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Western Pennsylvania

Chris Zanke
Chris Zanke
M.S., MPT, COMT

We work hard to create a positive clinical and customer service experience for our patients. To help our patients reach their recovery goals, in a safe and compassionate environment, our experienced therapists develop an individualized plan of care. Each plan is designed to get back to activity, back to work, and most importantly, back to life.

Discover the power of physical therapy today with NovaCare Rehabilitation.

For more information, please contact me directly at (724) 745-5750 or CZanke@hq.novacare.com.

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  • Community Details
    Center Activity
    Helping Kids the Ultimate Way

    Matt Shedlock, MS, PT, COMT recently worked with host Pittsburgh Ultimate to provide an educational seminar entitled Training to Prevent Common Ultimate Frisbee Injuries.  High school coaches from around the Pittsburgh area had the opportunity to learn how to safely train their athletes to prevent the most common injuries to Ultimate athletes - ankle sprains, knee/ACL sprains, patellofemoral pain and shoulder injuries.  If you have any quesions about Ultimate injuries and want to take advantage of Matt's decade of experience working with Ultimate athletes, email him at MShedlock@HQ.NovaCare.com, or call his office in Oakland at 412-622-7522.

     

    Run For Alex
    The Bentleyville NovaCare center recently took part in the Run for Alex, charity event to honor the life of a young girl, Alexandra Loos, whose life was tragically ended as she was training for high school soccer and was struck by a car. Every year, participants either walk 1 mile, run 2 miles or run 5 miles in her honor. This year, there were over 1000 runners and walkers with all the proceeds going to a scholarship in her name at Bentworth High School.
    Community Involvement
    Steel City Showdown

    Congratulations to Dave Friedman who placed 2nd at the main event of this years Steel City Showdown as a member of the NovaCare Cycling Team. This was a great accomplishment for Dave and his teammates who helped guide him to the podium.  Also due a pat on the back are the members of the Cat 4/5 team who worked hard to earn a victory for new member Matt Brady. For full results of this years event, please visit the team site at http://www.jmaccyclingllc.com/.

     

    Working with the elderly
    Angie Dorko, PTA from our McMurray center, recently spent an afternoon with a group of seniors at the Greek Orthodox Church in Canonsburg. While there, Angie talked about safety concerns for seniors as well as the functional benefits of an individually designed physical therapy program. Angie also provided the group with  stretches to help maintain flexibility and prevent injury during daily tasks such as vacuuming and cleaning around the house.
    Partnerships
    Pittsburgh Ultimate

    NovaCare Rehabilitation is proud to be the Preferred Provider for Physical Therapy and Athletic Training Services for Pittsburgh Ultimate. Pittsburgh Ultimate is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization that oversees all of the youth and adult Ultimate Frisbee teams, leagues, and tournaments in the Greater Pittsburgh area.  To learn more about Ultimate Frisbee, or to join a league, check out their home page at www.pittsburgh-ultimate.org.

     

    NovaCare Cycling
    In 2015 the NovaCare Cycling Team returns for it's second season in Western PA. For more information or to find an event near you please visit: http://www.jmaccyclingllc.com.
    Professional Recognition
    Certified Functional Capacity Evaluation (FCE) Testers

    Recently, five of our Western PA therapists underwent certification in the Select Medical Functional Capacity Evaluation (FCE). An FCE is a test that determines a person's ability to safely perform an array of work-related tasks such as lifting, walking, carrying, climbing and sitting. FCEs are commonly used by physicians and employers to determine if a person is able to safely perform the daily tasks required by his or her job description. With 14 local FCE testers, call one of our locations today to see if our FCE services can help you and your company.

    Congratulations to our new FCE testers:

    • Emily Engelhardt - Butler
    • Martine Marino - Squirrel Hill
    • Kelley Watson, CHT - West Homestead
    Programs We Offer
    Concussion Services

    Advances in the past decade have opened the medical communty's eyes to the importance of proper diagnosis and treatment of concussions. We no longer view a concussion as an event where someone is "knocked out". We now know that concussions can occur from any blow to the head, or from any quick, forceful movements to the head and neck, such as whiplash. Many people experience no change in consciousness during a concussive event. Symptoms of a concussion can include:

    • Dizziness
    • Nausea
    • Vomiting
    • Headaches
    • Blurred Vision
    • Ringing in the Ears
    • Changes in Balance
    • Difficulty Concentrating
    • Difficulty Remembering
    • Difficulty Solving Simple Problems
    • Unexplained Emotional Changes
    • Agitation

    If you feel you may be experiencing any of these symptoms due to a concussion, contact one of our clinics today to learn how we can help you.

    Post Offer Employment Testing
    Last year, our Western PA team performed over 1500 Post Offer Employment Tests (POETs) for local employers.  POETs are required by some employers to ensure newly hired employees are capable of safely performing all of the required tasks of their position before they spend their first day on the job. POETs can help to reduce risk of employee injury, which in turn helps control costs associated with Workers' Compensation claims. If you would like more information about how we can tailor a POET to your company's needs, please contact Sean Miller, director of WorkStrategies, at 724-745-5750, extension 12.
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