pt Health Porters Lakeporterslake.pthealth.ca
5228 Hwy #7
Porters Lake, Nova Scotia B3E 1J8 Canada
Hours of Operation
Monday: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Tuesday: 7:00 am - 8:00 pm
Wednesday: 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Thursday: 7:00 am - 8:00 pm
Friday: 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday & Sunday: Closed
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Welcome to pt Health Porters Lake
Physiotherapy, Chiropractic, Massage Therapy, Orthotics and More...
At pt Health Porters Lake you can expect:
- Results: Proven, one-to-one, evidence-based therapy
- Coverage Options: Covered by most insurance, with little to no out-of-pocket fees- see coverage tab
- Efficient Recovery: We get you back to enjoying a pain free life as quickly as possible
- Short & Long Term Relief: We focus on the root cause of your pain, not just symptoms
- Flexible Scheduling: Convenient scheduling around work and home obligations
- Prevention Strategies: We show you how to keep pain from coming back - on your own
- Experienced Clinicians: Licensed clinicians who genuinely care about reaching your goals
- No Wait List: Access to therapy in under 48 hours - normally same day
We also offer a convenient no-obligation appointment option so you can learn more about how we can help with no commitment.
Conveniently located in the Porters Lake Shopping Plaza, pt Health offers a multidisciplinary team approach for optimal care. By working together as a team, all clinicians are in constant communication with each other in order to ensure that each patient receives the most effective treatment possible. We offer physiotherapy, massage therapy and chiropractic (among other services) to help you feel your best. See the "our services" tab above for more information.
At pt Health we recognize the difference in shapes, sizes, strengths and degrees of injury amongst all of our patients. We design sensible rehabilitation programs that help our patients reach their personal rehabilitation goals.
Whether it is pain relief or recovery from an injury, we will provide therapy options that can help you play an active role in achieving your goals. We successfully treat many conditions and injuries through a variety of effective therapy options. Click on the "conditions we treat" tab above to learn more about therapy options.
Early Intervention Can Help Prevent Lifelong Chronic Pain
Early intervention is critical to a speedy recovery. Research has proven that people who seek therapy early after an injury have shorter recovery periods and are 8 times less likely to develop chronic pain.*
Let us help you feel your best. Schedule your no-obligation appointment today using the form to the left, or give us a call and put pt Health's full spectrum of advanced rehabilitation services to work for you.
*Study by the Department of Occupational Medicine at the Orebro Medical Centre
Conditions We Treat:
Our team has extensive experience and training in treating a variety of different conditions.
- Arthritis - (Osteo) Joint Pain:
Unfortunately there is no cure for osteoarthritis. Arthritis is a chronic but very treatable disease. Our physiotherapist's goals are to relieve your pain and to improve or maintain movement of affected joints. Our treatment for OA involves no prescriptions. Our rehab team will provide several options to help manage your symptoms effectively. To learn more about how we can help your specific OA pain, consider scheduling a no obligation physiotherapy appointment today.
- Back Pain - Low, Mid, Upper:
Our physiotherapy team designs programs to address a particular back condition and to help you prevent future back pain problems from reoccurring. Physiotherapy treatments focus first on relieving pain, improving your back movement, and fostering healthy posture. There is a great deal of scientific evidence that physiotherapy is beneficial for back pain. pt Health physio clinics are evidence based and use the most current research when developing your treatment plan. We treat: piriformis syndrome, spinal stenosis, degenerative disc disease, disc herniation among other conditions. To learn more about how we can help your specific back injury, consider scheduling a no obligation appointment today.
Non infected bursitis can be treated effectively. Our physio team will apply advanced therapy techniques to help reduce the inflammatory process of bursitis. Electrotherapy, such as ultrasound or shortwave diathermy can also help greatly. Your situation is unique, and so should your treatment be. To learn more about how we can help your bursitis pain, consider scheduling a no obligation physiotherapy appointment today.
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS):
The main focus of our treatment is to reduce or eliminate the cause of pressure in the carpal tunnel. We may provide suggestions about the use of healthy body alignment and wrist positions, helpful exercises, and tips on how to prevent future problems. Our physiotherapist may also begin treatments to reduce inflammation and to encourage normal gliding of the tendons and median nerve within the carpal tunnel. Although time required for recovery is different for every patient, as a general rule, you may see improvement in as little as four weeks. Your situation is unique. To learn more about how we can help your specific carpal tunnel injury, consider booking a physiotherapy appointment at a clinic near you.
