Agape Physical Therapy

Fall Prevention

Falls among the elderly are common, and often diminish their ability to live an active and independent life.

Our physical therapists can help develop programs that will assist in preventing falls through the development of functional training programs that focus on coordination and balance. Our professionals will provide an evaluation that will lead to a supervised treatment approach that includes the development of a home exercise program that our clients are ultimately discharged to within a short period of time.

I received physical therapy in the Gates office from November 2015 through February 2016 following surgery in September 2015 to repair a serious break of my right fibula and severely damaged tendon in my right ankle. I was referred to Agape by my surgeon and Greg VanGorden was my assigned physical therapist. When I started my therapy, I was wheelchair bound and scared to death of falling again during my recovery. I’m in my forties and I had never broken a bone in my life. I was in a lot of pain every day at that point and was terrible at using crutches, likely due in part to my fear of falling again. I’m a very independent person and prior to my first appointment, I had been forbidden to put any weight at all on my leg for seven weeks. It took a lot of work just to get from my bed into the next room and I remained on one floor of my house, aside from going to doctors appointments. From the first that I met with Greg about eight weeks post surgery, he did a great job at putting me at ease, which was truly no small feat. He explained that he was relatively new to Agape at that time, but seemed to conduct his preliminary evaluation thoroughly and efficiently. During each of my subsequent sessions he helped to motivate me and keep me on track, helping me to relax enough to really focus and work on each goal. The routine Greg developed and modified for me during the subsequent 3 months saw me soon walking again, rebuilding strength and confidence in my ability. When I “graduated” from my therapy sessions, he designed a plan for me to follow at home that has really helped me to be about 98 percent restored at this point. The bone has healed well and I’m happy to be able to do all of my normal activities. As my surgeon predicted, my tendon (which had been badly torn) will take about eighteen months to completely heal so I have a little time left to work on that, but it’s all progressing according to plan. I’m very grateful to Greg for all of his hard work, professionalism, patience and compassion during my recovery. He always had a smile on his face and was clearly invested in my progress as well as in the progress of each of his other patients he worked with during my sessions. It takes a special kind of person to be able to help people through necessary pain to regain strength and mobility and I want your management team to know what an asset Greg VanGorden is to your company from a patient’s perspective. I would certainly recommend Agape and Greg to friends and family in need of physical therapy.
Andrea G
Sending a thank you to Agape for providing Senior Fitness Classes at the Gates Town Hall – and an even bigger thank you to Jason Wambold who instructs our class this year. He is so knowledgeable and engaging with the group. He challenges us, motivates us, and teaches us about the various moves and how they work our muscles and joints. I have been attending this class for about 8 years now. It has been so beneficial to my well-being, mobility & flexibility – and this is the best yet! Thank you!
Marge G
Over a year and a half ago I suffered a back injury at work. I’ve had tests and seem specialists. I was referred to Agape by my specialist and I have to say sitting down during my first eval, I really felt that the therapist I met truly understood me. Truly felt my pain. Went above and beyond ( in my opinion) to get the correct plan started for me. I went to my first appointment and met another great therapist who really impressed me. I left with hope. For once I’m hopeful that I can feel relief. Looking forward to future visits. Feeling comfortable is so important. Great staff, great place!
Anonymous
I put off physical therapy, frankly I did not believe it would help me. I have arthritis in my left shoulder. I finally gave in to trying it but really thought I would end up having surgery. The entire staff at the Webster location was very nice and put my fears to rest. Going through the therapy did hurt, but they were very encouraging, so I continued. They gave me great home therapy stretches to do and I did them. Within six weeks I was able to sleep without pain waking me. I love the staff at the Webster location, all of them. I laughed my way through the pain. Thanks you Webster Agape. I hope I never have to see you again………….Ha! No really you are first on my list if I need your services again and I will recommend you to friends and family.
Nancy K
I have been attending physical therapy at the Webster branch after having a total hip replacement. Everyone has been friendly and very knowledgeable. I have been amazed at how quickly I graduated from having to use a cane to walking with no assistance. Besides making you work really hard, we have had a lot of fun as well. I will have the other hip done and will definitely be back. Thanks so much.
Anonymous
I went to the Webster location prior to and following a knee surgery in June of 2012. Everyone there was friendly, knowledgeable, and made me feel at home and comfortable right away. I appreciate all their dedication to not only healing patients, but also becoming friends. It did not matter who I had for therapy, I knew the care and attention would be the same. I can honestly say I do not think I would be anywhere near where I am today without their help and compassion. Thank you all very much!
Jim M