National Physical Therapy Month

National Physical Therapy Month is hosted by the American Physical Therapy Association each October to recognize how physical therapists help transform society by restoring and improving motion in people’s lives.

This October, the focus is on healthy aging and the many ways that physical therapists, as movement experts, can help individuals overcome pain, gain and maintain movement, and preserve their independence.

Click on the link below to learn helpful tips on aging.

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Welcome Our Newest Therapist

We would like to welcome Neil Reynolds as our newest therapist.  Neil received his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Duquesne University in 2015.  He also received his Bachelor’s of Science in Biology from The University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown in 2010.  In addition to orthopedic and sports physical therapy, Neil’s interest and experience are in manual therapy and treatment of patients with spinal disorders.  He is also a member of the APTA.

Neil is a fan of all Pittsburgh sports teams.  He is also an avid rugby player, having played in college and continuing today for the Pittsburgh Highlanders.

Neil is currently treating patients in our Penn Hills office.

Hand Therapy

Certified Hand Therapy is the specialty practice of rehabilitation of the upper limb, including the hand, wrist, and elbow.  Our certified hand therapist, Carolyn McElhaney, uses the foundation of occupational therapy practice together with an extensive knowledge of the upper limb to assess, plan, and carry out treatment to restore function, prevent dysfunction, and reverse the progression of pathology with a large variety of upper limb disorders and conditions.  The practice of hand therapy allows the patient to perform tasks to participate fully in self-care, work, and leisure activities.

Hand Therapy can help individuals with musculoskeletal or neurological hand disorders:

  • Improve joint motion
    • Increase dexterity
    • Help manage pain
    • Control swelling and scar formation
    • Aid healing through wound management
    • Restore movement and sensitivity by reeducating muscles and nerves
    • Correct and prevent deformities through the use of splints
    • Provide training in using prosthetics and adaptive equipment
    • Provide work conditioning

Often physicians prescribe the use of specially-made splints as part of a patient’s hand rehabilitation program. Carolyn is trained to properly size and create splints for a variety of needs. In addition, she can provide instruction to patients and caregivers in the proper use of prosthetics and adaptive equipment to replace lost function.