Physical therapy

Also known as: Therapy, physical, Rehab, physical therapy, PT

When medical problems or other health conditions limit your ability to move and function in your daily life, a physical therapist can help you heal.

At Providence our physical therapists provide care for patients of all ages. We examine you and develop a treatment plan to improve your ability to move, reduce pain, restore function and prevent disability. We seek to make a mind-body connection and help patients to physically work on their injuries as well as mentally work through their challenges, allowing them to heal more thoroughly.

Conditions we treat and services we offer:

  • Orthopedic conditions
  • Sports injuries
  • On-the-job injuries
  • Car accident injuries
  • Acute and chronic pain disorders
  • Back pain
  • Graston technique
  • Joint mobilization and manipulation
  • Myofascial release
  • Deep tissue mobilization

Specialty equipment available at many locations:

  • Alter-G® unweighted treadmill
  • Visual sports simulator
  • NuStep® recumbent trainers
  • Pilates Reformer tables
  • TRX®
  • Laser treatment for pain control

After illness, injury or disability, people in our community turn to Providence Rehabilitation Services for help regaining strength and independence.

Photo of therapist performing manual therapy on an older woman's leg

What is physical therapy?

Physical therapy is the health profession that focuses on the evaluation, management, and prevention of disorders of human motion.

Physical therapists, or PTs, are important members of the rehabilitation team. They evaluate and provide treatment for persons with health problems and disabilities resulting from injury, disease, overuse of muscles or tendons, pain, or loss of a body part.

Physical therapy treatments and services focus on restoring the individual's mobility (movement) and function, and preventing of further disability.

Physical therapists may provide treatment and education regarding any of the following:

  • Mobility (movement)

  • Balance and gait retraining

  • Heat and cold therapy and massage

  • Activities of daily living (ADLs)

  • Burn care

  • Casting and splinting

  • Wheelchair, walkers, canes, and crutches

  • Muscle retraining

  • Pain management

  • Cardiovascular strengthening

  • Use of orthotics (braces, splints) and prosthetics (artificial limbs)

  • Exercise programs

Physical therapists may practice in a variety of settings, including the following:

  • Hospitals

  • Nursing homes

  • Inpatient rehabilitation centers

  • Outpatient rehabilitation centers

  • Community and home health settings

  • Schools

  • Industrial health centers

  • Sports facilities

  • Private practice

Physical therapists have either a master's degree or doctorate. In order to practice, all graduates must be licensed by their state by passing a national certification examination. They are accredited by the American Physical Therapy Association.