Physical and Occupational Therapy

The goal of physical therapy (PT) and occupational therapy (OT) at St. Elizabeth is to help you recover from injury, surgery or other health issues that may keep you from the everyday activities that mean so much to you. We’re right here for you with one-on-one rehab that’s tailored to you.

One-On-One Rehab Sessions

Unlike providers that have therapists working with four or five patients at a time, St. Elizabeth physical and occupational therapists offer full sessions where you are the only patient. After a thorough evaluation, our licensed therapists will create a program that’s tailored to you, to help you reach your personal goals. This focus on you can lead to better care and a faster recovery.

Numerous Locations and a Team of Experts

We’re all about flexing muscle — and your options. That’s why you can choose from 12 convenient therapy locations and work with our network of doctors, athletic trainers and therapists, all with the backing of the Orthopaedic team at St. Elizabeth. It’s a full spectrum of care that’s right here for you.

Source: FOTO database comprised of 34.2 million assessments, 23,723 clinicians and 5,613 clinics.

A Direct Path on Your Care Journey

When you’re already dealing with pain and discomfort, you want a path to care that doesn’t take a lot of twists and turns to get you feeling better. Physical and occupational therapy at St. Elizabeth can lead you on a straight path to recovery. For instance, if you have lower back pain, physical therapy can help you avoid opioid prescriptions, advanced imaging services such as MRIs, and visits to the emergency room. This can make your care journey more affordable, effective and hassle-free.

A Wide Range of Therapy Services

Physical and occupational therapists at St. Elizabeth treat patients of all ages and offer a broad range of services that include:

Physical Therapy (PT)

Physical therapists focus on improving your mobility, strength and overall function and reducing your pain through exercises and hands on care. They have specialized training and expertise to help individuals who have had a stroke, muscle sprains/strains, recent surgery, chronic pain, balance or walking problems, and athletes recover. Our team of dedicated physical therapists are experts at helping you return to the activities and work you want to excel in.

Common Conditions:

Specialty Services:

  • Aquatics
  • Balance Rehabilitation
  • Dry Needling
  • Fall Prevention
  • Gait Training
  • Orthopaedics
  • Pelvic Health (Men and Women)
  • Sports Medicine
  • Vestibular Rehabilitation
  • McKenzie Method
  • Work Rehabilitation

Occupational Therapy (OT)

Occupational therapists focus on maximizing your independence in everyday activities like bathing, dressing, preparing meals, eating, and working. They excel at task analysis and designing exercises and activities to help you be more independent in the home, social and work setting. This may include the use of specialized equipment to assist with daily activities and teaching ways to compensate. Occupational therapists are experts at tailoring activities and the environment to your individual needs.

Common Conditions:

Specialty Services:

  • ADL (Activities of Daily Living)
  • Assessment of need for Adaptive Equipment
  • Cognitive Rehabilitation
  • Custom Splints
  • Dexterity, Balance and Coordination Activities
  • Energy Conservation
  • Fine Motor Training
  • Hand Therapy
  • Home Management Training
  • Orthopaedics and Post Joint Replacement

Resources & FAQs

As always, in case of emergency, always call 911 or go to your nearest Emergency Room.

  • Do stay hydrated. Drink even when you are not feeling thirsty.
  • Do stretch often.
  • Do follow the RICE method (rest, ice, compression, elevation) if you sustain an injury that is not a medical emergency (i.e. ankle sprain).
  • Do schedule an appointment with a physical therapist within 30 days if you get a prescription for physical therapy.
  • Do stop whatever you are doing if you start to feel pain.

As always, in case of emergency, always call 911 or go to your nearest Emergency Room.


Don’t play through an injury that is painful, results in a decrease in range of motion or causes limping.

Will my insurance cover physical therapy?

  •  In the majority of instances,  insurance will cover physical and occupational therapy treatment. The extent of coverage will vary. We will contact your insurance provider to verify benefits and also ask that you call your carrier to confirm your specific benefit plan coverage. 

What will therapy cost me?

  • You will have an opportunity to pay any co-pay, co-insurance or deductible at the time of treatment. If you’re having difficulty making your payment, one of our insurance counselors will work with you regarding financial arrangements.

How many visits per week will I need to come and how long will the visits last?

  • Your initial evaluation will usually last 45-60 minutes. At that time you and your therapist will determine the appropriate frequency to provide the best results for your diagnosis. Follow-up visits usually last 30-45 minutes and most patients do well with 1-2 visits a week. However, we will work within your personal and/or insurance constraints as needed.

What do I need to wear?

  • Please wear comfortable clothing (i.e. t-shirt or comfortable cotton shirt that will allow movement of your arms and torso; sweat pants or elastic waist pants that will allow movement of your legs; and sensible footwear such as tennis shoes or flat leather lace up shoes). Please keep in mind the therapist may need to visually inspect a particular body part or perform specific tests, so we may need to expose that body part during assessment.

Speech Language Pathology

This department offers a full range of speech, language and swallowing services for people of all ages. The goal of the Speech Language Pathology Department is to provide services and education to prevent, identify, diagnose and treat communication, cognitive and swallowing disorders.

Ready to Take the Next Step?

Once you complete your PT and OT sessions, you can expect to have a very good understanding of your diagnosis. We’ll also give you exercises and show you how to adjust your activities to help improve your movements, strength and overall function.


To make an appointment for an initial evaluation, please call Central Scheduling at (877) 424-5750.