In its recently released Surgery 2015-2017 Final Report, the National Quality Forum, an authority on improvement of the overall health of Americans, confirmed what most people already guessed: the number of surgeries continues to increase annually.


While not all surgeries are elective, those that are more likely today to fall under the protocol of “Better in, Better out.” That translates to perioperative exercise training, physical therapy prior to the surgery that is intended to improve the patient’s post-op recovery.

Physical therapy after surgery is almost always recommended.  The rehabilitation process is as important to a full recovery as is a successful procedure. Physical therapy is prescribed to ensure that the body heals properly and regains full mobility.

“Mobility can be lost without timely intervention, especially in a key body part such as the foot,” confirms Dr. Cynthia Oberholtzer-Classen, DPM and founder of Podiatry Associates PC. “No matter what type of injury or surgical procedure you’ve had physical therapy is a necessary part of healing correctly and avoiding chronic problems in the future.”

At Podiatry Associates, patients are paired with a physical therapist who fully understands your body and what you’re going through, a therapist that will work with you one-on-one to relieve pain, increase mobility and control, and build strength and flexibility with the shared goal of returning you to the activities that are an important part of your life. In addition to PT exercises to help you bounce back, you will learn preventative measures to help you avoid going through a painful injury again.

Our physical therapists work with patients recovering from:

Our treatment methods include:

  • Orthopedic Physical Therapy: Treatments focus on restoring issues with your muscles, bones, tendons, and ligaments.
  • Joint Mobilization/Manipulation: Manual therapy technique with varying grades of intensity targeting skeletal joints to improve motion.
  • Soft Tissue Mobilization/Manipulation: Manual therapy techniques targeting connective muscle tissue to decrease pain as well as promote healing flexibility.
  • Manual Therapy: Hands on, passive treatment delivered by highly trained physical therapists.
  • Balance/Proprioceptive Training: Improves position sense, coordination, reaction, and stability
  • Neuromuscular Re-education: Recovers or develops effective sensory and motor strategies
  • Modalities: Ultrasound, Electrical Stimulation, Hot and Cold Packs, Iontophoresis Practices
  • Injury Prevention: Prevents or reduces the severity of injuries.    
  • One-on-one Sports-Specific Training: Creates a specific training regimen to strengthen and improve your body for a specific sport or athletic hobby.


Physical therapy takes time and patience. Let us help with your road to recovery. Call for an appointment today 303-805-5156.


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