At OSP, 99% of the time you will have the exact therapist that evaluated you also be the treating therapist. It sounds logical right? Believe it or not, many clinics do not operate that way. We believe that it is vital for you and your therapist to develop a rapport, and this only happens with consistency.
Only your therapist will understand what you can tolerate, what is normal for you, what your problems are, and be able to respond in the manner best suited from their understanding of your body and you as a person.
Do you have the same therapist every visit? Do you know your evaluating therapists name?
If you answer NO to any of these questions you should strongly suggest choosing another therapy clinic. You are not getting what you should to enhance your recovery.
Do you do the same routine over and over and over? Never progressing? No new exercises? Is anyone asking what happened after last session? Symptoms can change rapidly, and adjustments need to be made quickly to either stop a negative response or progress a non-challenging exercise.
Recovery is a fine juggling act between protecting damaged or healing structures, providing enough stimulus to aid in healing, and progressing exercises to regain strength and function. It needs to be assessed EVERY session. A reassessment every 30 days is too long and can result in additional damage and/or problems, or wasted time on pointless exercises.
We perform mini-reassessments EVERY visit. This provides you and your therapist information regarding where you are at in the healing stages, and what do we need to change to enhance your recovery. Your program should be changing constantly. A stagnant routine will result in poor and stagnant recoveries. Any exercises should be challenging but can be completed safely without lingering symptoms.
We know how frustrating it can be when you have concern or have a quick question that you answered and its after hours. Sometimes waiting until the clinic reopens is not going to be feasible or you call and you can not get your therapist on the phone.
We provide all our patients FULL ACCESS to their therapist. You will be given an emergency number so that you can call or text your therapist DIRECTLY. We will be happy to answer your question. We understand that our responsibilty to you does not end just because our doors are locked for the day. No one offers that kind of access to your therapist.
How many patients are in the clinic when you got your your appointment? Does your therapist seem rushed? Many large facilities run their clinics like an assembly line, having many patients in at the same time making your therapist jump between you an 2-3-4 other patients. It is impossible to provide quality care in that situation, however many patients just accept that as the way it is.
It is not the way we choose to run our clinic. We schedule an hour for your initial evaluation, and one patient for each 30 minute follow-up appointment slot. This ensures that you get the individual attention from an actual Doctor of Physical Therapy. We take our time with each patient to make sure we are doing the best we can for them.
It is vital that you, the patient, understand exactly what has happened, together how we intend to fix it, and why we are asking you to do the things we say. If you understand why you are doing something, and what it is doing, you are much more likely to do it. You should be comfortable enough to ask your therapist, if they have not explained so already or there is still confusion, why you are doing that particular thing. If your therapist is unable to explain the reasoning behind that decision, they probably should not be giving it too you. Your recovery is more determinate on YOUR involvement and understanding than anything.
Would you believe that in most cases therapy 3 times a week is not necessary and will add little additional benefit! Most physicians will write a prescription for therapy 3 x per week for 4 weeks, but that is just a recommendation and based mostly on the fact that they have always just written that.
It is the unethical facility that automatically schedules you three times per week. Ask for justification as to why 3 times per week is necessary. If they hesitate or stumble it should give you some insight into the clinic. Most insurances limit the number of visits permitted and there are key phases for which they should be saved. For example patients that are immediately post-surgical ACL repair have significant restrictions during first few weeks, and can manage at home safely and easily with usually just 1-2 visits per week. Those visits should be utilized when the patient is more functional and would benefit from skilled care.
Most of our patients attend 1-2 times per week provided they do as we ask when they are not in the clinic. We do have some 3 x per week patients but they are generally complicated post-surgical cases. In spite of this our patients recovery just as fast, if not faster, and better than unethical clinics.
We understand that you are placing your faith in us to treat you correctly, guide you through this process, and trust that we have your best interests at the heart of all our care and decisions. With OSP, you will never have to worry, and focus solely on your recovery.
Many healthcare providers nurture a dependent relationship between them and their patients. If a patient feels that they can not manage themselves they will continue to feel the need to return to therapy every week.
We strive to empower patients to feel confident in their ability to self-manage utilizing us as a coach and resource. We perform this by progressively weaning a patient as they improve, limiting passive treatments and ensure they have a full understanding of what and why they are doing a particular task.
We are ALWAYS here for our patients, past and present, but creating an unhealthy dependence on us benefits no one.
Passive treatments are modalities, such as hot packs, cold packs, ultrasound, and electrical stimulation, and motorized water/massage tables. In most cases modalities have been proven through research to be ineffective and no better than placebo (fake treatment).
