Physical Therapy

Physical Therapy assists in many areas of the hospital to allow patients to maximize strength and mobility.


Physical Therapy helps patients in recovery from shoulder, back, hip and knee surgeries by developing customized exercise programs that are individualized for each person. Exercise and treatment may include:

  • Teaching people to move from bed to a chair
  • How to walk again
  • Training on the use of passive motion exercise machines
  • Specific muscle strengthening and flexibility exercises
  • Selection of walkers, canes or crutches and teaching patients to use them safely


Physical Therapy helps patients with stroke, brain injury, and spinal cord injury. They can help with nervous system diseases such as multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s as well as other rare nervous system disorders. Treatment in the neurology area may include:

  • Improving Balance
  • Relearning movements needed for walking and mobility
  • Strengthening of weak or flaccid muscles
  • Mobilization of tight muscles to decrease pain and allow freedom of movement
  • Exercise programs for building endurance
  • Specialized programs for walking including; leg braces and walking devices


Physical Therapy helps patients with various types of cancer to improve strength and endurance.  The cancer care program at Deaconess Physical Medicine department has developed treatment programs to minimize the fatigue and many of the side effects caused by radiation and chemo therapies.


Physical Therapy can help with a variety of orthopedic, neurological, pain and sport medicine problems.  The outpatient therapy team has specialized training in many areas including:

  • Physical agent modalities for wound healing and pain reduction including; ultrasound, TENS and electrical stimulation
  • Pool / aquatic therapy
  • Vestibular therapy
  • Whirlpool for improved circulation and wound healing
  • Manual therapy to decrease pain including; massage, myofascial release and strain /counter strain
  • Treatment orthopedic injuries for back, neck, shoulder and leg pain
  • Biofeedback for urinary incontinence