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Behind the List with Kathy Hume, executive director of Reading Berks Physical Therapy

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The health care industry is continuously growing throughout the Greater Lehigh Valley. With the seemingly endless changes to health insurance regulations and policies to construction projects and hospital expansions, all facets of health care are changing.

Here to answer this week’s “Behind the List” questions is Kathy Hume, executive director of Reading Berks Physical Therapy.

Lehigh Valley Business: How long has Reading Berks Physical Therapy been operating in the Greater Lehigh Valley and what are its primary rehabilitative services?

Kathy Hume: Reading Berks Physical Therapy has been serving the residents of Reading and Berks County since 1986.

We provide orthopedic and sports outpatient physical therapy specializing in back and neck, hand, foot and ankle, post-surgical, joint replacements, headaches and vestibular rehabilitation.

LVB: What types of injuries receive the most rehabilitation?

Hume: Length and scope of rehabilitation depends on the age of the patient, severity of the injury, number of body parts involved and the length of time from the injury and length and degree of immobilization of the injury.

In general, injuries that involved a great deal of force, involve multiple joints/structures and were immobilized for extended periods to allow healing receive more rehabilitation. Elderly patients often require longer periods of rehab.

LVB: What advancements have been made in your field recently?

Hume: Advancements in physical therapy have mirrored advancements in orthopedic medicine and surgery. Patients are immobilized less and begin therapy sooner.

Using advances in technology such as computerized balance and exercise programs (like the Nintendo Wii) have been helpful. Evidence-based care has changed older methods of treatment with techniques and protocols based on the latest research in our field.

Christopher Holland
Christopher Holland is a researcher for Lehigh Valley Business and blogs on arts and entertainment in the region.

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