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Back on the Ice

When Nicholas Salmieri “tweaked” his back playing hockey he thought he would be fine. Then the pain was so intense he had to go the Emergency Room! He decided it was time to go and see Nick Shultz, PT, DPT at our Emmaus location. Now he says that without Nick and Apex, he would still just be on painkillers hoping “it will heal itself” Read his story here:

“I’ve been dealing with lower back issues among many other pains for years. Being an athlete is tough when it comes to rehab and therapy. As an athlete, it is usually easier to just deal with the aches and pains and keep playing. As I get older this seems less and less possible and the pains seem much more debilitating. I have been coming to grips with needing to ask for help, and I am learning that asking helps. I met Nick Schultz while skating in a charity tournament and learned he was a PT, keeping it in the back of my mind just in case. The “just in case” happened months later. Skating on the same team with Nick helped me get comfortable asking for help. I tweaked my back in a game. Me being me I kept skating telling Nick I’m fine. The next morning I woke up and couldn’t move outside of crawling. I went to the ER and they stated it was a muscle pull which I have had many times. I was given pain killers and muscle relaxers. They did nothing, and the pain only got worse. I decided to see my primary and she gave me the diagnosis of a slipped disk and said I should see a PT. I said “Funny, I know one” and asked to see Nick. I was able to see him that same day. I needed to be on a lot of medicine just to walk in, and Nick did his evaluation and confirmed that yes, this was my issue and that he would help me get through it. By the end of that day I was walking with minimal pain as compared to before I walked in. Honestly, I was very surprised and mad at myself that I had not gone to him sooner. Feeling optimistic, I followed his homework as law and began my PT twice to three times a week. Within a few sessions I felt better than I have in years. He explained to me that everything he is teaching me is a life change not an overnight fix. His sessions and homework went on for a few weeks and I got stronger every day. I was very nervous about getting back on the ice, but he gave me the confidence that I would be fine. Again, he was right, I’ve been on the ice since being released and feel great. I still do my homework as it makes me feel better. Anytime I’m sore or my muscles are tight my PT keeps me going. Without Nick and Apex, I would still just be on painkillers hoping “it will heal itself”. Nick and the Apex staff are amazing. The facility is clean and everyone is so nice. I recommend them to anyone that might be able to use his/their help. Thank You” Nicholas Salmieri


Terry M like Apex PT in Emmaus so much he gave them “5 stars out of 5” on Google reviews!

Hello Residents of Lehigh Valley, Allentown and Emmaus, PA.   I want to tell you about a wonderful physical training experience that I’m having at Apex Physical Therapy, located at 1438 Chestnut Street, unit #3 on Rt. #29.  It is a fully staffed and equipped facility able to take care of your physical rehab needs.  I recently needed the services of a good Physical Therapist and had some serious medical issues that require personal one on one attention.  My Pain Management staff gave me several options and well, I was very fortunate to select this one because I get that one on one attention I needed.  If you are seeking Physical Therapy, I highly recommend you take a moment of your time, to stop by and speak with the Clinic Director of Apex Physical Therapy Nicholas Schultz, PT, DPT.  You’ll find he has all the necessary qualification to aid you in your physical therapy rehab efforts.  His staff and their attitude will go a long way toward making you well again.

I need to tell you about my first experience there.  It lasted an hour and 15 minutes and we got right to it.  A full evaluation of my problems, and my needs and before I left, I had a promise to have an individualized program designed to meet my needs.  I feel I’m progressing well. The program is working and we’re getting results.  Recovery will depend on your willingness to follow the program and do your part.  Input is directly related to output so if you put in a 100% effort you will get 100% results.  The staff is very cordial, pleasant and well trained and accommodating.   If you have needs they will attend to them. They are most helpful when scheduling times and are flexible where possible.   I highly recommend anyone looking for a good physical therapist, looking for modern techniques to help you in your recovery process, and easy accessibility, take a close look at the Apex Physical Therapy.  They can be reached by calling (610)904-8204.  Or check out their site at   I give them a five star out of five star rating.

Terry M.


Mary Ann Messmer is Back in The Saddle!

