Karen Merkle

PT Tip of the Week

“Does your child get back pain from wearing a backpack? The backpack should not weigh any more than 15% of the child’s body weight. Other things that will help: wear the backpack over both shoulders, and make sure the straps are tight enough so the pack doesn’t ride below the hips.”

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Long Beach Patient of the Month, Kirby Barkley.

Kirby Barkley

Congratulations to Kirby Barkley for being chosen as the Long Beach Clinic Patient of the Month! Kirby is a teacher’s assistant for the special education department at Quarles Elementary School. He came to Encore after he tore his ACL a couple months ago and has been in rehab at for 3 months now. Kirby enjoys playing ultimate frisbee, basketball, and paddle-boarding.

When asked why he chose Encore for his physical therapy provider he said, “Everyone I asked said Karen Merkle was the best PT there has ever been. I want to get back to 110%.” Kirby is making great progress in his therapy and will be 110% in no time!