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Physical therapist for hip
I need to have PT on my hip. Can anyone please recommend a really good physical therapist in
Berkeley or surrounding area? I have had PT for various orthopedic surgeries over the years in
other parts of the country, and the good ones are hard to find. In particular, I have been
recommended to Physiotherapy Associates in Berkeley and SOL in Oakland. If anyone has
particular therapists to suggest, that would be very helpful.
Hopeful in Berkeley
I highly recommend SOL on College Ave for physical therapy. In particular, I
specifically recommend Clarice Cummins. I have been going to Clarice at SOL for
rehab on my knee and hip replacement. Although my hip surgery was many years
ago, it wasn't until I went to Clarice at SOL that I felt like I got the proper
attention for stretching and strengthening. They also are in a great location and
have great trainers who teach you the exercises after you have spent time with
your therapist. anon
Two top-notch PTs - have had wonderful results with both:
Steve Ryan, Anjoe Physical Therapy: http://anjoe.com/
Janet Soto, Berkeley Physical Therapy: http://www.berkeleypt.com/staff
I have to give a shout out to the PT I have been working with for the last
several months. I can say in no uncertain terms, she has changed my life. I was
in chronic and serious pain for several years on and off due to what was a
chronic overuse injury and that was kind of a mystery to everyone else I saw. I
saw several doctors and physical therapists over the years and none were able to
help me. Then I met Amy Reitz. She is amazing. She really cares if you get better
and will not lose focus until you do. She made sure my exercises were being done
properly and her soft tissue work is incredible. Magic hands! I have to say I am
about 90% better and am back to my active lifestyle. I cannot recommend her
enough or say enough about her skill level.
Her contact is firstname.lastname@example.org
Hope you get to feeling better soon. Up and Running
Physical therapist in Albany
Hi, I'm looking for a physical therapy practice in Albany (or environs) and would love
any leads. Thanks so much!
HI - Albany PT is generally good, and located in Albany off San Pablo Avenue, between
Marin and Solano. It's in the same ''mini-mall'' as Happy Donuts and Round Table
Pizza. There is also PT Innovations which is in El Cerrito, but very near the Albany
border, on the El Cerrito side of the El Cerrito Plaza. I'm a practicing physician and
have sent many dozens of patients to both facilities. Generally, I think Albany PT is
probably a better bet for treatment at this time. I was treated at Albany PT myself
many years ago, but my therapist has since left the group. I did, however, have very
good results with her treatment. I have had some complaints that Innovations is using
PT assistants and possibly students to provide treatments. David Clement I believe
owns Albany PT, and has been there for many years. I am not as familiar with the other
therapists who are there currently. Hope that helps. Local doc
I MUST tell you about Meridi Williams PT- she is an angel and highly gifted as a
physical therapist/pilates instructor.
I am currently on a medical leave after struggling for 8 months with chronic
sciatica and lower back pain. During this time I stopped all my outdoor
activities of hiking, bicycling, yoga and even walking. I'd been taking 2,000mg
of ibuprofen just to get through the day. My diagnosis is severe degenerative
arthritis, and spondylolisthesis.
When I walked into Meridi's mat class for the first time 3 weeks ago, I was in
tears after the first 2 minutes because I wasn't able to simply bend down like
everyone else. She keyed into me and gave me specific instructions that
differed from the rest of the class. Her voice was calm and nurturing and her
instructions very precise. I left that class with greater flexibility.
After three weeks of private sessions with Meridi, I can now walk briskly, bend a
bit more, sustain a standing position for several hours and am now taking only
800-1,000mg of ibuprofen.
She has helped me become aware of how I use my muscles, both beneficially and
not. She's helped me to strengthen areas that were becoming weak as a result of
protective strategies due to pain. I am now walking much more comfortably
without straining and I feel good!
My sessions with her are medicine that will help me work with my back whether I
decide to do surgery or not. I cannot recommend Meridi highly enough. If you
are struggling with any physical limitations I am certain you will benefit from
working with Meridi. And if you're not, she could be what keeps you from hurting
yourself in the future.
Classes are easy to get to and the space is clean, spacious and cozy.
Check her out at www.pilates-pt.com
1061 Eastshore Hwy Ste. 213, Just before Target in Albany. mallorie
Physical therapist for prenatal lower back pain
I just found out I am 6 weeks pregnant with my 3rd child. I
have severe lower back problems that gave me trouble during
my previous pregnancies to the point where I couldn't quite
walk. I am a member of Kaiser, but have been unimpressed by
their PT and am willing to go outside the network. So I have
a few questions:
1. Does anyone have a PT at Kaiser or elsewhere who
specializes in dealing with pregnant women? I am looking for
someone amazing and understanding.
2. If you had lower back problems during pregnancy, what
helped you? Did anyone do acupuncture? If so, did it help?
Where did you go?
Thanks for your help!
There is prenatal physical therapy that is specifically geared towards prenatal
and postpartum women at ProBalance in Alameda. It is worth it to get help from
a specialist with advance prenatal and postpartum experience and this place has it!
510-523-1900 ext 55
There are also Pilates classes/sessions for maintenance and fitness after your
physical therapy is complete.
Awaken chiropractic in Oakland! They work with a lot of pregnant women
and it really helps! The initial diagnostic was somewhere around $150
and each appointment was $55 thereafter and I found it to be really
helpful in pregnancy. Swimming helped too! Good luck!
