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What our patients are saying we did well...
"Any discomfort I have in my neck, back, shoulder, leg, knee or ankle, I would see Dr. Karl Sheaffer before any orthopedic surgeon. Most often the problem is an alignment issue that is resolved by Dr. Sheaffer. Since he's not affiliated with any big hospital network, there are no hidden fees, just my copay. Most often, he fixes my problem with one visit and some ongoing exercises to do. This therapist has a sixth sense about your musculoskeletal system. Our entire family goes to him for the past 15 years. There is no one like him!"
"It is difficult to count the number of times Dr. Sheaffer saved me from going to and orthopedic surgeon and kept me on the tennis court. He immediately takes away my knee pain with a minor manipulation. No need for arthroscopy. See Dr. Sheaffer instead!"
"Dr. Sheaffer is my go to man for my lower back pain. He understands the human body and he explains everything very clearly for us people that need exactly that. I have told coworkers about OPTS so that alone shows how impressed I've been. That is not something I usually do. Thank you Doc. I'll be back when needed."
"I have been living with a single knee problem for 15 years. Most of the cartilage on only the inner side of my left knee was done over 10 years ago. The first orthopedic MD that reviewed my situation wanted to perform arthroscopic surgery to clean a tear. I refused and sought a second opinion. The second orthopedic MD shot me up with cortisone, then hyaluronic acid lubricant, then fitted me with an awkward knee brace that I was told was to be with me for the rest of my life. At my first visit to Dr. Sheaffer for a different minor issue, I was wearing shorts and Dr. Sheaffer asked why I was wearing the brace. I relayed the history and was told that I could throw away the brace with the right treatment. Of course, I was very skeptical because I had vacation scheduled to Alaska requiring a fair bit of hiking. After the treatment by Dr. Sheaffer, I did go to Alaska without the brace and proceeded to hike a trail that took me up 500 vertical feet with no problem. Since then I backpacked and hiked the Grand Canyon from rim to rim at the age of 61 and the brace is still on my closet shelf as a reminder. Since those first visits, I will go to no other physical therapist and have referred others who have had excellent results. There is no one better in the Lehigh Valley."
"Three days before my family's vacation to Disneyworld, my knee buckled while running. I couldn't put weight on my leg. I couldn't walk! The next day I called Dr. Sheaffer. He gave me an appointment that day. My husband drove me to to my appointment and helped me get into the office. After 20 minutes of Dr. Sheaffer working on my knee, I was walking. I did 20 minutes of exercise and walked out of Dr. Sheaffer's office. I went on my family vacation to Disneyworld and had a great week of swimming and walking. Dr. Sheaffer saved our family vacation."
"I thank you for your help and for the advice you have given to me. I believe you did as much as you could for me considering my situation with my back."
Dr. Joseph C.
"Dr. Karl Sheaffer is a superior Physical Therapist who takes his job seriously and really knows his specialty. He has treated me & my children for a variety of injuries/issues over many years. Dr. Sheaffer is always spot-on with his diagnosis and treatments. His wife Cindy is cheery & keeps the front office running smoothly. I highly recommend this practice if you're in need of some PT magic!"
"Best physical therapy option around. Dr. Sheaffer offers a level of patient care beyond other providers."
"I am VERY pleased with the care my family received from Orthopedic PT Specialists. First, about two years ago, my daughter (a dancer) was referred to them for physical therapy for shin splints. At the very first appointment, the doctor examined her legs, asked many questions and then studied her walk. He then turned to us and said she didn't need physical therapy she just had a gait issue and needed orthotics. As soon as she got the orthotics, the shin splints went away and she has not had them again since. Then recently, I went to him because I had been having a great deal of knee pain from instructing Zumba. He checked out my legs and within minutes told me the bones were out of alignment. Right then and there, he adjusted them both and the pain was gone. In just one visit, both issues were resolved. I would highly recommend anyone having similar issues be examined by Dr. Sheaffer before proceeding any further. It could save you a lot of time and headache."
"If you want the best PT treatment in the Lehigh Valley, come here! This is a 1-on-1 clinic, (not a meat factory for the surgeons as I call the big hospital/PT clinics). I always recommend Dr. Sheaffer, he is without a doubt, the best in the area. Personable and priendly. I trust Dr. Sheaffer, my family & I have been coming here since he opened. He has FIXED our shoulders, knees, feet, neck and backs! NO SURGERY!"
So before going for surgery, let Dr. Sheaffer evaluate your symptoms, a minor tear doesn't always require surgery, just physical therapy. If you do require surgery, TELL your surgeon where you are going for P.T. and Don't let them tell or sway you otherwise, You do have a CHOICE in your healthcare. They always "recommend" their own in house P.T. factory, not the best Physical Therapist."
