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Dear Breakthru Family,
We hope you and all you love continue to remain healthy and safe. The past few weeks have marked a period of unprecedented, challenging times for all of us, as we, as a community, deal with dramatic lifestyle adjustments and new ways to go about our daily activities.
As part of our ongoing efforts to communicate with our patients during this critical time period, we wanted to share several updates since our last correspondence.
Per Governor Murphy’s Executive Order on March 21st, Physical Therapy remains an “essential service” permitted to remain open to serve our patients in need. The American Physical Therapy Association has taken the position of knowing that Physical Therapists play a crucial role in the health of our society and keeping people healthy; and thus have a special responsibility to maintain a normal work schedule while adopting recommended CDC guidelines.
During this time, our focus is on maximizing the health and safety of our patients by providing care through a number of different options while also adopting CDC-guided, best practice screening methods, exposure protection, sanitation and social distancing standards throughout our facilities.
On-Site Facility Care: We have established a core group of providers made up of our team’s Partners and Facility Managers who will remain on-site at several of our facilities.
- Currently, our Medford Taunton Forge and Voorhees facilities remain open
- Our Marlton facility is set to re-open on May 18th.
- We are preparing to open our Mt. Laurel facility at its new location (Jersey Wahoos-see below) in the coming weeks.
- Our Medford Fitness facility remains closed at this time and will re-open based on government mandates pertaining to gyms and fitness centers.
- We will be reaching out by phone in the coming weeks to all active patients currently on hold to notify them of our reopening.
- We are fully operational in offering and serving our patients with Telehealth visits.
- Recently Medicare passed a final ruling ensuring that all Telehealth visits for Physical Therapy would be covered for Medicare Beneficiaries.
- If on-site care is not an option for you or a loved one, please call us to learn about receiving Telehealth physical therapy from the comfort of your own home.
Home PT: We are assessing the needs and demand for Home-based Physical Therapy Services. please fill out the survey below to help us assess your needs!
Breakthru has adopted best practice standards outlined below to ensure the utmost safety for our patients and our team members:
- We are screening for COVID-related symptoms as well as risks of exposure on a daily basis
- All Breakthru team members are screened at the start of shift. Should we assess any risk, the employee will be sent home.
- All patients are screened prior to each clinic visit. Should we assess any risk, the patient’s appointment will be rescheduled.
Personal Protective Equipment
- All staff are wearing masks at all times during work shift
- Therapists are adding additional protective equipment with any direct patient contact
- All patients (and escorts) are required to wear a mask while in the facility
- If a patient does not have a mask or face covering, we are proving one.
- We are ensuring that all equipment and therapeutic areas are being disinfected after each use and between patients.
- All high touch surfaces, common areas, entry and exit doors are being disinfected at least once every hour.
- We have enhanced our employee’s hand washing policy.
- We have enhanced the frequency of our professional cleaning services which perform full-facility cleaning during off-hours.
- We are encouraging all patients to bring their own water, as all community water fountain use will be temporarily off-limits.
- We are utilizing all of our facilities so that each patient is being provided their own treatment area to ensure patients remain > 6 feet apart.
- We are asking that only patients enter our facility and are prohibiting visitors except for patients who are minors, elderly, handicapped, or have necessary conditions that warrant assistance.
- We are staggering all staff schedules and spreading out the scheduling of all patients to ensure patients remain > 6 feet apart throughout their session.
Thank you for your continued trust! We are here for you and taking all measures to ensure a safe environment during your treatment and upon your return!
Dear Breakthru Family,
Beginning next week, we are establishing a core group of providers made up of our team’s Partners and Facility Managers who will remain on-site at our Medford, Voorhees, and Mt. Laurel locations in order to help all our patients with essential medical needs.
Throughout this time, we are focused on maintaining our heightened sanitation and infection control efforts by strict adherence to the CDC guidelines throughout our facilities. We are assessing the situation daily and will update everyone promptly with notification of any changes.
For the rest of our Breakthru Family, we will be offering Telehealth PT services to virtually help you as we navigate through these challenges together!
To contact a Client Experience Representative about Breakthru’s Telehealth services, please call our Telehealth PT Hotline @ 856-872-7212.
Dear Breakthru Family,
Effective immediately, due to the recent government mandate regarding all gyms closing at 8 pm until further notice; we will be suspending gym memberships until further notice.
We will be continuing to accommodate personal training clients on a case-by-case basis in which your trainer will be in direct contact to coordinate your schedule. The gym will be closed today, March 16 at 8 pm.
We will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates on our website and social media platforms.
Our resilience is owed to our Mission of Optimizing the Health, Quality of Life, and overall Well-being for all those we serve, through our commitment to Providing Innovative, Personalized Care, Achieving Rave Outcomes, and Changing Beliefs about What’s Possible!
We are committed to the health and safety of our clients and our staff, and we appreciate all of your support as we navigate through this!
