Physical therapy, also called PT, is a broad field made up of multiple subspecialties. PT is often used as a non-surgical treatment option to treat diseases, injuries, and deformities. These conditions often limit a person’s mobility or keep them from living an active lifestyle. It can also be used as preventive care to help build strength, prevent future injuries, and improve one’s overall health and well-being.
Physical therapy is even used to help with recovery when surgical treatment options are needed. Doctors will often recommend physical therapy to patients who have undergone surgery, need rehabilitation after an injury, need help alleviating pain, or would benefit from therapy.
What is a physical therapist?
Physical therapists are certified therapy health professionals who have undergone physical therapy education. They have completed undergraduate (PT credentials) or graduate (DPT credentials) physical therapy programs.
Therapists have extensive training and experience in examining, diagnosing, and providing care and treatment for patients with injuries or limitations. The goal of orthopedic physical therapy is to help patients move and feel better as well as make sure their injuries heal correctly so that they can return to doing what they love. Physical therapists work with patients of all ages.
How Do I Know If I Need Physical Therapy?
A medical professional may recommend physical therapy as a non-surgical treatment for a condition or injury. Even without a referral, you can explore physical therapy as a treatment if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms.
Physical & Occupational Therapy Symptoms
- Acute pain
- Back pain
- Cerebral palsy
- Chronic pain
- Knee pain
- Multiple sclerosis
- Muscle strains
- Neck pain
- Spine care
- Sports-related injuries
- Tendon or ligament injuries or tears
- Work-related injuries
Physical & Occupational Therapy Treatments
- Core strengthening
- Therapeutic exercise
- Manual therapy
- Nonsurgical rehabilitation
- Postsurgical recovery
- Electrical stimulation
- Dry needling
How Can I Schedule An Appointment?
Our specialty-trained therapists will create a personalized plan to treat your condition or injury. To schedule an appointment, call our physical therapy department at (319) 354-5114.
At Steindler Orthopedic Clinic, we are committed to ensuring our patients receive the best treatment available. In our occupational therapy department, our therapists offer a comprehensive range of occupational therapy services to help restore the function of our patients after injury, surgery, and illness.
Our occupational therapists evaluate and develop individualized care plans that address the specific needs and treatment goals of our patients. Therapy treatment may include the use of modalities and various forms of therapeutic exercise to enhance function and strengthen muscles. Our goal, and commitment, is to return our patients to active living, free of pain.
Certified Hand Therapists
A Certified Hand Therapist (CHT) is a therapist who has undergone rigorous study and advanced training in the treatment of hand conditions. Certified Hand Therapists require a minimum of three years of clinical experience, at least 4,000 hours of hand therapy practice, and must recertify every 5 years.
At Steindler Orthopedic Clinic, we have two Certified Hand Therapists, Brad Michelson and Laurie Stonewall. Our team provides specialized hand care and can even create custom orthotic devices to treat patients’ hand conditions. Beyond treating conditions, our Certified Hand Therapists educate patients on how to avoid future problems.
Once you have scheduled your appointment with one of our specialty-trained therapists, please use the links below to obtain our new patient forms and browse through our tips and suggestions on preparing for your appointment.