Thursday, December 23, 2010

Just Ask for PTW!

With so many Hospitals, doctors offices, and a whole host of others offering Physical Therapy, only one can offer what has been rated the best since 2003 (and for good reason!).

* 6 Doctors of Physical Therapy
* 10 Licensed Physical Therapist
* Contributors to research
* Published authors
* Professional athlete experience
* 4 locations, visit one or all for your rehabilitation

* First Appointments within 24 hours of first phone call

If you need Physical Therapy, JUST ASK your doctor to visit any of PTW's 4 locations.

Its your time, its your body, you deserve the best!

Saturday, December 18, 2010

PTW declares Santa Fit to Fly

Lansdale, Pa—Thousands of years ago, Santa started delivering toys to the deserving children in his big red sled guided by reindeer. Over the many years, Santa has traveled thousands of miles, delivering gifts to the most deserving children. Since all the travel and lifting can wear down a short, stocky body, Santa was certainly due for a checkup. His doctor recommended him to PTW’s Healthy Heart Program, and several days later, Santa started working out under the watchful eyes at of the PTW staff. We are pleased to report that just this morning, after six weeks of supervised exercises, Santa was cleared by his Physician to return to his sled to lift the biggest of toys and slide down the smallest of chimneys!

“When Santa came in just 6 weeks ago, he weighed in at nearly 300 pounds, and his resting heart rate was about 90. This meant his heart was working harder than it should be”, stated Wendy Hafner, DPT, who set up Santa on his first visit. Once evaluated by Dr. Hafner at PTW’s Lansdale office, Santa started his work towards improving his health and cardiac measures. During the 6-week program, Santa worked on the various pieces of exercise equipment utilizing the specialized equipment at the facility. On his last day, Dr. Hafner took Santa’s final measurements and called the doctor with the results. The Doctor was pleased to hear Santa’s weight is now under 275 pounds, and his resting heart rate is below 80. In six short weeks, Santa’s heart just became a little bit healthier.

With his energy level up and his heart stronger than ever, maybe this year Santa will make it home a few hours early to enjoy that Hot Chocolate that Mrs. Clause has waiting for him!

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.
Here is the link:

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

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Helping Horsham PA!

So much confusion is noted with our location at 800 Upper State Road, just off Horsham Road.

Looking back into the history of Horsham, we see that Horsham Township is named after the town of Horsham in Sussex County, England. Horsham is one of several townships in Montgomery County whose name and size were determined by master survey lines drawn by William Penn's engineers as they first plotted this part of the colony for sale and settlement.

Parallel lines, projected at intervals of a mile and a half and extending in a northwesterly direction from settlements along the Delaware, served not only as base lines for measurement of individual land grants but also as courses for future highways.

County Line Road, Horsham Road, and Welsh Road are examples of highways so laid out. The effect of these survey lines upon the development pattern of Eastern Montgomery County is very much in evidence today, creating the confusion of our clinic on Upper State Road.

Is it North Wales?
Is it Montgomeryville?
Is is Horsham?

Numbers show its more Horsham than anything. In 2010, near 30% of our patients come from the Horsham Township area. Giving this, we ponder, should we change our name from PTW Montgomeryville to PTW Horsham?

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Win CASH!!! $50.00 for wearing a PTW shirt at Lansdale Day! seen by our PTW prize patrol, and win $50.00 Cash, on the spot! 5 winners will be awarded, just for wearing a shirt!! Thats too cool!

Our way of saying thank you for helping us help others, and spreading the word!

The PTW crew.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Pain has got you out of the gym?????

Consider visiting PTW for an evaluation of your physical problem. Not only can we help you manage without surgery or medications, but we can help you regain the function to get you back to an exercise program once again!


  • Helps maintain the ability to live independently and reduces the risk of falling and fracturing bones.

  • Reduces the risk of dying from coronary heart disease and of developing high blood pressure, colon cancer, and diabetes.

  • Can help reduce blood pressure in some people with hypertension.

  • Helps people with chronic, disabling conditions improve their stamina and muscle strength.

  • Reduces symptoms of anxiety and depression and fosters improvements in mood and feelings of well-being.

  • Helps maintain healthy bones, muscles, and joints.

  • Helps control joint swelling and pain associated with arthritis.

