Neck, Headache, TMJ, Fall Prevention

  • Neck Pain & Headaches

    A Reputation for Quality

    Our therapists at Strength Physical Therapy are highly trained to provide quality care for head and neck pain. A thorough initial evaluation helps us identify movement dysfunction that can be addressed with patient education, manual techniques, therapeutic exercise, and modalities. Regular reassessment provides reassurance that we are always working to achieve patient goals in a cost-effective manner.

    Priority One – Pain Relief

    Severe head & neck pain can be disabling. For this reason, our first priority is pain relief. Treating the underlying causes of identifiable movement dysfunction is the next step toward achieving long-term relief and recovery.

    A Hands-on Approach

    Hands-on techniques, in most cases, are an essential part of a successful head and neck pain treatment program. Our therapists are equipped with cutting-edge manual skills to assist with the recovery of range of motion, reestablish correct movement patterns, and alleviate muscle related pain and tightness. Coupled with patient education and therapeutic exercise, the results can be dramatic and long lasting.

    Evidence is Our Guide

    Medical research is continuously providing the clinicians at Strength Physical Therapy with “current best-evidence” guidance so we are equipped to provide the state-of-the-art care to our community members. We look to systematic reviews and random controlled trials to help guide us in the delivery of state-of-the-art care. Coupled with regular attendance to continuing education courses, Strength Physical Therapy has a reputation for providing a high-quality service to those in need of head and neck pain rehabilitation.

    Having neck pain or headaches? Give us a call: (717) 569-4184 (North Pointe) or (717) 553-4088 (Bennett Ave.)

  • Temporomandibular Disorders (TMD)

    TMJ | TMD | Headaches | Lancaster PA

    Temporomandibular disorder (TMD), is a term that describes an entire group of disorders involving the temporomandibular joint or joints (TMJ).

    The TMJs are the jaw joints. There is one on each side of your head just in front of your ear canals. Like many other joints in the body, they consist of:

    • Muscles that control joint movement,
    • Ligaments that hold the bones together,
    • Cartilage that provides a smooth surface for the bones to move on,
    • A disc that helps with proper movement, of the bones,
    • Elastic tissue that helps hold the disc in place.

    One or more of the above tissues can cause symptoms. In fact, studies suggest that one third of the population at any one time experiences TMJ symptoms such as pain with chewing, yawning, or jaw opening. Women seem to have TMJ problems much more often than men and it is estimated that 3-6% of the population might benefit from treatment.

    There are a variety of temporomandibular disorders. The muscles (myogenous), joint(s) (arthrogenous), or a combination of the two may cause pain.

    Since Lisa Goussetis treats muscle and joint problems, she is ideally suited to address a TMD. Moreover, a majority of patients diagnosed with TMD, also have associated neck pain. Both respond well to treatment provided by Lisa. No other healthcare practitioner is better suited to address both the TMD and neck pain.

    TMD may appear to be a complex condition and it shouldn’t be. Our website and Lisa Goussetis can help to ensure the following:

    1. You are properly educated,
    2. That your treatment is conservative, cost-effective, and reversible,
      goals are realistic, and
    3. Your examination is brief and meant to identify your source(s) of pain.

    When Lisa performs the examination, she will be able to classify you as having one or more of the following:

    1. An inflammatory condition
    2. Limited jaw range of motion
    3. Excessive jaw range of motion
    4. Arthrogenous Disc Displacement
    5. Jaw muscle pain
    6. Neck pain causing related headaches (sometimes mistaken as TMD)

    Once the involved structures are identified, Lisa will be able to provide you with the appropriate treatment.

    Give us a call to find out how Lisa Goussetis can help you.

    717-569-4184 (North Pointe office) or 717-553-4088 (Bennett Ave. office)

  • Fall Prevention

    Don’t let a fear of falling keep you from being active.

    The good news is that there clinically proven ways to prevent most falls and we can help.

    A collaborative effort between your doctor and our physical therapy team can make a difference.

    It Starts with a Thorough Evaluation

    Physical therapy starts with a thorough evaluation of your health & fall risk factors. We will then set up on on a personalized prevention program to address the findings we identify during your initial visit.

    Evaluation and Treatment May Involve One or More of the Following:

    • Strength testing
    • Flexibility testing
    • Walking (gait) patterns
    • Your health history
    • Sight and hearing screenings
    • Blood pressure
    • Assistive/adaptive device use & education
    • Footwear recommendations
    • Review of your medications & side effects along with your physician
    • Strength training
    • Balance training
    • Flexibility exercises
    • Visual exercises
    • Functional exercises
    • Weight-bearing exercises
    • Sleep hygiene
    • Risk reduction/modification education
    • A personalized home program

    Everyone is different so treatment programs will vary. The best thing you can do is contact our office and schedule an initial evaluation for balance treatment & our fall prevention program. In most cases, insurance will cover it.

    Call Us Today For More Information.
    Call Us At 717-569-4184 (North Pointe office) or 717-553-4088 (Bennett Ave. office).


    Balance Training

    Physical Therapists are experts in the art and science of the evaluation and treatment of human movement and balance dysfunctions. We care for a variety of muscle, joint, and nervous system disorders that can affect your balance.

    Don’t ignore the Facts:

    • One of every three persons age 65 and older falls each year.
    • Falls are the leading cause of injury and accidental death in those over the age of 85.
    • In 2005, 15,800 people 65 and older died from injuries related to unintentional falls.
    • About 1.8 million people 65 and older were treated in ERs for injuries sustained from falls (CDC 2008).

    Risk factors associated with falls:

    • Older Age
    • Vision Problems
    • Muscle Weakness
    • Medications (being on 4 or more)
    • A History of Falls
    • Medical Conditions (such as diabetes, arthritis, stroke, walking problems, fear of falling)

    Your Physical Therapist will assess:

    • Your Fall Risk
    • Your Strength
    • Your Balance
    • Your Medical History

    * Cited from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2008 www.cdc.gov.

    Do you need balance training?
    Call Us At 717-569-4184 (North Pointe office) or 717-553-4088 (Bennett Ave. office).