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New Staff Member at our Mannington Clinic!

Mountain State Physical Therapy would like to welcome Noah Woods DPT to our staff! Noah will serve as a staff physical therapist at our Mannington location. 

Noah graduated from West Liberty University in 2019 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Physiology and went on to graduate from West Virginia University with his Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree in May of 2022. Noah is now pursuing his interests in orthopedics and sports-related injuries.

WVU Physical Therapy Alumni Celebration!

We want to celebrate those that have graduated from WVU in the physical therapy program! This program reached its 50th year and is continuing to flourish with many more going through the program. We have seven alumni that work with us here at Mountain State Physical Therapy!

Ben Ray graduated in 2017 and is located in our Weston Office.
Kristen Maraney Graduated in 2017 and Gabe Wilson graduated in 2015. They are both located at our Fairmont Office.
Paige Hacker graduated in 2017 and Adam West graduated in 2003. They are both located in our Shinnston Office.
Chris Moore graduated in 2002 and graduating student Tyler Anderson, class of 2022. They are both located in the Mannington Office.

Mountain State PT Success Story- Shinnston

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Another Mountain State Success Story! Jeremiah Carpenter is a senior basketball player at Lincoln High School who fractured his ankle during pre season. After surgical intervention Jeremiah started rehab with Paige Hacker, PT to regain his mobility, strength, and balance. After working with the Shinnston staff at MSPT, Jeremiah was able to return to basketball to finish out his senior season. MSPT would like to wish Jeremiah and the Lincoln Cougars good luck as they approach the post season.
If you are experiencing pain or have an injury that is preventing you from competing or performing at your highest level and want to return to your prior level of function as quickly as possible, call and schedule an appointment at one of our MSPT locations today!

What Does it Mean for a Physical Therapist to be a “Board-Certified Clinical Specialist”?

The American Physical Therapy Association established the specialist certification program to formally recognize physical therapists with advanced clinical knowledge, experience, and skills in a special area of practice and to help consumers/patients and the health care community identify these physical therapists. These physical therapists have become part of an elite community of health care professionals dedicated to exceptional patient care through specialized training and education.

Clinical specialization in physical therapy responds to a specific area of patient need and requires knowledge, skill, and experience exceeding that of the physical therapist at entry level into the profession.

A few stated purposes of the APTA Specialist Certification Program are:

  • Promote the highest possible level of care for individuals seeking physical therapist services
  • Provide a reliable and valid method for certification of individuals who have attained an advanced level of knowledge and skill in each specialty area.
  • Assist consumers, the health care community, and others in identifying certified clinical specialists in each specialty area.

Mountain State Physical Therapy is dedicated to providing our patients and their communities with exceptional quality of care and outcomes. We have strongly encouraged our physical therapists to pursue specialist certification and they have responded. We currently boast :

  • 6 Board-Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialists (OCS)
  • 1 Board-Certified Sports Clinical Specialist (SCS)
  • 1 Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists (AAOMPT)

**Quick Facts:

< 5% of all PT’s are Board-Certified Specialists in any area

< 3% of PT’s are OCS and < 1% of PT’s are SCS or AAOMPT                      

Clinical Specialists and Office locations are:

Andrew Barrish, PT, OCS and AAOMPTHarrisville and Fairmont Clinics, MSPT President and CEO

Chris Moore, PT, OCS and SCSMannington Clinic, MSPT Vice President of Marketing/Development

Adam West, PT, OCSShinnston Clinic, MSPT Vice President of Operations

Gabe Wilson, PT, OCS – Fairmont Clinic

Paige Hacker, PT, OCS – Shinnston Clinic

Ben Ray, PT, OCS – Weston Clinic

Mountain State All-State Patients

Mountain State PT would like to recognize some of our former patients who were named to All-State football teams last week. All of these young men overcame injuries & returned to top form on the football field! Congratulations!
1st Team:
Jeremiah King RB, Robert C Byrd
2nd Team:
Tyler Curry LB, North Marion
Evan Dennison DB, Fairmont Senior
Levi Moore Util., Lincoln
Honorable Mention:
Brody Hall QB, North Marion

Mountain State Success Story

Another Mountain State PT success story! Cara Minor was a standout high school basketball and softball player at North Marion High School and played through a left shoulder injury. In 2019, Cara began her collegiate basketball career at Shepherd University. Unfortunately, early in her Freshman basketball season, she reinjured her L shoulder and was forced to undergo a SLAP/labral repair to stabilize her L shoulder.Cara’s surgery was performed in early March 2020 and began physical therapy at our Mannington office in April of 2020 under the direction of Board-Certified Sports Specialist Chris Moore. Her treatment began with very gentle hands-on stretching to regain shoulder range of motion and slowly progressed to gentle strengthening. Cara eventually progressed to aggressive strengthening, plyometrics, and basketball-specific overhead activities. In total, Cara spent 4 months in physical therapy and her hard work has paid off! Cara has now resumed her basketball career at Shepherd University and was finally able to get back into game action a few weeks ago (after some lengthy COVID-19 delays). Congrats Cara on a successful recovery! We wish you luck in your collegiate basketball and academic careers!!