I recently started going to SOL
http://www.solpt.com/services/physical-therapy/ to deal with some
nerve pain in my arm, which needs to heal before I give birth in
May. They list pregnancy lower back problems specifically in issues
they treat, though I am not sure if they have a specialist per se. The
PT I have been seeing, Bryan, is truly amazing. He approaches my arm
problem holistically, and is knowledgeable about what shifts in a
woman's body throughout pregnancy, how we hold ourselves differently,
as well as the typical physiological issues new mom's deal with
(i.e. neck and shoulder problems from how we pick up and hold our
newborns). He's also helping me with lower back pain that is
increasing as my belly size does. He does mobility testing, hands-on
muscle release, and strength training in every appointment with me. I
have been very satisfied and am seeing results! They have offices in
Oakland and Walnut Creek.
PT/Rehab Specialist for Baseball elbow injury
My 16 year-old son has a recurring elbow injury from playing baseball.
I am looking for a physical therapist or rehab specialist who can guide
him to healing his elbow and help him figure out what he is doing wrong
with his pitching motion. Can anyone recommend someone to do this? I
would love to hear from someone who has experience with this same
I can't reccomend Lauren Masi at Lafayette Physical Therapy enough.
She has extensive experience in sports injuries and is very good at
what she does. You can reach her at 925-284-6150.
Hi there... Dr Greg Arnold is great and is all about Baseball! check
out his website.. http://www.pitchingdoc.com
Physical therapist for torn disk
Hi, I'm looking for a good physical therapist for back pain. I searched
the archives but they were a few years old. I'd especially like someone
who can help with a torn disk, sciatica and numbness on one side.
Thanks. - can't stand the pain
I recommend Edie Murphy, owner of Lakeview Functional Rehab
Center in Oakland. I think she's the best PT in the East
Bay, and I tried plenty when I have a back injury no one
could figure out. She got me standing up at my wedding (no
small feat), and today...no back problems at all. I even
She's good at deep tissue work, and good at giving effective
home exercise programs. She's near Lake Merrit at (510)
Edie Murphy (www.handsonpt.com; 510-451-5560) is the best physical
therapist around. She'll pinpoint not just your problem areas, but
why those are your problem areas. She combines bodywork with a very
targeted set of stretches and exercies to get you on the right
track. Highly recommend her. anon
low back pain/sciatica is one of the bread and butter of a physical
therapist. you have to take into consideration the proximity of
where you live or work. most PT's should be knowledgeable about your
problem. make sure they accept your insurance too. Just in case you
work or live close to San Ramon area, Matt Wollaston at San Ramon
Regional Medical Center - 925 275 8442 will be great. or at San
Leandro's Outpatient Rehabilitation Facility and ask for the only
male therapist that works there 510 618 1800.
Physical therapist for pelvic/lower back pain and hands
I'm looking for physical therapists (preferably in Berkeley/Oakland) to
continue work with my hands and pelvic/lower back. I'm currently
treating with two different therapists at Standford but would really
like to find some that are closer to where I live. The only
complicating factor is that I really need physical therapists that
either specialize in or are very familiar working with people
experiencing chronic neuropathic and myofacial pain conditions and the
hypersensitivity that often accompanies such conditions. If anyone
happens to know of any I'd be really grateful for the referrals.
Did you try Alta Bates outpatient physical therapy at 5700 Telegraph?
Alta Bates Summit Medical Center, Physical, Sports and Hand Therapy 5700
Telegraph Avenue, Oakland, CA 94609
I saw Esther Dolowich for pelvic floor work (she is amazing), and they have
PTs working with hand injuries right outside. Call and ask if they have the
experience you're looking for. anon
If you are looking for a Physical Therapist, look into Physical Therapy
Innovations. They have offices in Oakland, El Cerrito, and Orinda. Theire
website is here:
http://www.ptinnovations.com/ Happy with PT
Try Edie Murphy at Lakeview Funcitonal Rehab Center in Oakland. She is
excellent, and has helped me through several serious injuries, incuding pelvic
pain and shoulder surgery. When the problem started, I tried quite a few
physical therapists, and can say with some experience that Edie's competence
and experience really stands out.
Myofacial pain is part of many physical problems, and she definately works
with it. For the neuropathy, it would probably be best to call and see what
she says - she has a lot of advanced training, so it's quite possible that she
has worked with this. (510) 451-5560
You will be oh so happy if you seek treatment at Avery and Associates in
Oakland. I can personally recommend Linda (the owner) and Leigh, both of whom
saw me extensively for low back & pelvic floor work. I received excellent
treatment and saw truly amazing progress in my body thanks to their help.
The women at this office are amazing human beings as well as being gentle,
skilled, knowledgeable, kind, trustworthy, and just all around great. As a
lovely bonus, the office is beautifully decorated, which adds to feeling
comfortable and relaxed.
I saw your post this morning, and happened to go there this afternoon for a
cranio-sacral treatment (they also offer massage and Feldenkrais), so I asked
the receptionist if the PTs focus on myofascial pain, and she said that they
Please give them a call. You really won't be sorry. They are at 3000 Webster
St. Suite 402 Oakland 94609. Their website isn't very complete, but don't let
that deter you one bit: http://www.physical-therapy.com/
I wish you health and pain reduction.