Hot pack and cold packs do not penetrate deep enough to have any thermal affect on tissues deeper than ~ 1/2 inch. They can temporarily decrease pain perception as surface stimulus travels faster than the deep nauseating stimulus. They are both trying to get to the same door but because the surface stimulus travels faster, it beats the stronger pain to the door and blocks it. An example is rubbing your elbow when you hit your funny bone.
Ultrasound has clearly been shown NOT to have any effectiveness except in calcific tendonitis. Numerous scientific studies have proven there is no benefit to ultrasound, yet many clinics still use it. Most just do not know any better, and those that do continue to use it as it adds a billable unit.
Electrical stimulation has many different variations designed to do a variety of things. The research is inconsistent with most modes. Most e-stim modes provide the same relief pathways as the hot and cold pack, but relief quickly stops once it is removed. This is where the TENS daily units came from, however the body will become used to the stimulus and eventually have no affect. There are modes that claim to reduce this accommodation however they too with eventually have no effect.
OSP uses electrical stimulation but only for aiding in retraining muscles to contract after injury, but even this method is performed with active muscle contraction from the patient. Active treatment is far superior to passive treatment. The body is a dynamic system that is designed for movement. The detriments of a sedentary lifestyle have been well-established. We all have seen the results of someone who lays in bed all day, never gets up out of a chair, or is stuck in a hospital bed for weeks. Despite this, many clinics focus on passive interventions that have you just lay there and expect you to get better. It is not even logical. Just because you now have an injury, does not mean that passive treatments miraculously now have benefit.
It is important to remember that a physical therapy clinic is not a gym. The goals, population, and equipment are significantly different. Unfortunately many patients experience the “shiny object” syndrome and get distracted, forgetting the purpose of therapy, the appropriateness of the use of the equipment, and that it has absolutely NO relevance to that clinic’s ability to provide improved rehabilitation. In fact, we believe it is quite the opposite.
While big weight machines may look impressive, they have limited, if any, functional relevance. Beyond a treadmill and a stationary bike, weight machines do not duplicate the stresses your body experiences in everyday life. Take a bicep curl machine for example, you sit with your chest, and arm supported and curl the bar/handle, kind of like picking up a bag groceries from a car trunk. When are you EVER supported in a 400 lb machine with your upper body supported with a weight staying perfectly straight. The answer is NEVER. A grocery bag flops and spins. You are never sitting. You are never supported with a 400 lb machine. So why would you ever train or rehabilitate that way to get back to your activities of daily living.
Functional training, a true life training style, is what we at OSP prefer. We rehabilitate your body to do the things it did, without support, prior to your injury. You will be able to perform functional activities with greater strength, endurance and safety decreasing your likelihood of recurrent injury.
GLYNN LITERALLY SAVED MY LIFE!!
My Doctor sent me to PT for some balance problems. Glynn had some concerns after a few minutes into the evaluation. He called my Doctor and asked for an MRI of brain stem. After about a week my doctor got me a CT scan of my brain which was clear, and sent me back to Glynn for balance again. Glynn said that the brain scan was not what he needed, but reevaluated me. He immediately said that I need to go to a neurologist that day.
Long story short, the neurologist ordered and MRI of my brain stem. They found a tumor! Thanks to Glynn they caught it early enough and were able to operate and remove it. Words can not express how grateful I am.
After seeing two orthopedic doctors, without signs of improvement for what was thought to be a knee injury by the orthopedists, I was referred to physical therapy at OSP. My Physical Therapist was Glynn Hunt. When I went to my first appointment at OSP, I could barely walk and was on crutches. I was in so much pain and completely miserable. Upon examination and describing my symptoms to Glynn, he indicated to me that my symptoms were from my back, not my knee.
He immediately started me on a new course of treatment for which I am grateful for because the pain significantly subsided and my mobility returned. I can’t say enough about his skill level and knowledge. He also really cares if you get better! He is so dedicated to what he does. I highly recommend Glynn and OSP if you are suffering from physical limitations and need a great physical therapist.
I had been having groin pain for about 2 years. I had been diagnosed by several people for a hip flexor strain. I had been having treatment at other healthcare providers for months and months without success. I had heard about OSP and got evaluated.
Very quickly I was diagnosed with a labral tear in my hip. I went and had an MRI to confirm it, and they were right! I ended up having surgery and returned to OSP for rehab. I am back to normal now, playing high level sports without pain. I will go nowhere else for PT.
I had been treated for 4 years for plantar fascitis on both feet. I spent thousands of dollars on every treatment you could imagine. I had gone from being an avid athlete to barely being able to do anything. A friend referred me to OSP, and what a blessing.