Dear Breakthru Family,
Please be assured that our 5 facilities are taking every measure to assure the safety of clients and our staff. We are closely monitoring and following guidance from the CDC and local health officials. We provide essential medical care and will remain open to care for our clients and fitness members at this time. Rest assured we have taken every precaution to prevent the spread of infectious disease in our facilities.
In each facility, we continue to strictly adhere to hygiene and infection control protocols as we always have. We have reinforced staff training in basic and advanced hygiene and confirmed our cleaning and disinfection techniques are consistent with CDC recommendations.
In regards to the recommendation of social distancing, we have maximized our space at each of our facilities by spreading out our treatment tables and we are proactively spreading out client appointments throughout the day.
Additionally, we have increased our surveillance of patients who have scheduled appointments.
- All patients are advised NOT to visit our offices if any of the following apply:
- If you returned from outside the U.S or visited an area defined by the CDC as an area of high risk IN THE LAST 14 DAYS, OR
- If you had direct contact with an individual with confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) IN THE LAST 14 DAYS, OR,
- If you had direct contact with a person who is currently being quarantined for coronavirus (COVID-19) exposure IN THE LAST 14 DAYS, OR,
- If you felt feverish and had a cough in the last 24 hours, please call our office to reschedule your appointment.
Our goal is to be diligent in protecting our client and staff from unnecessary exposure while continuing to provide you with the physical therapy care your deserve.
This is a rapidly evolving situation and we will change our processes as necessary. We encourage you to stay well informed of recommendations from the CDC with respect to the COVID-19 V
We are now challenging our loyal Breakthru Believers to come to any of our 5 convenient locations to drop off nonperishable food items or donate!
By donating a nonperishable food item(s), you may also enter to WIN a BREAKTHRU Gift Basket!
– Donate a nonperishable food item(s) to any Breakthru office
– Post a picture at our donation stand with a Breakthru team member
– Post on social media, tag Breakthru, and add our donation link to the bottom of your post!!!
Please be aware that we are taking every precaution to keep our offices sanitized in order to maintain the health and safety of you and our team.
We have maintained and increased our due diligence with regular cleaning of all of our equipment and have enhanced efforts in cleaning high-touch surfaces and common areas throughout our facilities. Additionally, we have increased our health and hygiene practices for all of our staff.
If you are experiencing any cold or flu-like symptoms, it is best to stay home and rest. We understand the importance of therapy and would rather not have you miss, but we want to do our part in decreasing the risk of any potential spread that could compromise the health and cleanliness of the facility.
As an active patient or fitness member, we ask everyone to help play a role in wiping down equipment after use.
While our region is not currently experiencing an outbreak, we will continue to maintain all appropriate precautions and monitor updates/recommendations from public health authorities. We will keep everyone updated on our status via facebook and our website regarding any changes of our schedules and/or services.
We are currently operating per our normal business hours.
This time of year, many people are focused on fitness so it’s worth taking a look at what fitness really means. The dictionary defines fit as “sound physically and mentally, healthy.” Using that definition, many “fitness” routines fall short of the goal. If you don’t enjoy running and dread every workout, you’re probably falling short of the “sound mentally” portion. Exercise should be enjoyable, reduce stress, and leave you feeling better, not worse.
NO PAIN NO GAIN?
Exercise should also leave you feeling better physically. If you can run a good time in a 5k, but have aches and pains for days after, you’re not “sound physically.” If you are increasing your PR in the squat rack, but your joint pain is increasing right along with it, you’re not “sound physically” either. Sure, some muscle soreness and fatigue after a hard workout is normal. But if you’re having pain that doesn’t go away, sore joints, or trouble moving after exercise, you’re probably developing movement dysfunction along with your fitness.
Go back to the dictionary and you’ll find that dysfunction is “impaired or abnormal functioning.” So movement dysfunction is impaired or abnormal movement. When someone has a movement problem like a sore joint, limited range of motion, or strength loss, the brain finds a way to get the body to do what it wants. That usually means moving in a way that is less than optimal. For a while, it works. But eventually it leads to injury. As a concrete example, think of someone who has trouble bending one knee doing squats. When one knee bends further than the other, it will cause one side of the pelvis to drop lower than the other. Now that the pelvis isn’t level, the spine bends towards the high side to stay balanced. When that one side of the pelvis drops lower than the other one, it also usually rotates. Now the spine has to bend to the side and twist to keep you upright. This works for a while, but as weight gets added to the squat, and the repetitions add up so does the risk for a back injury.
Pain during workouts, or pain and soreness that don’t go away after can be warning signs of a movement dysfunction. If you’re experiencing any of these, your physical therapist is a movement expert who can help. PTs are trained to analyze movement, and figure out the root cause of problems. They can then design a program to treat the cause and correct the abnormal pattern. There is no need to wait until you’re injured to see your physical therapist. In fact, it’s preferable not to. Getting minor problems fixed early means fewer visits to the PT, less pain, and not having your workouts put on hold by injury.