University of Southern California, Doctorate Degree in Physical Therapy
University of California, Davis, Bachelor of Science Degree in Exercise Biology
17,000+ hours of direct patient care: Outpatient Orthopedics and Women’s Health
200+ hours of continuing education
Risha Strople, PT, DPT
Doctor of Physical Therapy
“Physical Therapy is known as a health care specialty which includes evaluation, assessment, and treatment of functional limitation, pathology, and/or disability. However, I believe physical therapy treatment must go beyond this: In order to provide a service to help restore function, relieve pain, and prevent lasting physical disabilities, we, as therapists, must begin our plan of care by LISTENING to our patients. I enjoy working with my patients to restore overall health, wellness and fitness. I believe it is most beneficial to work with my patients on a one on one level to provide them with a personalized treatment program and I am very easy to communicate with. Helping others return to their sport/activity of choice and integrate back into the community is something I strive for with all my patients.”
Risha knew she wanted to work in health care and provide one on one care since she was involved in the Athletic Training Program at UC Davis. She has had the opportunity to work as the primary athletic trainer for the Tennis, Soccer, Lacrosse, and Volleyball teams, which gave her a niche for watching sport mechanics and how it relates to injury.
Immediately after graduating from UC Davis with her Bachelors of Science Degree in Exercise Biology, she continued her education at the University of Southern California where she obtained her Doctorate Degree in Physical Therapy. She was very involved with the American Physical Therapy Association as a Graduate Liaison, assisted in the Biomechanics Lab and with research on ACL injuries of young female athletes, and graduated with the Order of the Golden Cane Award (the highest honor awarded to graduates).
Risha has had the opportunity to work in several different avenues of physical therapy to ensure her ability to treat a wide variety of patients. She began her career working with high level athletes and doing post-surgical rehab programs for active patients who had undergone recent surgery from the Kerlan and Jobe Orthopedic Physicians group, including many professional and Olympic athletes. Later, she also worked in an outpatient neurology setting and spent some time doing aquatic therapy. Risha has taken 200+ hours of courses on evaluation and specialized treatment of the cervicothoracic spine, shoulder, hip, and knee, as well as courses in effective taping techniques, barefoot running, and the evaluation and treatment of pelvic floor dysfunction, urinary incontinence, fecal incontinence, and male pelvic pain. Following training with the Herman and Wallace Institute, she chose to specialize in treating patients with incontinence, pelvic floor dysfunction, and pelvic pain. She has incorporated biofeedback training for muscle reeducation and Pilates reformer exercises to provide a unique and effective approach to pelvic floor dysfunction and incontinence.
Risha has been working with the team at Huntington Beach Physical Therapy Specialists since 2010. She strives to provide: compassionate care that includes preventative, rehabilitative, and performance-enhancing programs to maximize function and promote well-being in patients of all ages and abilities. She has the passion and skills required to be an effective out-patient physical therapist and a successful practitioner that truly engages all of her patient’s during their treatments through compassion and education. Through her experience and success treating patient’s with pelvic floor dysfunction and incontinence, she has grown this area of practice for HBPTS and continues to maintain excellent coordination of care with Gastroenterologists, Urologists, and Urogynocologists.
In order to provide the most up to date treatments possible, Risha believes strongly in pursuing on-going continuing education. She is an active member of the American Physical Therapy and California Physical Therapy Associations as well as a member of the Women’s section of the APTA. She is a Huntington Beach resident and enjoys spending time with her husband, Bryan (another HBPTS Physical Therapist), their daughter, Sloan, and dog, Charlie. She remains active and loves biking, hiking, and taking Yoga and Pilates classes.
Treating patients with:
- University of Southern California, Doctoral Degree in Physical Therapy
- University of California, Davis, Bachelor of Science Degree – Exercise Biology
- 14,500 + hours in direct patient care: Outpatient Orthopedics and Women’s Health.
- 200+ hours of continuing education
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