Within 5 minutes, my therapist told me it was not plantar fascitis and was coming from my back. Within a few weeks I had little to no pain and was able to get back to running! Don’t make the same mistake I did. No matter what anyone else has told you, you have to go to OSP.
My daughter was injured playing soccer, and what started as a time of great concern, became one of the best things that could have happened. That injury lead us to Glynn, our Physical Therapist. His approach was different from anything we had experienced before. Until we came to Glynn, we did not even know we had been getting sub-par care. He exceeded all our expectations. Rather than just focusing on treating the injury he identified and corrected the problems that led to it. I was shocked when he showed me the deficits of my “healthy” daughter. We were rolling the dice every time she stepped on the field and now I could see it too.
My daughter recovered from her injury and we were happy, but we were thrilled when we saw what a difference Glynn’s training made with her on field performance. Not only did it decrease her risk of injury, but she was faster, stronger, and more powerful. She also had a confidence in her body that I have not seen before. I urge everyone to have their child checked by Glynn regardless of whether you think they are healthy or not. If you want to protect your athlete, and have them perform better… Go see Glynn.
I had been treated at a well known local PT company for an ACL tear before I came to OSP. I re-tore my ACL, and was recommended to OSP. I thought every therapy clinic was the same until I went to OSP. I had never had treatment like that. I received individualized treatment and instruction from an actual therapist, and there weren’t 10 other people there. I was challenged and progressed like I wanted. I assure you that OSP is like no other place. Their care, experience and education are unmatched. You must go to OSP.
I came to Glynn after spending two weeks at a well-known “chain style” physical therapy outfit here in the Philadelphia area. I had experienced complications following ACL reconstruction surgery and I needed serious rehabilitation and therapy. From the moment I walked in the door, Glynn was attentive and professional. He conducted a thorough assessment, realized I needed serious one-on-one attention and established a treatment plan to get me back on the road to recovery. That road wasn’t easy but I can tell you that if it wasn’t for Glynn’s top-notch advice, in-depth knowledge and overall positive attitude and support, I would not have made it back to where I am today. I’m back playing soccer and jogging and I owe a great deal of credit to Glynn for being able to pursue these activities again. Glynn is a terrific physical therapist and I highly recommend him to anyone who requires physical therapy and rehabilitation services.
I had the good fortune of meeting Glynn when my thirteen year old daughter sustained a right quadriceps tear playing soccer. The injury was quite debilitating and happened right in the middle of season. In pain, and unable to play the sport she loves – my daughter was devastated! Dissatisfied with the sports rehab department of a local hospital as well as the “assembly line” approach at a local private physical therapy company, I was beginning to doubt I would find the right care for my daughter. Luckily, I was referred to Glynn.
Glynn immediately put my daughter at ease with his warm and caring demeanor. After a thorough assessment and evaluation, Glynn devised a treatment plan and put it in motion. Thanks to Glynn, when my daughter returned to soccer she was healthy and strong.
As a mom and registered nurse, I have very high standards and expectations for the care my family receives. It gives me great piece of mind knowing we can count on Glynn if we ever should need him. Thanks Glynn!
I found OSP and Glynn Hunt in May of 2014. I was a year post surgery and chemo for Osteosarcoma in my left femur. In the process they replaced my left hip ball and the top of my femur. I followed all the instruction of my surgeon who just recommended walking and even went to occupational therapy, but still my walk was rough and I felt unsteady on my feet.
On my first visit to OSP, I was still limping and mostly walking with a cane. Glynn thoroughly evaluated my history and investigated my current mobility with a series of tests. I was really taken back by just how quickly he diagnosed and actually showed me the mechanics of my weak areas and devised an exercise plan. The “one on one” attention far exceeded my expectations and the improvements in strength were almost immediate. By the summer, my cane was gone and so was my limp.
He also diagnosed back issues that caused weakness and pain running down my leg. Having the cancer history…this pain was extremely frightening, but Glynn understood and quickly did a series of tests that convinced me it was my back and manageable.
Deciding I was not satisfied with my mobility and making that first call to OSP changed my future. I continue with my exercises at home and have made what I learned from Glynn part of my daily routine. I am very grateful to Glynn for his expert help, positive outlook, motivation, sense of humor and encouragement.
While receiving post-surgical treatment at OSP, I heard a theme in the comments from dozens of other patients. They said words to this effect: “I have gone to many doctors for treatment. But Dr. Hunt is the only one who got results for me.” Or this theme: “Dr. Hunt made it possible for me to fully recover. Without his skill and encouragement I would never have done so well.” Simply put, you know will do well and that you are in very good hands with Dr. Hunt and his OSP staff.
