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Physical therapy programs and services

Physical therapy programs and services

Physical therapists focus on treating injuries to your body's musculoskeletal system – your bones, muscles, tendons, ligaments, cartilage and joints – as well as your brain and nervous system. They use exercise, heat, electrical stimulation and other methods to reduce pain and increase your ability to move, function and heal.

Allina Health offers physical therapy programs for:

Back/neck/spine pain

  • Aquatic therapy can help decrease swelling and pressure on joints and increase range of motion. It can also help strengthen muscles and allow patients to more quickly return to daily activities after an illness or injury. The Wasie Therapeutic Swimming Pool at Abbott Northwestern Hospital offers many independent exercise programs.
  • Courage Kenny Spine Center provides specialized, nonsurgical treatment for individuals with acute, subacute and chronic low back and neck pain.
  • Specialized spine physical therapy is available at all Courage Kenny Sports & Physical Therapy Center locations. A physical therapist trained in orthopedics will conduct an individualized assessment that includes evaluating strength, motion, pain level, posture, reflexes and sensation, along with special tests as needed.
  • The Milton M. Hurwitz ExerCare Fitness Center at United Hospital has clinically trained staff that help patients, their families and other community members exercise and reach fitness goals within a medically supervised environment.

Balance and dizziness problems

  • Balance retraining and vestibular rehabilitation treats imbalance or dizziness caused by inner ear defects and other conditions. This specialized physical therapy program is tailored to each patient's strengths and weaknesses.
  • Courage Kenny Wheelchair Seating Clinic helps patients and their families choose an appropriate wheelchair and seating cushion. Experienced therapists use the latest technology to decide what each patient needs and recommend a product depending on skin integrity, range of motion, spine alignment and other health issues.

Neurologic conditions

Lee Silverman Voice Treatment (LSVT® BIG & LOUD) offers intensive therapy for patients with Parkinson's disease or other neurological conditions. LSVT LOUD can dramatically improve vocal loudness, intonation and voice quality. LSVT BIG is used to improve major motor skills needed for walking, movement and balance.

Lymphedema and wound care

  • Physical therapists with advanced training provide several unique treatments including a special light massage to help move fluid and soften swollen tissues for patients with lymphedema.
  • Wound care is provided by physical therapists that use hydrotherapy and other procedures to treat wounds. They promote healing by cleaning the wound bed, managing scarring and removing infected tissue (a process called debridement). They treat many kinds of wounds including burns, skin grafts, ulcers and wounds caused by motor vehicle accidents.


  • Physical therapy for children is offered at many facilities throughout Allina Health. Our therapists have special training to help children and their families who are coping with medical conditions that interfere with normal development.

    Children with athletic injuries, cerebral palsy, spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury and other special needs can receive, physical therapy in a fun, friendly and safe environment. Courage Kenny Kids and Capable Kids are two specialized programs currently available.

Hand and nerve damage

  • Hand rehabilitation from a certified hand therapist can help treat arthritis, nerve injuries, and cumulative trauma disorders. Rehabilitation following hand surgery is also provided. The hand mentor robot helps patients recovering from stroke or brain injury strengthen hand and wrist muscles and restore range of motion.
  • Courage Kenny Musicians' Clinic includes physicians and specialized hand therapists who treat instrumental artists with pain and dexterity problems caused by the demands of musical practice and performance. An early, accurate diagnosis and an individually designed treatment plan can help speed recovery and prevent future injury.
  • The Courage Kenny Post Polio Clinic is designed to diagnose and treat post polio syndrome, a condition that occurs in individuals who contracted acute poliomyelitis years earlier and now face a variety of issues that compromise their health. Occupational and physical therapists help patients address issues like sleep disturbances, problems walking and difficulty handling daily activities.
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Improving muscle strength

  • The Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) Cycling Program helps people with spinal cord injury get aerobic exercise. FES can decrease muscle spasms and increase muscle mass, circulation, and cardiovascular endurance.
  • Partial weight bearing gait therapy helps people with incomplete spinal cord injuries experience walking. Patients are supported in an upright position to exercise muscles and increase range of motion in a safe environment free from falls.
  • The Lokomat® treadmill is a robot-assisted device that supports patients in an upright position and moves their legs in a normal walking pattern – even if they are unable to move on their own.
  • Pelvic pain and incontinence treatment is available from the physical therapists at Courage Kenny Sports & Physical Therapy Center. They provide treatment for urinary and fecal incontinence, pelvic pain and low back pain during pregnancy.

Spinal cord injury

A standing frame helps people with spinal cord injuries bear their own body weight while standing.

With assistance from a physical therapist and the use of a standing frame, patients with weak or paralyzed muscles are able to stand to improve circulation, help prevent pressure sores and decrease spasms.

Sports/orthopedic physical therapy

  • RunSMART is a physical therapy program for novice and experienced runners. The program helps prevent running injuries and assists people who are recovering from orthopedic surgery.
  • Digital video analysis helps athletes who have pain or injury from running, throwing or playing golf. Physical therapists combine frame-by-frame video analysis with a complete musculoskeletal assessment to determine the source of pain to assist in developing a treatment program.