Philadelphia - University City (West)

Ivy Rehab Physical Therapy
4005 Ludlow Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
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Philadelphia - University City (West)

Ivy Rehab Physical Therapy

4005 Ludlow Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104


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Based on 38 reviews

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  • Located close to University of Pennsylvania and Drexel
  • Convenient appointments at our clinic & virtual telehealth
  • Appointments within 24 hours
  • Accepts most insurance plans including Medicare
  • Previously Excel Physical Therapy

4005 Ludlow Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

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Where We’re Located

We are located in Philadelphia, PA. Our location is in the University City neighborhood on Ludlow Street just south of 40th Street and Market Street. Our location is accessible from the Market-Frankford Line and multiple SEPTA bus routes. We strive to deliver exceptional physical therapy by making our services available and accessible to our patients nearby, within their communities. We love being close to our patients!

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You can give us a call or you can click the “Request an Appointment” button above. One of our friendly patient coordinators will respond quickly to your request and confirm your appointment time at our clinic. Some of the many benefits of physical therapy may include reducing pain in muscles and joints, improving mobility and flexibility, recovering properly from an injury, getting back to playing sports, avoiding surgery, preventing falls, and ensuring the proper recovery after surgery. Our team is here to help you get back to living your life and feeling like yourself again.

About Us

At our clinic, we go out of our way to make your physical rehabilitation and recovery a great experience. You can see us with or without a prescription from your doctor! If you see us first, we can provide you with a complimentary injury screening or refer you to a great physician, if necessary. We know your time is valuable, so to make you wait as little as possible we even offer appointments within 24 hours of your first phone call. We’ll also do everything in our power to accommodate your busy schedule.

About Ivy Rehab Physical Therapy

Learn more about Ivy Rehab Physical Therapy

We strive to:

  • Make each patient feel comforted and cared for
  • Use cutting-edge methodology and expertise
  • Promote a quick and effective recovery
  • Return patients to their maximal capacity
  • Offer convenient appointments at our clinic and through telehealth visits 

Patient Centered Approach

Our therapists work closely with each patient to create the best recovery plan with individualized, professional care. Our mission is your recovery! Our goal is to get you back to the activities you enjoy without limitations. Excel physical therapists help improve quality of life through patient education, hands-on care, and personalized treatment plans. 

In addition to treatment at the clinic, patients are educated on home exercises to accelerate recovery and prevent problems from reoccurring. Our highly-trained providers and staff work as a team to provide excellent, coordinated, cost-effective physical therapy care.

What we treat

Below on this page, you’ll find the full list of what we treat and the programs we offer. A high percentage of injuries and pain syndromes result from weakness and/or tightness in neighboring regions of the musculoskeletal system. Our therapists evaluate possible compensatory patterns in addition to the area of pain or loss of function. This thorough examination allows us to better identify and eliminate all underlying causes so patients achieve lasting results. We also focus on educating you, so that you’re empowered to take control of their injury, grow stronger than ever, and prevent recurrences.

We understand the impact that pain and loss of function can have on the lives of our patients. Our entire staff, from the front desk to our clinical team, provides a compassionate and motivational environment dedicated to healing. We ensure we are meeting each patient’s unique needs so their experience is both enjoyable and rewarding.

We have extensive experience treating a variety of conditions including shoulder injuries and surgeries, knee injuries and reconstructions/replacements, spinal conditions and surgeries, sports injuries and muscle traumas, chronic and acute pain syndromes, neck conditions and surgeries, pre and post-surgical cases, geriatric conditions, work-related injuries, chronic pain conditions, lower back pain, general strains and sprains, joint replacement recovery, vestibular and balance conditions, auto accidents, and much more!

