Physical Therapy in Philadelphia - Washington Square, PA | Excel PT

Philadelphia - Washington Square

Excel Physical Therapy
601 Walnut Street, Ste 647
Philadelphia, PA 19106

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Philadelphia - Washington Square

Excel Physical Therapy

(215) 867-8753

601 Walnut Street, Ste 647
Philadelphia, PA 19106

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4.9
Based on 103 reviews
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  • Excel Physical Therapy is now part of the Ivy Rehab Network!
  • Convenient appointments at our clinic & virtual telehealth
  • Appointments within 24 hours
  • Accepts most insurance plans

601 Walnut Street, Ste 647
Philadelphia, PA 19106

601 Walnut Street, Ste 647
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Phone: (215) 867-8753

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Where We’re Located

We are located in Philadelphia, PA. Our location is in the Washington Square area inside the Curtis Center. 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 Excel Physical Therapy

Learn more about Excel 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!

Check Out Some of Our 5-Star Reviews

4.9
Based on 103 reviews
I had a great experience at Excel PT! I came in because I hurt my leg from running, and throughout the recovery process, my physical therapist Maria was super friendly and incredibly accommodating of my busy schedule as a medical student doing clinical rotations. She worked with me when I needed to change appointment times, gave me new exercises tailored to my needs as my training evolved, and was responsive to my questions by e-mail about my progress. I really appreciate all her help!
17:09 20 May 22
16:01 17 May 22
Brad was an amazing therapist. My back feels like new
23:30 28 Apr 22
From the minute you enter the door, everyone you see is friendly and caring. The therapy sessions are A+
14:10 14 Apr 22
They're great.
12:38 29 Mar 22
I made great progress working with Andrew! He was always on time, answered my questions clearly and gave me continued confidence amd support. If you’re looking for a competent, caring physical therapist, Andrew’s the man!
14:35 09 Jan 22
I went to Brad twice for my back over the past year and I have never felt better. He is amazing to work with, has an indepth knowledge of anatomy, sports medicine, healing(this is coming from being a physician myself) and that clearly comes through in his therapy. Knows when to push and to lay back a little bit, make sure the client understands everything, and if you're someone who is usually active and functional looking to recover from an injury and get back to the gym, he will DEF give you a workout during the sessions when you're ready and get you back, I was more sore from a lot of the sessions than I am when I go to the gym myself! Very easy to work with and flexible schedulingHighly recommend Excel and especially Brad, will def be coming back for any future issues
20:29 02 Nov 21
My best Physical therapy experience yet, thanks to Brad Richie. From living with constant pain to the best shape of my life after suffering a torn labrum in my hip in just a few months. Brad is a professional, very knowledgeable, and accommodating. Additionally, there is always a good atmosphere in the clinic, and everyone else are super nice and helpful as well. Highly recommended.
06:37 23 Oct 21
17:24 20 Oct 21
I have had a very painful repetitive stress injury to my neck and shoulder for a couple of years. Nothing seemed to alleviate it. Excel on Walnut Street succeeded! In addition, they gave me a detailed and clear set of exercises to do at home to maintain the results. My therapist was Brad—great guy and very knowledgeable!
19:40 06 Oct 21
12:59 05 Oct 21
I am grateful to Excel PT. I saw Andrew for my frozen shoulder. Andrew helped me to get out of pain and to get my range of motion back. I am now back to being able to do normal daily activities such as wash my hair and get dressed using both my arms and without pain. The office was professional (appointments on time, reminder notices, friendly and helpful when need arose to reschedule, conscientious about COVID). Andrew was an attentive listener and practitioner and treated our relationship like a partnership; I received information I needed to help me engage in my own recovery.
14:53 03 Oct 21
Excellent experience with Adora. She is kind, compassionate, encouraging and effective. Very grateful I found her. Highly, highly recommend.
17:15 12 Sep 21
My physical therapist, Ashley stay with me the whole session and corrects me when I am not doing exercises correctly. I believe that the gains I've made are the result of her expertise and attention.
18:56 13 Aug 21
I always feel heard when expressing concerns related to my rehab at Excel Washington Square and I have made so much progress since working with Nicole!
20:28 10 Aug 21
Nicole is great to work with. The program she put together worked wonders for my back!
14:11 22 May 21