- Chronic or Acute Muscle Pain:
Acute injuries usually occur suddenly during activities. When you experience an acute injury there are things your pt Health physiotherapist can do to minimize tissue damage and protect from further injury. We help you to manage and recover from your injury sooner. Chronic pain is a broad category that includes many common conditions that affect the soft tissues of the body. At pt Health many nonsurgical treatment approaches are used by our rehabilitation team to reduce the symptoms of chronic pain. Our physiotherapy team gathers detailed information and will evaluate your condition closely. The answers you give along with the results of the examination will guide us in tailoring a unique treatment program that is right for you.
A concussion is known as a type of trauma, or injury, to the brain. In some cases it can result in additional symptoms, including neurological, physical, and emotional. At pt Health, we work with you to successfully recover from a concussion, through such techniques as vestibular rehabilitation, to help retrain the brain to recognize the signals from the vestibular system, proprioception, and vision to help with imbalance.
- Dizziness / Balance Issues:
Balance problems affect over 50% of all adults at some time. A pt Health physiotherapist is trained to treat dizziness and balance issues including: BPPV (benign paroxysmal positional vertigo): an individual feels the environment is moving around them (i.e. spinning). This is related to a dysfunction in the vestibular system. A pt Health physiotherapist can help treat this with a series of maneuvers and exercises that restore normal function for the vestibular system and help the patient regain balance. Your situation is unique. To learn more about how we can help your balance issues, consider scheduling a physiotherapy appointment today.
- Elbow Conditions - Tennis Elbow, Golfers Elbow, OA, Biceps Rupture:
The elbow is one of those areas that is easy to injure, whether it be from sitting at a desk all day or playing your favourite sport. Because elbow injury is most often linked to overuse, our physiotherapy team will work with you to reduce repeated strains during activity. When symptoms are from a particular sport or work activity, we will observe your style and motion with the activity. Our physiotherapist may suggest ways to protect the elbow during your activities. We also keep the collagen in your tendon from breaking down further. Our overall goal is to help your elbow injury heal as soon as possible. Call pt Health today to learn more about how we can help your specific injury.
- Foot - Flatfoot, Bunions, Plantar Fasciitis, Achilles Tendon Problems:
The foot can be the home of many problems, all of them uncomfortable and tough to deal with. We help treat stress fractures, pulled muscles, torn ligaments and more. Each foot injury is unique. To learn more about how we can help your unique injury, call pt Health physiotherapy today.
- Hip Injury & Pain - Fracture, Dislocation, OA, Hip Replacement:
A hip injury is one of the most serious injuries a person can suffer through and one that can lead to long-term health problems if not addressed correctly or inevitably prevented. Your pt Health physiotherapist will work with you to regain the stability needed in the hip for balance and walking. Find out how we can help your unique injury, consider booking a no-obligation appointment today.
- Knee Injury - Patellar Tendonitis, Meniscal Injuries, IT Band Issues, ACL Tears among Others:
The knee is a sensitive area of your body and one that is prone to injury doing almost any activity. When you begin a pt Health knee physiotherapy program, our initial treatments will focus on decreasing pain and swelling in your affected knee. Our rehab team may begin range-of-motion exercises, with the goal of helping you swiftly regain full movement in your knee. This may include the use of rotation movements, gentle stretching, and careful pressure applied to the knee. We may also give you exercises to improve the strength of your hamstring and quadriceps muscles. As your symptoms ease and strength improves, we may also provide specialized exercises to improve knee stability. Learn more about how we can help. Book your physio appointment today.
- Neck Pain - Strain, Whiplash, Radiculopathy, Stenosis:
Nonsurgical therapy can optimize the health of your neck and in some cases, prolong the need for surgery. Our physiotherapy programs are often prescribed for 2 to 5 weeks for patients with neck pain, although your recovery time may vary. Our therapy sessions are designed to help ease pain and to improve your mobility, strength, posture, and function. To learn more about how we can help your specific neck injury, consider scheduling a no obligation physio appointment today.
- Post Operative Rehabilitation:
Post operative treatment can help with recovery from numerous surgeries such as acl reconstruction, frozen shoulder, joint replacement, knee surgery, hip replacement among others. Your situation is unique. To learn more about how we can help with your post op physio, consider scheduling your no-obligation physical therapy appointment today.
