Physical Therapy

Physical therapy is a subspecialty field of medicine that maximizes movement and function for people who have either a permanent or temporary loss of mobility. Physical therapists help to improve patients' quality of life by working to decrease pain while restoring strength and function. Physical therapy is also used to prevent injuries by teaching people how to move properly. If your doctor recommends physical therapy after an injury or surgery to help you recover, you should know that the Physical Therapy Division at the University of Michigan Health System offers comprehensive rehabilitation services by a highly qualified team of physical therapists with specialized board-certifications and/or doctoral- level degrees.

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation physical therapists are experts in the management of back, neck and spine dysfunctions. Our spine specialists treat a variety of conditions, including:

  • acute & chronic back pain
  • sciatica
  • herniated disc
  • TMJ
  • headaches
  • neck pain
  • radiculopathy, and more

In addition, our orthopedic physical therapists provide comprehensive evaluation and individual treatment to patients with a wide variety of musculoskeletal conditions, including: Arthritis and rheumatic disorders, sprains and strains, injury to shoulder, hip, knee, foot and ankle. We also offer specialized multidisciplinary programs for amputees, fall prevention and performing artists.

Our outpatient physical therapy services have achieved great success with 89% of our patients completing therapy in fewer than eight visits. Likewise, research conducted on our chronic back pain patients showed significant pain relief after only four treatment sessions. Each location offers individualized and specialized physical therapy programs designed to meet the needs of all our patients. Greater than 96% of our patients would recommend our program to others.

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You're about to make an important decision, and we want to help you make a good one. Visit our Contact Us page to see a list of Musculoskeletal Call Centers. Our staff will be glad to talk with you about your options and how we can help.