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Based on 38 reviews
I have been coming to this location for just about six months working on multiple issues. The entire team is knowledgeable, friendly, fun, and accommodating. Would highly recommend this location for any PT needs.
I cannot say enough good things about this place. After struggling with chronic pain and hard to treat injuries for years, and other physical places were unable to help, I came to Ivy after a recommendation. I am so happy I did, after only just a few months I am feeling better than I have in years. Kara is so knowledgeable, and the rest of the staff are wonderful.
I would highly recommend coming here. The Ivy Rehab team was super kind, nice, and helpful. I have been with therapist and director Kara Galena, and her team members for about 1.5 years-- initially for a bad shoulder injury and then a torn ACL. I am super pleased with the services and healing that I have experienced while attending PT with her, and I certainly would not be nearly as healthy as I am today without her help. Other than that, I also really appreciate how she is genuinely a nice human and truly cares about everyone getting better. For example, she never fails to check in with how I am doing outside of my injuries, and that has always meant a lot to me. 10/10 would recommend coming here if you need it!
I have been dealing with sciatica pain for years now and I finally was able to attend Physical therapy appointments. I have completed my program and I am so glad I did it. My sciatica pain is almost non-existent. It feels so good to be able to walk, run and do normal activities without pain. I'm so grateful for Dr. Jason Drott, he was patient, compassionate and answered all of my questions. I highly recommend Excel PT! I now have a preventative plan to adhere to and has made exercising fun.
Literally the best PT service I've ever received. Been to this location for two different treatments and the staff were so wonderful—they remembered even a year after the first time I was a patient. If you want great service, support, and accountability, do yourself a favor and look no further. Thanks, Excel!
My experience at Excel was great! I always felt welcome thanks to the friendly, helpful front desk staff. Dr. Drott is very knowledgeable, plus I felt that he was genuinely invested in helping resolve my knee issues.
I’ve had “just okay” experiences at other PR facilities but this was an awesome one! Jason and I worked for 3 months on my weak hips/glutes with great results (I am running without pain now). He always took time to walk through the exercises in detail and how it would contribute to the longer term care plan. I highly recommend!
Jason really helped me with back pain that I’d been struggling with for years. He was very patient, even when i suffered setbacks, and he gave me the tools to prevent future injuries and resume working out however i like.
Working with Jason and the team was a great experience! They helped me get my strength back in my leg after ACL surgery. Highly recommend for any sports-related injuries!
After more than 3 previous ankle sprains, working with Jason for about 4 months transformed my healing process. While it was a difficult time to endure at first, Jason helped me back to my regular performance in running and tennis amongst other things. I couldn't recommend any physical therapist more – Jason is extremely kind, supportive, and resourceful in his practice. Not only did I recover, I felt like I learned a lot about the mechanics behind PT and my ankle as well as how to maintain a level of stability for the future even without therapy. Would definitely go back and recommend to everyone!
I am recommending this place to all my friends with sport-related injuries/performance issues! Work with Jason for four months and the experience is wonderful. He is considerate, validating, warm and respectful. I had a lot of knee pains doing martial arts and couldn’t run at all. With Jason’s help I can finally start practicing karate again. And I ran for 5-minutes straight! It never happened in my life!The place also feels really body-affirming and supportive to all kinds of folks. Definitely recommended. :D
Desirae (and all of the CSRs) are excellent and welcoming. Phil was a phenomenal PT and really cared!! Can’t recommend these guys enough!
Best PT experience I've ever had as a Paralympian with 15+ years of having injuries treated at physical therapy clinics in the area. Patient, knowledgable, flexible, and caring staff. Highly recommend.
Great experience ( Jason, Phillip and Desiree ) are awesome! They are knowledgeable and kind . As an athlete (sprinter) they helped me recover mentally and physically. I left feeling confident in the therapeutic work and with the tools to stay healthy !
I was reffered to Excel Therapy at by my student health provider after a bicycle accident with a truck that left me with serious neck stiffness and some back pain. I worked with Jason for a little over 4 months.I really appreciated their realistic approach to home exercises and the effort the team puts into keeping you motivated through the ups and downs of recovery. Eveyone was also extremly professional and polite, and I felt comforted by their continued strict mask and covid safety protocols.The office is also extremely convenient for any UPenn students, and close to MFL 40th street stop.
This facility is EXCELLENT! I have no words to thank Jason Drott enough for his compassionate and expert care and guidance. While I was recovering from significant and painful shoulder surgery he was incredibly gentle, patient and wise. I felt totally safe in his hands both literally and figuratively. I actually looked forward to our sessions and was inspired to work to the edge of my abilities while also acknowledging the need for sensitivity and rest. I learned much more than physical exercise from him - I also learned how to ally with my own healing. He helped me make huge progress and I now am doing fantastically. Gratitude, gratitude, gratitude for him and the wonderful and kind atmosphere filled with good cheer and professional care. I rate it 10 stars out of 5! Teya
