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Patient engagement and reduced insurance costs for aging adults in Greater Philadelphia Area. Drexel Hill, PA (June 19, 2018) – Full Range Health Services, a locally owned home healthcare and outpatient physical, occupational, and speech therapy company, has released their maintenance program to the area!  After months of data collection and comparison to average therapy uses, their new development seeks to fill the need for a financially responsible maintenance program for chronic conditions that the aging population is faced with.  Comparing to the current model of therapy, Full Range’s Therapy Care Management program has been shown to save up to 60% of therapy utilization costs while delivering a regular visit pattern, formal assessment, and plan of care adjustment over a longer period of time. Therapy Care Management is an ongoing maintenance therapy model that provides continued care for patients dealing with chronic conditions. These conditions include progressive neurological diseases, arthritis, back…

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Local therapy and rehabilitation provider boasts unique individualized treatment West Chester, PA (Jun. 1 2018)-  Full Range Physical Therapy & Rehab Services, the area’s fastest growing therapeutic services provider, is pleased to announce its doors are officially open at its new West Chester location, located at 307 W. Boot Rd. West Chester, PA 19380. Full Range is accepting referrals and appointment requests effective immediately.  Most insurances are accepted. A grand opening celebration event is scheduled for Tuesday June 26th, from 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm. Official grand opening ceremony will take place at 4:00 pm, followed by refreshments, tours, presentations and meet and greet with the Full Range Team. “It is interesting, we have served Chester County from day 1, with our first patient living in Coatesville, but most people were not aware.  Full Range- West Chester is exciting because we are now able to expand our services in Chester…

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As a Physical or Occupational Therapist working with folks in their homes, we talk about falls on a daily basis.  We talk about the causes, the risk factors, the consequences, and how to prevent them.  This is a good approach; however, we are often talking to people who have had a fall (or two…) and understand what it feels like!  What would be great is if we had a global understanding of what falls are and how to identify risk factors and causes prior to them happening! Falls are in fact when someone hits the ground!  This is the general definition out there. But… That is NOT all!  When I talk about falls, I ask two questions: Have you fallen recently? AND Have you had any close calls? A fall is not only when someone hits the ground, but also an unexpected movement when you end up somewhere you didn’t…

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Holidays are the best time of year for many things!  In general, you see people smiling, holding doors, saying hi, and just being a bit more pleasant!  But for many, they are also a time for memories that bring feelings of sadness, regret, grief, and emptiness, among other things! These emotions are the ones that emerge when someone feels alone.  This doesn’t mean that they don’t have friends or family, but like all of us, there are times that we are alone.  Some of us more than others.  The one group that gets caught in this the most is our older adults, our parents, grandparents, great grandparents, aunts, uncles, etc… that may spend a bit more time by themselves. We, at Full Range, have the fortunate position of being in our patients’ homes throughout the year.  We get calls thanking us for being there, taking the time to talk to…

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LSVT Big (BIG) is a treatment technique used by Physical and Occupational Therapists to improve a person’s, ability to produce larger more normal movements with walking and activities of daily living.  It is more commonly known as a treatment strategy to help those folks who have been diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease. Parkinson’s Disease (PD) is a type of neurological movement disorder. It can affect a person’s ability to perform common everyday activities. People with PD can experience a wide range of symptoms, including those that impact movement (motor symptoms) and those that do not (non-motor symptoms). The most common motor symptoms of PD are tremors, stiffness, or rigidity of the muscles and a slowness in movement (bradykinesia). Because PD impacts a person’s movement center, a person with PD typically experiences a decrease in their ability to regulate their posture, balance, coordination, and walking. Overtime, a person may be unable to…

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For years, healthcare has been looking for the “silver bullet”, or the perfect way to make the most money possible with the least services possible.  We could debate about this for days, but let’s call it what it is, healthcare is a business just like any other business.  The issue with this is that the subjects that are at risk are people, including our friends, family, and, at one time or another, providers themselves. We could take this in so many directions with different aspects of healthcare, but recently there has been a push for automation of therapy services, including Physical and Occupational Therapy.  These automation services include web or app based programs that have been presented and advertised as a way to minimize the need for therapy. At first glance this software is interesting to many people and organizations, especially with the dynamic nature of healthcare payments.  The software…

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Did you know that dizziness can be treated by Physical Therapists?  As a matter of fact, Physical Therapists are some of the highest trained medical professionals skilled in treating certain diagnoses causing this!  Dizziness is a symptom that can be caused by a large number of diagnoses, including both Vertigo and Concussions.  Recently, Dr. Megan Mills (formerly Patro) earned her certification in treating vestibular disorders. Vestibular Rehab is non-invasive, cost-effective, and, in some cases, very short term!  This type of rehab is beneficial for people of all ages and has been shown to be helpful with migraines, diabetes, concussions, BPPV (Vertigo), Meniere’s Disease, and Vestibular Neuritis.  Prior to treatment, an extensive initial consultation is used to determine what course of action is best suited to improve your situation. Following an initial consultation, a plan of care utilizing restorative positioning, visual training, compensatory measures and balance training is put together to…

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Its been around a while now! Social media has quickly become a primary source of information, good bad, or trivial! It is up to us to be able to navigate through the plethora of info and determine whether it is true or not. The inherent issue here is that once you’ve seen or heard the message, you cannot undo it. Recently, I have noticed a significant amount of experts emerging in the social media world. They are taking the time to bring information mainstream that will engage their followers. This is exactly what we are supposed to do, right? But what happens when posts include sarcasm that belittles others (intentionally or unintentionally), instruction or advice that has no proven foundation, or promote services that may be more sham than productive? Simply put, social media works to put us in touch with others, including friends, family, fans, acquaintances, and more. Inherently…

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Full Range Co-Owner, Bryan Crnkovic, and friend, Joe McGinty decided late to take part in the 2017 Philadelphia Love Run! Competing in local races is n ot uncommon for the two longtime runners and triathletes! The two ran the race for training, both pushing each other along, much like they do every weekend, but this time something special happened. About 100 yards from the finish line, a young female runner was having difficulty. In Bryan’s kind hearted manner, he didn’t hesitate to give her a hand along with another unknown runner. After helping her continue on her feet, the runner’s legs began to give way. At this point, Joe McGinty saw the struggles and scooped her off of her feet carrying her to within feet of the finish line, only to have her cross under her own power before heading to the medical tent. It is interesting timing. Just a…

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A question that is thrown around often and difficult to answer, is “can you define (insert therapy service here)?” Then, even we, as therapists who live and breathe our professions every day, stumble to answer this. Then we wonder why other professionals are referred to before us, or used more often than us. This is a huge problem for our professions, but what is even more of a problem is that we are contributing to this misunderstanding on a daily basis. In the world of health and wellness there are so many environments, settings, and populations. Much like choosing a profession, we are told to decide on a population or environment upon graduation. Shortly after this decision is made, healthcare professionals are immediately asked to use a subset of their skills to treat their patients. This makes sense, but what doesn’t make sense is why the other skills are forgotten…

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