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Physical Therapy


Physical therapy is required when health problems or injuries make it hard to perform normal, everyday tasks. UNM Health System’s physical therapists will help you improve your overall fitness, relieve pain and get back to moving better. The main goal of physical therapy is to make daily tasks – such as walking independently, going up stairs, or getting in or out of a chair – easier.

Physical therapy can help with recovery after surgery, and your physician may recommend it for injuries or other long-term health problems like arthritis or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Why choose UNM Health for physical therapy?

At UNM Health System Rehabilitation services, our physical therapists (PTs) work with you to create a treatment program fitted to your rehabilitation needs, your personal goals and your abilities. We are committed to helping you reach your maximum potential.

Some of the conditions our PTs can help treat include:

  • Arthritis
  • Back and spine pain disorders
  • Headaches
  • Musculoskeletal injuries such as fractures and torn ligaments
  • Neurologic conditions
    • Multiple sclerosis
    • Amytrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s Disease)
    • Muscular dystrophy
    • Parkinson’s disease
    • Huntington’s disease
    • Sports injuries
    • Stroke
    • Jaw dysfunction (termpormandibular joint)
    • Work-related injuries

Specialized physical therapy services at UNM Health System

Wellness/Conditioning & Sports Rehabilitation

This focuses on assisting the athlete in regaining mobility, balance, agility and muscle strength through a multi-disciplinary approach. Sports rehabilitation can benefit the adult and youth athlete recovering from medical conditions including but not limited to:

  • Injuries from overuse
  • Trauma
  • ACL injury and reconstruction
  • Meniscus repairs
  • Rotator cuff/capsular tears and repairs
  • Joint sprains and strains
  • Patellofemoral pain syndrome
  • Post-operative conditions
  • Other sports related injuries

Gait Dysfunction Rehabilitation

Improves walking mechanics and ability through strengthening, balance and coordination training, neuromuscular re-education and possibly bracing or splinting.

Lower Extremity Amputation Rehabilitation

Provides therapy for recovery from foot/leg amputations as well as training with prosthetics.

Lymphedema Therapy

Treats severe swelling in the extremities with manual therapy and low-stretch compression bandaging.

Neurologic Dysfunction Rehabilitation

Helps with recovery and maximizing ability for patients with neurologic conditions such as multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease.

Orthopaedic Rehabilitation

Treats all joint and related injuries or dysfunctions like:

  • Sprains
  • Strains
  • Tendonitis
  • Arthritis
  • Ligament tears
  • Muscle tears
  • Joint/muscle/tendon inflammations
  • Broken bone recovery
  • Joint stiffness or pain
  • Rotator cuff repair and other shoulder injuries
  • ACL reconstruction and other knee injuries
  • Following arthroscopic and total joint replacement surgeries

Spine Rehabilitation

Uses exercise and body movement training as therapy for spine disorders including:

  • Pain of the lower back, middle back and neck
  • Whiplash
  • Disc bulges
  • Pinched nerves
  • Sciatica
  • Spinal stenosis
  • After surgeries like laminectomy, discectomy and spinal fusion

Balance and Vestibular Rehabilitation

Provides balance retraining for people with balance and dizziness problems. Vestibular rehabilitation is a specialized form of therapy intended to alleviate primary and secondary problems caused by inner ear disorders.

Burn and Trauma Clinic

Provides multidisciplinary rehabilitation treatment to patients recovering from severe burn or trauma through the use of splints and exercises to prevent deformity and muscle tightness while maximizing range of motion.

Women's Health

These evidence-based therapies may be provided to a wide range of patients, from young athletes and childbearing women to perimenopausal mothers and men with pelvic complications like pelvic pain or urinary and fecal incontinence (leakage). Specialized Women's Health physical therapies may also include treatments for prenatal and postpartum musculoskeletal pain, osteoporosis, rehabilitation following breast surgery, fibromyalgia and conditions specific to the female athlete.

Center for Healing in the Lower Extremity (CHILE)

CHILE is a multidisciplinary clinic focused on the treatment and healing of diabetic foot ulcers and other foot and leg wounds such as decubitus and venous stasis ulcers.

Chronic Pain and Spine Pain Therapy

Provides education, strengthening and flexibility exercises, manual therapy and posture awareness, and body mechanics instruction to lessen chronic pain and restore activity to the highest possible levels. Physical therapy can be a safe alternative to opioid use for long-term pain management.

Schedule an appointment: (505) 272-4866

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