​News and Events: UPMC Centers for Rehab Services

UPMC Centers for Rehab Services participates in many community, educational, and professional events throughout the Pittsburgh and Erie areas. See a listing of upcoming events and news below.

Upcoming Events

Manual Therapy: Evidence Based Practice Series
​About: ​Sponsored by UPMC Centers for Rehab Services in conjunction with the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Pittsburgh. This series is for any active, US licensed physical therapist, with a minimum of one year of independent clinical practice experience. Enrollment preference will be give to those physical therapits currently employed by UPMC Centers for Rehab Services, or graduates of the University of Pittsburgh Professional Physical Therapy Program. Enrollment will be limited to approximately 16 participants per course.
​Dates: February 20-21, 2015
Clinical Decision Making for the Upper Body Region
March 20-21, 2015
Treatment Based Classification Principles for the Cervical and Thoracic Regions
May 1-2, 2015
Concepts in Spinal Stabilization and Manual Therapy Utilization
​Times: ​Friday(s): 3 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Saturday(s): 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

News

​Continuing Education Team Drives Quality Care

UPMC Centers for Rehab Services senior therapists, Keelan Enseki and Rick Joreitz have coordinated a continuing education course titled "Current Concepts in Rehabilitation for Return to Sport." The course is geared toward physical and athletic trainers who treat the active population. This continuing education event is scheduled for July 25th and 26th and each participant will receive 13 continuing education credits upon course completion.

The course will focus on the treatment of the active population with the intent of returning to sport/previous levels of activity. Treatment in the acute, sub-acute, and chronic time frames of a variety will be discussed. Emphasis will be placed upon the clinical decision making of when and why to progress the patient through the course of rehabilitation. Functional training and return to sport testing will be discussed for each diagnosis. The course will review principles and time frames of muscle, tendon, ligament, and cartilage healing. The course will review American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) guidelines for exercise prescription for increasing strength and endurance, as well as agility and plyometric training.

The course is an example of our ongoing commitment to furthering the quality of care offered by UPMC Centers for Rehab Services physical therapists and UPMC Sports Medicine Certified Athletic Trainers. Both groups work closely throughout the year to support the recovery and performance of athletes and the active population.

UPMC Centers for Rehab Services Supports the Pittsburgh Marathon

A team of physical therapists from UPMC Centers for Rehab Services provided support for the 40,000 participants in the Dick's Sporting Goods-Pittsburgh Marathon. CRS staff were part of the overall UPMC medical team and were responsible for capturing and reporting all medical transports and treatment provided along the course through a web-based application and tablets at aide stations, amateur radio communication, EMS communication American Red Cross communication and cell phone communication from the course. Tara Ridge-Hankins CRS team leader shared, "There were a lot of moving parts. Our goal was to inform the medical director of significant medical emergencies and track trends as it related to conditions being treated so that course conditions could be adjusted and aide stations notified to prepare accordingly. The weather conditions resulted in several heat related emergencies and transports."

The CRS team included Tara Ridge-Hankins, Heather Christian, Megan Carter, Brittany Patterson and Devyn Moore.

​First Annual Current Concepts in Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation

Elizabeth Stanley, DPT, UPMC Centers for Rehab Services, presented SCI Resources and Research at the Current Concepts in Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation Conference on April 25, 2015 held at UPMC Mercy, Sr. Ferdinand Clark Auditorium. The event was sponsored by the UPMC Rehabilitation Institute Center for Spinal Cord Injury, the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, and the Center for Continuing Education in the Health Sciences.

UPMC Centers ​for Rehab Services Donates to Community Food Warehouse

UPMC Centers for Rehab Services marketing representative, Jenny Kupczyk, presents a donation check to the Community Food Warehouse of Mercer County.

