As with so many aspects of life, medical advances occur at an astounding rate. Whether you’re one of our valued partners in the healthcare industry or a prospective patient, Drayer Physical Therapy Institute (DPTI) can help you sort through the ever-expanding and ever-changing body of information about musculoskeletal dysfunction, the core of physical therapy.

We publish quarterly newsletters focused on current research and trends in the field of physical therapy. With each issue, the experienced professionals at DPTI offer their insight into the newest and most reliable information available.

2018 Vol 14 Issue 2 – Work Rehabilitation for Musculoskeletal Disorders

2018 Vol 14 Issue 1 – Amid Opioid Crisis, PT as Alternative for Pain Relief

2017 Vol 13 Issue 3 – Back at Work, Serving and Protecting

2017 Vol 13 Issue 2 – Pregnant Pause: Low Back Pain

2017 Vol 13 Issue 1 – Delicate Balance

2016 Vol 12 Issue 3 – Early Referral to Physical Therapy

2016 Vol 12 Issue 2 – Cervicogenic Headaches, A Pain in the Neck

2016 Vol 12 Issue 1 – The Back and Forth of Whiplash

2015 Vol 11 Issue 4 – The Jaw-Dropping Scope of TMJ Disorders

2015 Vol 11 Issue 3 – Drinking in the Dangers of Dehydration

2015 Vol 11 Issue 2 – Generally Speaking : Overall Fitness to Prevent Injury

2015 Vol 11 Issue 1 – Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome: Focus on the Femur

2014 Vol 10 Issue 4 – Joint Replacements Rise as Patient Ages Fall

2014 Vol 10 Issue 3 – Balancing Act: Post-Concussion Physical Therapy

2014 Vol 10 Issue 2 – Yoga Can Heal, But It Can Hurt, Too

2014 Vol 10 Issue 1 – Tale of the Tape



Published Clinicians

Matthew Neumann, MS, ATC and Regional Athletic Training Coordinator for our Maryland region was published in The Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research as one of the co-authors for the research article Functional Movement Screen Differences Between Male and Female Secondary School Athletes.  The article uses a cross sectional study to look at FMS score differences in male and female adolescent athletes. The purpose of the study was to determine if anyone in the chosen demographics were at a higher risk for injury while participating in sport.

Diagnostic accuracy of self-report and subjective history in the diagnosis of low back pain with non-specific lower extremity symptoms: A systematic review

The article recently published by Manual Therapy, “Diagnostic accuracy of self-report and subjective history in the diagnosis of low back pain with non-specific lower extremity symptoms: A systematic review” examines the value of subjective history questions and self-report items in decision-making to classify patients that present with low back-related leg pain.  Although the article found that there is limited ability to accurately classify leg related low back pain with a single subjective question, key clusters of questions were able to more precisely classify pain and therefore treat patients effectively.

Susan Shultz, physical therapist in our Barberton, OH Center, is the primary author on this publication.

Jeffrey Lopez, PT, OCS and Center  Manager at our Trinity, AL Center has been published in Rehab Management, a clinical magazine that features recent advances in rehabilitation along with news and current issues in the rehab industry.

His July 2014 article, Protecting the Weekend Warrior From Injury, discusses how  healthy habits can assure recreational athletes are consistently ready for action.

Misty Seidenburg, DPT, OCS, cert MDT and Center Manager at our Dillsburg, PA Center has been published in Rehab Management in 2012 and more recently in February of 2014. Rehab Management is a clinical magazine that features recent advances in rehabilitation along with news and current issues in the rehab industry.

Her article published in February 2014, The Role of Modalities in Chronic Low Back Pain, discusses how integrating modalities into therapy can foster much-needed relief for patients affected by chronic low back pain.

The Use of Aquatics in Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Rehabilitation and Physical Conditioning

The Use of Aquatics in Orthopedic and Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation and Physical Conditioning is evidence-based work on the use of aquatics for the rehabilitative population and conditioning or athletes. Chapters include applications of aquatic therapy, selecting a pool, rehabilitation for the extremities and spine, sport-specific training, research and evidence to support exercise and protocols.

Congrats to our very own, Jessica Heath, PT, OCS, Cert. MDT, CSCS, for her contribution to the publication above. Jessica co-wrote the second chapter entitled Guidelines and Indications of the Use of Aquatic Therapy with Lisa Pataky, PT, DPT.

Drayer in the News

College to break ground on $8.4M sports facility

“Wilmington College will break ground on Sept. 16 on an $8.4 million Center for Sport Sciences, which will include medical services for athletes as well as training facilities, classrooms, and labs. The 41,000 square-foot complex, which is to be completed by summer 2015, will include space for satellite offices of Beacon Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine, Drayer Physical Therapy Institute, and Clinton Memorial Hosptial.”

Gregg Harris, the center manager of our Wilmington Center, spoke at the groundbreaking ceremony on Tuesday, September 16, 2014.

Is Your Child’s Backpack Safe?

“ALTOONA – According to the National Safety Council, doctors treat more than 20,000 injuries every year, related to backpacks. As most local children head back to class this week, it’s a good time to make sure they’re not carrying more than they can safely handle.

For kids, the character on or color of the backpack may be the top priority, but for parents, there’s more to consider.

At Drayer Physical Therapy in Altoona, Zach Haulman says, “we see generalized back pain with young kids, not particularly typical for a kid to start having back pain unless something else is going on,”

And he says that something else is often a backpack that’s causing problems.”

Bald Eagle Area’s Devore named Athletic Trainer of the Year

“Name it and the 46-year-old Devore’s done it in his 24-year career. His body of work helping mend student-athletes will be recognized on March 23 at the annual National Football Foundation Scholar-Athletes’ Award banquet where Devore will be named the Athletic Trainer of the Year by the NFF’s central Pennsylvania chapter and presented with a lifetime achievement award by Penn State football coach James Franklin.”

“In addition to his duties at BEA, Devore puts his skills as a licensed athletic trainer to use at Drayer Physical Therapy Institute. He spends mornings inside the Bellefonte branch, usually working a seven-to-noon shift before heading to Wingate where he’ll spend late afternoons and early evenings, usually 2 to 6 p.m., patrolling the Eagle’s practice facilities.”

Program Helps Scholastic Athletes Strengthen Knees (Altoona Mirror)

“For high school athletes, undergoing surgery, rehabilitation, and physical therapy after a catastrophic knee injury can be a long, taxing and draining process.”

Tim Mazer, Regional Vice President for our Western PA Region, and Bret Geishauser, head strength and conditioning coach for Boost, are running a preseason knee injury prevention program for area basketball players.