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Phoenix Physical Therapy individualizes quality services

Phoenix Physical Therapy, located at 816 Westminster Drive, has been providing high quality community based physical therapy services to their patients since the opening of the Williamsport location in 2007 by Nancy Wood, PT, who now serves Phoenix as a regional director of clinical operations.

“Phoenix is a company that provides outpatient physical therapy services with the goal of providing quality rehab services to people in local communities, from therapists that know and are engaged in the community,” said Brian Haas, clinic director.

Haas described Phoenix as “full service” offering physical therapy services to post-surgery patients with total knee and total hip replacements, as well as shoulder injuries and surgeries, and also help with muscular-skeletal injuries, in addition to general aches and pains from activities such as shoveling snow, falls on ice, and other “weekend warrior” type injuries.

“We have various modalities we use in therapy,” Haas said, such as “electric stimulation” which is used to “override” the pain sensations a patient may be experiencing. “It may help them to move better for other more functional activities,” he said. Patients may also warm up by using the treadmill or exercise bikes before they perform their functional exercise programs.

“We use heat often for warming up the tissue that we are going to work on,” Haas said. “We typically use cold at the end of appointments for swelling and pain after the exercises we do. However, our main focus is getting people better by using movement and exercise.”

In addition to their physical therapy services, Maria Ungard, licensed occupational therapist and certified hand therapist, helps the location with a niche service, providing specialized hand rehabilitation after tendon-related injuries, contractures, and providing care to any problems and dysfunctions where the hand is involved.

Haas also said that the Williamsport location helps with patients that are post-stroke or have neurological issues, tailoring each patient’s treatment to their needs.

“What’s most important is that we develop relationships with people in the community,” Haas said. “We want to have good communication and good relationships so they are confident that we are giving them quality care. Building relationships is at the top of the ladder when it comes to having a successful business that serves the community.”

Haas, who has practiced physical therapy for over 30 years was an active athlete in school who needed physical therapy himself.

“It led me in that direction (to become a physical therapist),” he said. “I have enjoyed it a lot. It’s a hands-on way to make a difference in people’s lives.”

Since opening in 2007, the center has not moved locations, but Phoenix, which was a Pennsylvania-based company, has expanded to Maryland, Ohio, as well as southern states like Georgia and North and South Carolina.

Phoenix is open Monday through Friday at the following hours: Monday and Wednesday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Tuesday and Thursday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Friday from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.

For more information, please visit: https://phoenixphysicaltherapy.com/williamsport/. Other locations in the greater Williamsport area include Jersey Shore and Montoursville and Hughesville.

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