Services Provided By
The Rehab Centre

The Rehab Centre offers a range of chiropractic and rehabilitation treatments including:

Chiropractic Manipulation

The Doctors practice multiple techniques. They are customized for each individual, treating patients of ALL ages, from infants to seniors. The term “adjustment” refers to the specific manipulation applied to the vertebrae that have abnormal movement patterns or fail to function normally.

Physical Medicine

Our Physical Medicine services specialize in non-surgical methods to treat and manage patients who suffer from a disease, condition, disorder, or injury.

Massage Therapy

In massage therapy, a trained, certified medical professional (massage therapist) manipulates the soft tissues of your body — muscle, connective tissue, tendons, ligaments, and skin. The massage therapist uses varying degrees of pressure and movement.


Spinal Decompression Therapy

Decompression is a treatment that relieves patients of their back pain by re-establishing functional capacity and decompressing the sensitive nerve fibers WITHOUT SURGERY.


Cold Laser Therapy

The term cold laser refers to using low-intensity or low levels of laser light. Low-Level Laser is used to treating various painful and inflamed conditions of the soft tissues and joints. It’s also sometimes used for acupuncture, using laser beams to stimulate the body’s acupoints rather than needles. The therapy is painless and totally non-invasive.


Pain Relief Products

Nutritional Consulting & Pain Relief Topical Products
On-site nutritional counseling and supply of high-quality vitamins and supplements helping treat conditions including fibromyalgia‎, carpal tunnel, energy, arthritis, bone density support, and spinal disc health.

Hear Our Story

The Rehab Centre began as a single chiropractic practice in Vandergrift, PA when Dr. Ralph Petrarca became the owner in 1993. Since then, The Rehab Centre has expanded to now include eight office locations, serving Apollo, Kittanning, Clarion, Lower Burrell, Brookville, Delmont, Wexford, and Pittsburgh’s North Side. With seven skilled doctors on staff, The Rehab Centre offers a wide range of expert chiropractic services, including chiropractic manipulation, spinal screening using state-of-the-art technology, physiotherapy, and spinal decompression.

Pain Relief Products

On site nutritional counseling and supply of high quality vitamins and supplements helping treat conditions including fibromyalgia‎, carpal tunnel, energy, arthritis, bone density support and spinal disc health.


Latest Blog Posts

What is causing this leg pain?

Jack came into the office with low back and pain down his leg into his foot. He explained that he has never had it before and doesn’t know why it began. What could be causing Jack’s leg pain?

Leg pain can have many origins. One common reason for leg pain is from low back disorders. All along the spine, there are spinal nerves that go into all the tissues of the body. The nerves of the low back go into the legs and allow us to contract muscles, feel sensations, and coordinate movement. The lowest nerves of the back form a large nerve called the sciatic nerve. When these nerves get compressed we can get pain that radiates down our legs, which is called sciatica or radicular pain.

Sciatica can occur when a nerve is compressed from either bone or soft tissue. Below are some structures that may cause sciatica type symptoms.
Arthritis – Bone can compress the nerve in cases of moderate to severe arthritis. The spaces where nerves usually move freely can narrow, causing stenosis. Think of stenosis as pinching off a hose with your foot.

Soft tissue – Disc bulge and disc herniation commonly press on the spinal cord and the nerves that exit. If there has been an operation in the surrounding area scar tissue can form. There are also some muscles in the buttock region if tightened, can compress the sciatic nerve. All of these can cause leg pain.

Another way leg pain occurs is from inflammation. If there is significant tissue damage our bodies will naturally release inflammatory cells to repair the damage. However, the nerves in our body are very sensitive and the inflammation can send pain down the length of the nerve into the leg.
When people experience leg pain it may feel like a burning, shooting, or throbbing pain. The best way to recover from leg pain is to figure out its source.

To find relief from leg pain due to sciatica, make an appointment with us today.

– Matt Brush, D.C.

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Running shoe tips

The weather is great and running season is in full swing. Taking a run on a track, trail, or beach is a great way to relieve stress, increase cardiovascular fitness, and improve strength. Running is a great way to begin the journey to physical fitness. The best part is that the only equipment needed is a pair of shoes.

Opinions vary widely across professions, and running enthusiasts alike. However, there are some things to consider when buying shoes. Below are some examples of shoe types, and some good uses for each shoe.

Trail running:
If you enjoy taking it off-road and experiencing the trail, you may need a more aggressive tread pattern and something with a little more cushion. Avoiding a minimalist shoe (light weight, little cushion) would be a good idea, especially for a beginner. During a trail run a minimalist shoe offers very little protection from rocks and other debris.

Long Distance Runners:
A shoe with a mild to moderate amount of cushion would be best for people wanting to hit the pavement for long periods of time. Yes, there are some professional runners who prefer a minimalist shoe, however runners have experienced stress fractures in their feet when going long distances in a minimalist shoe.

Short distance running/Sprints:
Short distances is when some runners experiment with minimalist shoes. Short distance runs in minimalist shoes may strengthen the bones of the feet and surrounding musculature. Competitive sprinting will involve track shoes and spikes. Sprints can also be perform in mild to moderate cushioned shoes, or barefoot!

Shoes are a great innovation, but sometimes it’s good to get back to our roots. There are 26 bones and 33 joints in the foot. The joints and soft tissues of the foot need movement for overall health. Being crammed in a shoe all day, especially a shoe that has a tight or pointed toe bed, will eventually lead to injury. When the big toe does not have room to move, bunions and plantar fasciitis can result. Those are just two of many possible side effects that can result from tight footwear.
Find the right footwear for the run, but take time to kick your shoes off and mover your toes through the sand, we will see you on the trail.

– Matt Brush, D.C.

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How to stay well during the summer heat

Summer is typically an exciting season with many fun things to do and new activities to try out. Outdoor activities and the summer sun are a great way to make the most of the season. Despite how enjoyable summer can be it is also often a time where chronic conditions can become aggravated and pain symptoms may become more noticeable. Here are some easy tips you can use to make sure that you can enjoy summer the way you want.

Arguably the first and most important aspect to enjoying the summer heat is to stay hydrated. With temperatures rising and high humidity levels it is deceivingly easy to become dehydrated. Dehydration can lead to many health conditions and increase your susceptibility to injury. Strained muscles and sprained ligaments become significantly more prevalent during the summer, especially to those to work outside. By staying hydrated you can limit your risk for these type of injuries.

Another great tip is to stay moving. Some stay cool by being inside during the summer and this can lead to a lack of exercise. Staying active is one of the main keys for avoiding chronic disease and preventing injury. If the summer heat is too much for you don’t be worried to try walking at sunset or doing light intensity exercise indoors.

Make the most of your summer by staying healthy and pain-free. For more information or if you have any questions regarding your summer lifestyle give us a call stop into any Rehab Centre where we can help you make this summer the best one yet.

Anthony Petrarca, D.C.

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