Friendly staff and Dr. Samantha Fazio has been a great PT.
01:40 19 May 21
After experiencing chronic back pain for months, I was skeptical that physical therapy was going to help. Brad R and his great team erased those concerns as I now have far more movement and comfort than I expected. They got me back to running and biking. Great atmosphere, amazing people. They'll make you feel like you've known them for years. Thanks for all the help!
16:18 07 May 21
This is my second time working with Bradley (Brad) Richie, the Clinic Director, at Excel Washington Square. I previously saw Brad at the Business District location which was next door to my residence. When I required physical therapy again, I decided to return to Brad at his new location (Washington Square) and I am so glad I did.If you have read the other reviews on Excel and about Brad, I am sure you will find many accolades and praises for his knowledge, commitment and excellence. All of that is true and then some. A bit about my physical therapy journey is below in the event this is helpful to someone else.About a year ago, I started experiencing pain in my left hip which was progressively increasing. In addition, I developed electric shocks down my right arm. It was hard to put on my shoes, dress and get up from a sitting position. This was horrifying to me. To make a long story short, I was a former marathon runner, fitness fanatic, dancer and coach for marching band and color guards for 40 years. I was constantly active and I felt invisible. Like many others, the pandemic resulted in a massive change to my life and as a consequence, I developed weight gain, mild depression and a sedentary lifestyle. Collectively, this led me to a state of pain and poor health that I had never experienced. I was ready to give up.My orthopedic specialist recommended an injection in my hip, medication, x-rays and an MRI — as well as possible epidurals and/or surgery. I was horrified. However, he suggested I find a McKenzie certified physical therapist to see if this would help instead. That led me to Brad since he is McKenzie certified and was convenient to my home. I would suggest doing research on this method and/or purchasing the book "Treat Your Own Back" by Robin McKenzie which is a very helpful companion tool.Initially working with Brad, I knew I was in good hands. A typical visit would start with a consultation, discussion, hands on treatment and supervised exercises with homework and instructions. A patient portal is also available. Brad will go above and beyond to make sure you understand everything and answer all your questions patiently and with concern.After working on my exercises 5 times a week, I decided to return to Brad for a “tune-up” and get some tweaks to my exercises at home. In a few weeks, I noticed even further improvement. I am back to two dance classes a week and feel like a new person. All of this was a process — healthy living, eating, rest, physical therapy and “Brad’s exercises” (e.g., McKenzie therapeutic exercises) 5 times a week for 30 minutes in the morning. You have to put the work in. If you do, you will likely improve beyond your expectations as I did. That is priceless.In observing the other therapists at Excel during my sessions, I am sure any of them would be fantastic for your particular needs. There was a constant sense of engagement and professionalism during the treatments. The energy was positive and the front desk staff was also professional and cordial. The facility is clean, sanitary and spacious. As the clinic director, I have no doubt that Brad's guidance and influence is the catalyst for all of these positive things.Overall, you cannot go wrong at Excel or with Brad (or any of the therapists). Just remember my advice: You get out of therapy what you put in. There is no quick fix. If you are the type of person who wants to give 100% to your recovery and therapy, then Brad and Excel are for you.
14:26 26 Apr 21
Went to Excel Washington Sq to see Brad who specializes in McKenzie method to address my long and lingering issues. He's been really great throughout my whole treatment plan there - very professional and knowledgable! Also excellent protocols since I've been going during covid. Highly recommend him and the team!
02:30 11 Mar 21
I have been seeing Nicole for about ten months, first for my ACL reconstruction and then for my chronic neck pain. I would recommend her to anyone. I particularly liked that she was willing to answer questions and educate me about the underlying function of the strengthening exercises. I also appreciated that she follows up for scheduling and was flexible when I needed a change.Thanks getting me back to skiing, Nicole!
01:23 11 Mar 21
15:38 09 Mar 21
Brad is hands down one of the best physical therapists I have ever gone to! Not only is he incredibly skilled and knowledgeable, but he’s also down to earth and explains things in a way you can understand. He knew exactly how to relieve my pain and discomfort and provided me with useful exercises that I can carry out for myself. Brad also takes into account what goals you wish to accomplish through PT and tailors the treatment plan to your specific needs. I would highly recommend his services to anyone. Overall had a wonderful experience.
