Susan W. Stralka, PT, DPT, MS, is a licensed physical therapist with many years of experience treating both musculoskeletal and neurovascular consequences of injury. She earned her bachelor's degree, master's degree, and Doctorate in Physical Therapy from The University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center in Memphis, Tennessee (UTHSC). She has a strong clinical background in treating neurological and musculoskeletal consequences of injury. Susan has presented nationally and internationally in upper and lower extremity dysfunctions as well as pain management.
Susan has written articles on a wide variety of topics related to physical therapy for many national publications and health journals. Her most recent publications are “Graded Motor Imagery” in the Journal of Hand Therapy 2011 and a chapter on "Thoracic Outlet Syndrome" in the book entitled Neck and Arm Pain Syndromes by Elsevier in 2011. In 2009, Susan was recognized by the Arthritis Association as Volunteer of the Year. With the goal of providing the best rehabilitative care to patients, Stralka continually recruits and supports innovative clinical programs to benefit future patients.
Graded Motor Imagery (GMI) and Mirror Therapy are emerging therapeutic strategies for both musculoskeletal and neurovascular consequences of injury. They integrate established principles of graded… read more
Pain is produced by the brain when it perceives that there is danger to the body and that action is required. Pain is very complex… read more
Children with persistent pain beyond the time frame of acute injury are often not diagnosed immediately and research has reported at times it is as… read more
Pain is a complex process integrating many areas in the brain. Understanding that pain is interpreted by the brain as a protective warning device incorporating… read more