NovaCare Rehabilitation is the Official Physical Therapy Provider to Villanova. We're wishing the Wildcats' women's basketball team good luck in their NCAA Tournament game tomorrow vs. Cleveland State!
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At NovaCare Rehabilitation, our experienced clinical team will design an individualized plan of care that aligns with your specific goals in mind.
Through experience, advanced clinical training and clear communication with our patients, our therapy team will give you the advantage in recovery.We are proud to be part of the community and are committed to providing each patient with an exceptional experience that promotes healing and recovery in a safe, compassionate environment. Call or request an appointment and experience the power of physical therapy today.
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International Women's Day may have been last week, but we know that women should be honored year-round.
Pelvic Health Specialist Laura Hanson from our Ventnor, NJ center specializes in caring for women in all stages of life. She helped Tara during her pregnancy and after. Tara is now enjoying her eight-week old son. Congrats, Tara!
Welcome back to another season of the NCAA tourney and everything college basketball!
Injuries are already a concern with a few teams as they take to the paint.
If you’re a diehard hoophead, a weekend warrior or a bleacher bum who just likes to fill out a bracket, take five with this blog on basketball’s top injuries.
March Madness is here and we’re excited to watch some of our sports partners as they begin playing in the big dance. Best of luck.
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Cliff tried orthopedic and home exercises to help correct problems with his ankles, but nothing worked long-term. That’s when his doctor referred him to our center in Green.
“It only took a couple visits for me to realize that these folks were seriously knowledgeable professionals and considerate of patients' needs and limitations,” Cliff said.
He worked with Physical Therapist Chelsea Lynn on an at-home exercise plan and finally found the success he was looking for. “After several weeks my ankles are in great shape,” Cliff shared.
That was not the only improvement he saw. Cliff had a balance problem after suffering a stroke several years ago and was surprised to find physical therapy helped with that, too.
“I'm one very pleased patient," Cliff said.
We're so happy to be apart of your recovery, Cliff!
Hey picklers! Looking to maintain or strengthen your balance in 30 seconds? Check this out and let us know how the kitchen sink tip works for you.
When most people hear about athletic trainers, they think of high school, collegiate and professional sports.
Did you know that athletic trainers can play a big role in the workplace as well?
Listen in on the latest episode of Your Questions, Our Experts as Athletic Trainer Kirsten Potts explains her role with a major airline company in Utah.
You never know when your life will change. For Tami Molloy, it was an ordinary day, out doing one of her favorite things; riding her motorcycle. That’s when Tami was hit by a car, suffering many broken bones and surgeries to repair them. She was scared she would never walk normally again. For more than seven months, she couldn’t walk at all.
Tami started working with Physical Therapist Adam Russell at our Derby, KS center, and her progress was fast. “After six weeks of treatment I was able to bear weight on my leg again and took my first steps since the accident,” Tami explained.
“Adam is my biggest supporter,” Tami said. “My case has been quite challenging, but Adam and staff have been able to find ways to accommodate and get results. The first time I walked in the clinic, I think the staff was more excited than I was! There were so many little milestones along the way and the staff support helped me believe in myself.”
Tami is now making great strides in her recovery. “I am walking most of the time without crutches and I am now able to do some things around the house," Tami said. "It has been 10 months since our accident and life is finally starting to get back to somewhat normal.”
Thank you for choosing NovaCare Rehabilitation, Tami. We are proud of your recovery and thankful to be by your side through your accomplishments.
Happy International Women's Day!
- Mary McMillan is considered the “mother of physical therapy” in the United States and was the founder and first president of the American Women’s Physical Therapeutic Association in 1921, helping treat wounded soldiers after World War I.
- Among the five founders of Occupational Therapy, three are women: Isabel Newton, Susan Cox, and Eleanor Clarke Slagle.
- Margaret Blanton was one of the first Americans to publish work on speech therapy and was one of the founding members of the American Academy of Speech Correction, which later became the American Speech-Hearing Language Association.
- Gail Weldon was one of the first ten women to be certified as an athletic trainer and the first female Athletic Trainer for the U.S. Olympic Committee in 1976.
This International Women’s Day, we recognize the amazing contributions of these women and the inspiration they’ve provided for all women here.
Athletic trainers save lives, help prevent injuries and keep athletes and employees performing at their best. Throughout March, we’re recognizing all of the amazing things they do. To kick off the month, check out some of our athletic trainers from across the country as they share the many aspects of their important role.