Major Study on Low Back Pain

Anthony Delitto, PhD, PT, chair of the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Pittsburgh's School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences is the principal investigator on a PCORI funded research project to study the effects of a type of treatment for chronic lower back pain. The five year, $14 million study being led by Dr. Delitto is a national trial that will be conducted in Pittsburgh and four other sites across the country. Read more about the study and Dr. Delitto in this press release on UPMC.com, in this March 17, 2015 story from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at the Greensburg Open House

Greensburg Open House

Cutting the ribbon is Jamie Dunlap, PT, DPT, Facility Director, right of Jamie is Chad Amond, President of the Westmoreland County Chamber of Commerce, and CRS staff and members of the chamber.

Fifth Annual Current Concepts in Brain I​njury Rehabilitation​

On Saturday, November 1st and Sunday, November 2nd, The University of Pittsburgh and The UPMC Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation hosted the 5th Annual Current Concepts in Brain Injury Rehabilitation where multiple medical professionals presented information and discussed the treatments and strategies employed at the UPMC Rehabilitation Institute​.

UPMC Centers for Rehab Services was represented at the conference by Anne Mucha, PT, DPT, NCS, Vanessa Pogozelski, MS, CC-SLP, Sara Schwartz, PT, DPT, NCS, Laura Scott, MS, CCC-SLP, Cara Troutman-Enseki, PT, DPT, OCS, and Allyson Yukevich, OTR/L.

CRS Therapist Presents at Annual Speech Language Convention

Andy Jinks, SLP (CRS South Side) presented a paper title, "Augmentative and Alternate Communication Evaluation and Rehabilitation Services Through Telepractice" in November 2014 at the annual American Speech-Language and Hearing Association Convention in Orlando, Florida.

​Geriatric Physical Therapy Residency Program Receives Accreditation

The CRS Geriatric Physical Therapy Residency Program has recently been accredited by the American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education (ABPTRFE). Currently, there are only 13 accredited geriatric physical therapy residency programs in the country.

The development of the program began in late 2011 and the first full resident started in August 2013. The accreditation process by the ABPTRFE ensures that residents receive a planned and mentored experience in the specialty area.

In addition to the Geriatric program, CRS has four other accredited physical therapy residency programs for Orthopedic, Neurological, Women's Health, and Sports rehab. The benefit of our residency programs lies in the specialized training physical therapists receive by offering clinical expertise and routine use of standardized measures to improve patient care. Our program's strength is the clinical experience across the continuum of care - from acute care to inpatient rehab, skilled nursing, and outpatient care.

For more information about the CRS Residency Programs, visit the residency program page. For more information about the accreditation process visit the ABPTRFE website.

CRS Races to End Hunger

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UPMC Centers for Rehab Services was proud to be a sponsor of the Fifth Annual Race to End Hunger, organized by the Community Food Warehouse of Mercer County in Sharpsville.

CRS Therapists Host Continuing Education Seminar

As part of our ongoing commitment to advanced education UPMC Centers for Rehab Services therapists hosted and attended a continuing education seminar, September 5-8 at the UPMC Mercy Hospital, Sister Ferdinand Clark Auditorium titled: NDT (Neuro Development Treatment Technique) - Achieving Functional Outcomes for Adults with Hemiplegia. This course provided our physical & occupational therapists with additional skills that further enable them to more comprehensively treat stroke patients with hands-on techniques. The NDT course also enhances our ability to provide cutting edge and highly individualized treatment for our patients.

Steven R. Wilde Physical Therapy Joins CRS

Steven R. Wilde

Steven R. Wilde Physical Therapy, located at 518 Pellis Road in Greensburg recently joined UPMC Centers for Rehab Services. Steven and his friendly staff are available for all of your physical therapy needs. The office has morning, afternoon, and evening appointments for your convenience. To make an appointment, or for more information call Steven Wilde at 724-832-1696.

CRS Greensburg Pellis Road Location Brochure (PDF)

​Dr. Anthony Delitto Receives American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Award

UPMC Centers for Rehab Services congratulates Dr. Anthony Delitto for receiving the American Physical Therapy Association's Helen J. Hislop Award for Outstanding contribution to Professional Literature.

