Physical Therapy

Physical therapy (PT) helps people regain their strength, balance and endurance. Geisinger’s PTs help people with movements such as walking, climbing stairs and other physical activities. PT is an important part of the rehab process after an injury or illness.

Our PTs work with both inpatients and outpatients. Physical therapy can range from intensive exercises that require the aid of the therapist, to exercises people are able to perform at home.

What you should know about physical therapy:

  • Patients need an order from their medical doctor to see a physical therapist. Many different specialists refer people to PT, including primary care doctors, physiatrists, geriatricians, pediatricians, sports medicine doctors, orthopaedic surgeons and neurologists.
  • Physical therapists see a wide range of patients, from athletes to people who are recovering from pneumonia, joint replacement or traumatic injury.

Why choose Geisinger for physical therapy?

  • 7-day inpatient coverage: We work with Geisinger patients in the hospital 7 days a week, 365 days a year. For heart surgery and orthopaedic surgery, we aim to start therapy immediately and try to see people the same day as surgery. Seeing patients sooner rather than later can mean less time spent in the hospital.
  • Convenient outpatient clinics: We serve people across central and northeastern Pennsylvania. Within the Geisinger system, patients can see a range of physical therapists, including:
    • Certified hand therapists
    • Specialists trained in the McKenzie spine technique (an exercised-based therapeutic approach)
    • Specialists who focus on stroke recovery
  • Care coordination with other specialists: Patients have the most success with physical therapy when all specialists involved in their care work together. Whether your PT referral comes from our physiatry department or from your primary care doctor or other specialists, we keep the lines of communication open. We also follow your progress carefully, from the initial assessment to achieving your final goal.

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Physical therapy helps people regain mobility, particularly patients dealing with:

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