03:14 05 Mar 21
I have two surgically repaired achilles tendons and worked with Brad to rehab the latest one. While my recovery from the first one was fine, I couldn't be more pleased with the speed and strength that I regained by following his instructions, doing my homework, and never missing an appointment. He was excellent in taking time to explain everything that was going on, keeping me from trying to rush recovery, and most importantly, ensuring my orthopedic surgeon was impressed at every follow-up appointment. Brad is extremely knowledgeable, has great bedside manner, and is an excellent PT whom I'd highly recommend for anyone.
22:13 20 Feb 21
Brad Richie and the whole team at Excel PT are like a family. Brad is an excellent person and professional. After my sessions I'm happy to say may back pain went away, I highly recommend Excel PT.
13:07 18 Feb 21
I've had a pinched nerve that caused numbness in my shoulder for the better part of my life now. I've asked multiple doctors about it, and even gone to physical therapy for it in the past. Brad is the first person to have ever been able to take that numbness away, and now it's been a month since my last appointment and still feeling great.
04:28 07 Feb 21
I would give 6 stars if I could. This was my first experience with physical therapy, so I was not sure what to expect and a little nervous about it. I saw Brad Richie, who put together a treatment plan for me that not only addressed the issues I was having, but also was manageable for me. Before we started he explained what was causing the problem in a way I could understand. There was a clear progression to the treatment plan that helped me build up strength as I healed without overwhelming me. I felt like I was in very capable hands with Brad. The space is very clean and organized. Hand sanitizer and surgical masks available. Lots of space between patients. Equipment is cleaned and linens are changed between patients. And there's a good selection of music. I doubt physical therapy is something many people enjoy, but I had such a good experience I looked forward to my appointments. I don't plan on re-injuring myself, but if it happens, I know where I'm going!
15:24 29 Jan 21
Professional, clean, effective. Nicole is excellent.
13:56 26 Jan 21
The team at Excel WS has proven to be knowledgable, professional, and personable at every step of my recent physical therapy (winter 2020-2021). My therapist, Nicole, listens intently and offers clear, detailed instructions for my treatment. She carefully monitors my progress while providing specific feedback and warm encouragement. Nicole is great at what she does and I highly recommend her.The whole team takes the necessary COVID-19 precautions, keeping the facility safe yet functional. The equipment is in good working order and the space is well organized. My visits have been among my better experiences in healthcare. I'm impressed by the team's attention to their patients. Overall, I'd return should I ever need additional treatment.
22:44 23 Jan 21
Excel was recommended to me by my PCP, and I am glad I went to get somehelp. The staff was friendly and started out by asking questions and listening. Right away , they began to provide stretches and exercises to gradually provide relief. As a result , I am on a good path !
14:24 31 Dec 20
Worked mainly with Brent who was very knowledgeable, helpful and just an all around nice guy. He knew exactly what he was doing and really helped me recover so much use of my arm after my shoulder replacement.
20:23 18 Dec 20
It is difficult to convey in words how appreciative I am for the services Samantha Fazio provided. During my visits with her, she continuously supported, encouraged, and motivated me, all while being nonjudgmental. She is incredibly skilled, professional, and down to earth. She tailors therapy to the individual and is so very educated and intuitive in doing so. With ease, she removes discomfort and normalizes things that can be otherwise taboo in some circles and educates you on how common your therapy is. The tools Sam has put in my toolbox will stay with me for a lifetime. She has empowered me, inspired me, and instilled confidence for success and health. She has drastically changed my life for the better!! I could not be more pleased with my experience with Sam and I HIGHLY recommend her services!
21:28 15 Dec 20
Can't recommend Sam Fazio enough. She helped me with pregnancy pain and pushing strategies while pregnant which made my postpartum recovery so much easier. She also helped me rehab post birth so that I could jump right back into exercises.
22:33 10 Dec 20
I’ve been working with Nicole for a few weeks now and my back hasn’t felt this good since before my car accident! She’s super nice and bubbly and makes you feel very comfortable! Plus her nail polish is GREAT! 10/10 would recommend 👍