Anterior cruciate ligament, otherwise known as ACL. Whether you’re an athlete or a sports fan, you know what it means. If you or someone you know has suffered an ACL tear/injury, you also know what it takes to come back. There is nothing better than a good comeback story, and we have one for you. This is about student-athlete Izzy and the hard work and dedication it took for her to get back on the field. And, here to tell this story is our own Kevin Wilk, physical therapist, vice president and national director of clinical education and research. Spoiler alert: the ending is great!
Wow! What another great day at the PPA Tour’s Indoor National Championships. Lots of pros saw our clinicians throughout a busy day in Minnesota.
Our NovaCare Rehabilitation team in Minnesota was busy yesterday providing care to the athletes at the Indoor Championships! Our team is looking forward to the rest of the weekend.
Pictured we have physical therapist Eric Polson, occupational therapist Rachel Egan and athletic trainer Paul Hansen. PPA Tour
Attention picklers. You love the sport, the competition, the fun to be had. The last thing you need is to slow down play due to elbow issues. To keep nagging pain away, take a moment to hear from our physical therapists as they share some quick tips to stay on the court and in the kitchen.
Thanks to Physical Therapists Brian Hershberger and Teri Eldenburg for lending your expertise. PPA Tour
The makes its way up north to Minnesota this weekend for the Indoor National Championships!
NovaCare Rehabilitation clinicians will be onsite to provide care to the athletes in this huge tournament. Best of luck to all of those competing! PPA Tour
Select Medical’s Select Sports Centers Of Excellence Deploy Hyperice Recovery Technology Across The U.S.
Hyperice recovery technology has been integrated into more than 70 Select Sports Centers of Excellence across the U.S. to assist in the rehabilitative care of athletes. Additionally, more than 400 Select Medical athletic trainers use Hyperice technology in high school, college and professional team training rooms and on sidelines.
Select Medical is the parent company of NovaCare Rehabilitation. Follow the link to read more.
Select Medical’s Select Sports Centers Of Excellence Deploy Hyperice Recovery Technology Across The U.S. Hyperice recovery technology has been integrated into more than 70 Select Sports Centers of Excellence across the U.S.
Barbara Morrissey is a registered nurse on a mission to fight cancer. She has spent the last 29 years running the New York City (NYC) Marathon to support cancer research at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC).
Barbara’s connection to cancer is a personal one, after all. At the age of 26, her brother was diagnosed with testicular cancer. Due to a new chemotherapy protocol available to treat the deadly disease and, after rounds of treatment, Barbara’s brother survived.
Even still, after all these years, Barbara’s desire to fight cancer and help others keeps her training and logging many miles. So when she underwent surgery for a knee replacement, her ultimate goal was to get back to running as soon as possible so she could run the 2022 NYC Marathon.
Barbara turned to physical therapy to help her heal. Her perseverance training on the road was matched in our rehabilitation setting. She put the work in and broke the odds and ran that marathon.
“I had a great day running my 29th NYC Marathon, and my ‘new’ knee felt great,” said Barbara. “The weather was hot/humid, like Florida! But, I took it easy as runners in Florida have learned to do. I was so happy to get to the start line and enjoy 26.2 miles, 5 bridges, almost 50,000 runners and thousands of cheering supporters.”
Barbara placed third in her age group for the marathon – quite the feat! – and our team was happy to play a part in her success.
“I finished, sweaty and tired, but unbelievably happy and thankful to all who joined me in this effort to run down cancer, giving researchers at MSKCC $10,862.40 to beat cancer.”
Great job, Barbara! We wish you continued success with marathon running and charity work.
Prior to the big game on Super Bowl Sunday, Damar Hamlin of the Buffalo Bills spoke for the first time about his sudden cardiac arrest in January. During the interview, he profusely thanked the assistant athletic trainer for saving his life after administering CPR on the field.
Our highly trained athletic trainers not only manage on-field injuries, they also offer essential planning to enhance the security of events. Emergency action plans (EAP) are developed based on the field location, sport, situation and access to emergency equipment.
Our Bob Mangine, physical therapist, athletic trainer, dives into the many layers of an EAP. Preparedness protects lives, after all.
To learn more about how our athletic trainers help to care for and protect the lives of athletes, contact us today.
