Physical Therapy at UnityPoint Health - Meriter

Emergency Department

202 S. Park St.
Madison, WI 53715

6 min Average
UnityPoint Health - Madison

Physical Therapy

Common Diagnosis

Injuries treated by the experts at our physical therapy range from over-use to traumatic injuries including post-surgical and non-surgical rehabilitation. Our staff is qualified to provide care for injuries of the extremities shoulder, elbow, hip, knee, foot/ankle, as well as the spine. Some of the common injuries treated include:


  • Back and neck pain 
  • Thoracic outlet syndrome
  • Rotator cuff & biceps tendonitis 
  • Tennis & golfers elbow tendonitis 
  • Hip bursitis
  • Patellofemoral knee pain
  • Achilles tendonitis 
  • Plantar fasciitis 
  • Ankle sprains


  • Cervical/lumbar fusions 
  • Cervical/lumbar decompression 
  • Rotator cuff repair 
  • Shoulder scope 
  • Shoulder decompression/AC joint 
  • Total knee replacement 
  • Knee scope
  • Achilles tendon repair 
  • Ankle reconstruction

Treatment Options

Evaluation: Your first therapy session is generally 60 minutes, during which you and your Physical/Occupational therapist will review your pertinent medical history and discuss your current concerns. Next your therapist will conduct a thorough musculoskeletal examination, assessing your:
  • Posture
  • Range of motion (ROM)
  • Flexibility
  • Joint mobility
  • Strength
  • Body mechanics and movement patterns

Following the examination, your physical therapist will provide you with a summary of your musculoskeletal limitations and how it impacts your current injury. With this information, you and your (physical/occupational) therapist will develop an individualized treatment plan and set specific goals to meet your personal needs.

Follow-up Visits: Additional visits will be scheduled based on your individualized treatment plan. During your follow-up visits your therapist will implement the various treatment interventions  that were agreed upon during your initial evaluation.

Use of appropriate interventions can help create the optimal healing environment and may include:

  • Therapeutic Exercise
  • Manual Therapy - mobilization, manipulation, massage
  • Ultrasound/phonophoresis
  • Electrical stimulation - TENS, ETPS
  • Traction
  • Iontophoresis

Return to Function - Functional Restoration

Returning you to your prior activity level is the primary goal of therapy. Interventions used to achieve your goals may include:

  • Strengthening exercises
  • Flexibility exercises
  • Posture and body mechanics training
  • Balance training
  • Neuromuscular re-education
  • Peripheral Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF)
  • Kinesiotaping (Pilates, MET, DTM)
  • Functional training
  • Core strengthening and stabilization


Patient education is a critical component of treatment and will be apart of every therapy session. Discussion may include the following:

  • Your diagnosis and prognosis
  • Treatment options
  • Proper technique to use with exercises
  • Proper posture and body mechanics
  • Strategies to prevent future injury
Our goal is not only to treat your injury, but also to teach you how to live healthy and prevent injury.

Therapy Staff

Our therapy staff has a variety of expertise and specialized training in treating orthopedic injuries including both surgical and non-surgical conditions. If you are looking for a specific approach please ask the receptionist to schedule you with a therapist that meets your described needs or ask to speak to a therapist.