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.

How Important Is Phsyical Therapy? Video Transcript


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DR. QING-MIN CHEN: So my name is Qing-Min Chen. I'm am a orthopedic surgeon in Detroit Lakes, Essentia Health. I got into it, because the stuff we do is just pretty awesome. We got the best technology, the best toys, and I think our surgeries from a functional standpoint is just top notch. And the patients are really thankful. They get back to doing the things they love, and it's good to provide that kind of service.

Text, How important is physical therapy? Essentia Health

Now a physical therapy for me in my practice is, kind of, like my right hand. And I use physical therapy for almost everything. And if it's not emergent or something urgent or traumatic, usually I send to physical therapy. Because the majority of us, no matter how much we're working out, we're still somewhat sedentary. We're doing desk jobs or not. And even if you're a construction worker, you're not doing things necessarily that your body wants you to do at an everyday basis. And physical therapy gets you back to, kind of, what your body should be doing. So really physical therapy is everything, and it's as important, if not more important than our surgeries.

Text, When is physical therapy not enough? Essentia Health.

Physical therapy is great for the majority of things. But if any time there's something that's a structural problem, you have-- you broke your leg, you tore a tendon, you know those things exercise may not be enough for. Everyone knows their body, right. You know your own body much better than I know your body, obviously. So there are some pains that we, kind of, live with every day, and then there are some pain just aren't right. And I think if there is a little voice in your head that's saying, this is not right, you should come and see us. Because that changes the whole game, and it could really change how well you will do down the road.

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