Edie Murphy is a fantastic physical therapist. Between us, my husband
and I had seen probably a dozen physical therapists for a variety of
problems (elbow tendonitis, neck and shoulder problems, lower back and
hip pain) before we found Edie, and she is hands down the best. Edie
has an impressive knowledge of the human body and is a gifted body
worker. Sessions are usually a combination of assessment, body work,
and review of a specially crafted set of exercises to do at home. I
don't know for sure if Edie has experience with your specific
conditions, but I would highly recommend at least calling and speaking
Happy PT Patient
I have been to many physical therapists in the past for my
back and ankles. Deena Levy at Move Easy PT is the one
person who has been able to help a persistent SI (lower
back) problem that no one else could figure out. She sees
you herself for a full 60 minutes in a completely private
office, which is very different from a group practice where
you might see an assistant in a large gym filled with
patients. Fascinated by the body in motion and at rest, she
is a dancer and also volunteers to help dancers understand
how to move well to avoid injury. www.moveeasypt.com, 540-7816.
I highly recommend Em Squires for anybody with chronic
issues. She is gentle and knowledgeable, and has done
better things with/for my pelvis than anybody I've ever
seen. She has her own office on Grand about a mile up from
Lake Merritt; she spends a full hour with you (and will let
the session run over if it's what your body needs). I have
seen countless PTs and chiropractors over the past couple of
decades, and nobody comes close to Em in terms of
sensitivity to the wholistic nature of body function and
You can schedule an appointment with Em at
Em's phone number only shows up on the website once you've
made an appointment. If you'd like to talk with her first,
you can email me directly I'll put you in contact with her.
I highly recommend Chris Gallo at VibrantCare in Pinole. He's a
bright, creative, caring PT - I felt comfortable with
him right away, and have had great success with him dealing
with a variety of issues.
I think there are several competent PT's in that office, but
my personal favorite is Mr. Gallo. The number there is
- no longer in pain
I highly recommend Edie Murphy for physical therapy for your
daughter. She is a very experienced and effective practitioner who
greatly reduced my back pain. I know she has experience helping
those with cerebral palsy. Her number is 510-451-5560.
Physical therapist in Berkeley/Oakland
PLease recommend a physical therapist in the Berkeley/Oakland area
or in Walnut Creek area. Also, please give any input on Dr Delene
Bivolcic or Dyanna Anfang.
Have you tried Oakland Manual Therapy? Randy Lind practices
a form of physical therapy called called the Erickson method
that has done wonders for my shoulder when traditional
physical therapy did not work. His work takes physical
therapy to a whole new level and gets people out of pain and
back into life. I know several people who have gone to him
and rave about the success they've had.
Randy Lind Oakland Manual Therapy
2939 Summit Street Ste. 302
Physical therapy for dislocated knee
I recently dislocated my knee and have been referred for
physical therapy by my doctor. My health insurance group is
Alta Bates Medical Group so I can go to any of the following
1) Albany Physical Therapy
2) Berkeley Physical Therapy
3) Physical Therapy Innovations
4) Alta Bates Physical and Sports Therapy
5) Montclair Physical Therapy
Does anyone have any experience with any of these providers?
Thank you very much for your help!
My husband went to Berkeley Physical Therapy, covered by
Alta Bates HMO, and had a great experience with a hip
injury and underlying hip degenerative changes. Can't
speak for knees, but they did well with his hip.
Sorry to hear about your knee.
I LOVE Dianne Kerns at Berkeley Physical Therapy! She is
smart, patient, positive, and knows just what exercises to
give you. Dianne is just great.
The front desk staff at that office are also super helpful.
- knee got better with Dianne
Physical therapy for knee problems
I'd like recommendations good physical therapists. I've
got mostly knee problems (meniscus and chondromalacia,
both knees!) but also possibly related back and foot
Feedback, good or bad, on the following?
Orthopaedics and Sports Leaders, Oakland
Craig Norton at LaFoot, Berkeley
Sports and Orthopaedics Specialists, Oakland
Next Step, ALbany
anybody else you love? and why?
I sure do have a physical therapist (and practice) I would
recommend: Simon Gibson at Montclair Physical Therapy in
Oakland (510.339.2116). Actually I also would very much
recommend Kris, the other PT at the practice. But I adore
1) Simon listens, feels, looks and gets to the root of the
matter. Then he fixes it. With me it was a foot. I saw (and
talked to) a lot of people with knees there, too, and
shoulders, and backs. So while my recommendation is based on
my foot, I would go back in a heartbeat for anything else.
2) They have a busy, cheerful, friendly practice that is
tied in with the gym so there is a lot of equipment
available for therapy-related exercises.
3) Simon's a New Zealander with a wry & dry sense of humor.
I love having something to laugh about when I'm doing
something boring like sitting with ice & stim on my foot.
4) Efficient administrative crowd. Scheduling, insurance,
payments, etc. are straightforward and done right. They have
early hours (like 7am) which means you can be in and out and
make it to work.
I had tried many other things to solve a persistent
inflammation and pain in the foot, and in a matter of weeks
I was well on my way with Simon & the gang at Montclair PT.
Check them out.
