Clinician Spotlight: Ryan Casey, PT, DPT, CSCS, SFMA

Ryan Casey is a Staff Physical Therapist at Progress Physical Therapy – University City. He has worked at Progress for a little over a year after the completion of his DPT at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia.

Not only is Ryan a fantastic clinician, but he is also a certified IRONMAN! Ryan recently completed his first full Ironman race in Cambridge, Maryland, in September. Participants must complete a 2.4-mile swim, followed by a 112-mile bike ride, and finishing with a 26.2-mile (aka a Marathon!) Ryan smashed his goal of completing in under 15 hours with a finish time of 14 hours and 23 minutes. Ryan has plans to compete in three upcoming Half Ironman races to work on his speed and technique as he continues his endurance athlete career.

                     

Clinically, Ryan believes in practicing what he preaches and enjoys working with other athletes, specifically runners, cyclists, and triathletes. He is pursuing clinical education focused on the diagnosis and treatment of low back disorders as well as clinical management of running-related injuries. Currently, Ryan is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), plus certifications in Level 1 Selective Functional Movement Assesment (SFMA) and Level 1 Fascial Stretch Therapist (FST).

 

Delaware Ave. Clinic Open House

We are excited to be hosting an open house event at our newest clinic in the Northern Liberties neighborhood of Philadelphia on Thursday, October 25th from 5PM – 8PM.

We encourage any and all community members to attend for a chance to tour our brand new facility, meet our clinical team, and enjoy some evening refreshments. This is sure to a great event and we look forward to seeing everyone!

Please RSVP to: dparker@progresspt.com 

Newest Clinic on Delaware Ave. in Philadelphia

We are very excited to announce the recent opening of our newest clinic just off of Delaware Ave. near Penn’s Landing in Philadelphia. This brand new location offers the same great patient experience in a brand new facility that easily accessible via public transportation and has plenty of parking for patients.

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Our highly experienced patient support and clinical staff is ready to get you back on track and on the road to recovery. The clinic is open for patient treatment Monday through Friday from 8AM to 4PM. We plan to open up the clinic for evening treatment hours very soon. Call us today or visit www.progresspt.com to schedule your appointment online.

 

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The Postural Restoration Institute – Background and Application

I was recently in Lincoln, Nebraska at the Postural Restoration Institute (PRI) to go through their credentialing program. In order to sit for the exam, they require completion of certain courses and an application that includes case studies, articles reviews, and exercise application. In addition, the application reviewers provide feedback and follow up questions that must be completed. This process was an incredible learning experience and helped make me a better clinician.  Postural Restoration is a form of physical therapy treatment that encompasses the entire body. The focus of the treatment is to find and correct common postural patterns found in the human body. PRI defines posture as ‘a reflection of the “position” of many systems that are regulated, determined and created through limited functional patterns. The human body is not symmetrical and this influences the way we stand, sit, walk, rest, rotate and breathe.  This asymmetry exists throughout the neurological, respiratory, circulatory, muscular, and vision systems. This is an amazing design and is balanced through reciprocal movement and system imbalances. When these normal imbalances are not regulated, strong patterns can emerge. Focusing on the underlying patterns can help to effectively treat the patient and prevent further injury. Some visible signs of these imbalances can include walking with little or no arm swing on the right, elevated anterior ribs on the left, asymmetry of the head and face, a favorable standing position on their right leg while rotating their upper body to the left, or one or both legs turning out while standing or lying. PRI has their own objective tests to determine the underlying patterns of patients and has exercises to restore right and left system balances and pain free reciprocal and alternating movement. During new patient evaluations, tests will determine these underlying patterns and based on the findings, certain manual and non-manual techniques will be performed. Due to the asymmetry of the body, many exercises will only be performed on one side. Kasha Stevenson, PT, DPT, PRC, CSCS  Progress Physical Therapy – University City

The Role of a Hand Therapist

The role of a hand therapist is often unknown by many. Hand therapists play pivotal role in the rehabilitation and recovery of patients that are dealing with a variety of upper extremity injuries, diseases, and conditions. The upper extremity region begins at the shoulder and ends at the finger tips The muscles, bones, and joints that make up the upper extremity region are incredibly complex and often require a therapist that has extensive knowledge and very specific training in treating and managing such conditions. So, what exactly is a hand therapist? A hand therapist is an occupational or physical therapist with knowledge of anatomy, physiology and kinesiology in treatment of pathological upper extremity conditions resulting from trauma, disease, congenital or acquired deformity. Hand therapists bridge the gap from medical management of upper extremity conditions to return patients to prior level of function. Hand therapists provide non-operative interventions, preventative care, and post-surgical rehabilitation for a wide variety of upper extremity disorders, from simple fingertip injuries to complex replanted extremities. Luisa Aggio, OTR/L Progress Physical Therapy