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Physical Therapy is Changing Lives with Direct Access

Physical Therapy is Changing Lives with Direct Access

If you listen to your body it will often tell you exactly what it needs. Those back aches that you get after a long night’s sleep, or the shin pain you get every time you run – that’s your body’s way of telling you that something isn’t right. A quick and permanent fix would be ideal, but sometimes going to the doctor can be costly, and taking pain relievers every time the issue flares up isn’t ideal either.

When the state of Michigan passed the direct access law in 2015 it changed our business immensely. For the first time patients could decide how they wanted to handle their healthcare and could make the decision to utilize physical therapy with, or without, a referral. We were the last state in the country to allow direct access, and it was undoubtedly a huge step forward.

We see a number of direct access patients every day and the results speak for themselves. In these cases, we can bill your insurance or you can pay out of pocket. And the great thing is that many issues can be resolved in just a few visits (sometimes it only takes one visit.) Each of the testimonials featured below are from patients who came to us directly. We’re happy to share their success stories.

“I’ve always had issues with my back and had given up on healing my herniated disc. David worked with me and taught me exercises that gave me immediate relief for my back pain. He has not only healed my back, but has allowed me to do so much more than I ever thought possible. To sum up my experience with physical therapy in one word: life-changing.” – Kylee M., Cedar Springs Patient

“I can’t thank the Northern staff enough for going above & beyond my expectations. Several times their ability to be flexible & accommodate my schedule when necessary has been an absolute life saver. Without the knowledge & expertise to create a combination of treatments, I would not have the ability to return to my active lifestyle as quickly as I have.” – Kathy M., Comstock Park Patient

“Within just 2 weeks of physical therapy, my daughter’s pain is nearly gone. The staff there are my daughter’s favorite. Everyone is very positive and encouraging.” Wayland Patient

Physical Therapy is Changing Lives with Direct Access“I had a wonderful and productive experience! My physical therapist was a miracle worker. I had wrist pain which was preventing me from partaking in my consistent yoga practice. The PT identified the wrist pain as related to an issue with my neck. He gave me simple and direct instructions for recovery exercises. After following his recommended treatment plan my wrist healed quickly and I was back on the yoga mat without ever having set foot in a medical doctor’s office. I am so grateful and will definitely be back if I need help in the future.” – Tessa K., Lowell Patient

“I definitely recommend Northern Physical Therapy! The people that I worked with and the staff were amazing. They really took their time with me and had a way of explaining things so I always understood what was happening. They are all great and you’ll definitely be in good hands. I don’t have one bad thing to say, I give them 5 stars. Thank you Northern!” Luisa S., Cedar Springs Patient


If you’re experiencing aches and pains and you’re not sure where to turn, consider giving physical therapy a try. We offer free consultations with a physical therapist. You’ll meet one-on-one, talk about what’s bothering you and potential ways to treat the cause. Click here to sign up for a free consultation.

8 Exercises to Reduce A Limp After Hip Replacement Surgery

8 Exercises to Reduce A Limp After Hip Replacement Surgery

Everyone wants to come out of surgery being told that things went smoothly – but we’re not all so fortunate. After a routine hip replacement Elizabeth was left with nerve damage, causing her uncontrollable pain and a limp. Feeling worried, but not hopeless, she worked with her physician to get on the proper medication for her nerve related pain, but most of all she worked really hard throughout the rehabilitation process to learn how she could manage her pain and reach her goals.  

As a young grandmother and retiree that enjoyed traveling, working out, and spending time with her husband, Elizabeth was determined to get back to feeling 100%. We’ve seen firsthand how determination can push a person farther than they’d ever dreamed possible – these make for some of the best PT cases.

The nerve damage that occurred in her surgical leg left her to walk with a limp as her hip was dropping when she put weight onto it. This is called a Trendelenburg gait abnormality. When we began treatment, Elizabeth was pleasantly surprised at how much control she actually had over her ability to walk more normal. She was very receptive when we took the time to really break down her walking pattern and educate her on the anatomy, the muscles and the ‘why’s’ of her abnormal patterns.  

“Elizabeth’s main goal was to walk without a limp after hip replacement surgery, and I think she exceeded her expectations,” explained physical therapist, Terri Jeurink. “Elizabeth asked good questions so she could get a better understanding of what needed to be done. She was diligent with her exercises, and this made a huge difference.”

We’re happy to report that once her physical therapy treatment was complete, Elizabeth was able to successfully walk without a limp after hip replacement surgery! She is a great example of what hard work, the proper exercises, and physical therapy can do

8 Exercises to Reduce A Limp After Hip Replacement Surgery

8 Exercises to Reduce A Limp After Hip Replacement SurgerySeated March
Sit in a chair with your hips and knees at 90°. Lift your left leg up, then lower back down. Repeat with right leg. Want a little more? After you lift your leg, straighten it out in front of you, then bend and lower back down.

8 Exercises to Reduce A Limp After Hip Replacement SurgeryHip Flexor
Tighten your abs, maintaining a straight back step forward and press your hips forward. Keep your back leg straight and flex your front knee until you feel a stretch in the front side of your hip and thigh on your back leg. Hold for 30 seconds and repeat on the other side. Complete both sides 3 times.