02:40 10 Dec 20
I’m seeing Nicole Ludwig for my hip flexor and over the course of a month my pain has improved SO much. I have been in pt for several things in my life and this is the quickest I’ve ever recovered. I give her full 5 stars.
22:37 09 Dec 20
I received PT from Brad at Excel and highly recommend his services to others. Brad was knowledgeable, professional, and he also listened to my concerns and preferences when designing my treatment plan. His "homework" exercises for me were always easy to understand and functional. Overall, a great clinician and a wonderful practice!
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00:30 16 Nov 20
The staff is very focused on helping develop exercises that I can use now and forever to help me get back to my active life and stay healthy.
15:09 31 Oct 20
Excel physical therapy is the beat PT center I’ve experienced. Very professional and committed to improving your help. Brenton has been an excellent physical therapist.
00:30 18 Oct 20
My therapist Alex was absolutely incredible, guided me through a tough knee rehab and was very thorough and thoughtful. Overall, the staff was very welcoming. Would definitely recommend!
20:10 09 Sep 20
20:20 04 Aug 20
Sam is a great therapist, the clinic is very clean, and it’s a positive friendly environment for care.
23:44 28 Jul 20
Staff is patient and listens to you. They try a lot of different methods to get you the best relief. Not only did they heal me, but I felt heard and I think that's a big part of the process. Highly recommend!
13:25 13 Jul 20
22:53 27 Jun 20
If you're experiencing pelvic floor issues, Sam Fazio is your girl! Ladies, it's okay to admit you're having issues down there. It's normal, let's talk about it. I was having problems with leaking during intense exercise after giving birth to my first child and it was really annoying. I love to exercise so I knew I had to see someone. I'm so glad I did because now I know it's not just a matter of simply doing kegels- it's retraining the whole pelvic floor and its support system. And Sam was the BEST at teaching me. She is extremely knowledgeable, funny, and has the most helpful analogies to help me understand what is going on. I was discharged yesterday which is wonderful, but I will miss her. I will definitely be back when I'm pregnant with my second to help with pushing strategies.Also the administrative staff at Excel is awesome too!
11:35 18 Jun 20
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20:41 22 Jan 20
My girl Erin is absolutely awesome. She truly cares about my progress and never rushes me through therapy!! She is also very knowledgeable about my issues. Love her!! The front desk staff are nice as well.
15:15 08 Jan 20
This place is amazing. My therapist Brent is very hands on to make sure I get the care I deserved. I learned a lot about pain management. Rachel in the front desk is very accommodating as well. Kudos to this team. Thank you. -- mwashington.
15:08 02 Jan 20
00:06 29 Dec 19
All of the staff and everybody here is very nice. The staff is extremely knowledgeable and helpful. I definitely recommend going to Physical Therapy here!
21:13 15 Dec 19
Sam Fazio is a thoughtful and knowledgable therapist who helps you get better and stay better. Highly recommended.
12:56 11 Dec 19
Excel Physical Therapy is the best PT facility that I’ve ever been to. I’ve had the opportunity to observe many therapists during my sessions there and can honestly state the following: Each therapist takes their time with every client to learn and to help as best as they can. They listen. They teach. And they’re all patient. They work with the same patients instead of jumping around and really get a chance to get to know their clients, their clients issues and provide personalized plans to help their clients.The PT’s at Excel truly make a difference. Thank you to my PT specialist Brent N. who made the last 6 months possible. There were many days I spent miserable bc of the pain I was in but always looked forward to my PT sessions b/c they helped. B/c of him, I’m on my road to recovery. B/c of him I was able to manage the pain and vacation in Hawaii with a torn meniscus. B/c of him I am getting back to where I used to be before my injury now after having surgery.
03:09 13 Nov 19
12:48 11 Nov 19
In the short time I've been active I can feel some hints I'm making headway. Wonderful support team that knows what their doing. Need at least a month to evaluate much, only a week so far.Herb Lipton
00:13 19 Oct 19
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10:43 27 Aug 19
Love my therapist ! Excel came highly recommended by a massage therapist nearby. Professional, compassionate, and very knowledgeable. Highly recommend !
02:39 27 Aug 19
Professional team
18:39 17 Aug 19
16:51 16 Aug 19
I've had multiple PTs for various things over the years. Brent Nankerville was the best.
12:54 28 May 19
