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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

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”

Patty Carafa for #LifeWithoutLimits

Achilles Tendon Injury

Patty Carafa was seen in our Southampton Clinic after two years of dealing with Achilles pain. She is now able to run after her granddaughter!

“Due to an ineffective past experience, I did not have much faith in Physical Therapy!  but after dealing with Achilles Tendonitis for about two years, I was willing to give it another try! Luckily, a brand new Excel Physical Therapy office had just opened in Southampton, PA. I did a quick drive by and was impressed by the looks of the clinic (spacious, well lit,  and clean).

My first positive experience was when I called for an appointment and spoke with Barbara. She was professional and at the same time so friendly. She was understanding  when I had to cancel a few sessions. Best of all, when I went in for my sessions at almost the end of the day it was nice to be greeted by such a pleasant young lady!

At my first appointment I met my therapist, Ryan Mark. He was polite, professional, and knowledgeable about my condition, which he explained in anatomical terms and then translated into “English” He completed my assessment, established our goals and began instructing me on  what exercises to do, explaining their purposes and how to do them correctly. At all times during the sessions he showed concern about my comfort while doing the exercises, checked for proper posture always in a calm and supportive manner which made me feel at ease.

I must say that my new Physical Therapy experience with Excel, particularly with Ryan, who I consider a healer, has been tremendous. My Achilles tendon is 99.9% back to normal, I feel strong and comfortable. I am back to Zumba, Kempo, Horseback riding and what I love the most running after our Granddaughter!!

Thank You Ryan! Thank You Barb! Thank You Excel!”

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!

Kenneth Hayes for #LifeWithoutLimits

Below is a success story submitted by Kenneth Hayes.  Kenneth was seen in our Northeast Philadelphia clinic located on Krewstown Road.  His story inspires us to keep doing what we are doing!  It works!  In his eyes – worthy of a million bucks!

“My first day at Excel was full of fear – that I would not be able to run again or even walk straight.  The physical therapist assigned to me was a young lady, very young.  I thought there is no way that she could possibly know anything about my knee surgery. To my surprise – Rachael Gnias is a professional!  Not only did she understand my injury, she filled me with the confidence that I needed to get me through the low part of my life!  I noticed a lot of Excel’s patients are senior citizens.  I have observed the extra care she displays in working with them.

If I had a million dollars – I would give it to her!!

Thanks Rachael!”

Racheal Gnias (2)

Rachael Gnias, PT, DPT

Staff Therapist in Northeast Philadelphia

Mason Fullerton for #LifeWithoutLimits

Below is a success story submitted by patient Mason Fullerton. His journey reminds us how important engaged, focused PT care is. 

“My name is Mason Fullerton and I have Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome – a connective joint and tissue disorder.

I have been getting physical therapy since I was ten months old, and now I am 8 years old. At Excel I have been working on my balance and strengthening my ankles because I was falling a lot. I have been at Excel for 3 months. I like Excel because we started out seeing how my ankles are and they built up my strength before I started running, so I would have energy. At my old PT, they would just say run 3 laps for 3 minutes. They didn’t push me too hard. Now I am having fun! I get to throw footballs and do stool racing. I look forward to going to each session and I used to hate going to my old PT.

After 6 weeks of Excel my orthopedic doctor said I improved a lot! That was the first time my mom and I ever heard that! Thanks Excel.”

Mason is pictured with the Jenkintown team of Meredith Mayes, Dan Reppert and Danielle Veacock.

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.”