Derby 947-4422
 South Buffalo 821-1339

Recovering from an injury or illness can be a difficult time.  Your confidence may be shaken.  Some times you doubt if you can be yourself again.  Let Us Help.  Through our one on one approach we promise your problems and concerns will be addressed.  Whether it is hands on manual therapy or a customized exercise program; you will know you are not part of an assembly line of one size fits all intervention.  

Bartholomew J. Horrigan, PT, DPT, OCS
Bernard J Ryan,MSPT
Dr. Horrigan is the founder of Ascend Therapy Group. (Formerly South Shore Physical Therapy).  He received his Physical Therapy degree from Ithaca College in 1980 and his Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2006.  Dr. Horrigan is a Board Certified Specialist in Orthopedic Physical Therapy.  Along with his clinical work Dr Horrigan is an adjunct professor in Daemen's PT department and past adjunct professor at University of Buffalo PT department.
Dr. Ryan received his Physical Therapy degree from D'Youville College in 2003 and his Doctoral degree from D'Youville in 2012.  He is an adjunct clinical instructor in the University of Buffalo Orthopedics course.  Dr Ryan has a background in strength and conditioning and is a clinical instructor at both Daemen, D'Youville, and U.B.  
Move Up To Better Health With Ascend Physical Therapy Group
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Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: How Do I get physical therapy?
A: Your doctor may recommend physical therapy.  If not, ask your doctor if physical therapy is right for you.  You can also call us!  Let us help you through the process.

Q:   Does my insurance cover physical therapy?
A:  Most insurances pay for physical therapy.  In the event of high co-pay or deductibles we offer very liberal no interest payment schedules.  We strive to remove the financial barriers between you and the care you deserve.  We are very active in lobbying efforts to improve accessibility to physical therapy.  Please join in our fight and visit

Q:  Do you accept my insurance?
A:  We accept most insurances including Medicare, Worker's Compensation, No Fault, Blue Cross Blue Sheild, Independent Health, Univera, United Health Care, Medicaid, Empire, Fidelis, Tricare, and more.  Call our office to see if your specific insurance is accepted.

Q:How do you gauge the effectiveness of physical therapy?
A:  We don't.  You will.  Often recovering takes time but if we are doing our job, you should feel progressively better, not just temporarily better.  We always tell our patients to give it 3 weeks.  If you do not feel any better in 3 weeks of physical therapy, then we may not be the right intervention for you.

Q:  What can Physical Therapy do for me?
A: At Ascend Physical Therapy our licensed, skilled physical therapists excel in the treatment of muskuloskeletal problems such as Back Pain, Neck Pain, Disc Herniation, Sciatica, "Pinched Nerve", Shoulder Pain, Knee Pain, Ankle Pain, Hip Pain, Sprains, Strains, Fractures, Post operative conditions, Vertigo, and many others.  The American Physical Therapy Association provides an informative interactive guide for commonly treated orthopedic conditions.