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2017 Times Tribune BEST PHYSICAL THERAPIST: Bernie Povanda, PT, COMT


A great big CONGRATS to the boss, Bernie Povanda, PT, COMT -

2017 Readers' Choice Best Physical Therapist! A great big THANK YOU to our patients for voting!!



       Seminar:  Advances In Hip & Knee Replacements

On August 16, 2017, Physical Therapy Associates, Inc. of NEPA hosted Dr. Gillette, orthopedic surgoen of Professional Orthopedic Associates, Inc., Scranton for a seminar at PNC Field.


Dr. Gillette discussed methods for quicker recovery, less pain and faster return to activity, including Anterior Hip Replacement.


Following the presentation, all attendees were invited to gather in the ballpark pavilion for dinner, where they took in the RailRiders' game. 

May 17, 2017:


Physical Therapy Associates, Inc. of NEPA was voted the BEST in the Valley Advantage Reader's Choice Awards 2017 for the 2nd year in a row!


A big THANK YOU to our patients for voting us




in the Mid Valley & Upper Lackawanna Valley!

Bernard Povanda, PT, COMT, of Physical Therapy Associates, Inc. of NEPA Discusses Fall Risk Prevention at the Mid Valley Active Older Adult Community Center

On Wednesday, March 29, 2017, Bernard J. Povanda, PT, COMT spoke to a wonderful group of older adults regarding the epidemic of falls among the older population. He discussed risk factors and fall prevention tips.  He also brought a piece of equipment used in his clinics called the Biodex Balance System SD ™.  The physical therapists use the Biodex Balance System SD ™ to help patients with balance, dizziness and vestibular disorders. The system uses real-time visual biofeedback to teach patients how to overcome their balance problems.  It also provides fall risk screening tests and athletic knee injury screening tests.  Volunteers had their gait, strength and balance assessed in the demonstrations to see if they were at risk of falling.  The attendees were also given brochures and checklists to make their homes safer and ways to prevent falls. 


Fall risk testing has been introduced as an innovative, life-saving program for older adults. There are many different types of assessment tools.  One such method used in our clinics is the Fall Risk Screening and Conditioning Program by Biodex.  This advanced technology can determine who is at risk of falling by identifying the individual risk factors of the patient. The physical therapist will then suggest a series of interventions that will aid in the prevention of a fall.  Please call to set up an appointment if you or a loved one is at risk of falling.  

James E. Richards, Jr., MPT Completes MAPS Seminar



James Richards, MPT has successfully completed a seminar utilizing the Maitland-Australian (MAPS) approach entitled "MT-1: Essential Peripheral Seminar".  The seminar was hosted by Good Shepard Rehabilitation-Physical Therapy (Souderton) in Telford, PA on April 21-23, 2017 and was instructed by David Sahley, DPT, OCS, COMT.  This three-day seminar included 20.7 hours of direct instruction/ laboratory practicum and 10.7 hours of home-study for a toptal of 31.4 continuing education hours.

Physical Therapy Associates hosted a 3 day Maitland Australian Physiotherapy Seminar (MAPS) April 15-17, 2016

PT Associates physical therapists in attendance: Bernard Povanda, PT, COMT, Renee Lenceski, DPT

Owner of Physical Therapy Associates, Inc. of NEPA Receives Certification



Bernard J. Povanda, PT, COMT has been informed by the faculty of the Maitland Australian Physiotherapy Seminar (MAPS) on passing the recent MT-5 Certification Examinations and is entitled to use the designation of COMT; Certified Orthopedic Manual Therapist.


Mr. Povanda obtained his undergraduate degree from East Stroudsburg University and his Physical Therapy degree from the University of Miami.  He is the founder and owner of Physical Therapy Associates, Inc. of NEPA.  Mr. Povanda has been in private practice for 26 years. 


Physical Therapy Associates, Inc. of NEPA, with locations in Old Forge, Hamlin and Peckville, PA, provides expert services in outpatient physical therapy.





The owner and founder of Physical Therapy Associates, Inc. of NEPA, Bernard Povanda, and his staff are proud to announce 25 years of service. With locations in Old Forge, Hamlin and Peckville, PA., Physical Therapy Associates of NEPA leads the area in outpatient physical therapy.  They have been serving, rehabilitating and caring for patients for the past 25 years. 


“Commitment to engaging in education, advancing our profession and becoming a resource to the community has always been the company’s goal and I feel we have used the last 25 years to accomplish that and will strive to continue to advance in these areas” said Bernard Povanda, PT.


Skilled one-on-one care for the results you need for neck and low back pain, pre and post surgical rehab, work injuries, and orthopedic conditions, has made Physical Therapy Associates of NEPA, a leading choice for many for the past 25 years.  Bernard Povanda, PT. would like to thank the countless patients along with the numerous physicians’ referrals that have enabled his practice to become one of the premiere outpatient physical therapy companies in Northeastern Pa.



Physical Therapy Associates of NEPA Purchases Biodex Equipment


Physical Therapy Associates of NEPA, with locations in Old Forge, Hamlin and Peckville, PA, provides expert services in outpatient physical therapy.  The new Biodex products offer the Physical Therapists on staff with up-to-date equipment to provide patients with specific, individualized treatment plans when appropriate.


One of these products, the Biodex Multi-Joint System 4, is the most popular and advanced dynamometer for neuromuscular and isokinetic strength testing and rehabilitation. This system is utilized for sports and orthopedic medicine, pediatric medicine, neuro rehabilitation, older adult medicine, industrial medicine and research data.  The biodex 4 is used by professional teams such as the Pittsburgh Steelers, Philadelphia Phillies and Eagles and the New York Rangers to name a few.  This system provides the physical therapist with objective data to use in guiding your course of treatment.


“We purchased the Biodex System 4 to give our practice state of the art equipment to be able to administer the highest quality of care to our patients” says Bernard Povanda, RPT., owner of Physical Therapy Associates of NEPA for the last 25 years.