- Sciatica - Piriformis Syndrome
Pain in the buttock that radiates down the leg is commonly called sciatica. The most common cause for sciatica is irritation of the spinal nerves in or near the lumbar spine. After evaluating your condition, our physiotherapy team will use various treatments to ease spasm and pain. Discover how we can help your sciatica pain, call or email for your no obligation appointment today.
- Shoulder Pain - Adhesive Capsulitis, Dislocations, Rotator Cuff Tears, Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, Instability:
At pt Health we provide information and tools needed to successfully recover from a shoulder injury and to prevent future injuries from occurring. There are many types of shoulder injuries. To learn more about how we can help with your specific shoulder pain, schedule a no obligation physiotherapy appointment today.
- Strains / Sprains:
Sprains and strains are injuries caused by overstretching or tearing of the ligaments and tendons. Strains and sprains have similar signs and symptoms, but differ anatomically. To learn more about how we can help your strain / sprain, consider scheduling a no obligation appointment today.
- Work Related Injury:
We look forward to helping you recover from your work related injury. Whether you spend your day at the computer, sitting at a desk, standing or lifting, we can work with you to design a program that will help you avoid or recover from work injuries. Find out how we can help by scheduling a no obligation physiotherapy appointment today.
Personalized Treatment Plan: The First Step to Your Recovery
Our first goal is to reduce the symptoms you're feeling right now as quickly as possible. We assess and develop a personalized treatment program through means including, but not limited to, advanced exercise prescriptions, manual therapy, and various modalities.
To come up with your treatment program, a therapist will gather key information about your condition. Your answers along with the results of an expert examination will guide us in creating a specific type of treatment program to effectively address your specific condition and eventually, to facilitate your healing.
Adjustments to the program are implemented based on your actual progress, or response, to the treatment until your goals are achieved. We pay close attention to your progress. You will receive verbal instruction and hands-on guidance to improve your condition.
A clear understanding of your condition will not only alleviate your concerns, but can also help you understand your condition, to look for and change factors that may be causing your symptoms, and to help you learn how to avoid future problems.
Our therapists may provide tips, specific stretches, and exercises to do at work, or during activities. We recommend changes to help you do your job with less strain and less chance of injury.
As you recover, you will gradually advance in a series of strengthening exercises for the muscles surrounding the affected area which helps patients begin moving easier and lessens the chances of future pain and problems.
Our goal is to relieve pain and correct your injury as quickly as possible, without compromising the quality of treatments you will be receiving. We adjust our therapy programs to meet your goals.
We get you in for treatment quickly, usually within a few days, and work hard to get you back to enjoying life as quickly as possible. In fact, in some cases just a few 30-minute therapy sessions is all it takes.
It takes a team approach to high quality health care. That is why we never take your doctor out of the equation.
We provide clear and consistent reporting to your doctor. Reporting may include areas such as results achieved, detailed assessment of problem, treatment by physiotherapist, and future treatment options.
We Help You Get Well & Stay Well.
But the treatment doesn't stop in our office. We may provide you with exercises to do at home on a regular basis to help control your symptoms and protect reoccurrence of injury in the years ahead. Although we will continue to be a resource, you will be in charge of practicing the strategies and exercises you've learned as part of an ongoing home program and maintain a good quality of life.
Ready to feel your best again? Schedule Your No-Obligation Appointment Today.
You're in Good Hands at pt Health Porters Lake
Healthcare Solutions to Get Well and Stay Well
We use many therapy options to ensure an optimal approach to your care. You will experience a variety of gentle therapy solutions that can help reduce pain, strengthen, add flexibility, improve joint range, and more. Some of our services include:
Acupuncture is a holistic treatment wherein thin needles are inserted at specific points of the body. This form of treatment has roots in Traditional Chinese Medicine and operates with the idea that every form of illness is caused by an energy imbalance in the human body. pt Health's gentle approach to acupuncture specifically addresses imbalances unique to your health. Effective for treatment of pain, insomnia, digestive problems, abdominal aches, and much more.
- Arthritis Management
Arthritis Management Therapy assists individuals with various types and severity of arthritis.
Bracing is a therapy option that gives much needed support to joints that have become uneven or unstable due to an injury, illness or chronic condition. At pt Health, we know that your well being is affected when braces are uncomfortable or do not fit you properly. We give you educational information about the use of your brace and we make sure that the fit is customized to your body.