- Nancy L
Physical Therapy? Personal Trainer? Where to start
Over the past year, my weight has gotten out of control and
it is seriously affecting one of my knees, my foot, and the
opposite hip due to overcompensation. I can feel/hear my
knee grinding (ugh sorry) and while I know surgery may be
required, I'd like to deal with the problem with physical
therapy first. Along with that, I know if I dropped my
excess weight it would help. I don't know where to start,
though. Started Weight Watchers (again) to deal with the
weight issue but what about the rest of my body? I'm a
member of the YMCA in Berkeley, should I just use the
physical therapists there? I've had arthroscopic surgery in
the past (in '87) on that knee so I've lived with knee
issues for a long time.
Will a physical therapist help me with a workout routine for
my body as well as the issues with my knee and foot?
Lastly, I'd love some recommendations. I have Blue Cross
PPO, if that helps. I don't know if I need a referral from
my family practice doc.
Thanks for any help!
I'd like to recommend Edie Murphy of Lakeview Functional
Rehab Center in Oakland. She works out of a detached and
very nice home office. She is excellent with knee pain,
foot pain, and many other physical problems. She always
creates an individualized exercise program to build strength
along with the tissue work she does. When I saw her some
years ago, she was a Blue Cross provider. I don't know if
that's still the case.
She helped me with back, shoulder, and knee problems (at
different times). I found her when I was searching for a
good PT and had tried several (one made my problem worse).
She was the only one who figured out the real problem and
got me going again. She is way above average.
At the time I had Kaiser insurance and paid her out of
pocket - and it was worth every penny. I've since referred
others to her, all with positive results.
To use insurance, you need a diagnosis from an MD, and a
referral to physical therapy. For my later problems, I
asked my doctor to refer to her. The referring doctor can
be an MD, DO, or chiropractor.
Edie is at 510.451.5560
Since the weight is causing problems right now, perhaps
something like lap band surgery would work. It's not as
drastic as gastric bypass. It's adjustable and fully
reversible. It sounds like you wanted to things the ''right''
way but you only have two knees and you already have problems
with them. Your knees hurt so you don't exercise. You don't
exercise so you are overweight. You're overweight so it hurts
your knees. Don't feel guilty for taking a shortcut.
DEENA LEVY, at ''Move Easy Physical Therapy'' is a very detailed
and attentive physical therapist. She has many years of
experience in the field and brings a lot of integrity to her
work. I would highly recommend that you call her to see if
she can help you. She is located in Central Berkeley. You
can reach her at 510-540-7816. She has a lot of connections
with other professionals that she can point you to if she
thinks you need other modalities to help your process.
I have had a terrific experience with Bob Baker and the
Emeryville Sports Physical Therapy office over the past 7
months. They have a wonderful team of therapists and well
trained aides. I actually read about Bob on a post in
Berkeley Parents Network last September when I moved to the
Bob presided over the post operative rehabilitation on both
knees and my shoulder which have grown much stronger under
his guided PT. His office never skimps on modalities or
giving the patient time. Rather he emphasizes using as
much electric stimulation, heat, ice, ultrasound, massage,
soft tissue work, and manipulation of the surgical area as
will make the patient comfortable and then designs a
thorough and systematic exercise program.
The entire staff is personable and friendly. They all know
how to listen and not just give advice or instructions. I
really look forward to the appointments. And they are
no-nonsense. If you are not doing an exercise correctly, you
will be advised quickly.
Bob Baker in particular is cutting edge both in assessment
and program design. He is very involved in research and is
getting advanced degrees working with top medical personnel
from around the country. He is also working on research
projects with professionals from Stanford and USC. The
training and reading he does hone his analytic skills and
provide him with an arsenal of approaches to rehab that
reflect the most current science in the field. A simple
sample was that exercises I had been doing (squats against a
wall) were only strengthening my overdeveloped quads at the
expense of my gluts. The hips were underdeveloped and no
doubt a factor in my knee problems. Bob's program, informed
by current research, emphasized building up the key muscles
which would prevent a recurrence of my injury.
I have felt very lucky to be guided by someone as
professionally capable, personable, and honest as Bob.
Monclair Physical Therapy or other local gym?
I am out of shape and that may be putting it mildly. I am
ok with that because I am going to do something about it. I
need to join a gym because I am having some feet/ankle
issues that make walking (forget about running!) for
exercise not an option. I am thinking stationary bikes,
mild weights, some personal training to get me started. I
have been looking around at what the options are and it
seems like Montclair Physical Therapy & Wellness might be a
good option for me. Can anyone recommend this on the basis
of it being a gym - not just for PT? I live in Montclair so
it seems convenient and low-key. Is this true? I really do
not want to feel intimidated by all the in-shape people who
go to the gym. Do you think this could be the gym for me or
do you have any other recommendations. Thanks Ready to Get
I would really recommend you make an appt. with Em Squires
at the Working Body. She is a really unique Physical
Therapist using manual functional physical therapy. My wife
has had serious injuries, surgeries, etc. and working with
Em is unwinding a lot of the issues that she's had.
The Working Body also has personal trainers and pilates and
a variety of ways to work out. I'd recommend checking it
Physical Therapist for Achy Distance Runner
I'm 43 and recently returned to distance running after many years off
for pregnancy and an ankle surgery. With longer runs I'm having pain
in my lower back and hips that feels like it wraps around the lower
part of my abdomen. I'm looking for a physical therapist or M.D. who
will help me figure out where this pain is coming from and how to
address it with strengthening exercises. I want one or two visits for
a consultation with someone who practices sports medicine. (Sorry,
not open to chiropractic care.)
