Specialties

Hertel & Brown Physical and Aquatic Therapy is dedicated to helping patients achieve their highest functional level by overcoming their physical limitations. By incorporating individual goals and needs and utilizing the most innovative and effective treatment techniques, we develop personalized treatment programs that will result in successful patient outcomes and an improved quality of life.

Hertel and Brown Physical & Aquatic Therapy specializes in the following areas and more. Click to learn more about each specialty.

Aquatic Therapy

Hertel & Brown provides heated, aquatic therapy pools at every location. At each clinic, the pool is located in a separate, private room equipped with a changing room and shower.

Aquatic therapy uses the properties of water to achieve therapeutic benefits that are not available with traditional land-based therapy. Aquatic therapy can enhance, restore, and maintain a person’s functional abilities. When one of our skilled physical therapists designs a personalized aquatic therapy program, they take into account these four benefits:

  • Resistance – provides resistance on all planes of motion to increase strength, endurance and balance
  • Heat – 97° heated water in the pool increases your joint range of motion and relaxes the muscles
  • Hydrostatic Pressure – creates more sufficient blood flow therefore decreasing swelling
  • Buoyancy – less strain is put on the joints due to decreased gravitational pull

Aquatic therapy is beneficial for many disorders, illnesses, injuries and surgeries, including back injuries, arthritis, total joint replacements, joint injuries, strokes, and many more.

Aquatic therapy is provided throughout all office hours and is available for any patient whether they can swim or not. One of our staff members will always be with you for help and assistance.

McKenzie Method

The McKenzie Method ® is a comprehensive approach to the spine, designed to treat patients with the following conditions:

  • Bulging/herniated discs
  • Back & neck pain
  • Radicular or referred pain in to the arms
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Sciatica
  • Stensosis
  • Spine arthritis

McKenzie-certified physical therapists have completed additional training to become a spine specialist. This unique training includes a four-part course with a comprehensive written and practical exam.

Hertel & Brown has two fully certified McKenzie therapists: Aaron Hertel, MPT, Cert. MDT, at West Erie Plaza and Jessica Morphy, DPT, Cert. MDT, at Summit. Every Hertel & Brown location features at least one therapist that has had McKenzie training.

During an evaluation, multi-directional movements are used to determine if they provoke pain or if the patient is limited in his/her movements. Pain patterns guide a patient’s treatment, which becomes simple: implement more movements that reduce pain and avoid movements that produce pain.

The therapist educates the patient on proper posture and body mechanics, which is vital to decreasing aggravating symptoms.

Once pain is reduced, the therapist works with the patient to re-establish a normal range of motion in all planes and regain full function and mobility. The therapist essentially teaches the patient to treat themselves with a preventative maintenance program to keep neck and/or back pain away for good.

If you are interested in the McKenzie Method, call any one of our locations to schedule an appointment today.


Vestibular Rehabilitation

Vestibular rehabilitation is an exercise-based program designed to help individuals with acute and chronic symptoms of vertigo, dizziness and/or disequilibrium resulting from damage to the vestibular (inner ear) system.

We are excited to now offer the BioSway, a new tool for vestibular rehabilitation that can also be used to assist in the evaluation and treatment of a wide range of other conditions affecting balance.

Hertel & Brown Physical Therapy offers treatment for patients with the following conditions at all five of its locations.

  • Vertigo
  • Dizziness
  • Dysequilibrium
  • Labyrinthitis/neuronitis
  • BPPV (benign paroxysmal positional vertigo
  • Meniere’s Syndrome
  • Acoustic neuroma
  • Headaches caused by neck pain
  • Migraines
  • Post-concussive syndrome from sports-related and whiplash injuries

There are several types of dizziness, so the initial evaluation will focus on using tests to determine what kind of dizziness the patient is experiencing and if there are any signs or symptoms that require additional medical evaluation. Once the source of the problem is located, treatment will be based on what triggers the symptoms and the severity of those symptoms.

When the patient’s specific needs are determined, an individualized treatment plan is created with an emphasis on return to normal function. Treatment will consist of a series of progressive balance exercises that are designed to improve balance control and retrain the brain to process signals from the vestibular system.

Vestibular disorders and dizziness are also highly associated with balance and gait deficits, increasing fall risk and subsequent injury. Our highly trained therapists can identify individuals who are at risk for falls.

Individualized vestibular rehabilitation can help reduce symptoms of dizziness as well as improve balance impairments, enhancing quality of life and decreasing fall risk.

Pelvic Floor Therapy

Hertel & Brown Physical Therapy’s Pelvic Floor Health program offers women, men and children unique treatment options for urinary and bowel incontinence, pelvic pain, and/or pelvic floor dysfunction.

Julie Johnson, DPT, BCB-PMD, is board certified in pelvic muscle dysfunction biofeedback by the Biofeedback Certification International Alliance (BCIA). She uses high-tech, state-of-the-art equipment to provide women with a safe, nonsurgical option to treat pelvic floor disorders. Call our West Erie Plaza office at (814) 456-6000 today to schedule an appointment.

Julie Johnson, DPT, BCB-PMD

West Erie Plaza Office

Functional Capacity Evaluation (FCE)

Functional capacity evaluation (FCE) is the physical assessment of an injured worker or accident victim designed to measure their ability to perform work-related tasks.

These evaluations can help in developing a treatment program, determining if an injured worker can return to work and when they can return to work. This testing can also assist with establishing the level of participation and activity that is right for the patient following rehabilitation, which ensures a safe return to work without re-injury.

All testing is performed with standardized protocols that are specific to each case in question. The FCE is an important tool used to assist employers, physicians, insurance companies, attorneys, case managers and vocational consultants to determine safe, functional levels for an individual to either return to work or to establish functional ability.

FCEs are only available at Hertel & Brown’s West Erie Plaza location. Jacqueline Exley, DPT, CFCE, completed the training to perform this specialized testing, which is completed in three to four hours. Results will be prepared within two business days. To schedule an FCE today, call our West Erie Plaza  location at (814) 456-6000.

Jacqueline Exley, DPT

West Erie Plaza Office

Treatments

  • Arthritis
  • Balance disorders
  • Bulging discs
  • Carpal tunnel
  • Chronic pelvic pain
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Fractures
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Hand disorders
  • Incontinence
  • Arthritis
  • Balance disorders
  • Bulging discs
  • Carpal tunnel
  • Chronic pelvic pain
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Fractures
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Hand disorders
  • Incontinence
  • Motor vehicle accident
  • Neck & low back pain
  • Neurological disorders
  • Pelvic floor dysfunction
  • Post surgical rehab
  • Rotator cuff syndrome
  • Sacroiliac joint dysfunction
  • Sciatica
  • Sports medicine
  • Stenosis
  • Tendonitis
  • Tennis/golfers elbow
  • TMJ
  • Thoracic outlet syndrome
  • Total joint replacement
  • Sciatica
  • Work-related injuries
  • Would care
  • Motor vehicle accident trauma
  • Neck and low back pain
  • Neurological disorders
  • Pelvic floor dysfunction
  • Post surgical rehabilitation
  • Rotator cuff syndrome
  • Sacroiliac joint dysfunction
  • Sciatica
  • Sports Medicine
  • Sprains/strains
  • Stenosis
  • Tendonitis
  • Tennis/golfers elbow
  • TMJ
  • Thoracic outlet syndrome
  • Total joint replacement
  • Sciatica
  • Work-related injuries
  • Wound care

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