In 1981 the American Physical Therapy Association House of Delegates approved board certification in the area of orthopaedics. The first orthopaedics specialist certification examination was administered in 1989. As of June 2013, 8,532 physical therapists have been board certified orthopaedic specialists.
Carley Greenawalt is a physical therapist in ACPT’s Butler Office. She recently completed an Orthopeadic residency from the DiSepio Institute for Rural Health and Wellness at Saint Francis University. In March 2014, Dr. Greenawalt sat for her certification exams and is now recognized by the American Physical Therapy Association as a Board Certified Orthopaedic Specialist. Join us in congratulating Dr. Greenawalt!
The summer sun is finally here! But before you trade in your jacket and jeans for a tank top and swimsuit to hit the poolside, here’s something to consider: Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in America, with one person in five developing skin cancer at some point in their lives. Early skin cancer can look like an irritated or strangely pigmented patch of skin, or an unusual mole. Any skin changes should be checked out by your physician. Here are some steps you can take to help keep you and your family safe while still enjoying your summer fun. Wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen that protects from both types of ultraviolet (UV) light — UVA and UVB. Apply sunscreen liberally and often, especially if you are playing in the water or getting sweaty. Try to avoid the peak hours of sun between 10 AM and 2 PM. Even on cloudy days, the sun’s UV rays still filter through most strongly during these hours. Protect your skin with clothing, including long-sleeved shirts, pants or long skirts, and wide-brimmed hats. Lightweight and loose-fitting clothing will keep you cool and comfortable. Sun canopies and umbrellas are a great choice for sunny outdoor gatherings. You may not think of physical therapy when you think of skin cancer, but the therapists see a lot of skin! Our physical therapists can spot unusual changes in your skin and will refer to your physician. Just remember: get out and enjoy the beautiful summer weather — but respect the sun, and protect your skin!
If you stop by the Edgewood Office, you will notice two new faces.
Dr. Kira Steele, Physical Therapist, is a pelvic floor specialist at ACPT’s Edgewood office. Dr Steele received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Chatham University and her Bachelor’s Degree from Kent State University. Dr. Steele’s clinical interests include pelvic floor, lymphedema and pregnancy related conditions. She also enjoys participating in Crossfit.
Abby McKiernan is a physical therapist assistant at ACPT’s Edgewood Office. She completed an Associate’s Degree for Physical Therapy Assistant at the Community College of Allegheny County and a Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Physiology from West Virigina University. She is also a certified Corrective Exercise Specialist through the National Academy of Sports Medicine. Abby played volleyball at WVU then went on to coach at Carlow University after finsihing school. She also has several years of experience in personal training.
July 1st all ACPT offices will be implementing electronic medical records. This new tool will improve our scheduling process, organize and streamline our office processes and help our clinicians practice using the best evidence based treatment. Our end goal is to make sure YOUR experience is extraordinary every time!
Check out opportunities to run, socialize and learn at ACPT.
Upcoming Run Dates & Times:
July 8 @ 7 PM, Run with Dr. V and Coach D
Edgewood Office evening group run. Dr. Nancy Foley will present techniques on training following the run.
July 29 @ 6 PM, ACPT Run Club
Enjoy an evening running with ACPT Run Club that meets the last Tuesday of each month at ACPT’s Wexford Office.
Injury and surgery can be tough on your body. In addition to easy-to-see damage like broken bones and stitched-up skin, you may have damage to other body networks like your lymphatic system. Lymph is a clear fluid that interacts with both your immune system and your blood. The motion of your muscles helps lymph to move around your body properly. When the lymphatic system is damaged by injury or surgery, or when the system does not develop properly, you can experience painful swelling in the affected limbs. This swelling is called lymphedema. It is a common problem for cancer patients recovering from radiation treatment or lymph node surgery.
At Allegheny Chesapeake Physical Therapy (ACPT), we offer treatment for lymphedema. If diagnosed and treated at an early stage, this treatment can often completely eliminate lymphedema. If the condition is more advanced, treatment helps manage the swelling and discomfort. Treatment for lymphedema includes a specialized type of massage called manual lymphatic drainage, therapeutic exercise, and compression bandaging. This protocol helps move lymph fluid from the affected limb.
Our certified lymphedema specialists are experts in all types of swelling, whether caused by venous insufficiency, joint surgery, skin conditions, and lymphedema. If you have a question or concern about any type of swelling, please call our Butler Office (for Dr. Sung-ah Keppel), our Eastside Office (for Dr. Suzanne Cavanaugh), or our Edgewood Office (for Dr. Kristen Carlin). Their expert services will help speed you on the road to recovery.
Please join our Eastside Office in their 4th Anniversary celebration. Open house will be held on Thursday, July 10th from 6 – 8 PM at the Eastside Office.
Allegheny Chesapeake Physical Therapy is pleased to offer massage therapy at several locations. Our Edgewood, Butler, Eastside, Ebensburg, Portage, and Johnstown offices all offer massage therapy services. If you are new to the idea of massage therapy, you may be wondering – just what is massage? Massage is the practice of manual soft tissue manipulation with physical, functional, and in some cases psychological purposes and goals. Massage is often used to treat chronic muscle or joint pain, tension headaches, chronically fatigued muscles, low energy levels, depression, anxiety, and stress. Deirdre Amos, LMT is the Coordinator of Massage Therapy Services for ACPT. She has been practicing massage therapy for nine years and is a professional member of the American Massage Therapy Association. “Everyone can benefit from massage,” says Ms. Amos. “One of primary benefits of massage is stress reduction. Most people don’t realize how much stress they hold on to, and that stress works its way into every part of the body. Massage will help bring those stress levels down.” Athletes and other people with active lifestyles may realize even more advantages from massage. “Athletes may find they don’t get injured as often, and their muscles recover more quickly from exercise,” she says. Ms. Amos also maintains an ACPT Massage Therapy page on Facebook, with updates on schedule openings and other news. ACPT’s massage therapy services include: Swedish, deep tissue, sports and prenatal massage. New clients, former patients and friends of ACPT are encouraged to give massage therapy a try. Your first massage with an ACPT Massage Therapist is available at a special rate: $50 for a 60-minute massage. Ask your massage therapist about the benefits of scheduling massages on a regular basis. Call one of the six participating locations today to schedule a massage! Like ACPT Massage Therapy on Facebook.
ACPT’s Butler Office is excited for Summer Green, Physical Therapist Assistant to join the team! Summer completed her Associate of Science Degree from Penn State-Shenango Branch. She is a Pennsylvania state licensed Physical Therapist Assistant. Summer has participated in continueing education for manual therapy of the upper quarter, kinesiology taping and workers compensation. In her free time, she enjoys fundraising and volunteering. If you’re in the neighbor, stop by to welcome Summer Green!