Middle-Aged Running Mama
Hands down, I would recommend SOL PT in Oakland (at the corner of
College and Broadway). I live in N. Berkeley and gladly made the
trek over there. I have had years of joint and back problems and
they have made a huge difference in my life. I saw Tammara Moore
(the founder and co-owner). She is extremely knowledgeable,
thorough, and caring. They treat all types of patients and
problems, but they are also very sports oriented. Sessions
combine time with a PT followed by time with a personal trainer
to work on home exercises and strength training. They are a
great team of people.
Feeling good in N. Berk
I recently started some work with Kevyn Sebastian. She works out
of a studio within 7th Heaven Yoga in Berkeley. She recently
moved here from Austin. She does myofascial work, Active Trigger
point release work and functional strength training. She really
knows her stuff and loves her work. She would be a great person
to work with. http://www.thereservoir.info/index.html
a misaligned athlete
I would wholeheartedly recommend my amazing physical therapist,
Lynn Shankliess. You can find all her info at
www.restorationpt.com. I have been running casually most of my
life, but back in 2002 I began having hamstring/hip issues. I
went to at least SIX different physical therapists over 4 years
who were unable to help. Lynn thoughtfully listened to my plight
and analyzed my entire body (not just working on my hamstring).
She found most of the issues in my back, corrected that and I've
been back to running (even a little racing) for over a year.
She's truly amazing and has a super personality to boot. Good luck!
Physical therapy after cervical spine surgery
I am recovering from surgery on my cervical spine. I would like to
start physical therapy close to home in Alameda or vicinity. Anyone
have a recommendation?
I have seen Deirdre McLoughlin for a wicked back injury and she is
fantastic. Her practice is located in the Strawberry Creek Bldg. on
Addison in Berkeley, and she is extremely caring, knowledgeable and
focused on each patient. Unlike many pt practices where you get handed
off to different assistants and trainers, Deirdre spends a full 50
min/hour with each patient herself and puts her entire attention on your
care. She works with her patients on all the usual PT things- ongoing
assessment and progress tracking, exercises, stretches, icing,
ultrasound, estim, massage, but because she doesn't hand you off to
other people to do pieces of your treatment, she is 100% attentive and
responsive to what she thinks you most need. She doesn't take
insurance, but I got a big chunk of her fee reimbursed by my ins.
Physical therapy after rotator cuff surgery
I will be having rotator cuff surgery in the Boston area soon
and will be staying with my daughter and her family in the East
Bay Area to recuperate. I am looking for recommendations for a
physical therapy facility in the Orinda area. Thank you.
I can highly recommend Physical Therapy Associates of San Ramon, as
the best of breed. Both my teenage daughter and myself have been
going there as needed for 5 years for our specific healing and have
found the care to be exceptional. We drive all the way from Alameda
as we have found no better.
They are easy to access off 680 at 2817 Crow Canyon Road.
Call 925-838-9846 and ask for Pat Scott.
Enjoy! Louise and Sarah
I had a very good PT experience with Bob Baker of Emeryville
Physical Therapy. About 1 year ago I severely injured my right
shoulder and had to undergo surgery to repair tears in both my
subscapular tendon and labrum. My surgeon was concerned that an
unknowledgeable PT might re-injure my shoulder and therefore
recommended I use Bob for my PT. I visited Bob's office twice a
week for about 3 months and received excellent care and advise.
Today I have 100% mobility and strength in my shoulder. The icing
on the cake was that Bob's approach to PT resulted in very little
pain. I was warned by friends that PT stood for 'Physical
Terrorist'. I was very pleasantly surprised to discover that no
severe pain was involved in the process. Bob takes a slow and
steady approach that gets maximum results with minimal discomfort.
Prolapsed Bladder - any recommendations for physical therapists who can
mend/strengthen muscles. I'm not interested in surgery.
thanks for your help
For pelvic floor problems, the greatest doctor/phys therapy team is Dr.
Jerome Weiss in S.F. See here for info: http://www.jmweissmd.com/
Great doctor, great staff!
I have the same issue and have been working with Avery and Associates on
Pill Hill. They are very knowledgeable, and make you feel comfortable. I
have had some success with the treatment (has been going on for 8 weeks
now), but if you are breastfeeding, be prepared for this to take a long
time to get better. Best of luck!
Sister in suffering
Try Leigh Hollowell, one of the PT's at Avery & Associates on 3300
Webster St, Oakland, CA. 510-451-6020. www.physical-therapy.com. She is
licensed to do pelvic floor therapy. Good luck!
Linda Avery and Associates is a fantastic PT practice that specializes
in women's health issues. They greatly helped me with rather substantial
pelvic floor issues. While, ultimately, I will probably have to have
surgery down the road, they provided me with lots of information,
exercises etc. to slow the process and make an educated decision about
my physical status.
I highly recommend that practice!
saggy yet strong!
i've posted about liz rummer at the pelvic health and rehabilitation
center in the past. my mother saw her for a different, extremely
bothersome issue, but - knock on wood - is cured at the moment. i
believe she sees patients for a variety of pelvic issues. liz is in sf
at 2000 van ness.
I posted a similar question a while back, seeking a physical
therapist and a personal trainer who could help with nonsurgical
options for my uterine, bladder, and rectal prolapse. Maybe the
moderator could check the responses, because I've lost them!
