Professional Therapy Associates Invites Flathead Valley Residents to Attend Free Presentation on How to Handle Your Aches and Pains

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Montana Physical Therapy Practice Will Present Two Seminars on How to Manage and Treat Osteoarthritis; Events Will Be Held March 5 in Kalispell and March 8 in Whitefish

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Our skilled staff is ready to introduce the benefits of physical therapy to anyone in the Flathead Valley who is suffering with or showing symptoms of osteoarthritis.

Professional Therapy Associates will host two free arthritis seminars at its Flathead Valley clinics. Licensed Montana physical therapists Trevor Eccles and Joel Shehan of Professional Therapy Associates and Dr. Erik Schroeder of Flathead Valley Orthopedics will lead the presentations, which will provide information on osteoarthritis and available treatments. They will also share tips and exercises for alleviating arthritis pain and stiffness, and answer questions from the audience. All attendees are eligible for door prize giveaways and a free physical therapy screening.

The arthritis seminars are open to all Flathead Valley residents, and will take place on March 5 and March 8, 2012, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. The March 5 presentation will be held at Professional Therapy Associates’ flagship clinic, located at 1234 Whitefish Stage Road in Kalispell, and will feature Eccles and Schroeder. The March 8 event will be held at The Wave, 1250 Baker Avenue in Whitefish, and will be hosted by Shehan and Schroeder.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis. It is estimated to affect nearly 27 million adults in the U.S., including 13.9% of adults aged 25 and older, and 33.6% of individuals aged 65 and older. While osteoarthritis can affect any joint in the body, it is most common in the hands, knees, hips and spine – and often has debilitating results. In fact, the CDC reports that 80% of patients with osteoarthritis have some degree of limited movement, and 25% cannot perform key activities for daily living.*

“Many arthritis sufferers know little about the disease or how to treat it,” said Blaine Stimac, owner and CEO of Professional Therapy Associates. “While the causes of osteoarthritis are unknown, it occurs when cartilage breaks down and wears away, and the bone beneath degenerates. Affected joints become inflamed, stiff and painful. Osteoarthritis can seriously impact a person’s range of motion, mobility and quality of life if left untreated. That’s why we’re proud to present these free arthritis seminars to the local community. Our goal is to provide important information on treatments that can improve the overall health and wellness of area residents suffering from this common and debilitating disease.”

Stimac noted that the symptoms of arthritis include pain that gets worse as the day goes on; decreased motion or swelling in the joint; and clicking sounds when moving the joint. He encourages anyone experiencing these symptoms to attend the free information sessions, which will explain how physical therapy treatment for arthritis can relieve pain, improve mobility and enhance a patient’s overall quality of life.

Physical therapy uses a series of stretching and strengthening exercises to increase range of motion and stability in arthritic joints. A qualified physical therapist will develop a personalized treatment plan for each patient, employing a variety of therapeutic techniques, exercises, and education on proper form and weight management, when needed.

Attendees at the Professional Therapy Associates information sessions will have an opportunity to learn much more about arthritis, particularly arthritis of the knee, and get answers to their questions from the experts leading the presentations:

  • Trevor Eccles, PT, DPT: Eccles graduated from the University of Montana with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy, and received a Bachelor of Science in Exercise and Sports Science from Oregon State University. He joined Professional Therapy Associates in March 2010, and specializes in all areas of orthopedic rehabilitation.
  • Joel Shehan, PT, CSCS: Sheehan holds a Master of Science in Physical Therapy and Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Montana, and is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS). As a practicing physical therapist, Joel has worked in multiple settings, including outpatient orthopedic, skilled nursing, home health and acute hospital care. He joined the Professional Therapy Associates team in May 2006.
  • [Erik L. Schroeder, MD __title__ ]: Dr. Schroeder is board-certified in family medicine, and is a non-operative orthopedic and sports medicine specialist. He focuses on acute and chronic pediatric and adult sports injuries, as well as fracture management. Dr. Schroeder completed his medical education at the University of Minnesota and has specialized spine training.

Blaine Stimac and his team of Montana licensed physical therapists have offered a full range of services to area residents since 1988. “Physical therapy treatment has alleviated pain and improved mobility for many of our patients over the years,” remarked Stimac. “Our skilled staff is ready to introduce the benefits of physical therapy to anyone in the Flathead Valley who is suffering with or showing symptoms of osteoarthritis. There’s no reason to live with pain, when physical therapy is proven effective in treating arthritis and many other debilitating conditions.”

For additional information about the free arthritis information sessions presented by Professional Therapy Associates, please call the Kalispell clinic at 406-756-7878 or the Whitefish clinic at 406-862-5033. Those who are unable to attend either session may still request a free consultation. To learn more about the services provided by Professional Therapy Associates or to request a free physical therapy screening, visit

About Professional Therapy Associates and Blaine Stimac
Professional Therapy Associates (PTA) is an established provider of physical therapy in Montana. Founded in Kalispell in 1988, the practice has expanded to include four convenient locations throughout Flathead Valley. In addition to its flagship Kalispell North facility, PTA also has clinics in Downtown Kalispell (Flathead Health and Fitness), Whitefish (The Wave) and Columbia Falls (Columbia Falls Clinic). Owner and CEO Blaine Stimac is a licensed Physical Therapist in Montana, and holds a Master of Science in Physical Therapy from the University of Montana. He and his team offer a full range of services, including manual physical therapy, sports medicine, therapeutic exercise and biofeedback, as well as treatment for back and neck injuries, motor vehicle injuries and work-related injuries. For more information, visit [


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