physical therapy

The PT Minute: Why would I go out-of-network when I can use my co-pay?

  “Why would I see a physical therapist out-of-network when I can see one and use my co-pay?” Nicole J. Cleveland, BS, CPT, HKC – SPARK Office Administrator – “You absolutely can see a therapist that is in network and utilize your co-pay.  It becomes a matter of level of care.  If you want to … Read More

Aerial Glutes: Could they be the Culprit of your Back, Knee, or Ankle Pain? Part 1

Do you have Back Pain? Knee Pain? Ankle Pain? : Let’s Have an Open Discussion about those Aerial Glutes. A lot of patients come to our clinic complaining of knee/ankle/back issues and are surprised when we start examining the hip muscles. Remember that catchy children’s song “the hip bone’s connected to the ankle bone?” Well, … Read More

JRE with John Danaher BJJ Episode Sports Med Breakdown: How 10 minutes buried inside of a 2+ hour podcast could derail your training and increase your pain.

In the past, I might be harsher in jumping down someone’s throat if I heard too much ‘armchair doctoring’. But being on guard around these kinds of conversations is a costly time sink. Lately I’m more mild mannered and just let people think what they want about pain and injury. But, and this is important, … Read More

The Secret Key to Becoming a Better Aerialist

With the fall season upon us and performances coming up, we are seeing a spike in aerial related injuries. During my aerial classes, I interact with a lot of aerialists and a question that I usually ask is “Are you doing any kind of exercises outside of your aerial work?”  As Dr. Ivy Jordan wrote … Read More

Meet Dr. Natalia Sleziak

I wanted to introduce myself as the newest member of the SPARK team. My name is Natalia and I just moved into Old Town, Alexandria a little over a month ago. I originally hail from the Big Apple and was raised in “hipster”Brooklyn. Moving into Old Town with all of its colonial charm has been a … Read More

SPAVING – What is it?

This new trend in health care spending is going to save medicine Ever purchase something you didn’t need right this instant because it was a great deal? Something you are sure you will use but maybe not right away. A great example is the guy that buys a snowblower on deep discount in June. This … Read More

Client Insights

SPARK Physiotherapy is NOT your grandfather’s physical therapy office!  I was surprised by SPARK Physiotherapy’s facility, or what I think of as the Shrine to Movement.  Dr. Berio and all of the staff are so energetic and kind at the same time!  It doesn’t seem like a medical office, but lots of excellent medical therapy … Read More

The PT Minute: “How will the new SPARK 2.0 space be a benefit to clients/patients?”

  This week’s PT Minute question: “How will the new SPARK 2.0 space be a benefit to clients/patients?“ Dr. Carlos J Berio –  “SPARK 2.0 will allow us to treat more of the competitive movers in our community in a way that places them right in the game. Our new space, new equipment and new team … Read More

The PT Minute – Why go “cash-based” Physical Therapy vs. “insurance-based” PT?

  This week’s PT Minute question: “Why go “cash-based” Physical Therapy vs. “insurance-based” PT?” Dr. Carlos J Berio –  “This is a question of ‘what you value most’. If one-on-one time with a physical therapist is important to you find a value-first cash practice or practitioner. If being eyeballed across a big room with some wimpy … Read More

The PT Minute – What is Direct Access?

  This week’s PT Minute question: “What is Direct Access?” Dr. Carlos J Berio –  “Gone are the days where you needed to get permission to see a physical therapist. If you hurt, find a PT! You’ll save yourself time, money and loads of grief.” Dr. Ivy Jordan –  “Direct access allows you to get the … Read More