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Ross Township resident, James Martin, struggled with as Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV) symptoms for more than two years. “Every day was a constant battle,” said James. “I would feel dizzy and nauseous whenever I tilted my head back so I had to restrict my movements. At night when I would try to lay down in bed, it felt like the room was spinning so I ended up sleeping upright in a recliner.”
After multiple visits to his otolaryngologist, James was not finding continued relief. He learned about vestibular rehabilitation at Physical Rehabilitation Services (PRS) and decided to give it a try.
“My whole family has been treated by PRS over the years so I felt confident going there for treatment,” said James. “I was so impressed with Veronica right from the start. The thing that really stood out to me is that she listened. She took her time and focused on what I had to say. She was patient and did not rush through my treatment.”
After completing his treatment, James is symptom free and has been able to return to all of his normal activities. “What a difference this has made in my life,” he said. “I feel normal again. I am forever grateful for the help they gave to me.”
When Glenshaw resident, Kathy Barkovich, noticed a small lump above her knee, she immediately contacted her physician. Tests revealed that she had myxofibrosarcoma, a type of cancer that presents in bone and connective tissue. Within a month of discovery, she underwent two surgeries to remove the sarcoma and shortly after, underwent a third reconstructive surgery to replace the soft tissue cushioning the knee joint by using a portion of her calf muscle.
Following her surgeries she was restricted to a wheel chair and could not put any weight on her leg. Now facing rehab, she turned to the team at Physical Rehabilitation Services (PRS). “My husband had used PRS multiple times before and was so pleased with his treatment that I knew that’s where I wanted to go as well,” Kathy said. “The first thing I have to say about them is that they helped me to relax. I felt so confident with the entire staff. Veronica was my primary physical therapist and she explained why and how things worked and helped me make sense of what happened to me.”
As Kathy’s rehab continued, she was able to advance from the wheel chair to using a walker to using a crutch and then to walking on her own. “I remember them putting me on a bike at one point and all I could do was rock my leg back and forth,” she said with a smile. “When I finally made the pedal go all the way around, I was so happy and they were all there with me celebrating my achievement. As I struggled through parts of my rehab, they made me laugh and helped me move forward. They know just what to do.”
After completing her treatment, Kathy is able to walk with ease and has returned to her normal activities including working in her beautiful garden. She also participated in the Pittsburgh Cure Sarcoma 5K Run/1M Walk completing the 1M walk this past June. Although she has some movement restrictions, the team has taught her alternate ways to navigate without stressing her knee. “Even though my rehab is over, I know I can call Veronica if I have any questions or problems,” she says. “When you have a traumatic experience like I did, you need to be with people who know what they are doing. This group really cares and I wouldn’t consider going anywhere else.”
– Kathy Barkovich
This past July, local resident George “Ed” Maslanka was helping his neighbor remove dirt and debris from his yard after heavy rains had caused flooding. An unfortunate wrong step off of a trailer sent him crashing to the ground, landing on his shoulder.
An MRI revealed a torn rotator cuff, which is a tear in the tissues connecting muscle to bone and tendons around the shoulder joint. Ed underwent surgery and returned to Physical Rehabilitation Services for rehab. “I feel confident going there,” remarked Ed. “They monitor you closely and if they see you’re not doing something correctly, they help you.”
After completing his prescribed treatment at Physical Rehabilitation Services, Ed says, “I’m feeling good after physical therapy. I highly recommend the group at Physical Rehabilitation Services. The care there is top notch!”
-George “Ed” Maslanka
Ross Township resident, Ginger Webb, is no stranger to pain. Struggling for the past three to four years, she found herself in a state of constant discomfort. “I thought I was just getting older and that’s what happens,” she says. “I tried to ignore it.”
Reaching the point that she could no longer tolerate the constant pain, Ginger sought medical attention. An MRI revealed multiple spinal disc problems along with lumbar stenosis, a narrowing of the spinal canal which compresses the nerves traveling through the lower back into the legs. This, coupled with hip weakness stemming from an earlier hip replacement, was the source of Ginger’s constant pain.
Physical therapy was recommended and Ginger chose the team at Physical Rehabilitation Services. “I saw the results that other people I know had with them and they do have an excellent reputation, so I decided to give them a try,” she says. “They could not have been nicer. My therapist was knowledgeable and she really cared. You’re not just a number there – they’re hands on and work with you one on one.”
After completing her therapy, Ginger’s pain has been reduced dramatically. “I can move a lot better,” she says. “They inspired me. I feel like I want to stay healthy. I highly recommend the group at Physical Rehabilitation Services,” she says. “The people are terrific.”
Terry W. is a happy PRS patient. He completed physical therapy treatment to his lumbar region and on his recent trip to England and Ireland has been walking and enjoying the sights pain free!
Stephanie has helped me tremendously in addressing (and understanding) a lot of my pain issues. I have been so pleased with the time and effort she has put into helping me. Many thanks!
At the suggestion of my rheumatologist, Dr. Angela Stupi, I was to start physical therapy for lower back pain that radiated across the right side of my back, down the outer side of my leg. I wasn’t sure where to get therapy but decided to try Physical Rehabilitation Services even though I lived fifty miles away.
I am very glad I chose them. At the onset of therapy my pain was severe. Stephanie was my therapist and I received excellent care. She was caring, understanding of my needs and helped relieve my pain using various modalities. She and Kathy were very accommodating with my scheduling and it was a good and helpful experience. Thank you!
