Physical Therapy Clinic Directory
Including Occupational Therapy and Hand Therapy Clinics

Physical Therapy Specialties

  • Amputee Rehabilitation

    Many physical therapists specialize in the rehabilitation of amputees. Caring for the injured limb, functional and walking training, training in the use of assistive devices (crutches, canes, prosthetic limbs, etc.) are all provided by a therapist who specializes in care for amputees.
  • Aquatic Physical Therapy

    Aquatic therapy takes advantage of the physical properties of water to assist with the rehabilitative process. Buoyancy, turbulence, hydrostatic pressure, and thermal properties of water can assist with the rehabilitation of a patient. Those suffering from chronic pain, osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, lumbar fusion surgery, or with a limited weight-bearing status are just a few of the many different patient populations that can benefit from aquatic therapy.
  • Balance, Dizziness, and Vertigo Rehabilitation

    Many suffer from dizziness or BPPV (benign paroxysmal positional vertigo). Some clinics specialize in the rehabilitation of patients with vertigo. Patient education, strengthening, safety awareness, posture and balance exercise, walking exercise, and special techniques that affect sensory and balance centers of the brain and limbs are all important components of a rehabilitation program.
  • Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation

    A small percentage of physical therapists practice in this discipline. Those that pass the board certification have the title of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Certified Specialist (CCS) work with patients who have had heart attacks, bypass surgeries, angioplasty, breathing problems, emphysema, and other heart/lung related conditions. Physical therapists are well equipped to work with these types of patients because many of them have orthopedic ailments that limit their ability to function. In other words, a physical therapist can address the heart and lung problems as well as the muscle problems that are concurrently present.
  • ECS (Clinical Electrophysiologic Certified Specialist)

    A physical therapist who is board certified to perform electroneurophysiology examinations such as nerve conduction studies and electromyography.
  • Fitness and Wellness

    Physical therapists are well trained to help with your fitness needs and wellness programs. If you need an exercise program, have trouble with your weight, are concerned about osteoporosis, have an issue with diabetes, or you would like to learn how to prevent falls, physical therapists can help. The previous examples are just a few of the many programs physical therapists offer.
  • Geriatric Physical Therapy

    Some therapists specialize in the rehabilitation of seniors. As the body ages, a variety of challenges arise. We stiffen, we lose strength, our balance skills decline, our bones become brittle (osteoporosis), our endurance decreases, and we take longer to recover from injuries. Balance and fall prevention are of paramount importance to the therapist who is working with seniors and some clinics are solely dedicated to caring for those with balance problems. Most physical therapists work with seniors/geriatric patients. Some have obtained additional education, have passed a board examination, and have earned the Geriatric Certified Specialist (GCS) title.
  • Hand Therapy

    Most physical therapists are well trained to treat hand and wrist conditions. Some therapists have taken additional courses and training and have passed a hand therapy certification examination. These therapists are called Certified Hand Therapists (CHTs).

    A Certified Hand Therapist (CHT), as defined by the Hand Therapy Certification Commission (HTCC), is an occupational therapist or physical therapist who has a minimum of five years of clinical experience, including 4,000 hours or more in direct practice in hand therapy, and has successfully passed a comprehensive test of advanced clinical skills and theory in upper quarter rehabilitation. CHTs are required to demonstrate continued professional development and competency by recertifying every five years.

    A hand therapist works with patients who may have been affected by an accident or trauma leaving them with wounds, scars, burns, injured tendons or nerves, fractures, or even amputation of the finger, hand, or arm.

    A hand therapist also treats patients who are disabled from the effects of cumulative trauma disorders – such as tennis elbow or carpal tunnel syndrome. Many patients seeking the care of a hand therapist also suffer from such chronic problems as arthritis or a neurological condition.
  • Industrial Rehabilitation

    Specialists in industrial rehabilitation help with those that have suffered on-the-job injuries. Moreover, they will evaluate work tasks, fabricate assistive devices, evaluate your ergonomic situation, and help redesign work flow/tasks to decrease the incidence of injury. Often, industrial rehabilitation specialists will evaluate your ability to perform certain job tasks with a Functional Capacity Evaluation (FCE).
  • Lymphedema Rehabilitation

    We take it for granted but a special component of the circulatory system, the lymph system, helps filter and drain fluid from our arms and legs. When this drainage system is damaged, painful swelling can result. Some therapists specialize in the treatment of lymphedema as it is called. Special positioning, massage and bandaging techniques are utilized by the lymphedema specialist.
  • Manual Therapy

    Manual therapy is a broad term that describes a variety of hands-on treatment techniques that are applied to movement dysfunctions. Grade five mobilizations, Mulligan mobilizations with movement, Maitland and Kaltenborn techniques, functional technique, neural mobilization, joint mobilization, craniosacral therapy, strain/counter strain, myofascial release, etc. These are some of the more popular manual therapy techniques. Many manual therapists will take continuing education courses, obtain certifications in manual therapy, and will sit for board certification from the American Physical Therapy Association and other organizations. Most physical therapists incorporate manual therapy techniques as a part of a complete treatment plan.
  • Neurological, Spinal Cord Injury, and Traumatic Brain Injury Rehab

    A large portion of physical therapists work with patients who suffer from these conditions. Functional retraining including, walking, wheelchair use, getting in and out of bed or chairs (transfer training), moving in bed (bed mobility), and retraining patients to use their shoulders, arms, and hands are just some of the services these therapists provide to those with neurological involvement. A certified specialist holds a Neurologic Certified Specialist title (NCS).
  • Occupational Therapy

    Occupational therapy is skilled treatment that helps individuals achieve independence in all facets of their lives. It gives people the "skills for the job of living" necessary for independent and satisfying lives.

