Bernard J. Povanda

Bernard J. Povanda

PT, COMT, FAAOMPT, President / CEO, Physical Therapist

Mr. Bernard Povanda is the owner and founder of Physical Therapy Associates of NEPA. He has over 35 years of experience in private practice treating postsurgical orthopedic and musculoskeletal conditions. Mr. Povanda earned a Bachelor of Science degree from East Stroudsburg University. Then continuing to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Miami in Coral Gables Florida.

In addition, Bernard is a certified orthopedic manual therapist through Maitland–Australian Physiotherapy seminars (MAPS), and a fellow in the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapist (FAAOMPT), which is recognizable worldwide as the highest level of clinical excellence by the APTA and international Federation of Orthopedic Manipulative Physical Therapy (IFOMPT).

Mr. Povanda’s interests include Treatment of Musculoskeletal conditions involving Spinal and Peripheral joints, as well as his involvement in research which includes collection of data of the following (Does Glenohumeral Mobilization Symptom Response at the Initial Evaluation predict outcomes in patients suffering from Shoulder Impingement, Pragmatically Applied Cervical and Thoracic Nonthrust Manipulation Versus Thrust Manipulation for patients with Mechanical Neck Pain as well as completing a case report (Treatment of Chronic Bilateral Hamstring Tendinopathy using Ultrasound-guided Needle Tenotomy, PRP injections in conjunction with Eccentric training) which is been submitted to the Journal of Manipulative Manual Therapy (JMMT).

Mr. Povanda also earned “Direct Access” status removal of “physician referral” mandated by State Law to access Physical Therapist services for Evaluation and Treatment. Eliminating the referral requirement, via outstanding credentialing of the physical therapist, is an important step to making healthcare more accessible to more people. Physical Therapist education supports practice without referral.

He abides by integrating evidence-based practice principles of utilizing current research, clinical expertise and patient values along with being a manual therapist incorporating hands-on techniques and a one-on-one approach.

Mr. Povanda’s success in Physical Therapy is based upon his relentless commitment to improve the “quality of life” for every patient. He consistently goes beyond the “norm” motivating patients to challenge themselves in a way that produces significantly more impressive, and lasting, results…

He is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) including the specialty interest section in Orthopedics, as well as a member of the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapist (AAOMPT).