- Chiropractic Treatment
Chiropractic is a scientifically based field of health care which restores and maintains health and wellness of the entire body by focusing on the spine and nervous system. At pt Health your quality of life is our primary concern. Our compassionate and professional staff is eager to help you achieve your health care goals.
- Ergonomic Assessment
An ergonomic assessment evaluates different kinds of stresses on the muscles, tendons and bones in the workplace.
- Functional Abilities Evaluation (FAE/FCE)
A functional abilities evaluation (FAE/FCE) is useful to determine an employee’s functional abilities and physical fitness to return to work after an injury.
- Graston Technique
A therapeutic technique used by many physiotherapists to therapeutically aid problems related to the skeletal, muscle, and soft tissue injuries.
- Interferential Current (IFC)
An effective therapy option used to relieve pain and accelerate the self-healing process within your body.
- Manual Therapy
Includes mobilization of the nerves, soft tissue mobilization, myofascial release, and mobilization of spinal segments and joints.
- Massage Therapy
Massage therapy involves gentle hands-on manipulation of the soft tissues of your body. Therapeutic focus includes your muscles, connective tissue, tendons, ligaments and joints. pt Health Registered Massage Therapists manipulate your muscles and other soft tissues of the body with varying degrees of pressure and movement. This helps to relieve pain and tension. If done soon enough after accidents involving trauma and injury, massage can greatly reduce the development of painful muscular patterning.
- Myofascial Release
Soft tissue therapy that involves a mix of massage and gentle long strokes to release the tightness in the fascia or connective tissue.
- Occupational Therapy
Providing you with the tools for daily life. Occupational therapy works to break down the barriers which may affect individuals during their everyday activities. pt Health Occupational Therapists examine the physical effects of an injury or disease. However, they also focus more deeply on the psycho-social, community and environmental factors that influence function. Occupational Therapists may work alongside physiotherapists in order to provide a more comprehensive level of care. For more information of how the services of an OT can benefit you, call pt Health today.
At pt Health we offer the custom foot care you need to enjoy your life! Orthotics and gait scans can measure proper positioning of foot bones, joints, ankles, and knees. Help correct foot dysfunction. Improve athletic performance, endurance and strength. Help relieve pain and foot fatigue. Benefit older adults who live with arthritis. Call pt Health today to find out more about insurance covered Orthotics and how they can help you!
- Physical Demands Analysis
Physical demands analysis or a job site analysis is conducted on-site to evaluate the necessary duties that a person has to do on the job.
Effective physiotherapy care for all ages. If you are coping with physical limitations, painful injuries, chronic conditions or sport-related problems, physiotherapy can offer you the relief you are searching for! At pt Health, we know how much an injury or condition can affect your quality of life. Our primary aim is to help you get well and stay well. Our compassionate and professional staff are eager to help you achieve your health care goals. Call us today for a no-obligation consultation or for more information on how physiotherapy can benefit you or your loved ones.
- Sport Injury Rehabilitation
A multidisciplinary approach designed to help athletes return to normal, pre-injury function.
- Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS)
An electronic device that produces electrical impulses to stimulate nerves across unbroken skin. It is considered an effective method to relieve pain and inflammation.
- Ultrasound (Therapeutic)
Ultrasound is a therapy in which ultrasound technique is used for treating chronic pain and various kinds of disorders
Accessible and Affordable Therapy
We Take Care Of The Paperwork So You Don't Have To
Our services are covered by most health care plans; most pay 80-100% of the fees. If you have a dental plan, chances are you also have coverage for most of the services and products we offer. We currently accept:
- All Third Party Insurance
- Extended Health Benefits
- Motor Vehicle Accident Insurance
- Personal Cheque
- All Major Credit Cards
Important Coverage Information:
Employer Extended Health Plans / Benefits
pt Health services are covered by most health care insurance plans. If your insurance company allows direct billing and payment we will look after the billing for you. If your insurance company will not allow direct billing and payment you will pay the clinic and submit to your insurance company, however we will assist with your paperwork to make it easier for you.
Motor Vehicle Accident Coverage
We bill directly to your insurance company for you.
If you have extended health care benefits that cover therapy, auto insurance companies in Nova Scotia require that your claim be placed through your extended health plan first. Any remaining balances for services are then covered by your auto accident insurance plan. On your first visit, you may be asked to provide information about your extend health plan.