    Most commonly seen conditions by an occupational therapist are:
    • Work-related injuries or repetitive stress injuries
    • Post- stroke rehabilitation
    • Arthritis, multiple sclerosis, or other serious chronic conditions
    • Burns and amputations
    • Fracture or other injuries from falls, sports injuries, or accident
  • Orthopedic Physical Therapy

    Probably the most common physical therapy specialist is the orthopedic specialist. These specialists care for post-surgical patients, arthritis, tendinitis/tendinosus, fracture rehabilitation, muscle sprains and strains, neck and back pain, hip and knee problems, shoulder, elbow, and wrist conditions. Some are board certified as Orthopedic Certified Specialists (OCS).
  • Osteoporosis Rehabilitation and Prevention

    Some practitioners specialize in the evaluation and treatment of osteoporosis patients. Working in concert with your medical doctor, the therapist will often design a specialized weight-bearing and resistance training program for those with this silent disease.
  • Pediatric Physical Therapy

    Pediatric therapists specialize in the rehabilitation of children. They may assist with kids who suffer from cerebral palsy, developmental disorders, neurological disorders, and/or orthopedic problems. A Pediatric Certified Specialist (PCS) is a board certification that some may obtain from the American Physical Therapy Association.

    The Wonders of Play - From birth, children are eager to play. This is how they learn about their world, other people, and, most importantly, about themselves. It is playing that prepares them for adulthood. Some children face developmental challenges that limit their potential to play and learn. Pediatric occupational therapists engage the children in therapeutic play so that they can improve all of the necessary skills that are needed in order to fully participate in the activities at home and at school.

    Parents are the Experts - You know more about your children than anyone else. Your observations and experiences of your child are valuable and critical to the treatment plan. Parents are encouraged to work in partnership with the therapists in order to carry therapeutic benefits from the clinic to the home.

    Specialized techniques assist your child's development and help them to:
    • Increase attention to task
    • Become independent in self-care activities (dressing, eating, brushing teeth, etc.)
    • Cultivate his/her ability to follow directions and transition between activities
    • Improve motor coordination for play and handwriting
    • Enhance tolerance and enjoyment of sensory experiences
    • Build so interaction and communication with peers
  • Physical Therapy

    Physical therapy helps patients suffering from disease or injuries improve mobility; relieve pain; increase strength, coordination, and balance; and decrease or prevent deformity. Physical therapists assess, plan, organize, and participate in rehabilitative programs. In addition to “hands-on” care, which consists of joint and soft tissue mobilization and spinal manipulations, physical therapists also educate patients in proper posture and body mechanics and design home exercise programs for patients to address their specific impairments. Many physical exercises are used in conjunction with therapeutic modalities such as heat, cold, ultrasound, electrical stimulation, whirlpool and traction.

    Most commonly seen conditions by a physical therapist are:
    • Neck and back: herniated discs, spondylolisthesis, spondylosis, sciatica, radiculopathies and bone spurs.
    • Shoulder: Rotator tendinitis/tears, bursitis, dislocations, labral tears, impingement, AC joint separations, scapular instabilities, thoracic outlet syndrome, and adhesive capsulitis (frozen shoulder).
    • Elbow: medial epicondylitis (golfers elbow), lateral epicondylitis (tennis elbow), and cubital tunnel.
    • Wrist and Hand: See Hand Therapy.
    • Hip: total hip replacements, bursitis, labral tears and SI joint dysfunctions.
    • Knee: meniscal tears, ACL tears, ligament sprains/strains, bursitis, chondromalacia patella (patellofemoral pain) and patellar tendinitis.
    • Ankle/foot: ligament tears, flat feet (over pronation), plantar fasciitis, heel spurs, and ankle instability.
    • Other: Degenerative Joint Disease (Arthritis), fracture, dislocation, sprain and strain, post-stroke rehabilitation, balance deficiency, fitness and wellness training, and sports injuries rehabilitation.
  • Sports Rehabilitation

    Experts in assisting with recovery after injury and surgery. Many sports specialists help with retraining the athlete utilizing running, throwing, jumping, and sport-specific programs to name a few. A therapist with the Sports Certified Specialist (SCS) title has passed a board certified test.
  • Women's Health

    Some therapists specialize in women's issues such as pregnancy problems, pelvic pain, and incontinence. Special treatment is available for women who have these problems. Many that suffer from incontinence do so needlessly. A physical therapist may be able to help.
  • Wound Care

    Some therapists specialize in the treatment and care of wounds. This is accomplished by the removal of unviable tissue (debridement), the application of special dressings and prescription drugs/ointments, and the use of ultrasound, electrical stimulation, and aquatic modalities to promote healing. Exercise and patient education are also routine components of a wound care program.