Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Aquatic Physical Therapy

Good foods, good joints

If you logged onto Comcast this morning, you may have seen a link for a video of healthy foods that are good for your joint pain.
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The staff at PTW has assembled a 12 page book labeled "10 Things To Do Today to Help Your Joint Pain". Feel free to drop by any time for a compimentary booklet. Topics covered are foods to eat, habits to form, equipment to use, exercise to do, and a whole lot more.
While your at it, have one of our licensed Physical Therapists take a look at your painful joint. It our belief that 78 million folks in this country (baby boomers) will soon be suffering from joint pain, if they don't already do. As ENABLERS, Physical Therapists at PTW will do whatever it takes to educate, instruct, recommend, and guide you towards higher levels of function and performance, avoiding the disabling recommendations made by many of those in the healthcare chain. Its a move it or lose it mentality, but moving it right!

Robert Babb
The Physical Therapy & Wellness Institute

Friday, October 15, 2010

Physical Therapy & Wellness, Best of North Penn area

9 consecutive years, rated North Penn's Best Physical Therapy.
Come see why the North Penn Community thinks PTW first for their joint pain.
730 South Broad Street, Lansdale

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Giving Away Free Equipment is Complicated!

Giving away Free Equipment is Complicated!

Community involvement involves a desire to give back, something The Physical Therapy & Wellness Institute (Lansdale, Quakertown, Montgomeryville, PA) has learned can sometimes be very involved.

Janis Slusher of Quakertown, PA receives her complimentary Walker“When we first started the Aide Assist Program, communicating the need for collecting the crutches, walkers, and canes was simple. We have an active patient population that more often than not improves, gets better, and no longer needs the ambulatory help”, explains Robert Babb, PT, MBA, President of The Physical Therapy & Wellness Institute (PTW). “Since the inception of the program in January of 2010, we have collected about 50 pairs of crutches, 23 walkers, and a whole lot of canes. We inspect each unit, and when we issue them we correctly size them and instruct of proper use, all free of charge. Our challenge has been communicating the idea of distribution so we can get them out to people in need. We just have been struggling to spread the word."

Janis Slusher, a patient under the center’s physical therapy program in Quakertown, PA, just this week received a complimentary walker, fitting, and instruction. Sara Antolick, office manager of the Quakertown PTW, stated that, “Janis was thrilled! “She told us the local Pharmacy prices ranged from $75.00 to $110.00, without instruction or sizing. She was so impressed that this service was free to her”.

Much to Babb’s surprise was a donation from a local orthopedic surgeon. “We had an open house on October 5th, with a lunch and learn open to the community. Our guest of honor was a local orthopedic Physician, who group recently merged with another practice, all into a larger, new office. As a result, he had his own inventory of old crutches. He became aware of our Aide Assist program while at our open house, and kindly donated his two closets of crutches”.

Challenging PTW’s success is the memory loss of their customers. With a strong belief that their customer base (Physicians, Patients, Fitness Clients, Case Managers, Office Staff, etc) will spread their message through word of mouth delivery, the staff at PTW realize it will take numerous reminders of this program until the idea is embedded. A popular means of recovering memory from memory lapses is to take ”retrieval journeys” [1]. This helps people remember because it allows them to re-create previous facts or experiences in a controlled fashion - piece by piece. Supporting this thought, coming in November this year, the marketing staff at PTW will paint a crutch, with information on the aide assist program inscribed on the crutches. These small journeys are direct properties that will help the Physicians, their staff, and the patients recollect the information regarding the Aide Assist program.

Through it all, a business lesson is clearly demonstrated. Quoted from Napoleon Hill, “Desire is the starting point of all achievement, not a hope, not a wish, but a keen pulsating desire which transcends everything”. PTW will continue to focus on communicating the message about the Aide Assist program until the message is clear.

Robert Babb, PT, MBA
(1) D. Elsweiler, I. Ruthven, and C.Jones, Towards memory supporting personal information management tools, JASIST (2006).

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Open House brings in people with JOINT PAIN!

Joint pain was the topic with Dr. Benjamin Chu, Orthopedic Surgeon, and Robert Babb, PT, MBA at our Lunch and learn on October 5th.

Mayor Andy Szekely recieved a "Fit for Duty" status, with a body fat, grip test, and flexibility test all above average for his age group.

Landale Boys and Girls Club recieved a donation from PTW, in honor of their commitment to keeping the kids healthy.

Dr. Art Donley spoke on Runners "E.X.P.E.R.T" running ideas, and the group was treated to complimentary lunch and dinner.

A one year membership, a Nano Ipod player, and massage gift certificates were awarded as door prizes.

Overall, a GREAT DAY AT PTW Lansdale!

Friday, October 1, 2010

Keeping Recreational Athletes in the Game | 2010 Product Directory | Rehab Management

Doing what we can to keep you all in the game!

See the article from Rehab Managwement on Robert Babb, PTW, and their clinics in Lansdale, Montgomeryville, and Quakertown

Keeping Recreational Athletes in the Game 2010 Product Directory Rehab Management

Distinctly Professional

Often, I am asked how we maintain successful business (9 Years) with a terrific reputation (rated Best Physical Therapy since 2003), in a town with wicked competition (6 Physical Therapy practices within 3 miles).

Without a day to explain, I usually answer a simple "we have a terrific, professional staff that remains dedicated to the process of delivering evidence based, individualized, and empathetic care that no one else delivers". Truth is, there is more to it than that. For instance:

1. Our staff is the only staff that asks your expectations of your experience at PTW BEFORE you commit your time with us.

2. We are not a one Therapist shop, trying to treat all patients the same way without regard to their goals. We have a professional group of 8 Physical Therapists (with cumulative 83 years of experience) that work to deliver services (Physical Therapy, Wellness, and Fitness) to our customers by listening to their goals.

3. We have 430 doctors who have referred to us since 2002, and the majority of them we have met, and talked to at length about their patients and our services.

4. We remain committed to our community, providing free lectures and talks to the elementary schools, high schools, local community events. and professional clubs (26 in 2010 to date). We are the founders and organizers of the Broad Street ReRun, which to date has raised over $75,000.00 for the DelVal National Hemophilia Foundation.

5. Our professional staff of Physical Therapists are dedicated to learning, and it shows! Each of our staff are members of the American Physical Therapy Association, keeping up to date with the latest research and information. Most have earned the privilege of direct access referrals, meaning you don't need a prescription to go see them.

You see, its more complicated than what I can articulate in a short statement. PTW is proud of the work we have contributed towards our patients, in the community, and in our profession. We will remain dedicated to our mission, and hope if you have any type of joint, neck, or back pain, you can experience our unique delivery of care sometime soon!

Robert Babb, PT, MBA