[Editor: See Jan 2008 question, below]
I ended up doing PT with Esther Dolowich at the Alta Bates
Summit Medical Center on Telegraph in Oakland. I think the
number is 510-204-1788. Once she's taught you the right way to
do them, the exercises themselves are pretty minimal (different
variations on the Kegel), but the lifestyle and behavioral
education was useful.
Check out ProBalance Pilates and Physical Therapy for a Women's
Health therapist. They are on Park St. in Alameda and the phone
number is 510-523-1900. www.probalancept.com
Physical therapist for shoulder injury
Looking for a good, experienced physical therapist in my Hill
Physicians Network to rehab from a shoulder injury. The only
places that are covered are:
NovaCare Rehab in Oakland
Flex Physical Therapy in Oakland
Pacer Physical Therapy in Walnut Creek
Anyone have a good (great?) experience with a PT at these
Any advice is much appreciated,
I highly recommend Flex Physical Therapy. I had a back pain and I was given
ideas and ways to get rid of the pain. It worked! The staff is wonderful.
I tried 4 different Hill Physicians' PTs, and attempted a request for an
out of network assignment (refused) before I changed to AltaBates (now Sutter Group)
and got a great PT (Allan at Berkeley PT).
For some bizarre reason Hill has even refused to certify Summit Hospital PT -- which
has good PTs and would be willing to be part of the Hill network; they tried to get
re-certified by Hill Physicians, and were unable to do so.
Sadly, your best solution is to switch out of Hill Physicians, if you can, to get a
--glad to have better PT care than Hill offered
Physical therapist for chronic knee problems
I am having chronic knee problems. I know it falls under the
catagory of patella-femoral syndrome. It has been so bad that I
have dislocated my patella in the past. I am looking for a
physical therapist that focuses (in their practice) on this type
of condition. Any recommendations?
You might want to try Physical Therapy Innovations in El
Cerrito. They have great therapists and specialize in knee and
back pain. They also have Pilates and Aquatic physical therapy
if you should need it. PTI also has 2 other clinics in Oakland
and Orinda if that is more convenient for you. The tel no is
510-524-2177 and you can go to their website
www.ptinnovations.com for more information.
I know an excellent physical therapist who specializes in
chronic knee problems. Her name is Deena Levy (510) 540-7816.
She's dedicated to her profession and excels at finding
solutions. I've seen her for treatment and she's the best.
She's located at 2301 Grant St. in Berkeley.
I was diagnosed with patella-femoral syndrome last year. I
have been going to June Graham PT at UCSF sports medicine
clinic at Mt. Zion campus. She is an expert in knees, and is
great. The telephone number is 415-353-7598.
I was just diagnosed with various pelvic organ prolapses
(uterine and bladder) and my OB gave me a referral to see a
physical therapist to recondition my pelvic floor. (Public
service announcement: when they say ''Do your Kegels,'' they
MEAN it! I'm only in my 30s and my OB is already talking
hysterectomy because all my pelvic organs are drooping out of my
I need two things:
1) A PHYSICAL THERAPIST. The person my OB recommended is a
pelvic floor specialist (Esther somebody), but she isn't
available until March. There are two physical therapists who
treat postpartum issues mentioned in the archives (Suzanne Koval
and Em Squires). Does anyone have experience working with any of
these three women? Any other great PTs I should look into?
2) A PERSONAL TRAINER. I made my prolapses worse by doing
Pilates incorrectly on my own, so I've decided to treat myself
to some one-on-one training. Someone who specializes in
postpartum issues in general, and the pelvic floor in
particular, would be awesome, but I'm open to any
Thanks so much!
Linda Avery and Assoc is a fantastic practice! They specialize in pelvic floor, and
other ''women's issues''. Each PT has their own sub-niche of specialization, and they
are all wonderful.
Good luck with your prolapse issues. Even if they can't ''fix'' everything, they will
be able to give you lots of great information (that all women should know), and help
you to decrease your symptoms.
been there, done that!
Try Helene Byrne for post-partum reconditioning. She used to run these classes
2x/week for 8 weeks - it worked fabulously after my first child. She stopped running
the classes by the time my 2nd came around, but she did visit my house for a private
session one time. She has a website: http://www.exerciseafterpregnancy.com/ and a
book by the same name. Good luck!
I recommend Andrea Kennerley at Optimum Pilates in Montclair for pilates. She is great
with pre and postnatal issues and is very knowledgeable about pelvic floor issues. I
had a lot of pelvic floor problems (leaking when i coughed, etc) and she has helped me
immensely with that. also, i have scoliosis and the exercises she has given me have
been really helpful at making my back even and keeping the scoliosis from progressing.
Anyway, i cannot say enough good things about my experience with her- she is really
kind and supportive. she is at www.optimumpilates.com
no longer embarrassed when i cough
I recently worked with Esther Dolowich at Alta Bates Physical Therapy, on pelvic floor
and tailbone issues, who may be the same Esther your OB recommended? In any case, she
was fabulous: very knowledgeable, very encouraging, very patient. She was also very
good about explaining the relevant anatomy to me at just the right level -- not
overwhelmingly technical, but not dumbed down either. And so far her treatment and
exercise program has kept me pain-free where other solutions have failed. I highly
No more pain in the (...)
you should call and make an appointment with either liz rummer or stephanie
prendergast at pelvic health and rehabilitation center in sf. they are in the medical
arts bldg. at van ness and jackson. the therapy they do has made a huge difference for
my mother, who had a different problem, but felt hopeless after seeing countless
specialists for over a year. she said just the other day that they mentioned working
with a lot of postpartum women. their website is:
Em Squires is very good. I would recommend you at least go talk to her she will make
you feel very comfortable. Of course if you can afford it she doesn't bill insurance.