I love it there because it’s more than just treatment; it’s really a PT community. Other places I give just handout a set of boilerplate stretches that don’t really seem tailored to me. But at Excel, from day 1, I was in an active treatment plan that fit me and my lifestyle. And they’re fun to work with.
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00:28 17 Oct 18
Staff is wonderfulHospitable and comfortable, friendly environmentShout out to my therapist Samantha
14:44 11 Oct 18
Extremely well satisfied with Washington Square excel physical therapy. Clean bright and welcoming. Staff members are friendly. My therapist, Zack, is professional and caring. The exercises for home practice are able to be done in quick time and have made a difference in my feeling stronger. The work I do at Excel is varied and helpful. I cannot say enough good things and would highly recommend this organization.
23:38 29 Sep 18
13:46 01 Aug 18
Alexa, Kelly, and Kaitlyn are great.
15:42 20 Jun 18
Excellent care, very friendly.
23:30 17 Jun 18
12:47 23 May 18
Excellent , friendly and knowledgeable staff.
23:20 14 May 18
Excel therapy and my physical therapist, Samantha Fazio, are fantastic. After breaking my wrist, I thought it would take longer to get back to being able to do anything. Not true with the help of Sam at Excel. I highly recommend both. Thank you
23:18 13 May 18
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14:19 22 Jan 18
I wasn't sure what to expect walking in, as it was my first experience with physical therapy. Staff was very helpful and made the experience anxiety-free. Very considerate and capable therapists!
15:27 26 Dec 17
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17:40 05 Dec 17
Excellent! Everyone at this office is fun, personable, and there's great one-on-one attention from the PTs. I always feel that there is a commitment to my healing, and having me return to my athletic pursuits in full health.
20:02 20 Nov 17
Very professional knowledgeable staff. Great environment and enjoyable experience!
14:11 16 Nov 17
I couldn't say enough good things about the Washington Square Excel location. The staff is friendly and the environment welcoming & comfortable. Alex is a PT that you can tell is genuinely invested in your recovery.
14:03 14 Nov 17
I've never experienced such fine therapy as at Excel on Washington Square. The atmosphere is delightful, the therapists work hard to create an individual plan for every patient, and they know what they are doing!Thanks, Alexandra Frankel, for all your efforts on my behalf.
12:06 08 Nov 17
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01:54 27 Jul 17
Great place to go for PT. My therapist Brian was extremely knowledgeable and was a huge reason for my successful recovery from surgery. Highly Recommended!
16:47 13 Jul 17
Excel has met my expectations and exceeded them Excel is located the exquisite historic Curtis Publishing Building directly opposite beautiful Washington Square Park.Recently renovated on the upper floors with state of the art elevator. The Excel space is very clean and welcoming in every aspect. My therapist has been efficient, respectful and knowledgeable and amiable during every visit. I would heartedly recommend Excel to everyone.
13:27 06 Jul 17
I've come here for 2 different injuries in the past, both of which are completely healed and pain free to date. I am now back to treat injury #3 and expect nothing less. The whole staff is great at what they do and it is always a fun and friendly environment.
20:03 24 May 17
Why, because they are good, personal & fun to work with...they take me seriously about my condition. I felt great once I left my appointment. Can't wait until the next one......
18:15 03 May 17
Excel Physical Therapy lives up to its name. A 90 year old person who rarely leaves his book and chair attends classes twice a week with enthusiasm. The therapist quickly identifies clients physical problems and devises exercises that alleviate the problems. The care seems individiualized and personal
00:27 03 May 17
19:22 24 Apr 17
I had eight sessions of intense therapy last month. Alex is a gem! She weaned me away from using my collapsible cane with leg/arm/hip...exercises.At the end of the session I received an exercise program to use at home and the Y.
23:06 16 Apr 17
I spent a few months rehabbing a cartilage injury here. I can confidently say that I have gained back 100% of my functional movement and strength.PTs Brian and Kyle are very knowledgeable and friendly. They are also very respectful of your time. I found that Brian will only recommend additional appointments when necessary, and does a great job explaining home exercise.For instance, when things were not progressing well as a result of the severity of my injury, Brian suggested I pause my therapy until I had met with an orthopedic doctor. Then, Brian and Kyle guided me through the surgery recovery process with ease.For anyone who wants to feel better and stay better, I highly recommend this PT practice.
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