I experienced a bad fall one night and shattered my femur. Following two surgeries, I found myself in a wheelchair.
Based on a recommendation from a close friend, I turned to PRS. Slowly graduating from the wheelchair to a walker to a cane, I now walk freely with no assistance and was able to return to my job. They are incredible. They have all the patience on the world. What a great group of therapists!
I have been active my whole life. After undergoing a total knee replacement followed by manipulation under anesthesia, I attended physical therapy at another facility. I worked out three times a week for over three months. They put me on machine after machine, but I was only able to partially bend my knee (80 degrees). I felt like I had a peg leg. Unhappy with my lack of progress, I turned to PRS. Using a variety of treatment techniques including manual therapy, I was able to bend my knee to 125 degrees after three months! They had a great routine with me and paid attention to the details. It was a great experience. They treat you one-on-one.
Bill, I want to thank you so much for all you did for me. My shoulder was stubborn and you never gave up on me. I am thankful for all the time and effort you put in to making my shoulder much better. Thank you.
Bill, Mary, Dave, Stephanie, Abby & Staff — Thanks to all for such excellent care and personalized attention. I feel better and will do my best to keep up the exercises! I would certainly recommend you to anyone.
After being accepted as a JAG Officer with the U.S. Army, but before reporting to basic training, Jacob sprained his ankle. He tried to “self-heal” for a while, but with two weeks left before his report date, he came to us for the first time. When he first showed up, he could not run without severe pain in his ankle and heel; an obvious problem for someone about to enter a military career.
After two weeks of physical therapy, Jacob is pleased to report that he is now running without discomfort. While he will continue his exercises to regain full strength, Jacob says “Bill and all the staff at PRS helped me make tremendous strides in a short time period. Without their help, I am sure that I would still be hobbling around. I cannot thank them enough for the therapy and encouragement.
Former Marine Walt Boyle has led an extremely active and fit life. In an instant, Walt’s life changed. While outside with his dog, he slipped on a muddy hillside, catching his foot on some debris, and tumbled down the hill tearing his quadricep muscle from the bone. Walt underwent surgery, wore a brace, developed a blood clot and underwent a second surgery. He attended physical therapy with minimal success, and was told, “That may be as good as it gets.” Unwilling to accept his pain and limited range of motion, Walt sought additional medical advice and started physical therapy with PRS. Within a few weeks, his pain reduced, he gained additional range of motion and he continues to progress today. “I’m walking,” he says. “You would never know what happened to me.” Crediting their experience and personalized approach in treating his situation, Walt responds, “These guys are my guardian angels.”
Marion Koch leads a healthy and active life. She takes vitamins, attends regular exercise classes, stretches and walks on a regular basis in addition to caring for her husband. Recently, she succumbed to a debilitating condition. “The pain in my leg was so bad, I could hardly walk,” says Marion. Referring to a stabbing pain in her upper thigh, Marion pursued medical treatment. Multiple attempts at relieving her pain proved unsuccessful. Unable to find relief, her massage therapist suggested physical therapy and recommended PRS. Using a variety of treatment techniques and a personalized approach, Marion quickly found relief. Today, she is pain free and able to resume all of her activities. “I am so thankful,” she says. “They really helped me.”
Louise Sutton believes in staying active. She walks, swims, volunteers at a hospital gift shop, her church and with a children’s charity where she is currently helping with their signature fundraising event. Like many older adults, Louise suffers with osteoarthritis, a form of arthritis that occurs when the protective cartilage on the ends of your bones wears over time and stenosis, a narrowing of the open spaces within your spine which can cause pressure on the spinal cord and nerves. She turned to PRS for help in reducing her pain. “I was so impressed with their integrity and competence,” she says. “Their positive attitude permeates the entire staff.” Louise continued to explain that her therapist also tested her balance and suggested preventive measures she could take to avoid falling. She describes her experience with PRS as valuable and believes it has helped her maintain doing all the things she loves to do.
As an athlete, Vertus Jones knows what it means to maintain a healthy lifestyle. A former wrestler and now assistant varsity wrestling coach, Vertus subscribes to the health triangle, a tool that helps gauge the mental, social and physical aspects of life with the goal of achieving balance in all three areas. When he found himself suffering with low back pain as the result of a bulging disc, he turned to PRS for help. “Physical therapy is an important of the healing process,” he states. “They were with me every step of the way. My physical therapist made it a great experience.”
“Excellent care and communication… the best therapists in the area… the only place I would send my family members.”
-Local referring physician
“I am so pleased with my progress… I feel as though they gave me my life back!”
“The early morning start times were helpful for me to come regularly and still maintain my busy schedule.”
“I had physical therapy in the past at another facility and never looked forward to it. My time and experience at your facility was enjoyable and really helped me to understand the importance of doing therapy everyday.”
“This was an extremely positive experience. I have had PT at another facility but my experience here was so significantly better and with a significantly improved outcome.”
“I never had a problem scheduling the times I needed.”
“I went directly from my PCP’s office to speak with the therapist and he was able to evaluate me immediately, on his lunch hour.”
“Staff members were extremely pleasant and made me feel that I was strongly supported in all aspects of my rehab. I would recommend your facility to anyone in need of excellent rehab care!”
“I just want to thank the staff for their wonderful compassion and healing hands. You are a great team.”
“I hardly ever had to wait at all, I always arrived a few minutes early and was taken right away. The office staff always greeted me with a smile.”