I would also recommend looking into some complimentary alternative treatments. I had
a similar but not the same kind of problem and accupuncture can also really help. i
would do it all at the same time. If think with these kinds of problems you really
need to dedicate some time to it and then really be on top of it working on it all the
time for a little while.
Hope that helps
I'm looking for a good physical therapist in the East Bay for fractured hip.
I am also looking for a PT in the East Bay, so hope to hear the responses. I
had an unfavorable experience with Flex PT on Broadway in Oakland. In
particular, I found the owner to be arrogant and disinterested in my case.
The office manager was also terse. During my appointment, my PT, the owner,
was distracted, somewhat flighty and just generally not focused on me, as she
kept getting called away. Her recommendations conflicted with what my doctor
and nurse's recommendations were and when I asked her about it, she was
defensive and said she had the final say. I found her unprofessional and
won't be going back.
I am looking for a really good physical therapist who has experience with hips and
young patients. Please send along any recommendations.
Sports and Orthopedic Specialists at 6300 Telegraph Ave in Oakland has a great group
of physical therapists that can work with young clients and orthopedic issues of all
You can call them at 547-8293
Re: Chiropractor who specializes in feet
I know a person who is not a chiropractor, but a licensed physical therapist as well
as certified Feldenkrais worker and Pilates trainer. She is fantastic with foot
issues. I had severe plantar fascitis (couldn't get my heel on the floor!) and was
running again after two treatments, it has never come back in four years since. My
daughter had foot pain for years and years, similarly after two treatments, has been
painfree for years. She's great, great personality too. Her name: Kaivee, her phone:
(510) 504-5484. She's in North West Berkeley, off Gilman by San Pablo Avenue,
accessible and easy to get to.
Re: Chiropractor for postpartum back pain
I highly recommend Em Squires. She is a physical therapist who specializes in post
partum issues, including posture. She also does adjustments, and insurance covers her
if it covers physical therapy. She works near Lake Merrit. 286-8100 (I think). she is
really knowledgable and very kind. Just fantastic. she knows more than the doctors I
saw for some pp issues.
I loved Em.
There is a physical therapist in the East Bay that specializes in postpartum healing
and rehab. She helped me with my prenatal and postpartum postural issues. Her name
is Suzanne Koval, MSPT and she can be reached at suzannekoval[AT]partummemom.com
Can anyone recommend an excellent Physical Therapist in the
Alameda/Berkeley/Oakland area, who is experienced with miofacial
release? I had some major surgery on my legs 2 months ago, and
am trying to gain my mobility and strength back while dealing
with a lot of tightening from scar tissue. Someone who accepts
Blue Shield PPO insurance would be a plus.
I highly recommend Edie Murphy, (510) 451-5560. She is very
experienced, intuitive, and finds muscles I did not even know I
had. She is in Oakland and bills Blue Cross and Blue Shield. Ariel
I would like a recommendation in North Berkeley, Albany, El Cerrito for a physical
therapist who gets the job done without drawing the therapy out for weeks. I want
someone who will teach me the exercises I need and make sure I am doing them
properly. It seems that so many physical therapists use the insurance payments to give
their patients questionable treatments instead of teaching them how to use thier
bodies to prevent injury, how to work hard to overcome the condition and how to set
up a home program to continue the treatment. I want someone who is straightforward.
I want to recommend Patrick Hannum Physical Therapy. He is
located on Gilman and 4th street in Berkeley. This is a unique
Physical Therapy clinic that provides quality hands-on manual
therapy. Patrick is also a certified Rolfer which is a type of
deep-tissue work. He has one other Rolfer and two other P.T.'s
that work there also with great skills. They have a Pilates
reformer for exercise training. I went to him for a chronic
neck problem and then went through the Rolf series afterwards.
It is amazing how much he has helped me. He is a blue cross and
blue shield preferred provider. This is not your typical office.
Has anyone had experience with a physical therapist named Dr. Janet
Soto? She has been recommended to work with me for my ruptured
I've seen Janet Soto for different body parts, specifically
shoulder and lower back, and I thought she was great. It has
been a while since my last visit, but she was also recommended
by a physical therapist friend who occasionally worked with
her. She's a really nice person as well as a good PT.
Any suggestions for a physical therapist who has particular
expertise with knee problems? I looked in the p.t. archives but
not a lot of therapists were touted as being particularly focused
on knee stuff.
You should call Simon at Montclair Physical Therapy in
Montclair, Oakland. He is a God in my book. I pay my own
money, (I changed insurance and they will only allow me go to
South Phyical Therapy)to see Simon and he has always made it
better. Keep in mind that he will put you to work to strengthen
which ever muscle needs it to make up feel better long term.
But if you do the work he prescribes -- he has machines in his
office-- you will get better.
Edie Murphy is an excellent physical therapist and Aston
Patterner. She's in Oakland off of the lake. Her number is
451-5560. She doesn't specifically specialize in knees but she's
very experienced and certainly knows knees and knee injuries.
