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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!

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

 

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”

Welcome Mike Quintans, PT, DPT

Welcome our new Clinical Director in the Newtown Square location!

Mike has been with Excel since 2014 when he graduated from Widener University.  Mike has been treating in our Media location and is now making the move to Clinic Director.

Mike has presented at multiple national physical therapy conferences on the “Incorporation of Manual Therapy in the Treatment of Post-concussion Syndrome”.  Presented and co-authored “Effect of Instrumental Assisted Soft Tissue Treatment on Discomfort Associated with Myofascial Trigger Points” which was recently accepted for publication in “Body Works and Movement Therapies”. Mike has attended continuing education courses for patellar instability, ACL rehabilitation, and coursework with spinal manipulations. Currently he’s enrolled in Evidence in Motion orthopedic residency program to take Orthopedic Certification Specialist Exam.

Mike treats patients with all types of Orthopedic conditions with an increased attention in the knee and spine. He utilizes various soft tissue and joint mobilization techniques to achieve excellent patient outcomes.

” I enjoy developing relationships with my patients and the satisfaction that comes with helping them accomplish their goals. I believe that a one on one patient approach is the best method to ensure patients achieve their own specific goals.”

Mike played football for the Penncrest Lions, Bloomsburg Huskies, Kronum in the Kronum League with the Jet Sets, and enjoy traveling and spending time with friends and family.

To schedule an appointment with Mike contact us at:

http://www.excelphysicaltherapy.com/contact-us/

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!”

Featured PT – Emily Steinberg, PT, DPT, OCS

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Meet Emily Steinberg!

Emily is the clinic director of our Northeast Philadelphia Clinic located on Krewstown Road.

  1. What is your favorite part about working one-on-one with patients through the duration of their care? I love getting to know each patient. Hands down my favorite part. Each patient that walks through the door has a different background, story, and need for physical therapy and I love getting to know that need and learning how I can help meet it.
  1. In your words, what is the “E&A Difference?”  The E&A difference is knowing that we have the skills, the compassion and the time to tailor a program for each patient to get them back to 100%.  We dedicate ourselves to our profession to make sure we have what it takes to get patients back on their feet and hopefully they have a little fun while they’re at it.
  1. Please share with us your most memorable patient, or patients, and their story.   This is hard to pick just one.

I will never forget this one patient who not only worked full time, she also cared for her sick husband, her grown children and their children.  I was treating her for her hand, her shoulder, her back and her knee (clearly she was neglecting taking care of herself).  At one of her progress evaluations we tested her grip strength and she had quadrupled her strength without any pain for the first time.  When I told her how much she improved, we both started crying because of how impressive it was. I was so proud of how far she had come and I was so thankful to be a part of her care.  I am grateful to be a part of her life and to take care of her for a change!

Another patient that was very memorable was an 11-year-old with a concussion that I treated for several months through a tough recovery.  I will never forget when I asked her what she wanted to be when she grew up.  Her answer: “I want to be like you.”

  1. What do you like to do in your off time, outside the clinic?  I like to work out(Cross Fit) , play with my rescued Pitbull, Rocky, work on my house and spend time with friends and family.

Continuing Education makes us “A Step Ahead, A Step Above!”

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 Arcadia course150 attendees, with a wait list of 40 people who couldn’t come because they couldn’t accommodate more.

Our Physical Therapists can get you back up!

Lower back pain keeping you down? Well come on over and see the fantastic staff in Krewstown! Brian, Emily & Inisa are they waiting to help you feel better soon! But don’t just take our word for it…see what this patient had to say about her experience!

“In July, I fell into a 5′ deep hole and thought I had escaped unscathed. The only immediate effect of the fall was a minor pain in my hip. I initially thought it was only a bruise and was able to ignore it. As the weeks passed, the pain increased and by September it was radiating down my leg. It was debilitating and effected every aspect of my life. When I came to Excel for my initial visit, I was skeptical about what type of success I would have. I was barley able to move. After my second visit I was able to detect a definite improvement in the way I felt.  After 3 weeks, I no longer needed pain medication, was sleeping peacefully and could resume my daily activities completely. I think what was most important to me was the fact that I worked one on one with the therapist and not an aide or assistant. I found the entire staff at Excel to be not only knowledgeable but kind and compassionate. The injury to my back was severe according to the Dr. I now feel I have the tools that will help me continue to live pain free and active. I could not ask for more!   – D. N.”