I can't recommend Excel Physical Therapy enough. I worked with Jason Drott for almost a year to address various injuries from powerlifting. Working with Jason was a great experience, and he was always patient and very informative. Not only did we address my injuries (pretty severe sprained ankle, hip issues, shoulder issues, back issues) but he also taught me a lot about managing pain, recovery, and biomechanics. Each time I came, I didn't have to wait to be seen, and Jason only worked with one or two patients at a time unlike some other places I've been to. Less than a year after spraining my ankle and not being able to walk, I was able to compete in a powerlifting competition this past Saturday with no pain. Thanks so much Jason and everyone at Excel!!
The best in the West... Jason is amazing. Fixed my messed up shoulder. I have tailored excercises and stretches that i can use to keep this old injury at bay.Thorough and to the point. Worked with my limited insurance and i didn't have to end up spending a dime.
I’d highly recommend Excel Therapy. The entire team at Excel University City was great. Jason Drott was excellent. He was attentive, thorough, and answered all of my questions. He explained the purpose of each exercise and recommended alternatives as progress was made.
I HIGHLY recommend Excel PT in University city, especially Jason Drott. He helped me tremendously with a neck injury and was very thorough as took the time to give me the knowledge base and exercises I needed to get back to normal function. Can't thank him enough. Special shoutout to Desiree who always made sure there was good music playing and a smile at the door. After my first visit to see Dr. Drott, there was no turning back.
Terrific staff. Everyone there was warm and attentive. I went in for right knee pain; my PT -Jason Drott- was excellent. Patient, articulate with his suspicions of what was going on with the knee, and always clear about our next steps. I felt taken care of. Highly recommended.
I had such a positive experience at Excel. From my first call and initial evaluation to the end of my treatment I was met with excellent care and professionalism beyond expectations.This way my time ever doing PT, so I was a bit nervous and had lots of questions. Those feelings quickly went away as Dr. Drott answered every question and eased any concerns.I cannot thank Dr. Drott and the excel team enough for their patience, thoroughness, and genuine concern for patients/clients.
Dr. Drott is very helpful and patient and really helped rehabilitate my injured ankle. The practice as a whole is well-organized, well-equipped and also has a personal touch!
Worked to rehab my knee after an IT Band injury. Dr. Drott was great to work with and helped me get back up to speed quickly. Very grateful, pleased with the results, and appreciated the whole team.
I highly recommend Excel PT and Dr. Jason to anyone who is thinking about getting treated for their injuries and pain. I started here with the recommendation of my primary care doctor and I’m so glad I took their advice. I had terrible neck and back pains when I started therapy, but Jason really helped me understand what was going on and created exercises to fit my specific needs. We worked together to develop a routine that worked for my pain, if a certain exercise didn’t work for me he would suggest new ones that felt more comfortable and affective. In 2 short months, I saw amazing improvements in my body, I truly feel so much better now. Thank you Jason! And Anisa at the front desk is great too, always friendly and plays great music :-)
I had a great experience at Excel Physical Therapy - University City. I was one of the first clients at the new location, and was therefore able to schedule a next-day appointment for my first visit. Jason was very clear and helpful from the start. I was experiencing some wrist pain due to my practice as a professional cellist, and his accurate assessments and instructions at every visit - even as my symptoms changed or moved around between visits - helped me to get back to playing cello within 6 weeks of my first appointment. After a total of 9 weeks of physical therapy, I am now able to play cello for several hours a day & am no longer experiencing pain during other daily activities. I highly recommend Excel Physical Therapy!
Jason Drott was an excelent therapist,very profesional.He took good care of me when I went for therapy,very helpful and understanding.Highly Recomended. Thanks Jason
I had the pleasure of working with Dr. Jason Drott while he treated my son. My son was in pain and unable to move his arm past his chest. This was my son's second course of physcial therapy. Dr. Drott is professional, patient and kind. He took the time to explain the injury and how it impacted my son's shoulder, something that the orthopedic failed to explain to us. Dr. Drott designed specific exercises to help my son heal and quickly recover. This allowed my son to be open and honest about his level of pain and disccomfort. After several months, Dr. Drott was able to strengthen and increase the range of motion for my son. Surgery was avoided and my son returned to playing soccer. We are so grateful to Dr. Drott and Excel Physical Therapy.
I was happy to learn that my PT Jason Drott is the new Clinic Director at Excel Physical Therapy – University City. Jason is very knowledgeable and attentive. He helped me a lot with the knee pain I was having. From the first consultation to the last therapy session, Jason treated me with the utmost respect and professionalism. He was very patient with me and he constantly thought of various home exercises that he knew for sure will help me. I’ve been pain free for more than 6 months now and I couldn’t have done it without Jason. Forever grateful.
I chose Excel after having some ineffective PT experiences and was very impressed by the service.1. They did not give me any hassle with my insurance and took me as a patient at a fair price.2. I was a repeat, chronic case(s) patient and my PT, Jason, was always comprehensive and attentive.3. As a PT student, I appreciated how he thoroughly explained what he was doing and the science behind interventions.4. All the PTs I have met at Excel are professional, courteous, and truly caring.Definitely would recommend to anyone.

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