Patrick Hannum is a physical therapist and Rolffer who has
been working on my knees as well as other issues. Patrick
offers the added benefit of doing great deep tissue work in
addition to standard PT work. I highly recommend him. He
is located in the Tannery on 4th and Gilman, and his
number is 524-6422.
I have been to several therapists and had no improvement with a
knee/hip problem I have until I found Karl Schmetz. I have
experienced such dramatic improvement so quickly I am convinced
he must be a witch doctor! He was recommended to me by a co-
worker who had a very serious ski accident two years ago and was
told he would never walk again. With Karl's help, he not only
walks but he even skis. He also works with a lot of professional
ballet dancers and athletes who, I am sure, have a lot of knee
problems. He is in SF but right at the Montgomery BART stop,
very easy to get to and well worth the commute. He has been a
miracle worker for me. (415) 722-4415
Two P.T.'s I'd recommend are Patrick Hannum and Lynn Schankliess
(sp.?). Pat has an office down in the Tannery complex on Gilman
and his number is 510-524-6422. He is super experienced, and a
great guy to boot. He has a master's degree in PT but is also a
certified Rolfer. Lynn works (or did work) at the Tang Center
on Campus, and did wonders for my chronic knee problems. I like
them both because they don't just give you a bunch of exercises
and send you off into the blue -- they actually do some real
bodywork, and as athletes (cyclist, runner) they're both
attuned to the idea that you want to be able to get back into
I've been going to Albany Physical Therapy and have been
pleased with the exercises and level of service.
I'm wondering if anyone has any experience with the following physical
therapists, especially for recovery from knee or other joint surgery?
Alta Bates health pavilion on Telegraph
Berkely Physical Therapy on Bancoroft
Herrick Physical/Occupational Therapy on Dwight
Craig Norton or Ortho-Sport Physical Therapy on College
Wendy Katzman or Physiotherapy Associates
I was treated by Laura at Herrick for a long-term shoulder problem and was
very satisfied. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.
I have had extensive physical therapy and thus have encountered a number of
physical therapists in the
My experience with Alta Bates Pavillion was ok, but I felt it was like
being in a factory. Each time I went I had a different assistant. I
didn't feel I was getting individual treatment or have much privacy since
it was all out in the open. Craig Norton use to manage the Alta Bates
Pavillion at that time. The concept was to provide service to a lot of
people simultaneously with very few certified physical therapists, a lot of
PT assistants/students, and save money. I often felt that Craig was not
professional - in his comments to patients, and how he handled the physical
privacy of his clients. I would not go back to that clinic nor go to
Craig's clinic on College Ave.
My experience with Berkeley Physical Therapy has been generally positive,
except the office staff are often unhelpful, unfriendly, and very involved
with their private phone conversations. Allen Horowitz is very good there
and I saw him for my back and shoulders. I would recommend seeing him.
My best physical therapist so far is Ellen Bier, who use to be at Berkeley
Physical Therapy for many years, but now has her own private practice. I
have seen her for my back, shoulder, neck and feet. She does a lot of
hands on work, sets up a home exercise program that is realistic and not
overwhelming, knows how to encourage you to do your part of keeping your
body in shape and out of trouble. Her hands on work has been effective to
me, where I have walked out of there with my back feeling normal within one
session. Along with all this, she is a great person - and fun and
personable. The only drawback is that she doesn't take health insurance.
She can be reached at 510-843-9110,and her office is in Berkeley.
I don't have experience with the therapists you list, but I highly
recommend Allen Ling at Physical Therapy Innovations, 425 Kearney St. in El
Cerrito, telephone 524-2177. He is a UC Berkeley grad in molecular and cell
biology who now has many years of experience in this field. He is truly
exceptional - highly intelligent, astute and kind. He helped me after two
years of physical therapy with different therapists failed to get me beyond
a "somewhat-recovered" plateau. Betsy
I had responded earlier about recommendations for Physical Therapy. I had
strongly recommended Ellen Bier (843-9110) who has her own private practice
in Berkeley. While she doesn't take HMO like health insurance, she will
take patients who are covered by workers compensation, med pay through
their car insurance plans, and patients with PPO type of health insurance.
I also want to add that Ellen, having experienced a number of injuries
herself, is very empathetic and can understand the pain and difficulties
of her patients.
I went to Wendy Katzman briefly for a back problem, and really liked her.
She was a good listener and really targeted the areas I needed. Very
helpful and realistic. I also saw someone else in her office, and liked her
as well although I can't think of her name.
I took my daughter and also went myself to SOS (sports orthopedic
specialists) and saw John King. He's great and really knows the
body. I really got that healing myself from my injury was really my
responsiblity. He could help me, but only if I did the exercises
gave me. I didn't want to know this. I would much rather have gone
somewhere where the therapist just treated and healed me, but the
is that the healing is mostly in your hands. So, John is great and
great exercises. We've been to 2 other physical therapists, one on
Pablo near Albany (don't remember the name) and Berkeley Physical
and I think John is the absolute best!
My husband had a serious knee injury for which he needed LOTS of
He went to Sports & Orthopedic Specialists. He adores Pien, his
therapist there. She
is extremely knowledgeable, and uses the right balance of gentleness
& pushing. Her
kindness & wonderful sense of humor help a lot too!
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