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Olympic Hopeful Chooses St. Luke’s Physical Therapy

Katlheen Jobes 

Elite runner Kathleen Jobes crosses the
finish line at the 2013 St. Luke’s ½ Marathon

Elite runner and Bethlehem resident Kathleen Jobes didn’t start running until her mid-twenties. Running started out simply as a way for a “non-athlete” to get in shape. Jobes has been on the move ever since, conquering the St. Luke’s ½ Marathon five times in the women’s category, most recently in 2013. She also qualified for the Olympic trials in 2008 and competes in races all across the country while caring for her family and a career at Runner’s World Magazine. 

Jobes showed no signs of slowing down, until a hamstring injury sidelined her a few years ago. Hamstring injuries are among the most common soft tissue injuries in athletes. Jobes turned to St. Luke’s Physical Therapy to get back on track.  

“I looked at a lot of different centers to try and find therapy that would get me back on my feet and back on the road,” says Jobes. “I was lucky to come across physical therapist Jill Civic Eisenberg at Physical Therapy at St. Luke's. Jill and her team worked wonders and exhausted all techniques and alternatives to get me back on the road.” 

Jobes’ rehabilitation included the Graston technique, which uses mechanical force. Curved metal tools are used to apply pressure and friction across the injured muscle to break up scar tissue and rejuvenate the muscle.  “The unique thing about St. Luke’s is they treat each person individually,” says Jobes. “Jill was able to psychologically, as an athlete, understand my frustration and my drive. The Graston technique she used on my hamstring was the key to my rehab. It takes a unique eye and a unique facility to treat athletes, and I think St. Luke’s has that formula. I recommend St. Luke’s to a lot of my running friends.”  

What’s down the road for Jobes? She’s getting ready to compete for a sixth title at the St. Luke’s Half Marathon April 27, 2014 and will try again to qualify for the Olympic trials in 2016. For Jobes, the best is yet to come.  

St. Luke’s Physical Therapy Locations Near You
In Pennsylvania, outpatient physical therapy services are available in Allentown, Andreas, Bethlehem, Blakeslee, Center Valley, Coaldale, Easton, Emmaus, Hellertown,Jim Thorpe, Lehighton, Macungie, Mahanoy City, Nazareth, Northampton, Orefield, Pennsburg, Quakertown and Wind Gap. Visit www.stlukespt.com for additional information.

In New Jersey, outpatient physical therapy services are available in Phillipsburg on the St. Luke’s Warren Campus and coming soon to Washington.
For information, call St. Luke’s InfoLink at 1-866-STLUKES (785-8537) or visit www.sluhn.org/physicaltherapy for additional information.

Community Talks about Running

The Treatment of Running Injuries with a Video Motion Analysis
An evidence-based discussion on current concepts in hip, knee, ankle and foot running-related injuries; injury prevention strategies; training tips; and conservative rehab for pain management.

Presented By: Eric Kennedy, PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS and Kylene Logorda, PT, DPT
Thursday, April 17
6 – 7 pm
Medical Office Building
Conference Room
St. Luke’s Anderson Campus
Please register at 1-866-STLUKES (785-8537).

 

Treatment and Prevention of Common Running Injuries
Tips and tools on how to prevent & treat common running injuries.

Presented By: Matt Babbitt, PT, DPT, CPed, Cert. MDT
Thursday, May 15
7 – 8 pm
Barnes & Noble
The Promenade Shops
2960 Center Valley Parkway
Center Valley, PA
Please register at 1-866-STLUKES (785-8537).


Contact

Denise E. Rader
Director, Network Media Relations
St. Luke's University Health Network
484-526-4104
Denise.Rader@sluhn.org