Des Moines University Clinic Physical Therapy

Physical Therapy

Monday - Friday 7:00 am – 5:00 pm

Seeing Patients in Two Locations

Call to schedule an appointment at 3200 Grand in Des Moines or at the MidAmerican Engergy RecPlex in West Des Moines.

Des Moines University Clinic Physical Therapy

Our providers are experts in movement and passionate about helping you improve function and performance

Through hands-on care and patient-focused movement assessment and treatment, DMU physical therapists optimize functional recovery and high-level performance and provide trauma-informed and equitable health care.

Our facility includes treatment rooms that ensure comfort and privacy and a gym space with state-of-the-art equipment and technology.

DMU physical therapists are available for telehealth through December 31, 2024. Call to schedule your appointment.

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Physical Therapy and Sports Performance Services at the MidAmerican Energy RecPlex

Des Moines University Clinic Physical Therapy is the exclusive provider of physical therapy and athletic training services for the MidAmerican Energy Company RecPlex.

Conditions We Treat

  • Chronic Pain Recovery

    The DMU Clinic team will work with you to treat symptoms and pain associated with chronic conditions or injuries.

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  • General Weakness, Muscle and Joint Pain

    Our therapists assess and treat injuries and conditions all over the body, including the back and neck, shoulder, arm and hand, hip, knee, ankle and foot.

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  • Pelvic Pain and Incontinence

    Pelvic health conditions, such as pain, incontinence, urinary urgency or frequency and constipation are all treatable with physical therapy and can improve quality of life. Our therapists are trained in biofeedback therapy to treat men, women and children with pelvic floor dysfunctions.

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  • Pregnancy and Postpartum Care

    The musculoskeletal system changes significantly during and after pregnancy. Our therapists work with you to optimize function throughout your pregnancy and recover after your little one arrives. Common treatments include pelvic, back and hip pain along with urinary incontinence.

  • Neurological Conditions

    Our therapists can help you recover from and manage symptoms of neurological conditions such as stroke, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease and others.

  • Vestibular Disorders and Dizziness

    We specialize in effectively treating dizziness, vertigo, lightheadedness, imbalance and other disorders of the vestibular system.

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  • Concussion Rehabilitation

    The concussion management program includes base line testing, community education, and post-concussive assessments. Once concussed, each individual receives a custom treatment plan to facilitate return to learn, sport, and other activities.

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  • Running Injury Rehabilitation and Sports Performance

    At the Running Clinic, our experts will diagnose movement dysfunction utilizing wearable technology and motion analysis to assess the biomechanics of running. Improved mechanics will decrease strain and improve your performance.

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  • Balance and Fall Prevention

    Physical therapy can help address changes in balance, strengthen muscles, and improve your overall physical health to keep you active and well.

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  • Manual Therapy

    Through the use of manual, hands-on techniques, we will help you improve the mobility of your soft tissues and joints, decrease pain and sensitivity, and restore your ability to move and function at your best.

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  • Dry Needling

    In addition to physical therapy, dry needling is a treatment option that promotes blood flow to underlying tissues to treat pain, muscle impairments and movement disability.

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  • Wellness Exams and Individualized Instruction

    Physical therapy wellness examinations and personalized instruction and help ensure that you're strong, healthy and able to enjoy daily life.

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  • Diabetic Care and Injury Prevention

    Physical therapy can help promote healthier mechanics by improving strength and range of motion to help reduce the risk of falling.

Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injury: Can This Injury Be Prevented?

By Des Moines University

Athletes, especially females, in soccer, basketball and other sports are susceptible to ACL injury. The DMU Physical Therapy Clinic offers training to help prevent this injury.

Untwisting the Knot: What New Parents Should Know About Torticollis

By DMU Clinic

Torticollis, which can affect up to 16% of infants, can lead to developmental delay if left untreated. Physical therapy can help with this highly treatable condition.

Shouldering the Weight of Swimming Pain

By Ashleigh Houlette, D.P.T.'23

The beginning of spring typically means the end of club team, high school, and collegiate swimming seasons, yet athletes continue to train year-round. During peak training periods, elite swimmers swim upwards of 7,000-10,000 yards a day in addition to strength […]

You are more than your imaging

By Nick Maeirs, P.T., D.P.T., CSMT, TPS

If you are like most people, you’ve likely experienced pain at some point in your life. Maybe that pain lasted only for a day or two, or perhaps you have pain now and it has been lasting for a while. […]

Physical therapy treatments for pelvic pain

By Lauren Plum, D.P.T.

