Hello and Welcome!
You are probably wondering if Clemens Physical Therapy is right for you and if we can help.
While we are an outpatient physical therapy clinic, we are different from most other places out there. Not only do we see some types of patients not seen in other clinics (we are one of the only places in the state of WV to provide pelvic floor rehabilitation), but we also spend a lot of personal, one on one time with each patient. Our patients are often pleasantly surprised about how hands-on we are and how much better they feel after treatment instead of getting sore with exercise. They also appreciate that our office is small and cozy, with private treatment rooms instead of a big busy clinic. We love helping people feel better and return to the things they want to do in life!
While we would love to help everybody, we instead specialize in conditions in the following categories in women and men (click on links for more information):
Pain (orthopedic spine and extremity): Includes Pain in Back, Neck, Sacroiliac, Hip, Knee, Shoulder, Knee, etc...
Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation: Includes pelvic pain, urinary and fecal incontinence, constipation, Interstitial Cystitis, and a variety of other pelvic conditions in Men and Women.
Face and Jaw Pain: Includes TMJ (temporomandibular Joint Pain), Headaches, Bell's Palsy, Facial pain.
Women's Health issues: Pregnancy (during and after), diastasis recti, c-section recovery, osteoporosis
Marnie Clemens PT, DPT, OCS, WCS, FAAOMPT, BA, PN1, PN1SSRC
As I am one of the only physical therapists in the area who treats chronic pain and pelvic floor issues in such a hands-on manner, patients often wonder why I am so different from others. I initially started out as a typical orthopedic outpatient provider and saw lots of acute and chronic pain patients with neck, back, and joint pain. While I was pretty good at helping the acute people get better, the people who had had pain for a long time were harder to help. I became driven to find out ways to help these challenging people as well. I did (and still do) extensive training in all the things I could to be able to help these people get better as well.
The most successful treatments I learned were more hands-on as opposed to "machine" oriented. For many years I also saw home health patients which is a setting I did not have access to any of the typical PT modalities. I found I could help people with just my knowledge, my hands, and a few simple exercises- no gym required. I focused my education on things like mobilization, manipulation, myofascial techniques, stretching, and improving posture and movement patterns that led to the chronic problems to begin with.
As I learned more, other PT's and physicians started to send me their challenging patients. This included people with things like pelvic pain and chronic back issues that were not benefiting from regular treatment. As I was working closely with patients one-on-one, I also discovered many people had issues with bladder leakage and constipation. These were things I knew physical therapy could help but no one in the area did pelvic floor rehab at the time as it requires more specialty training beyond Physical Therapy school. I knew there were so many people who could benefit from this type of PT and so much that I could do to help. So I went back to get the education I needed to help people with pelvic floor rehabilitation as well. I have been a physical therapist for over 3 decades and had my own practice focusing on pain and pelvic floor issues for over half of that time. Along the way I have learned a lot from my best teachers-my patients.
While most people are aware that PT can help with pain, patients (and even medical providers) are often unaware that Physical Therapy can help with things like incontinence, constipation, and pelvic pain. People think they have to live with pain and that incontinence is "normal". Nothing could be further than the truth. I spend a lot of time trying to educate patients on the benefits of treating these issues conservatively with PT. I write articles and speak to patient groups. physical therapists, medical providers, and teach PT students to help spread the word. I continue to educate myself in areas that will benefit my patients. I read many books and articles and do continuing education courses to try to help people get better.
My job is to help patients help themselves. While all problems may not completely resolve I am often able to help and teach patients the things they need to do to keep their issues under control.