate track runner at University of Delaware

 

Gold Medal Performance #LifeWithoutLimits

Joy Oakey who treated in our Media clinic  won 2 golds and a silver at USATF masters national championship track meet in Michigan!!

“I compete with a masters track team at both national championships and at local track meets and road/off road races. However it all came to an abrupt end when I experienced pain and muscle spasms to my left hip area. I was devastated. I couldn’t run, I had trouble even walking up steps… and I was scheduled to compete in a pentathlon at a national championship meet in 2 months.

Thank goodness my sports physician sent me to Mike Groh at Excel. He did a great assessment and diagnosis and we began treatment. He used an instrument to break up scar tissue and taught me how to stretch and strengthen muscles and connective tissue. I am back to training and running. I was able to compete at USATF masters national championship track meet in Michigan and won 2 golds and a silver!

Joy Congratulations on such a great accomplishment and thanks for sharing with us!

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”