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Physical Therapy

Providence St. Joseph Medical Center’s rehabilitation department offers inpatient and outpatient physical therapy (PT) services. Licensed by the state of Montana, all of our physical therapists received post-graduate degrees from accredited schools and are experts in musculoskeletal health and rehabilitation.

What is Physical Therapy?

Physical therapists diagnose and treat patients of all ages who have medical conditions, health-related problems or injuries that limit their ability to move and perform functional activities of daily life. The goal of physical therapy is to get individuals back to daily activity without pain as safely and quickly as possible.

Physical therapy (or physiotherapy) may be recommended in order to avoid invasive procedures and is often the first line of defense to alleviate pain and improve mobility. Often physical therapy can correct health conditions rather than having to undergo surgery.

The orthopedic and sports medicine physicians at Providence St. Joseph Medical Center work closely with the rehabilitation department to ensure patients receive the most comprehensive care. The rehabilitation team also incorporates programs geared towards health fitness enthusiasts and athletes to achieve ultimate performance while reducing the risk of sports related injury.

If surgery is required your physician is likely to refer you to physical therapy in order to gain strength, motion and physical mobility after your procedure.

What types of conditions do physical therapists treat?

  • All injuries resulting from exercise, fall or trauma
  • Chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia
  • Decreased ability to walk and general decreased mobility
  • Fatigue and poor endurance due to pulmonary dysfunction
  • Headache, neck and back pain
  • Jaw pain/TMJ
  • Joint pain (shoulder, knee, hip, foot, ankle, elbow, etc.)
  • Neurological disorders
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Pain, decreased mobility or decreased strength due to obesity
  • Poor posture or balance
  • Early and post-pregnancy conditions
  • Premature aging and decreased muscle tone
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Wounds and burns

Patients in Montana have direct access to physical therapy, which means patients do not need a prescription or referral from a medical provider and they can choose their own physical therapist. To avoid an unexpected bill, call your insurance company to confirm your coverage. If your insurance plan requires a referral you can often obtain a recommendation from a health care provider.