Physical Therapy

Physical Therapy

The goal of physical therapy can be to see if you can recover from your symptoms WITHOUT SURGERY, or if surgery is unavoidable, help you return to activity AFTER SURGERY. Your physical therapist is your key asset to help you accomplish both goals. If you have a knee, hip, back, foot, shoulder or hand problem, Orthopedic Institute has a therapist experienced in that specialty. The physical therapists work closely with the OI physicians to develop rehab protocols that maintain the high standards of treatment that OI is known for in the region.

Our Physical Therapists, all of whom have advanced training are:

  • Nationally certified in Physical Therapy
  • Licensed by the state of South Dakota
  • More Information about our Physical Therapists


In our effort to continue extraordinary patient care, Orthopedic Institute is now offering physical therapy services at three convenient locations.

Orthopedic Institute Physical Therapy

810 E 23rd Street
3rd Floor



Orthopedic Institute Physical Therapy at Great Life Woodlake Athletic Club

4600 S Tennis Lane




Orthopedic Institute Physical Therapy at the Performance Center

5901 S. Southeastern Avenue





  • Evaluation and treatment of injuries including, but not limited to: shoulder pain and instability, adhesive capsulitis, cervicalgia, cervical (neck) pain, low back pain, SI dysfunction, knee pain and weakness, hip pain and muscle strains
  • Pre and Post surgical rehabilitation for soft tissue repair, reconstructions, replacements, and scopes
  • Progression of therapeutic exercise to rehabilitate and prevent injury, improve function, reduce risk of injury/re-injury, and optimize overall health and well being
  • Provide patients with skills to manage injury/impairment at home
  • Knee, shoulder, ankle and back bracing
  • Application and fabrication of devices and equipment including custom orthotics, splints and protective equipment
  • Aquatic Therapy
  • Golf Medicine

Not all specialties are available at each location.  Please Call 605.977.6845 or 1.866.777.7678 to find out more information or to schedule an appointment


Weight loss to ease pain

What does dieting have to do with sore joints, especially hips and knees? A ton–literally. The percentage of overweight Americans has grown. Now, more than half of Americans are overweight. Worse, as of last year, more than one in four Americans are classified as obese. Obese is defined as a body mass index of greater than thirty. This isn’t thirty pounds, but a BMI of 30, which are two different things. For example, a person five-foot-nine would have to weigh more than 200 pounds to be obese.

If you are obese, the first step toward reducing your pain, has to be in the area of reducing the weight you place on your joints. Mother Nature did not design our joints to take the excessive pounding of bone on bone. Denial can be a big problem for many people. Their weight problem catches up with them over a few years, and they refuse to confront the reality that they are now clinically obese. If your sore knees are the first signal from your body that you are overweight, act now to save your knees and improve your overall health. For more information on a weight loss plan our physicians recommend click here.


For someone suffering arm or leg pain, the mere thought of exercise and movement can be painful. But for you to return to activity, and to relieve symptoms, your therapist will rely heavily on moving the sore joint or limb to restore essential flexibility and range of motion in the joint.

The goal of exercise is to strengthen the muscles outside the “pain zone.” Many people with leg or arm problems can still move the limb through a certain range of motion without pain, or with only mild discomfort. Your therapist will begin your exercise program by working in those zones, which are relatively comfortable, and through these exercises, expand those zones to a wider range.

In summary, your physical therapist at Orthopedic Institute is your partner, and personal trainer, focused on getting you back to activity.