8 Exercises to Reduce A Limp After Hip Replacement Surgery

Hip Extension
Lean over a table or desk, bending at the hips. Bend your right knee slightly and lift your left leg off the floor as high as you comfortably can. Lower and repeat on the other side.

8 Exercises to Reduce A Limp After Hip Replacement Surgery

Lateral Shuffle
Stand with a straight posture, knees slightly bent. Move quickly to the left, then right with a quick push off. Bounce lightly from side to side. Keep toes pointing forward. To decrease intensity, walk from side to side without jumping.

8 Exercises to Reduce A Limp After Hip Replacement SurgeryWall Sits
Stand with your back against the wall. Feet should be shoulder width apart and 6-8 inches away from the wall. Bend your knees 30-45 degrees. Straighten your knees and repeat.

8 Exercises to Reduce A Limp After Hip Replacement Surgery

Single Leg Stand
Stand on a firm surface with arms down at side. Lift one leg and balance on the other leg. Hold for 60 seconds, then switch sides and repeat.

8 Exercises to Reduce A Limp After Hip Replacement SurgeryLunges
Stand upright. Step forward with your left leg, keeping your trunk in a vertical position. Push back to starting position and repeat with your right leg.


8 Exercises to Reduce A Limp After Hip Replacement Surgery

Walk up then down a single step. To modify the intensity of this exercise try going slower or faster, or take an entire flight of stairs versus repeating a single step.

Complimentary Pre-Operative Assessments for Hip Surgery

If you have a hip replacement surgery in your future, consider a pre-operative assessment. There is no cost for the assessment, and statistics prove that recovery is faster and safer when you prepare in advance of your surgery. At the assessment you’ll be evaluated for muscle & joint strength, walking & balance abilities, and overall physical independence. Together, we’ll focus on creating a plan to shorten your healing time and get you back to normal activity safely after your operation. Request your complimentary pre-operative assessment here.


A limp after hip replacement surgery is not uncommon. If you have questions, or would like to set up a free consultation with a physical therapist, we’d be happy to help you!

Michigan’s 2019 Physical Therapy Legislative Advocacy Day

Michigan’s 2019 Physical Therapy Legislative Advocacy Day

When it comes to healthcare we’ve all felt like our voices weren’t being heard, at one time or another. Corey Kuipers is trying to bridge that gap by working alongside state legislators to advocate for better patient outcomes and advancements in the field of physical therapy.

Corey is the clinic director and a physical therapist at our Coopersville office. He’s passionate about raising awareness when it comes to the role of physical therapy, the value physical therapy brings to health care, and the quality of care that all patients receive. This week Corey attended the Michigan Physical Therapy Association’s (MPTA) Legislative Advocacy Day in Lansing. As a member of the MPTA, Corey spent the day with legislators, discussing important agenda items that the MPTA will be focusing on this year. The two main topics for 2019 are outlined below.

Michigan Physical Therapy News & Agenda Items

Physical Therapists & PT Assistants As Mandatory Reporters of Suspected Child Abuse: HB 4108 This legislation would add physical therapists and physical therapist assistants as mandatory reporters of suspected child abuse or child neglect. PTs and PTAs are not currently mandatory reporters for children but they are for vulnerable adults. Although we are ethically obligated to report suspected child abuse, HB4108 would add legal protections, such as civil and criminal immunity as well as confidentiality, when reporting suspected child abuse in good faith. As the law stands right now, if you reported suspected child abuse and the family found out, they could take legal action against the therapist or their practice. This bill would help prevent that.

Legislation to Allow Michigan to Join The Physical Therapy Licensure Compact: SB 22 This legislation would increase consumer access to physical therapy by reducing the regulatory barriers to interstate mobility and cross state practice. Simply, this means physical therapists could practice outside the state without obtaining a new license in that state. A “home state” license would be required, then therapists could apply online, submit a fee, and complete the relevant juris prudence exam to be able to exercise compact privileges in a “remote state.” Creating improved access across state borders is essential due to new models of health care delivery, mobility of patients and providers, workforce issues and new technologies such as telehealth programs.

Michigan’s 2019 Physical Therapy Legislative Advocacy DayIt’s important to have people like Corey advocating on behalf of our profession. As always, our top priority is to provide the best possible care for each and every patient and sometimes we can ease the process along by partnering with our state and local governments. As a patient, we hope that you will always feel comfortable expressing your opinions and feedback when it comes to your healthcare. If you have any questions or would like to know more about our state’s policies, please feel free to reach out to Corey by setting up a free consultation with him.

Michigan’s 2019 Physical Therapy Legislative Advocacy DayMPTA & Michigan Physical Therapy News

The Michigan Physical Therapy Association (MPTA) is a professional organization representing physical therapists, physical therapist assistants and students who have joined together to assure that high ethical professional standards are maintained and that quality health care in the areas of prevention, education and rehabilitation of movement dysfunction and wellness are received for all consumers in the state of Michigan. They’re also a great source for all Michigan physical therapy news.