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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!
“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.
- 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.
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This past weekend, 17 of our fantastic therapist took a course titled, “Movement system syndromes of the cervical spine and shoulder: interaction and evidence,” by Shirley Sahrmann PT, PhD, FAPTA. Dr. Sahrmann is a pioneer in the research on movement. In her courses, the attending therapist learns what ideal movement is in the body. When people move in ways that deviate from normal, degeneration of the body can occur and this can lead to pain and disability. Using Dr. Sahrmann’s approach, our therapists can dig deep and get to the actual cause of the pain and disability, addressing it at the root of the problem. This will lead to better, more specific treatment, better home exercises to prevent a recurrence of the symptoms.
Arcadia University hosted the course and there was said to be 150 attendees, with a wait list of 40 people who couldn’t come because they couldn’t accommodate more.
Do you know about Physical Therapy? Take a look at the top 7 myths of Physical Therapy and enjoy physical therapy month while talking to your local therapist about how they can help you.
7 myths about Physical Therapy