If you need help, call us today!!

Robert Babb, PT, MBA

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Broad Street ReRun; Second Edition

(stuffing the runners bags for the Broad Street ReRun)

First Edition: 550 runners, 55 volunteers, $30,000 + raised for the DelVal chapter of National Hemophilia Foundation

Second Edition: Coming on Saturday Morning, May 15th. Expect 1000+ runners, 120 volunteers, and sunny weather.

LACE EM UP this Saturday morning!

See for more information on the second annual broad street ReRun.

Bob Babb

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Spring Flinging it!

Record breaking snow with record breaking snow melts, gets you a whole lot of mud! This year, when you start to pull the weeds, turn the dirt, power wash the house, walkway, or patio, or even open up your pool, remember a few simple steps before your start Spring Flinging it:

  • Good Mechanics today keeps Physical Therapy away.

  • Bend at the hips and knees, not at your back; keep feet shoulder width apart

  • Lead with your feet! Avoid twisting and bending at the same time, keep your body togeether as one unit, shoulders and hips rotate together.

  • When lifting, squat down, hold the item close to your belly button, and then stand

  • Position yourself close to the work whether standing or sitting; avoid straining forward at the neck or waist

  • Waste containers with wheels that make it easier to move from place to place, saving your back.

  • Rolling stools, long-handled tools and pads help to avoid pain from bending, kneeling, and reaching.

  • Pull weeds when the ground is wet, its a whole lot easier......, go get em now!!

  • Mulch your leaves before you rake them -- it will reduce the number of times you need to bend and stoop, and it’s good for your winter lawn

Just a few weeks ago, peeking over the 6 foot banks of snow made spring seem so distant...but here we are....get out and go get em....

From the folks where "Bodies Under Repair" is all we do!

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Spring Flinging it!

Friday, February 12, 2010

Snows Kidding!!

Bend at the Knees

Keep your Abdominals tight

Dont rotate your back, lead with your feet

Shovel in short doses, 20 minutes at a time

Use the buddy system, one push the snow, one lift it, then rotate.

Friday, January 15, 2010


This time of year, I crave the cold weather. Walking in a thick pile of fresh snow on my way to the ski slope is a little piece of serenity and peace not found in our day to day lives.

Skiing and snowboarding have become a favorite pastime for many Americans., although these sometimes demanding sports can cause injury. Poorly conditioned skiers and boarders may fatigue and unusual positions of their body in space, potentially causing injury. Before heading out to the slopes, consider the following:

1. An aerobic conditioning program 2 to 4 weeks before the first winter trip. A goal of 30 minutes of biking, elliptical, stepper, or slide board is ideal.

2. Strengthening your legs. Weak quads may cause one to assume a straightened knee posture, which, in turn renders the knee more vulnerable to injury. A twice-a-week leg strengthening program can yield appreciable strength gains for the entire thigh. Stronger legs not only mean less injury, but also will allow one to stay on the slopes longer.

3. Core exercises. Working your core body will keep you upright longer, permitting your body to stay safe once you get into awkward stances, common in boarding and skiing.

Thinking of getting into ski shape? Call PTW first, where our team of professionals can get you in tip-top form.

Now go ahead, take a deep breath….ahh, the cold air filling your lungs makes you feel so alive! Get out on these winter days and enjoy the chill in the air, today and all winter season.

Robert Babb, PT, MBA

Tuesday, January 12, 2010


Would you talk about Physical Therapy????

Small business thrives only if there is "Talk" in the community of positive experiences. At PTW, 43% of our patients were referred from family or friends in 2009, a very encouraging number considering the pain we inflict!

Other positive numbers:

98% of the 1600 new patinets gave us a "I would refer a family member or friend" grade

92% were rehabilitated or improved with their functional status as a result of Physical Therapy

The average patinet attended 10 visits for each diagnosis in 2009

PTW offered over $9,000.00 in customer attendance rewards in 2009, rewarding patinets for attending 3 times a week with coupons, free tickets, or cash awards.

With so much on the line when you are in pain, we recognize the need to make your experience with us a postive and motivational one. We will continue to work towards improving our performance with this goal in 2010!

Happy New Year! As always, here is hope for good health to all of you!

Robert Babb, PT, MBA