Physical Therapy News

A Heart-Warming Service Project

Grand Rapids Physical Therapy Month

There’s no better way to celebrate Physical Therapy Month than by doing a fun service project. Earlier this month we assembled our team and made 16 blankets to donate to a local organization that supports children in need.

D.A. Blodgett has been helping children by preventing abuse and neglect since 1887. Whether a child is living in their home, foster care, with their adoptive family, or in residential treatment, D.A. Blodgett is there to restore their happiness, dignity, and belief that their dreams aren’t out of reach. Their mission is so powerful, we felt genuinely compelled to donate our service project to their organization this year.

“I love that we’re able to help a local organization that helps so many kids and families in times of crisis. We may not be able to hug all those families in need but these blankets can be a close substitute.” – Lisa Otterbein-Bolek, Physical Therapist

National Physical Therapy Month was designed to raise public awareness of the many health benefits offered by physical therapy, to people across the United States and around the world. We love using this month as an opportunity to serve others. In addition, we enjoy getting our team together and giving our time to a worthwhile cause.

“Being an adoptive parent myself, I know how instrumental this organization is for our foster kids here in Michigan, many times these kids don’t have many belongings so to be able to provide them with a new, warm blanket is something I know they will cherish.” – David Sefton, Physical Therapist & Area Director

Physical Therapy Service Project

“A blanket serves as not just a source of comfort to many children, but as a source of love and security. To be able to provide kids with these feelings is something I’m honored to be a part of. Thank you, D.A. Blodgett, for allowing us to serve you and the many children you support!” – Shelby Ruiter, PC

Kids physical therapy in Grand Rapids

“This was a simple service project but those blankets may stay with some of these kiddos for a very long time!” – Gina Otterbein, Physical Therapist & Regional Director
Pediatric physical therapy in Grand Rapids

Thank you to D.A.Blodgett for allowing us to be a part of your wonderful organization. This was truly a heart-warming experience for our entire team.

If you have a young one who is in need of pediatric physical therapy, look no further than Northern. We have a special place in our hearts for children of all ages. Click to schedule a free screening today.

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Insurance deductible and physical therapy

As we near the end of 2019, many of you might find yourselves in a situation where your insurance deductibles and out-of-pocket maximums have already been met for the year, meaning the insurance company will typically pay 100% of your medical costs. Others have a flexible spending account and oftentimes those funds are lost at year end, if not spent. So how does this effect you when it comes to those aches and pains or upcoming surgery procedures that you’ve been meaning to take care of?

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Make 2020 the year you feel great!

Sometimes aches and pains seem to come out of nowhere, and other times what seems like a simple injury results in lasting pain. Maybe you’ve been experiencing a pinching sensation in your elbow whenever you lift something heavy, or your back pain is flaring up more frequently than it used to. Do you feel pain in your shin every time you run? These are all issues that physical therapy can help with. In addition to common aches and pains, we also work with segmented populations including children, seniors, women’s health issues, and athletes. If your policy renews in January, 2020, now is the time to get in for physical therapy to get those issues resolved, especially if your insurance deductible has been met.

Some insurance companies have limits on the number of physical therapy visits you are allowed per calendar year, but oftentimes your treatment may just consist of a few visits. If your insurance deductible has already been met, your cost for therapy services may be significantly reduced, or better yet – covered 100%, depending on your individual plan. So now is the perfect time to give physical therapy a try!

Michigan is a Direct Access state, which means you can schedule an appointment for physical therapy with, or without a referral from your physician. Plus, we offer complimentary consultations where you can talk about your pain or injury, one-on-one with a physical therapist, and see how physical therapy can help you. Our clinics are conveniently open 7am-7pm most days, and we accept most insurance plans, including Medicare and Medicaid.

If you have questions about how physical therapy will affect your insurance deductible, you can call a clinic near you, or contact us via email.

Don’t let pain or an upcoming surgery prevent you from doing the things you love. Schedule your free consultation today. With clinics located throughout west Michigan, we’re always close to home. Visit us in Allendale, Caledonia, Cedar Springs, Comstock Park (Grand Rapids), Coopersville, Grant, Lowell, Norton Shores (Muskegon), Sparta, and Wayland.

Is physical therapy painful? 4 Myths discussed on eightWest

Physical therapists are experts in the way the body moves. They help people reduce pain, improve mobility, and stay active throughout life. But there are some common misconceptions that often discourage people from seeking treatment – for example, many people wonder, “Is physical therapy painful?”.

Gina Otterbein and Denise Jongekrijg stopped by the WOOD TV studios to talk with eightWest’s Rachael Ruiz about the 4 myths surrounding physical therapy.

Is physical therapy painful? Physical therapy myths

4 Physical Therapy Myths

  • Is physical therapy is expensive? There are times when physical therapy can eliminate the need for surgery and prescription medications, making it far more cost effective than the alternatives. In fact, some people can be treated in just a few visits.
  • Is physical therapy is only for accidents and injuries? A large majority of the patients we see do not have surgery, they are seeking treatment for aches and pains including back pain, a sprained ankle, shin pain when running, etc.
  • Is physical therapy is only for after surgery? Most people experience pain at some point in their life. It could be as a result of doing the same activity too long (standing, bending, lifting), but many patients never end up needing surgery. For example,  physical therapy has strengthened their back, core, or whatever area was causing the issue. By finding the root cause of your pain we can recommend a treatment plan that will ease your pain now and prevent it from returning in the future.
  • Is physical therapy is painful? This misconception causes a lot of fear in people and prevents them from seeking help. Because we’re experts in the way the body moves, we know how to find the sweet spot between taking you just far enough without causing more damage or pain.


You can view the entire segment below.

If you’d like to talk with a physical therapist about any type of pain you may be experiencing, we offer free consultations at each of our clinics and can often get you scheduled within the next business day. If you’re still wondering if physical therapy is right for you, give us a call today. We’d be happy to answer any questions you may have.


View Our Previous Physical Therapy Segments on eightWest
If you missed any of our previous WOOD TV and eightWest segments, you can view them at the following links. We’ve talked about pediatric constipation and bed wetting, back pain in women, physical therapy vs taking prescription pain medication, the lesser known issues we treat, benefits of physical therapypain during pregnancy and when caring for a newborn, our annual step challenge, senior and elderly fitness programs, having healthy kids and teens, reducing the chances for injuries by knowing the proper form when running and stretchingwomen’s health, and direct access to physical therapy in Michigan. With multiple west Michigan locations we’re offering physical therapy in Lowell and throughout the greater Grand Rapids area!