HOW TO CHOOSE A PHYSICAL THERAPIST

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How to Choose a Physical Therapist

  1. Know your rights! If your physician refers you to a certain facility or clinic you ARE NOT OBLIGATED to schedule/attend PT at that facility. By law, you have the right to choose where you receive physical therapy treatment.
  2. Choose a physical therapist and a physical therapy location/company who have a great deal of experience.
  3. Choose a PT who is a Board-Certified Specialist through the American Physical Therapy Association. These physical therapists have been recognized as having advanced clinical knowledge, experience, and advanced skills in their specialty area of practice. Most common in outpatient physical therapy are specialists in Orthopedics(OCS) and Sports(SCS). You can find specialists in your area at abpts.org or at choosept.com.
  4. Choose a location that is convenient for you and have appointments that fit your schedule. This will increase your chances of attending your appointments and thus increase your chances for a positive outcome.
  5. Ask if the physical therapy clinic accepts your insurance company. Receiving treatment from a participating physical therapist/clinic will minimize your financial burden.

*At Mountain State Physical Therapy we offer 6 convenient locations in North Central West Virginia: Fairmont, Mannington, Shinnston, Clarksburg, Weston, and Harrisville.

*We also proudly offer SEVEN Board-Certified Clinical Specialists, which is unmatched by any physical therapy facility in the area.

*We also offer Dry Needling at 4 locations including Kristen Maraney who is a Certified Myofascial Trigger Point Specialist (CMTPT) and Chris Moore is the only PT in the area certified in Post-Concussion Management(AIB-CON)

*We offer appointments as late as 6 pm and as early as 7:30 and we accept ALL insurance plans including workers compensation.

Remember, choosing a PT is your choice! Choose the Board-Certified Specialists at Mountain State PT!

October is National Physical Therapy Month!

Here at MSPT we are celebrating National Physical Therapy Month! We love serving and treating the residents of North Central West Virginia!

New Addition to Our Team

Mountain State Physical Therapy is proud to announce the addition of physical therapist Nick Landry to our staff at the Mannington location.Nick is a recent graduate from West Virginia University. In his 9 years at WVU, Nick earned his Bachelors of Science in Exercise Physiology, Masters of Science in Exercise Physiology and earned a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree. Nick has an interest in orthopedic, manual and sport physical therapy. During his free time Nick enjoys weight lifting/power lifting, golfing and exploring the wild and wonderful sites of West Virginia. To schedule an appointment with Nick call our Mannington office at 304-986-9007.

Physiotherapy services from professionals therapists

This week our Fairmont office conducted free preseason evaluations with the East Fairmont middle/high school boys & girls cross country teams. We enjoyed interacting with these students and hope they benefit from our input. We wish the both teams a successful & injury-free season!

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Mountain State Physical Therapy would like to congratulate some current and former patients for their recent postseason high school soccer awards!Nate Flower, Fairmont Senior: 1st Team All-State Region 1 Player of Year Big Ten Player of Year Kaelen Armstrong, Fairmont Senior: 1st Team All-State 1st Team All Big TenMaddie Lott, East Fairmont: 2nd Team All-State 2nd Team All Big TenGabby Conaway, North Marion: Honorable Mention All-StateKayla Moore, North Marion: 2nd Team All Big Ten ... See MoreSee Less
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Mountain State PT would like to honor and thank all of our veterans for their service and sacrifice to our great nation! We would also like to recognize our very own veteran Ben Ray DPT, OCS who is the clinical director of our Weston office. Ben served as an Army Ranger for 6 years from 2004-2010 which included multiple combat deployments to lraq and Afghanistan. We salute you! 🇺🇸 ... See MoreSee Less
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Last week our Mannington office performed preseason screenings for the North Marion girls basketball and wrestling teams. We assessed flexibility, strength, key elements of the Functional Movement Screen, and running assessments. These young men and ladies were great! We wish you the best of luck in your upcoming seasons! ... See MoreSee Less
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Happy Halloween from MSPT! Our Weston office celebrated Halloween by participating in Weston’s Trunk or Treat Saturday! The Fairmont crew was in the spirt today with their costumes and a weird hippy made an appearance in Mannington! Have a wonderful & safe Halloween! ... See MoreSee Less
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