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Physical Therapy

Physical Therapy is a branch of medicine that specializes in restoring or improving physical function after an accident, surgery, disease or other events that caused loss of function.


The highly skilled physical therapists (PTs) at Hennepin Healthcare teach patients how to prevent or manage their condition by developing a customized patient-focused plan using treatment techniques to promote the ability to move, reduce pain, restore function and prevent disability. The range of conditions vary from a specific joint problem to a condition requiring relearning how to get out of bed, sit, stand and walk.

Hennepin Healthcare has excellent PT care for both inpatients and outpatients of all ages. Our therapy is multidisciplinary and patient-focused working on the patient’s goals from the very beginning of their journey.

Physical Therapy for multiple conditions

A PT program may be recommended for individuals who are experiencing the following and may be limiting them from return to work, sport, and/or their regular daily activities:

Orthopedic conditions

  • Musculoskeletal disorders (pain or injuries in joints, muscles, nerves, tendons, ligaments, bones) such as arthritis or low back pain
  • Sports injuries such as a sprains and/or strains
  • Post-surgical patients for pain relief and/or increased mobility
  • Chronic pain in body areas such as the low back
  • Chronic pain for conditions such as fibromyalgia, CRPS (chronic regional pain syndrome), or TMJ (a disorder of the jaw)

Neurologic conditions

  • Stroke
  • Traumatic brain injury / concussion
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Vestibular conditions such as dizziness, vertigo and imbalance
  • Neurological diseases such as MS (multiple sclerosis), Parkinson's disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS or Lou Gehrig's disease), Huntington's disease
  • Amputations
  • Falls/balance issues
  • Coordination issues
  • Impaired mobility

Pelvic health conditions

  • Incontinence
  • Pelvic pain
  • Pregnancy and post-partum care
  • Constipation
  • Sexual dysfunction


  • Swelling of limbs which can cause pain, aching and motion or function restrictions

Other conditions

  • Burns
  • Cancer (to reduce fatigue and optimize physical function)
  • Pediatric conditions
    • developmental delays that affect walking, sitting or other large motor skills
    • injuries to the brain or spinal cord
    • adaptations to wheelchairs or other assistive devices
    • autism, cerebral palsy or other special needs
    • other illnesses or injuries as seen in our state-of-the-art Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU)

Mobility devices

  • assessment for a cane, crutches, walkers, wheelchairs and scooters
  • power mobility needs - power scooter or wheelchair
  • pediatric adaptations to wheelchairs or other assistive devices

This is not an exhaustive list of the conditions a physical therapist will evaluate and treat.

Hennepin Healthcare's PTs graduate at the doctorate level and meet the highest standards of licensure and certification. They are specialized and certified in areas such as amputee rehabilitation, oncology, geriatrics, orthopedics, lymphedema, women’s health, vestibular rehabilitation or neurorehabilitation. Several have backgrounds or a special interest in integrative health.

Interpreter services are available.

For an appointment or more information call 612-873-4377.

Dizziness and Balance Disorders

Vestibular testing and therapy is for patients with dizziness and balance disorders. 


Physical therapy for swelling from your circulatory system caused by lymphedema (swelling in the arms or legs).

Wheelchair Seating and Mobility Specialty Service

Physical therapists hold additional certifications specific to wheelchair, seating and positioning.

Pelvic Health Physical Therapy

This specialty addresses incontinence, pelvic pain, pregnancy and post-partum issues, constipation and sexual dysfunction.

Pediatric Rehabilitation

Kids can have different rehabilitative needs than adults - our pediatric therapists are experts in child-friendly environments, therapy, and care.

Pediatric Pelvic Health Therapy

Children can have distressing problems with their pelvic health related to urinary and bowel problems. 

Integrative Health Physical Therapy

Therapy with an integrative health focus - a holistic approach on mind, body and spirit.

Orthopedic Physical Therapy

Orthopedic conditions such as sprains, strains and injuries to joints, muscles, bones or spine can benefit greatly from physical therapy.

Neurological Rehabilitation

This specialty helps those in which a condition has made it difficult to complete daily activities, work, or sport. 

Dysautonomia / Long COVID

Therapy treats those with Long COVID and  dysautonomia, including POTS (postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome).

Hospital-based care

This is a hospital-based clinic owned by Hennepin Healthcare. Many insurance plans pay for health care services provided in a hospital-based clinic differently than those provided in a doctor’s office. Your insurance may require that you meet your annual deductible and/or require that you pay a percentage of the bill rather than just an office visit co-payment. You should check with your insurance company if you have any questions. Read the Frequently asked questions about hospital-based clinics to learn more.