Pruszynski PT, DPT
Blood Flow Restriction (BFR)
Selective Functional Movement Analysis (SFMA)
Functional Movement Screen (FMS)
Osteopathic manual medicine from Michigan State University
Running and endurance medicine
While other kids were saying they wanted to be a movie star or princess at their preschool graduation, P.J. proudly said she wanted to be a doctor. While that image of the perfect career fluctuated during her adolescence, her decision to pursue a career as a physical therapist was solidified when her grandfather suffered a stroke. He was able to return to independence thanks to his rehabilitation team. She could not think of a more noble career.
P.J.’s inability to sit still manifested in her many extra-curricular activities. She was kept busy with dance, soccer, track, and cross country through high school. Her passion for an active lifestyle blended perfectly with the goal of physical therapy to maximize people’s participation in life.
P.J. graduated summa cum laude from the University of Delaware with a Bachelors in Exercise Science. She then received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Emory University.
P.J. is a strong proponent of preventative medicine. She is certified to perform screenings using the SFMA and FMS systems in order to diagnose movement dysfunctions in the presence or absence of pain. She has advanced training in spinal manipulations from the Institute of Clinical Excellence and in manual medicine from Michigan State College of Osteopathic Medicine. She has taken various courses in dry needling.
P.J. also has a passion for intervening with patients suffering from concussions and other dizziness/vestibular disorders such as vestibular neuritis/labyrinthitis, BPPV, Meniere’s, migraines, and small vessel strokes. She studied alongside experts in the field at the world-renowned Duke University course for management of dizziness and balance disorders. Her advanced training in manual medicine and trigger point dry needling compliment her specialization in vestibular rehabilitation, which allows her to take “a whole-body approach”.
This mission to address the whole person led P.J. to gain post-doctoral training in pelvic floor therapy from the American Physical Therapy Association. She noticed a pattern of unaddressed pelvic floor dysfunction in many of her athletes and knew how integral proper pelvic floor function is for all her clients.
P.J. has recently begun integrating power lifting into her personal exercise routine and into her treatment sessions with her patients. P.J. recognizes that often a patient’s system is insufficiently loaded or challenged in traditional physical therapy care. Real strength is essential for day-to-day living, but especially for endurance athletes. Intentional strength training is generally the missing link in an injury riddled athlete.
P.J. believes her strengths in active listening allow her to relate to her patients on a deeper level, which makes tailoring a treatment experience that much easier. P.J. recognizes that one on one care is integral to creating effective and efficient results.
When P.J. is not working with her patients, she enjoys traveling, hiking, and trying out new restaurants with her husband. She is also a new mom to her beloved rescue Lab-Pitbull mix, Addie.