BB-Horseback Riding (2)Mary Ann Messmer was able to return to her passion, horseback riding, after back surgery thanks to Apex Physical Therapy. Here is here story: 

“Just a quick testimonial about how great Tim is!! He was my therapist before and after I had back surgery in September 2016.  I had been to two physical therapists before I met Tim and they were not so hot. I am so fortunate to have found Apex in Blue Bell!!  I was leaving a  surgeon’s office one day, totally frustrated with what I was experiencing in PT.  I called a family friend who is a Physical Therapist and he referred me to Tim. Tim has been awesome before and after my surgery. He got me pain free and ready to get on with life — that includes horseback riding. He understood that my goals were perhaps different than the run of the mill 63 year old. My daughter was in a car accident and Tim helped her regain her mobility. My other daughter was having knee issues and although Blue Bell was too far for her, she is going to Apex in Chalfont. I can’t tell you how grateful I am to have met Tim.  Thanks for all you do!”

Apex Physical Therapy – Emmaus now open!!

Front door as seen from Chestnut Street.

Apex Physical Therapy is pleased to announce that our new Emmaus clinic is up and running! Clinic Director Justin Strause, PT, DPT returns to the Lehigh Valley after working in the Excel – Art Museum clinic for the past 3 years.

Welcome to Apex Physical Therapy – Emmaus!
Treatment area.

Welcome Bryan Fritsch, PT, DPT

Bryan joined Apex in our Lionville/Exton location after graduating from Drexel University 2016.  During PT school, Bryan saw a way to give back to the community as well as complete his Doctoral final project.  During the summer of 2015, Bryan acted as a camp coordinator for Drexel University’s “Get Moving” program at the Columbia North YMCA. This is a physical activity and health education program targeting at risk youth between the ages of 8-12.

1. What is your favorite part about working one-on-one with patients through the duration of care?

At E&A therapy, I have the opportunity to work with all of my patients one-on-one throughout their episode of care. This exclusive access allows me to get comfortable working on each individual patient and really learn where their impairments are and what is causing their pain or problem. Additionally, by spending one-on-one time with my patients I am able to get to know my patients and allow them to open up to me about their pain. In this day and age not many medical professionals get to spend more than a few minutes with each patient and with this treatment model I have the privilege to spend upwards of an hour with each of my patients every time I see them. I truly believe I can perform my best and have the most promising patient outcomes when I can work with one patient at a time.

2.  Please share with us your most memorable patient and their story.

I think the world of my patients and every one of them offers a unique story or memorable moment.  I have an abundance of stories and patients who have had an impact on my life. In particular, one of my patients presented with bilateral plantar fasciitis and in high levels of pain. Despite the high levels of pain she was an absolute joy to work with. This patient always liked to questioned why her feet would respond in certain ways. During our one-on-one time we would talk about a range of things including superhero movies, famous actors, and types of kitchen china. Despite all of our fun times this patient was as hard as nails and going through multiple life changes during her course of treatment. This patient has shown me the importance of hard work and dedication and how patients can truly reward therapists as well.

 3.  What do you like to do in your off time, outside the clinic?

I am a Philadelphia and Penn State sports fanatic. During my free time I enjoy being with family and friends and remaining physically active. Some of my favorite physical activities include running, swimming, and obstacle courses such as the Tough Mudder.

Helen Simmons for #LifeWithoutLimits






Below is a success story submitted by Helen Simmons. Helen was seen in our Lafayette Hill clinic.  Her story demonstrates the importance of finding the right physical therapist!  How we treat and schedule our patients is built around one-on-one interaction, physical therapist to patient!  You never see a PT aide!  

Great work Helen.

“When I came to Apex it was my 3rd try at Physical Therapy. I was beginning to think I’d have to put up with chronic pain and no end in sight- I’m only 40 and have an active life so I was a bit depressed about that. My new Orthopedic Doctor recommended Ian and inspired me to give Physical Therapy another go. The atmosphere at Apex is very positive and the staff makes it fun at times. After 3 months of doing as I was told, at Apex and at home, I’m so much better and have barely any pain at all. Thanks guys!!”

Great Job Ian and the Lafayette Hill staff!!

A Physical Therapist’s Guide to Concussions

Concussions can be a scary injury. The Centers for Disease Control estimate that in sports alone, more than 3.8 million concussions occur each year. There are many symptoms related to concussion, and they can affect your physical, emotional, and mental well-being.

Good thing the physical therapists at Excel can help treat concussions and get you feeling better. We have 24 vestibular physical therapists (a physical therapist who specializes in treating balance disorders and dizziness) waiting to help you get back to being yourself.







Learn more about how Apex Physical Therapy can get you feeling better…

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