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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!

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!

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

Lauren Cycyk for #LifeWithoutLimits

Lauran Cycyk Broad Street Run

Lauren Cycyk was seen in our Art Museum clinic.  She came in with the goal of running the Broad Street Run. She succeeded!  Well done Lauren!

“Thank you to Jason and the team at Excel! I really appreciate all of your support, humor, and kindness to get me back on track after what seemed like an endless number of injuries over the last few months (and maybe just a little whining). Because of your good care, I achieved my goal of running Broad Street again this year 🙂  Keep up the good work!”

Teamwork makes the dream work!  Individualized and focused physical therapy plus a motivated patient = success!

Yolanda Anderson for #LifeWithoutLimits

Below is one of many success stories, contributed by our patient, Yolanda Anderson. Her recovery inspires us to do what we do. Go Yolanda!

1. What made you consider Physical Therapy?

I was referred by my Orthopedist.

2. How have your perceptions/expectations changed since beginning treatment with Excel?

I should have sought treatment sooner. My therapist not only helped to treat my injuries but taught me preventative exercises that I could do at home on my own.

3. What has been the best part of your recovery?

I am now able to participate in physical activities without any pain, such as running and strength.

4. What can you do now that you couldn’t do before starting therapy?

Long distance running. Prior to coming to therapy I couldn’t run past two miles without knee pain. Now I can run a full marathon.

Below is a note from Yolanda about her experience:

“I was experiencing minor knee pain off and on while running. The pain worsened and I was diagnosed with IT band syndrome. I began receiving Graston and ART techniques at Excel along with exercises to strengthen my hips. I was advised by my physical therapist to stop running as the pain persisted. After a month or so, I was able to gradually start running again while continuing treatment. I have completed many running events since the start of my treatment, including a full marathon. I’m happy that Desirae was able to help me get back to pain free running.”

–Yolanda Anderson

Phyllis Krichev for #LifeWithoutLimits

Below is one of many  success stories, contributed by our patient, Phyllis Krichev . Her recovery inspires us to do what we do.  Go Phyllis!

1. What made you consider Physical Therapy?

All other options had been exhausted, i.e., injections, medications, pain management, as well as another reputable physical therapy venue (which actually aggravated my arm), at which point my neurologist suggested Excel.

2. How have your perceptions/expectations changed since beginning treatment with Excel?

Both my perceptions of physical therapy in general and my expectations specifically have changed 180 degrees. Prior to my Excel experience my perceptions could fairly be described as skeptical; my expectations were rather dim.

3. What has been the best part of your recovery?

Regaining a right arm which once again functions thereby retaining my ability for independent living.

4. What can you do now that you couldn’t do before starting therapy?

I would have to say that I can do countless things now that I could not do before therapy. I can wash my hair, open the oven door, drive with both hands, and even just lay down in bed. In short, I can now do a myriad of tasks required to successfully get through any given day.

The following is a letter we received from Phyllis following her treatment.

Perhaps you are wholly aware of the asset you have in Cherry Hill. In the unlikely event that you are not, I feel compelled to add my two cents. It has been six months since I started therapy. And before I continue, let me preface my remarks with this caveat, what I am writing is simply accurate and without embellishment.

Having been diagnosed with Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy, I knew the challenge to restore function in a shoulder with adhesive capsules became more difficult. On my first day I could barely lift my arm away from my body. However, even with the major roadblock that is RSD, my PT has cajoled this very arm to great heights, to a place where I can once again function independently. It has been my PT’s expertise, initiative, creativity, and unparalleled sticktoitiveness that it bringing me back from desperation. 

And, of course, a span of six months affords me a good deal of time to observe. The overall environment created by your Clinic Director is one of the most conducive to healing. Therapists don’t simply work on patients but they very smartly work with them as well. Patients are working hard with smiles on their faces! I am a seventy year old woman who unfortunately has been in and out of therapy for fifty of those years. And I can tell you  without reservation that I have never seen a therapeutic environment so healthy and healing! All of which is owing to the stewardship of your Clinic Director. And I, for one, wanted to acknowledge his talent and abilities and your good sense and leadership.”

Flips for Excel Physical Therapy

A great, big Thank You goes out to Desirae Urban at Excel Physical Therapy in Ardmore, PA. After suffering a Class 1 growth plate ankle fracture and sprain in my right ankle, not only desirae flipwas Desirae able to help me rehab my ankle in 5 weeks, she was able to improve my over all strength and balance in both my ankles and my core in time for my 2015 Pennsylvania Level 6 State gymnastics meet!

From the very first visit, Desirae was very aware of my timeline in preparing for my State meet and she was able to customize my rehab specifically to my needs as gymnast, as she is a former University of Pennsylvania gymnast herself.  Desirae made my therapy sessions challenging and focused, but also fun and even humorous! My sessions would go by quickly and before I knew it, I was cleared to resume full training in gymnastics again. With Desirae’s help, not only was I able to compete in my State meet, but I had a very successful day by finishing in 3rd place on the vault, 5th place on the uneven bars, and 7th place All-Around!  All of this, when a few short weeks earlier, I couldn’t even run down the vault runway or tumble on floor without pain in my ankle.

Without her professional help and guidance, I would not have been able to bring home 3 medals from my State gymnastics meet! I also know I will continue to improve my ankle and core strength with the on going, at home exercises she has recommended for me.  If I am ever in need of a physical therapist again, I know I will call Desirae. Thank you again, Desirae! –Gabriella A.

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You won’t be disappointed! Well, thats what our patients say!

“I first came to Excel Physical Therapy as a skeptic. I was wrong to think that way. I experienced whiplash in a recent car accident & figured one appointment to assess my back couldn’t hurt. Through my therapy I discovered just how strained my back muscles were.   I saw results immediately. Excel gave me the hands on experience needed to heal. They also gave me exercises to take home  so that I could further work on my recovery outside of the office. The staff was amazing, putting things lightly. Everyone goes the extra step and always has a smile on their face. If you choose physical therapy, choose Excel because the care, customer service & satisfaction with your therapy will be unsurpassed.”

-J.S.- Satisfied Excel patient

Did you know? Here are some myths about Physical Therapy

“People everywhere are experiencing the transformative effect physical therapy can have on their daily lives. In fact, as experts in the way the body moves, physical therapists help people of all ages and abilities reduce pain, improve or restore mobility, and stay active and fit throughout life. But there are some common misconceptions that often discourage people from visiting a physical therapist.

  1. Myth: I need a referral to see a physical therapist.

2. Myth: I can do physical therapy on my own

  • Fact: Your participation is key to a successful treatment plan, but every patient still needs the expert care and guidance of a licensed physical therapist. Your therapist will leverage his or her specialized education, clinical expertise, and the latest available evidence to evaluate your needs and make a diagnosis before creating an individualized plan of care.

Learn more about physical therapy myths

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