Physical Therapy

Physical therapists at DOC are highly trained and dedicated to creating a unique experience for each guest. DOC Physical Therapists have expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal disorders involving the head, neck, spine, pelvis, upper and lower extremities.

Achieve your optimum physical function!


  • Restoration of Mobility
  • Improvement of Strength & Flexibility
  • Promotion of Optimal Physical Function
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The primary reason for physical therapy is to relieve pain. Pain can be due to an acute injury, meaning something traumatic and recent, such as an ankle sprain, a strained muscle causing pain with movement, a fracture, or a torn ligament. Pain can also be due to a chronic injury, such as pain in your shoulder, neck, back, knee, or hip that may have started months or years ago, but has progressively worsened. When the discomfort or pain has started to affect your everyday activities, seek physical therapy treatment. Everyday activities can simply mean dressing yourself without pain, working or sitting in a classroom comfortably, and sleeping through the night. If you are not able to do the things you want or need to do, physical therapy may be the best option for relief. Physical therapists want to get you back to living a pain-free life.
What should I wear to physical therapy? Physical therapists can understand your injury or chronic condition when they can see and physically and thoroughly examine the area. For example, if your knee is injured, shorts or loose fitting pants allow access to the knee. For neck or shoulder issues, a tank top or loose shirt allows the physical therapist to examine and treat that area.
All DOC PT locations have gowns available and private rooms where you can remove the garments necessary for the therapist to access the area for treatment.
Physical therapy is individualized, meaning rehabilitation and recovery is primarily based on you. Physical therapists work under the premise that no two bodies are the same, which complicates giving an exact timeline for recovery. The type and extent of your injury and your personal goals for therapy play a vital role in your rehabilitation. DOC's physical therapists work with you to find beneficial treatments to relieve your symptoms and pain. They educate you about ways to self-manage your pain and recovery. The goal of PT is to help you reach your wellness goals.
Research shows that 80% of diagnoses made by physical therapists come from the interview or history portion of the exam. Physical therapists are trained to ask appropriate questions during the exam to understand your symptoms and provide an accurate diagnosis.   The objective or evaluation portion of the exam includes:
  • Range of motion
  • Measurements of motion
  • Special tests to confirm the diagnosis
  • Functional movement screens to assess body movement
  • Balance testing
  • Palpation tests for tenderness, tightness, pain, or discomfort
Following the evaluation, the DOC physical therapist discusses the diagnosis with you, answers your questions, and creates a comprehensive treatment plan based on your goals for physical therapy!

Types of Physical Therapy

    Kinesio Tape (K-Tape)

  • A latex-free, hypoallergenic tape that works to alleviate pain and discomfort and facilitate circulation of blood and healthy nutrients throughout the body.
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    Cupping Therapy

  • A technique designed to use pressure to pull the skin, tissue, and muscles upward to stimulate blood flow to an injured area and promote increased healing.
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    Graston Technique

  • A form of manual therapy known as instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization. This technique is focused on increasing blood flow to the area in order to initiate and promote healing to soft tissue.
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    Active Release Technique (ART)

  • One of the top techniques in managing soft tissue injuries, ART focuses on relieving the tension built up in soft tissue to restore unimpeded motion, release adhesions and produce long-term benefits.
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  • Hand/wrist

  • Elbow

  • Ankle/Foot

  • Hip/knee/leg

  • Neck/spine

  • Shoulder




DOC Blog Posts on Physical Therapy


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DOC’s PT for Prevention and Recovery

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