I have recommended Glynn to many of our friends and acquaintances. He is a very good diagnostician. He has a very pleasant disposition. If your child has a sports related injury or you are post surgical or are just in chronic pain…OSP is where to go to get better.
I’m not sure if you remember me, but I came to you in the beginning of the school year with an ankle problem. For almost a year no one could figure out what was wrong with my ankle, until I went to you. I just wanted to say thank you so much for getting me better. Since my ankle has gotten better I have had a wonderful track season. I received All Catholic awards and medals for my events, and plan to do even greater things this outdoor track season. Without your help this would not have happened, so thank you again. You really made a difference for me.
OSP Physical Therapy is like no other PT I have been to! What makes OSP different is the care you receive. Glynn never pulls exercises out of a drawer! He personally evaluates you and determines what exercises and care you need based on the symptoms you present in his office. He then works with you one on one to ensure you are doing the exercises correctly and making the progress expected. I have never had that kind of personalized care at any other PT facility. Three out of five members of my active family have been his patient and we will never go anywhere else!
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A study from the British Medical Journal published in 2012 performed MRI’s of 710 patients and found almost 90% of them had an abnormality of some sort. These include osteoarthritis (aka “bone on bone”), bone spurs, meniscal tears, ligament tears and bone injuries.
Of the patients tested, those who had knee pain 90% of them had and abnormality. BUT of those that did NOT have knee pain 88% of them had at least one “abnormality”. So having a n abnormality identified by MRI has no significance until proven with a thorough clinical assessment.
Identification of an abnormality within a painful knee,using a MRI, should NOT be used to diagnosis a relevant pathology.
If you have knee pain, before you dive into invasive treatments, get a thorough evaluation by us. You can ALWAYS get surgery, but you can not undo it once its done.
If you have tried physical therapy before and did not work, I encourage to come see us. We are like no other clinic.
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Honestly, most of the time I am embarrassed by people in my profession. It astounds me at what they deem as “GOOD” PT. When patients leave other clinics and come to us, I can not believe the garbage that is out there. To make matters worse until patients come see us, they have absolutely no idea! They thought that is how ALL physical therapy was. After being around for a while you get to know most clinics typical routine. I bet that if people who have had PT before read this, I will describe about 90% accurately what their ” PT” was.
Here goes. Start off with a hot pack possibly with e-stim, or if you are at a really terrible place, heat pack while laying on a mechanical massaging table. (FYI: Did you know most of those places are charging your insurance as “hands-on” manual therapy!). Next you move to your table where you are stretched or massaged regardless of whether is necessary or not. Now its exercise time, but your PT has 2 other patients coming in or already there so you either exercise by yourself following you “routine” or you have a person, not a PT, follow you around. After you are done with the plethora of mostly useless exercises, it’s time for ice.
It is shameful that our profession, not everyone but most, think that quality care. Pay attention next time you are at your place see how accurate the above description is. See how many are basically doing the same thing as you.
IF you want REAL physical therapy, or you did “PT” and it didn’t work, do yourself a favor come see us for just one visit. You will be amazed at what can happen if someone takes the time to actually understand your problem.
Welcome to OSP, a physical therapy clinic like no other. OSP is revolutionizing physical therapy. From the onset OSP has challenged the traditional physical therapy business model. Breaking away from typical practices, and forging ahead in new directions of patient care and practice management.
OSP was founded by Dr. Glynn Hunt, a New Zealand born physical therapist. OSP is the collaboration of his education and experience from both New Zealand and the U.S., creating a truly unique clinic.
Our company is structured to ensure patient recovery, not profit, is always our first priority. We reward staff based upon your recovery. This way our patients can be assured our therapists are always doing the best for them. The better you do the better they do. We streamline your care by using the most effective treatments to speed recovery and reduce your costs.
We choose to hold ourselves to a higher standard. We hold ourselves accountable for your care and recovery, just as much as you should.
We can confidently say that once you come here and experience physical therapy with us, you will go nowhere else.
Dr. Hunt received his Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Temple University, and holds a Master of Science in Exercise Physiology from Slippery Rock University. He is a certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS), and a Direct Access Practitioner. He has completed the courses in McKenzie Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy (MDT).
A former collegiate and professional basketball player, he had a natural interest towards treating and preventing injuries of athletes, which led him to develop evidence-based orthopaedic treatments.
Dr. Hunt`s areas of interest are the neck and spine, and rehabilitation of athletes.He
Dr. Lucas received his Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology, and Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Temple University. He has experienced a wide continuum of care including acute care, acute rehabilitation, and multiple outpatient orthopedic settings. He is currently completing his courses in McKenzie Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy (MDT).
