Physical Therapy Services at the Bloomington Clinic

Physical therapy focuses on restoring functional movement and alleviating pain in people of all ages who have mobility limitations due to pain, injury, illness, disability or birth conditions. Physical therapy also helps prevent loss of mobility with individualized fitness programs that encourage a healthier lifestyle.

Your physical therapist will perform an evaluation to diagnose dysfunctional posture and movement patterns. The evaluation will include an assessment of your current symptoms, strength, balance, posture, breathing patterns, movement patterns, sleep habits and lifestyle.

A personalized treatment plan is developed to improve mobility, reduce pain, restore independence and meet your individual needs and goals. You will also be instructed in a home program to help you achieve maximum independence in mobility and self-manage your symptoms. When appropriate, recommendations will be made for treatment by other healthcare providers in conjunction with physical therapy.

Meet our Physical Therapist.

Your physical therapist can treat the following conditions/injuries:
Head, neck and back:

  • Headaches and migraine
  • Neck and back pain/strain, sciatica and disc problems
  • Lumbar spondylolisthesis
  • Ankylosing spondylitis (stiff back)
  • TMJ (temporomandibuilar joint dysfunction)
  • Torticollis (wry neck)

Shoulder, arm and wrist:

  • Rotator cuff tear/strain, frozen shoulder, swimmer’s shoulder
  • Thoracic outlet syndrome
  • Tendonitis, bursitis, tennis and golfer’s elbow
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Lymphadema
  • Finger pain/stiffness
  • Reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD)/chronic regional pain syndrome

Hip and pelvis:

  • Hip pain
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Bursitis, tendonitis
  • Piriformis syndrome
  • Pelvic pain, pelvic floor dysfunction
  • Abdominal lymphadema

Leg, knee and foot:

  • Hamstring/quadriceps strain
  • Osteoarthritis, bursitis, tendonitis
  • Knee pain, ACL/MCL injury, torn meniscus
  • Iliotibial band syndrome (ITB), runner’s knee
  • Lymphadema
  • Shin splints
  • Restless legs syndrome
  • Ankle pain/strain/sprain, heel pain, Achilles tendonitis
  • Foot and toe pain/stiffness, plantar fasciitis
  • Reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD)/chronic regional pain syndrome

Pregnancy-related conditions:

  • Mid- and low-back pain, rib pain
  • Abdominal/SI joint support

Pediatric conditions:

  • Poor posture
  • Scoliosis

Physical therapy services
Through multiple techniques and services, your physical therapist works with you to restore normal movement and maximize comfort and function in your daily activities. These techniques and services include:

  • Manual therapy, posture training and muscle retraining
  • Specialized services – postural restoration, TMJ and lymphadema treatments
  • Exercise instruction and education on functional activity
  • Adjustments in sleep position or sitting postures
  • Pain management education
  • Use of assistive equipment, such as braces, canes, walkers and wheelchairs

Specialized Physical Therapy Services

Postural restoration
Postural restoration involves an evaluation of your body alignment and muscle use combined with physical therapy treatment. The goal is to restore proper whole body movement patterns in order to maximum health and function.

Your physical therapist will create an individualized treatment program for you which may include manual therapy, muscle pattern retraining, exercise instruction, and pain relieving techniques.

Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) dysfunction treatment
Our physical therapist offers this postural restoration-based treatment approach in collaboration with dental specialists in cranial-facial pain, orofacial pain, or Oral Systemic Balance.

Lymphedema treatments
Manual lymph drainage (MLD)
A gentle touch treatment to stimulate the lymphatic system and decrease edema (swelling caused by an accumulation of fluid). Additional benefits of MLD include relaxation, relief from discomfort, and enhancement of the immune system.

Complete congestive therapy
An intensive program for the treatment of lymphadema which combines multiple treatment approaches – manual lymph drainage, compression bandaging, decongestive exercises, and instruction in self care.