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 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 physical therapy 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.

A physical therapy program may be recommended for:

  • Stroke patients
  • Musculoskeletal disorders (pain or injuries in joints, muscles, nerves, tendons, ligaments, bones) such as arthritis or low back pain
  • Burn patients
  • Sports injuries such as a sprain, strain or concussion
  • Cancer patients to reduce fatigue and optimize physical function
  • Brain injury patients
  • Patients with an injury to their spinal cord
  • Lymphedema (swelling which can cause pain, aching or motion or function restrictions)
  • Vestibular conditions such as dizziness, vertigo and imbalance
  • Post-surgical patients for pain relief and/or increased mobility
  • Chronic pain in body areas such as the low back or for conditions such as fibromyalgia, CRPS (Complex Regional Pain Syndrome) or TMJ (a disorder of the jaw)
  • Neurological conditions such as MS (multiple sclerosis,) Parkinson’s, ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease) or Huntington’s disease
  • Pediatrics
    • 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
    • Children with autism, cerebral palsy, or other special needs
    • Other illnesses or injuries as seen in our state-of-the-art Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU)
  • Amputees
  • Women’s health such as pelvic pain, prenatal and postpartum care, or incontinence
  • Men's health such as pelvic discomfort, groin pain, urinary problems or pain in the lower extremities
  • Wheelchair seating and positioning
  • Integrative physical therapy with a holistic approaching paying attention to the connection between the mind, body and spirit

Hennepin Healthcare's physical therapists 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).

Integrative Health Physical Therapy

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

Pediatric Rehabilitation

Kids have different rehabilitative needs - our pediatric therapists are experts in kid-friendly environments.

Women's Health Physical Therapy

This specialty addresses pregnancy, post-partum and pelvic pain in women. 

Men's Health Physical Therapy

Men often experience pelvic discomfort, urinary problems, or pain in the groin or lower extremities.

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 our FAQs about hospital-based clinics to learn more.

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