Dr. Delitto received a Bachelor's degree in physical therapy, from the University of Buffalo, and Master's and Doctoral degrees in physical therapy from Washington University. He specialzies in the treatment of low back pain

In addition to this most recent recognition, Dr. Delitto has in the past been honored for scientific writing, and has won multiple awards for excellence in clinical research.

Learn more about Dr. Delitto in this article from the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

​UPMC Centers for Rehab Services congratulates Sara Colley, Kristen Hogg, and Brittany Patterson for obtaining their Sports Certified Specialist (SCS) certification.

SCS applicants must meet the CPR and Emergency Care Requirements, and applicants must meet requirements for Option

A or Option B. Direct patient care experience must include evaluation and treatment of patients with primary processes as the result of sports activity.

About the Certification

Option A: Applicants must submit evidence of 2,000 hours of direct patient care in the specialty area within the last ten (10) years. 25% (500) of which must have occurred within the last three (3) years. Direct patient care must include activities in each of the elements of patient/client management applicable to the specialty area and included in the Description of Specialty Practice: Sports Physical Therapy (DSP). These elements, as defined in the Guide to Physical Therapist Practice, are examination, evaluation, diagnosis, prognosis, and intervention.

Option B: Applicants must submit evidence of successful completion of an APTA-credentialed post professional clinical residency in their respective specialty. Applicants who are currently enrolled in APTA-credentialed clinical residencies may apply for the specialist certification examination in the appropriate specialty area prior to completion of the clinical residency. These applicants will be conditionally approved to sit for the examination, as long as they meet all other eligibility requirements, pending submission of evidence of successful completion of the APTA credentialed clinical residency to APTA's Specialists Certification Program.

​Fall Prevention Presentation

Jeff Rothman, DPT, OCS, Facility Director at the UPMC Centers for Rehab Services Squirrel Hill location, recently conducted a Fall Prevention presentation at the Rankin Christian Center on June 26, 2014.

​CRS Congratulates Therapists Mike Kopacko and Ben Read for obtaining their Orthopaedic Certified Specialist (OCS) certification.

In order to become eligible for this clinical specialty, applicants for the Orthopaedic Certified Specialist must meet the following additional minimal requirements for either Option A or Option B.

Option A: Applicants must submit evidence of 2,000 hours of direct patient care in the specialty area within the last ten years. 25% of which must have occurred within the last three years. Direct patient care must include activities in each of the elements of patient/client management applicable to the specialty area and included in the Description of Specialty Practice (DSP). These elements, as defined in the Guide to Physical Therapist Practice, are examination, evaluation, diagnosis, prognosis, and intervention.

Option B: Applicants must submit evidence of successful completion of an APTA-credentialed post professional clinical residency in their respective specialty. Applicants who are currently enrolled in APTA-credentialed clinical residencies may apply for the specialist certification examination in the appropriate specialty area prior to completion of the clinical residency. These applicants will be conditionally approved to sit for the examination, as long as they meet all other eligibility requirements, pending submission of evidence of successful completion of the APTA credentialed clinical residency to APTA's Specialists Certification Program.

​CRS Therapists Earn Certification

UPMC Centers for Rehab Services congratulates: Sheri Fedor, Frannie Westlake, Kayla Covert, and Joseph Everhart for obtaining their Neurologic Certified Specialist certification. This is testimony to the hard work and dedication of the individuals and those associated with the neuro residency program.

About the Certification

In order to become eligible for this clinical specialty, applicants for the Neurologic Certified Specialist must meet the following additional minimal requirements for either Option A or Option B.

Option A: Applicants must submit evidence of 2,000 hours of direct patient care in the specialty area within the last ten years. 25% of which must have occurred within the last three years. Direct patient care must include activities in each of the elements of patient/client management applicable to the specialty area and included in the Description of Specialty Practice: Neurological Physical Therapy (DSP). These elements, as defined in the Guide to Physical Therapist Practice, are examination, evaluation, diagnosis, prognosis, and intervention.