"Dr. Karl Sheaffer is the best physical therapist I've ever been too, and I've had knee and back problems since I was in middle school. He is always very thorough when evaluating a new condition, and is often able to pinpoint the problem within a very short time and correct the issue quickly. In addition on more complex cases, Dr. Sheaffer will think outside the standard practices to ensure the patient is able to improve. I had a total knee replacement due to severe trauma when I was 30 years old, and had significant scar tissue as a result of the trauma and surgery. He worked with me 5 days a week to ensure the my knee healed properly and I am now able to walk without a limp or cane. He even worked with my primary care physician to identify and treat hyper nerve sensitivities as a result of the surgeries and trauma to my knee. I've never had a physical therapist so hands on and concerned with my well being and I don't think I would be walking without a cane if it wasn't for his physical therapy."
"Dr. Karl Sheaffer is the best; he gave me back my life! I had chronic neck pain that required me to be on two different medications daily to function. I saw several doctors who sent me for numerous scans, x-rays, MRI's and finally to pain management specialists. I was told I could have surgery or injections to ease my pain, I wasn't interested in either. I was also told that without surgery, I would have the chronic pain the rest of my life. A good friend referred me to Dr. Sheaffer, and after several visits with adjustments, stretching and strengthening exercises; my pain subsided and eventually became non-existent. The medications went in the garbage and I had my life back....I wouldn't go to anyone else or refer anyone but Dr. Sheaffer. He provides a no-nonsense approach, in a personal setting, providing excellent one-on-one care!"
"You diagnosed and fixed my elbow pain in about five minutes, then guided me through several strengthening exercises that got me back to full usage of my arm."
"You attacked the problem looking at all possible angles and source of pain. You managed to determine the the issue on the day of evaluation and took immediate action to correct it."
"You were 100% attentive to my situation."
"You didn't just treat it over and over, you looked to find the problem and a solution."
"Everything was explained very clearly. The care was excellent!!!!!!!! I can attend aerobic class without pain!!!!! I thank you and my feet thank you!!!"
"Excellent-great improvement continues today. Will not hesitate to recommend you to others."
"It was great. Dr. Sheaffer really helped me out a lot."
"You reduced my pain and increased my mobility. You explained the nature of my problem well and always made it clear what and why you were doing. The personal attention was nothing short of amazing. While I still have discomfort, it is far more manageable, and I know how and what to do to help myself."
"Returned to 100% health and normal life style."
"The hands-on approach and attention to detail that Dr. Sheaffer provided me was amazing. I do not think that my knee would be bending past 90 degrees without his help. Cindy was also great in resolving insurance problems and scheduling. I am forever grateful that I came to OPTS for rehab."
"Dear Cindy and Dr. Karl Sheaffer,
It was difficult for me to begin writing a testimonial. How could I put in words my gratitude to you both, not only have you changed my quality of life, but my family and I also feel we have added to our family circle by having you in our lives. There is not a day that goes by that I don't thank God for all your care, concern and gift of healing. I suffered everyday for 5-1/2 years; the pain took it's toll on me. My life is much better now and I know you are always there for me, and know exactly how to help me."
"Dr. Karl Sheaffer's attention to detail, individual treatment, one-on-one care was very beneficial. Being a patient for numerous contact sport-related injuries, Dr. Sheaffer, and his motion treatment got me back to my playing condition faster. I recommend anyone with sports, work, or surgical PT needs to Dr. Sheaffer because he works with you one-on-one on and individual basis."
"Having been a client and an intern for OPTS, I was able to get a true feeling for how Dr. and Mrs. Sheaffer run their clinic. They sincerely care about each patient and always seem to find a way to connect with each of them. They are dedicated to personal DPT attention for the duration of each session and do not rush people through their workouts as most bigger and over-scheduled physical therapy places do. The environment is relaxing, friendly, and most conducive to a client's progression.
When a family member, friend, or acquaintance needs physical therapy, I always mention OPTS. If someone needs orthopedic surgery I suggest they go see Dr. Sheaffer first. I have seen countless cases including my mother and myself in Dr. Sheaffer found that surgery was not necessary and the problem could be remedied with joint manipulation and muscle strengthening. I have worked with several therapists, strength and conditioning specialists, athletic trainers, etc. but none more knowledgeable in the field than Dr. Sheaffer, and none more pleasant. As much as we hope to stay healthy, my family and I will always turn to OPTS if we should find ourselves in need oftheir services."
"Dr. Sheaffer helped me attain the goal I set, and to be back out on the ski slopes in record time. I really appreciate the "one-on-one care" provided and knowing that I was only working with Dr. Sheaffer. He really explained everything even down to how much it would hurt, and I appreciated his honesty and caring. He was also always on time. I never sat in the waiting room more than 5 minutes. The environment in your office is warm and friendly, and it made it easy to come in for treatment."