If you do not have an extended health care benefits which covers therapy, your treatments may be billed directly through your auto accident insurance company.
Workers Compensation Board (WCB) – Billed Directly
We bill directly to WCB for you.
WCB provides physiotherapy coverage for workers injured on the job. We bill WCB directly for treatments provided, complete necessary forms, progress reports, treatment extensions and communicate with adjudicators, your workplace and other healthcare professionals involved in your treatment. Our team can help you navigate through any WCB paperwork that you may be unsure about.
Blue Cross Billing
pt Health Porters Lake will bill all Blue Cross plans directly for physiotherapy, chiropractor, psychology, naturopath, dietitian and massage therapy treatments. Examples of employees with Blue Cross insurance:
- Canadian Forces
- Veterans Affairs
For more details about treatment fees, contact our helpful administrative team with any questions you may have about your payment options.
Schedule your no-obligation appointment today to get well and stay well.
Nicole Berringer, PT
Nicole graduated with her Bachelor of Arts in Human Kinetics from St. Francis Xavier University in 2008 and worked in Alberta and locally with pt Health as a Kinesiologist before returning to school to complete her Master of Science in Physiotherapy. Nicole graduated from Dalhousie University in December 2012.
Nicole has begun her continuing education and she has her level 1 Neuro- proprioceptive taping certification. She was heavily involved in soccer and rugby in her youth and 2 years ago switched gears to being a trainer for the Dalhousie Men’s Rugby team. She stays active at home with her 80 pound Chocolate Lab Beau who helped her to train for her first 10km race at The 2013 Bluenose Marathon Weekend.
Nicole is planning a bright future with pt Health and is excited about the opportunities that will be coming her way as a part of the pt Health team!
Nicholas Stryniak, DC
Dr. Nick holds a license to practice Chiropractic in Nova Scotia, and is board certified to practice both in Canada and in the United States.
He graduated with his Doctorate of Chiropractic from the New York Chiropractic College. Dr. Nick was selected as the only intern to participate in a 6-month honours remote internship program at Meridian Chiropractic and Wellness in Syracuse, NY. As an intern Dr. Nick also completed rotations at the Veterans Affairs Hospital in Bath, NY and Medical office rotations at CNY Spine Group and New York Spine & Wellness.
As an intern, Dr. Nick was very active in the Sports Club and participated in providing complimentary Chiropractic care to high school, college, recreational and professional athletes at various events, most notable being the USA Track and Field Visa Championship Series at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
Before attending NYCC, Dr. Nick graduated from Dalhousie University in Halifax, N.S., with a bachelors of science in Kinesiology. During his 4 years of undergraduate studies, he worked as a trainer at the Courtyard Tennis Center and the Chocolate Lake Rec. Center, both in Halifax, N.S.
Outside of the office, Dr. Nick is a hockey goaltender, and enjoys being active, cooking, watching movies and his favorite TV shows. He is also a self-proclaimed “seminar junky” and enjoys continually expanding his clinical knowledge and treatment tool-belt.
Tanya Murphy, Registered Massage Therapist (RMT)
Tanya Murphy, a resident of the eastern shore, is a member of the Registered Massage Therapy Association of Nova Scotia (MTANS). She graduated from Northumberland College of Massage Therapy in 2009. She has clinical experience in Myo-Fascial Release, Joint Mobilizatioin, Sports and Suikodo Massage. Tanya comes to us after spending three years working in a multi-disciplinary environment in Dartmouth. She has had excellent results in working with thoracic outlet syndrome, headaches, tendonitis, motor vehicle related injuries and work related conditions. Tanya enjoys hiking, camping, swimming and spending time with her son.
Crystal Ward, PCC
Crystal was born in Dartmouth Nova Scotia. She has lived in Dubai, Singapore and spent 17 yrs in Scotland. Crystal has made her home for the past 3 years in Lake Echo after spending the previous 7yrs in St. John’s Newfoundland. Crystal has been with pt Health since December 2010 and has worked at our Cowie Hill & Russell Lake locations, and is really excited to now be working in her community. Her favourite part of her position is the day to day interaction she gets to have with our great clients. Crystal has diplomas in business studies, hospitality management and executive office skills but still doesn’t know what she wants to be when she grows up!
In her spare time during spring & summer you can find Crystal hanging out at Scotia Speedworld with her son Bailey watching the races.