Physical Therapy (Outpatient)

If you’re recovering from an illness or injury, your doctor may recommend outpatient physical therapy to improve your mobility. This means you’ll live at home and go to your local Essentia clinic or rehabilitation center to receive therapy. Our experienced physical therapists (PTs) will guide you through exercises designed to decrease pain and increase strength, flexibility, and balance. 

We work with patients of all ages and treat conditions ranging from chronic neck and back pain to sports and work-related injuries. Our PTs can teach you how to use mobility equipment like crutches, walkers, and wheelchairs. Our ultimate goal is to make everyday tasks easier so you can focus on the things in life that matter to you.

Benefits of Physical Therapy

Physical therapy, or PT, uses gentle exercises, manual therapy, and other techniques to treat conditions that affect your physical function. PT may help you:

  • Improve your mobility, coordination, flexibility, and strength
  • Regain independence
  • Reduce pain
  • Recover after an injury, illness or surgery
  • Avoid the need for medication or surgery

As part of your care, your therapist may also conduct evaluations like functional capacity evaluations.

Specialized PT Services

At some Essentia locations, our physical therapists offer specialized PT services for the treatment of:

Orthopedic Rehabilitation PT

Orthopedic rehabilitation is a type of PT that’s used to treat conditions like:

  • Arthritis
  • Back, neck, jaw, joint, or muscle pain
  • Broken bones
  • Injuries or conditions that affect the shoulder, elbow, hip, knee, foot, or ankle
  • Sprains and strains
  • Sports and exercise injuries

Your doctor may recommend orthopedic rehabilitation to help you heal after a procedure like joint replacement or back, knee, neck, or shoulder surgery. Learn more about orthopedic care at Essentia.

Physical Therapy for Children

Our physical therapists can help your child improve functional gross motor skills like rolling, sitting, walking, or skipping. A PT can also teach your child to use a wheelchair, walker, or other type of mobility equipment.

How to Prevent Falls

Falls can lead to severe injuries and our physical therapists can work with you to prevent falls by providing:

  • Assessing your risk factors, including certain medical conditions and medications
  • Testing your balance and ability to walk
  • Educating you about fall prevention
  • Helping make your home safer
  • Teaching you exercises to improve your strength and stability
  • Providing dizziness and balance care

How Important Is Physical Therapy?

Learn when physical therapy can get your body back to working the way it's supposed to.

Ask for a Referral

You’ll need a referral from your primary care provider or a specialist for this service.