A belly laugh makes you leak.
Getting up from sitting makes you dribble. On your way to the bathroom, you fear you might not make it.
Read our blog to find out what might be going on and how we can help you.
Colleen Hickey Appointed National Director of Select Medical’s Outpatient Pelvic Health Rehabilitation Program
Select Medical, NovaCare Rehabilitation's parent company, has appointed physical therapist Colleen Hickey as the national director of its outpatient pelvic health rehabilitation program. She has more than 30 years of experience in the physical therapy industry, including 10 years in pelvic health therapy.
Learn more about Colleen and pelvic health.
Colleen Hickey Appointed National Director of Select Medical’s Outpatient Pelvic Health Rehabilitation Program Select Medical has appointed Colleen Hickey, MHA, M.S., P.T., as the national director of its outpatient pelvic health rehabilitation program.
Edgar is a patient at our NovaCare Prosthetics & Orthotics center in Westminster, MD. His love for the Philadelphia Eagles began in 1960 when the Birds won the championship and since then, his admiration for the team has only grown.
Edgar had his unique device made earlier this season and has been working towards getting better with his certified prosthetist and orthotist and center manager, Mike Ravegum.
What an awesome representation of fandom! Best of luck to the Eagles in the big game!
Curious about this technique that’s been around for thousands of years?
Learn how cupping is used in treating back and neck pain, headache and arthritis in this 4-minute read.
February is American Heart Month. This is a time to focus on cardiovascular health and spread awareness.
Studies have proven exercise improves heart health. Our highly trained physical therapists are movement experts and can help patients to increase their exercise tolerance safely. Should an injury occur, our team creates a treatment plan personalized to each patient’s needs with the goal of providing the best possible outcome.
Working together, we help patients reach their health and wellness goals.
Staff members from three NovaCare Rehabilitation centers across western Pennsylvania recently conducted an 'Ask the Physical Therapist' session and provided blood pressure checks at The Center at the Mall.
Carolyn Hoffman, physical therapist, Amanda Grater, physical therapist and Cindy Boff (not pictured), physical therapist, performed the checks and answered physical therapy questions.
"This was a great way to get out in the community and help answer questions," said Amanda. "We heard many health and wellness goals for the New Year. We love helping people reach their goals!"
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Jim has always been an avid square dancer. He was also a chef by trade and passion, spending his retirement dancing and cooking homemade meals for family. That is until an ankle wound left him hospitalized and resulted in a below-the-knee amputation.
He spent the first part of his recovery journey at the Cleveland Clinic Rehabilitation Hospital in affiliation with Select Medical, in Avon, Ohio. The therapy team helped him to regain the strength he needed to use a wheelchair post-amputation for his mobility needs at home and in the community. Still adamant about not accepting the wheelchair as a long-term tool for his mobility, the team at Cleveland Clinic suggested he continue therapy in the outpatient setting.
On his first day of therapy in our outpatient center, Jim needed assistance getting from his car to the building. He was eager to get started on his journey to ditch the wheelchair for good. His goal was to get back to square dancing with a prosthetic.
As he progressed through outpatient therapy, Jim recalls two days as his favorite; the day he was able to hop for the first time with his walker outside of the parallel bars, and the day he could stand without any support. But those days don't compare to his all-time favorite day - when he began to walk again on his own!
Jim is back to cooking and walking, without the wheelchair, and ready for square dancing again this spring.
If you're ready to experience the power of physical therapy for yourself, visit novacare.com today to find a center near you.
When NovaCare Rehabilitation patient and life-long Philadelphia Eagles fan Dave Sommerfeld learned he might need to amputate his foot following an injury at work, he never gave up.
His passion for the Eagles and being able to walk up the stadium steps at Lincoln Financial Field kept him moving forward.
All season long, NovaCare’s patients have been raising a helmet to celebrate their success of returning to what they love most. With NovaCare’s help, they didn’t let pain or injury prevent them from living their best life.
Dave’s story was among one of the most heart-warming stories we’ve heard, full of trials and triumph.
If you or someone you know is unsure if physical therapy is right for you, NovaCare offers complimentary consultations with a physical therapist to talk through treatment options. Simply click the link below to schedule yours:
As the Official Physical Therapy Partner of the Philadelphia Eagles, we’re excited to begin the playoff run.