Dr. Lucas has a strong passion for evidenced-based care, manual therapy, and equipping patients to take control of their care and their recovery. As an avid runner, he has a background in running-related injuries and prevention strategies. He is also a strong advocate for treating the entire individual to help prevent future injuries and to maintain a high quality of life.
Dr. Carpenter received his Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology, and Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Temple University. He has worked in all rehabilitation settings providing experience in all stages of recovery. He is a certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS), and a Direct Access Practitioner.
Dr. Carpenter is an expert in evidence-based care, receiving accolades for the quality of his care. Other areas of interest include outpatient orthopedics and sports medicine. He completed his certification in McKenzie Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy (MDT) and will take the Diploma in MDT this year.
Dr. Kim received his Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Temple University. He has worked in all rehabilitation settings providing experience in all stages of recovery.
Dr. Kim is an expert in manual therapy and firm practitioner of evidence-based care. Other areas of interest include outpatient orthopedics and sports medicine. He is currently working on his certification for orthopedic manual therapy (COMT).
Jennifer holds a BS in Exercise Science and a minor in Gerontology from Slippery Rock University. She also holds a MS in Exercise Science and Health Promotion specializing in Performance Enhancement and Injury Prevention from California University of Pennsylvania.
Her certifications include a Performance Enhancement Specialist (PES) from NASM and Certified Pilates Instructor, both mat and apparatus. Jennifer has over 15 years experience in the fitness industry. Her experience includes working with a variety of clients with one-on-one training and over 8 years managerial. Ms. Hunt is also a former collegiate sprinter and hurdler.
From rotator cuff surgery to knee replacement to low back pain, OSP is the place to go for your therapy. Our therapists have experience at all levels of care; acute, inpatient, and outpatient, providing knowledge of the entire recovery process.
We use research to guide our treatment plans so we can be assured that they work. Combining proven interventions with our manual skills provides the greatest likelihood of rapid recovery. Additionally, OSP has developed close relationships with the area’s leading medical professionals, creating a multifaceted team approach and ensuring all members of your medical team are working together.
We have vast experience in the following;
*Low Back Pain*
*Rotator Cuff Injuries/Repairs*
In the competitive world of high school, collegiate, and professional sports, you need more than just a licensed physical therapist. You need someone who has personally experienced the world of competitive sports.
Glynn is a former collegiate and professional basketball player. He understands an athlete’s mentality, what it takes to compete in high level sports, and how to stay healthy. OSP’s combination of education and personal experience strikes a perfect balance for working with athletes. Do not settle for less than a clinic where the therapist can personally relate to the athlete. Work with a therapist that has personally gone through everything that athletes go through.
We have vast experience in the following;
*Rotator Cuff Injuries/Repairs*
*Tommy John’s Repair*
*Little League Shoulder/Elbow*
The best way to treat an injury is to decrease the risk of it happening in the first place. OSP strives to be a proactive physical therapy clinic and developed OSP3 in response to the increasing number of injuries we are seeing in athletes. OSP3 is based upon the latest research, addresses all modifiable risk factors, and is individualized for each athlete.
Our Sport Specific Screen, S3, was designed to replicate the demands of an athlete during competition and assess deficits that increase the risk of injury and hinder performance. OSP is the area’s only facility offering the assessment screens.
Our screen involves a thorough evaluation of three areas:
Only Medicare insurance requires a prescription from your doctor for physical therapy. OSP has a direct access license which allows us to see a patient for 30 days without a prescription. This allows you to just call to come in without additional expenses or delay of care. The best part is that unless you are a post-surgical patient very few of our patients require care beyond that time.
Please bring your insurance card, a prescription for therapy (if you have one) from your doctor. To help expedite your care, and maximize the time we have with you please print and complete the intake forms located here
We allot an hour for all initial evaluations. This allows enough time to truly understand your problem and the impact it has on your life. Also we can provide treatment within that session to get you started on the road to recovery immediately.
Every visit we reevaluate our patients to determine the effectiveness of the intervention we provided, and adjust care based upon those assessments. A one size fits all approach is not affective care. You can expect follow-up sessions to be between 30-45 minutes on average.
It is extremely important that we have access to the area of concern especially on the first visit. For example if it is your knee, shorts or loose fitting pants would be acceptable. We have private rooms available if you require one.
We accept most insurances as noted below. If you have questions or need clarification feel free to call and talk with us first.
You will be required to perform exercises designed to restore your function. In most cases, especially in non-surgical patients, only 1-2 exercises are generally provided that will restore most of the function. Post-surgical patients require more extensive programs due to the invasive treatment. They can expect a longer treatment time and more exercises in the clinic and for their home program.
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