Option B: Applicants must submit evidence of successful completion of an APTA-credentialed post professional clinical residency in their respective specialty. Applicants who are currently enrolled in APTA-credentialed clinical residencies may apply for the specialist certification examination in the appropriate specialty area prior to completion of the clinical residency. These applicants will be conditionally approved to sit for the examination, as long as they meet all other eligibility requirements, pending submission of evidence of successful completion of the APTA credentialed clinical residency to APTA's Specialists Certification Program.

New Golf Screening Program at CRS

CRS sports resident, Megan Carter, is certified through the Titleist Performance Institute and is qualified to complete golf screenings for interested individuals. Screenings include swing mechanics and bio- dynamics, physical fitnes, movement quality, and other measurements. For more information or to schedule a screening, contact CRS at 1-888-723-4CRS (4277) or carterm3@upmc.edu.​

​Low Back Pain Initiative

UPMC Centers for Rehab Services along with UPMC Health Plan are partnering on the low back initiative. This is a program to ensure evidence-based quality care for our low back pain patients.

All CRS Physical Therapist are required to attend an educational session. The class has been approved by the PA State Board.

​CRS Therapist Publishes New Paper

UPMC Centers for Rehab Services would like to congratulate Keelan Enseki, PT, MS, OCS, SCS, ATC, CSCS for his publication of Clinical Practice Guidelines for Nonarthritic Hip Joint Pain, published this month in JOSPT (Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy), and also his clinical commentary on this topic in Forward Thinking PT.

​CRS in the Community

UPMC Centers for Rehab Services therapists participated in the UPMC for Life and UPMC Living-at-Home Wellapalooza event on Friday, May 16, 2014 at the Macy’s Downtown Pittsburgh location. The therapists offered a fall risk assessment to the participants. Michelle Criss, PT, DPT, GCS, Caroline Dumm, PT, Andrea Wise, PT, DPT, and Megan Carter, PT, DPT participated in the event and offered the screenings.

​Fall Prevention for Seniors

Pam Dunlap, DPT presented a talk on Fall prevention and conducted a fall risk screenings for the residents at the St. Augustine Senior High Rise on May 22, 2014.

​Centers for Rehab Services Therapists Present at Hip Conference

Two CRS physical therapists presented at the “Keeping Athletes Hip: Performance Across the Lifespan” conference on Saturday, May 24, 2014 at the Duratz Athletic Complex. Keelen Enseki presented “PT and the non-operative management of hip pain in the Athlete”. Keelen and Mike Kopacko held a hands on session on the “Physical therapy approach to the post-op hip”. Along with Keelen and Mike many CRS therapists attended the educational conference.

CRS Greensburg Facility Director Receives Scholarship

Jamie Dunlap, DPT, Physical Therapist and Facility Director was one of three individuals to receive the 2013 Graduate Gerontology Certificate Program Scholarship from the Aging Institute of UPMC Senior Services and the University of Pittsburgh. Read more about Jamie and her work in the 2013 Aging Institute Annual Report.​

CRS Hosts Continuing Education Seminar for Therapists

On April 12, 2014, UPMC Centers for Rehab Services hosted a continuing education seminar titled “Counseling ACL Patients”. Speaking at the event was Lynn Snyder-Mackler, PT, ScD, FAPTA. Here course was titled “I tore my ACL, What should I do? When can I play? Do I need surgery?” – Applying the Available Evidence to Counsel Patients and Optimize Outcome with Consideration of Patient Preferences. ACL injury presents a significant barrier to participation for an athlete, impacting the current competitive season and potentially subsequent competitive seasons. Therapists in attendance learned how to:

  • Counsel individuals with an ACL injury on their options for both surgical and non-surgical management and educate them on their plan of care
  • Implement neuromuscular retraining techniques to normalize and improve lower extremity stabilization
    • Strategies to improve the chance for success with non-operative management
  • Identify appropriate treatment techniques to improve quadriceps strength, before and after ACL reconstruction
  • Counsel individuals after an ACL reconstruction on their potential for re-injury when returning to cutting and pivoting sports
  • Use evidence based functional tests to determine readiness to return to sports​

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