On the field, court, rink, mat and everywhere else, our athletic trainers are there for you.
Mid-January is better than never. You showed up.
Check out some tips to get you started on your wellness journey.
Is this how you picture physical therapy?
This blog will open your eyes to less typical types of treatment that are also effective in restoring movement and helping with pain.
As we gear up for a new pickleball season, we're sharing a few stretches that can be done during your warm-up to help prevent injury.
Stay healthy, picklers!
David sustained a right thumb fracture in September when he fell and caught his right thumb on a chair. As a professional piano player (playing since age 15!), it was important to David to get back to the keys.
An accomplished musician, David has played for Aretha Franklin and Shirley Jones from television's 'The Partridge Family'. He also had his own band for 25 years and played at local venues such as the Bay Pony Inn and William Penn Inn. David was also an instrumental music teacher for 34 years in Pennsylvania's Quakertown School District.
After making a full recovery in therapy, David was kind enough to come play some tunes for us.
Congrats, David. We can't wait to see you back on stage!
For more information about our hand therapy program: https://bit.ly/3jM7Sb8
This 4-minute read will give you 5 great reasons for starting or continuing your physical therapy before December 31st.
If you’re scheduled for a surgery in 2023, our number 3 reason may surprise you.
‘Tis the season to rejoice and reflect on the past year. It’s a time to gather with family and friends and sprinkle a little cheer everywhere you go.
Happy holidays to our patients, colleagues and community.
Keeping the Throwers' Arm Healthy,
Calling all throwing athletes, parents, coaches, physical therapists, athletic trainers, physicians and you, too! Kevin Wilk, vice president and national director of clinical education research, will be hosting an informative webinar this evening at 6:30 p.m. EST. Kevin’s topic, titled ‘How to Keep Your Throwing Arm Healthy,’ features former Major League Baseball players John Smoltz, Todd Jones and Garrett Whitlock.
Visit the link below to sign up for tonight’s discussion! You don’t want to miss it.
Two of our are facing each other today in men’s basketball action! Bob Mangine, athletic trainer and physical therapist at the University of Cincinnati, and Ryan Anderson, athletic trainer at La Salle University, are there taking care of the athletes. Best of luck to both teams! GoBearcats La Salle Athletics
68-year-old Ruby had back surgery this past June that required two surgeries on different days. Fast forward to July and she needed an emergency back surgery and was bedbound for four months. Not being able to move for a long stretch, Ruby was ready to give up.
September rolled around and it was time for Ruby to begin aquatic therapy. During the early stages of therapy, she needed a walker due to pain and her legs needed support. With the support of physical therapist Lisa Sowell from our Cherry Hill West center in NJ, Ruby began to see improvement in the pool.
After aquatic therapy, she started regular physical therapy in November. We're happy to report that Ruby is now walking without her walker and is getting back to normal activities she loves.
"This has been quite an experience," said Ruby. "I thanked God so many times for helping me through this difficult process. I would like to personally thank the four physical therapists that assisted me throughout this part of my healing process. Your patience and determination to get me up and moving has really put me on a new path in my healing process."
Way to go, Ruby!
To learn more about our aquatic therapy, visit https://bit.ly/3GZlrgE.
Our is ready for Bowl season! The Cincinnati Bearcats are set to take on Louisville tomorrow at 11 a.m. EST in the Fenway Bowl in Boston! Best of luck to the team and thank you to our amazing staff who made the trip! GoBearcats
Tommy Zula, a patient at our NovaCare Rehabilitation center in Huber Heights, OH and professional mountain biker, suffered a torn ACL while filming a commercial. NovaCare's blood flow restriction (BFR) training peaked his interest and was his reason for choosing us.
After working with our Chris Sullivan, physical therapist, Tommy has seen much improvement and he'll be ready to hop back on his bike in no time.
Check out the video below to hear from Tommy and the wonderful physical therapy experience he's having with NovaCare.
For more information on BFR, check out our blog at https://www.novacare.com/why-choose-us/news-blog/if-you-want-blood-flow-restriction-we-have-got-it/.
Please Join us next Friday, April 22nd at our Capitol Hill Locations for our PhysioTEEN youth athlete injury prevention series!
We are pleased to announce that we have received the prestigious designation of being a PhysioSports Center of Excellence!! For more information on PhysioSports please visit our website at myphysio.com/physiosports
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