It is estimated that over 25% of cis-gendered women and 17% of cis-gendered men will experience pelvic pain at some point in their lives, and if you find yourself somewhere within that statistic, know that you are not alone. Pelvic […]

Constipation and kids: physical therapy can help

By Kari Smith, P.T., D.P.T., BCB-PMD

As a mother, I know first-hand how awful it is when your child can’t poop. The struggle is real and is common in many households with kids holding their stool, for a variety of reasons. Connecting with the right professionals […]

COVID-19 and the role of physical therapy

By Taylor Illg, D.P.T.'22

In the past year of COVID-19, health care teams around the world have provided care to many patients in various stages of the disease. But what is the role of a physical therapist in this health care crisis? Here, I […]

High Impact Athletes and Urinary Incontinence

By Courtney Harms

Imagine flying through the air—thinking about your position, your landing, whether someone will catch you—when you suddenly begin leaking urine while wearing skin-tight clothing made of thin material for the audience, teammates and judges to see. This is the embarrassing reality for many high-impact athletes during practice and performance. does […]

Working From Home Ergonomics

By Lauren Plum, D.P.T.

Many of you have been working from home during this pandemic and whether you’ve returned to the office or you continue to work from your kitchen table, we wanted to give you a little refresher course on basic ergonomics. Here […]

What is pelvic floor dysfunction and how can physical therapy help?

By Lauren Plum, D.P.T.

Consider this: Other than our feet, which support us in standing and walking during the day, the pelvic floor is the next most complex system in the human body that also runs parallel to the floor. The pelvic floor includes anything […]

Running and Injury Prevention

By Shane McClinton, D.P.T., Ph.D., OCS, FAAOMPT, CSCS

Whether you’re a seasoned runner or training seriously for the first time, the way you structure your workout regimen is important in protecting you from injury. Most running-related injuries occur at the knees, feet, shins, Achilles tendon and calves; hip, […]

Falls and Concussions in Older Adults

By Paige Vaden, D.P.T.'21

“Help, I’ve fallen and can’t get up.” Many of us have heard this catchphrase from the Life-Alert commercials, but for some older adults these commercials touch on a very real fear: falling. Falls are the leading cause of fatal and […]

Returning to Physical Activity After a Concussion

By Jordan Wachter, D.P.T.'21

While concussions are often considered a sports injury, they can occur any time a force acts upon the head. Avoiding physical or mental exertion has historically been the prescribed treatment plan for individuals recovering from a concussion, but research has shown […]

7 Concussion Myths and Misconceptions

By Brittney England, D.P.T.'21

This article was co-authored by Des Moines University students Brittney England, D.P.T.’21 and Jordan Wachter, D.P.T.’21. Concussions are a hot topic in our society that affects children, athletes, and adults of all ages. Understanding the best care and treatment is […]

Concussions: What do parents need to know?

By Lauren Mach, P.T., D.P.T., ATC

Concussions are defined as a traumatic brain injury usually caused by a blow to the head, whiplash, or an abrupt stop of the head. What is a concussion? Contrary to what you may have heard, concussions are not “brain bleeds.” […]

Male Incontinence and Prostate

By Kari Smith, P.T., D.P.T., BCB-PMD

General information on pelvic health for males is more difficult to find than for females, and guys certainly don’t sit around the coffee shop talking about their urinary incontinence after having prostate cancer. However, information should be available since prostate […]

Let’s talk about sex…ual dysfunction?

By Clare Wasmuth, D.P.T.'21

Sex. A topic that for myself, personally, growing up was not a topic of conversation in our house. Yes, I had sex education courses throughout school that taught basic anatomy and the general logistics of what sex is. My sex […]

How does pain work? Understanding the truth behind the hurt

By Taylor Joens

When you take a second to think about it, pain is truly quite the concept to wrap your brain around. Why does my shoulder hurt? Why can’t I move my back? When will this go away? As a third year […]

Running is bad for your knees, right? Not so fast…

By Shane McClinton, D.P.T., Ph.D., OCS, FAAOMPT, CSCS

Many of us have heard the common perception that running is hard on your knees and that runners will eventually “ruin” theirs if they keep it up. Or, when a runner suffers an injury, the simplistic solution of just stop […]

Running Incontinence and the Pelvic Floor

By Samantha Janssen, DPT 2021

When you are running, walking or just doing other daily movements, the pelvic floor plays a major yet often silent role. What is the pelvic floor? The pelvic floor consists of muscles at the bottom of your pelvis that help […]

Meet Our Providers

Our therapists and staff strive to make your time at DMU Physical Therapy Clinic personalized, comfortable, and informative. We want you to return and tell your friends and family about us. If you are pleased with our services, please “like” and follow us on Facebook and give us a review on Google.

Following GCS my surgeon referred me to Kari Smith for pain that I was still experiencing six months after surgery. After the first couple sessions I realized that I wasn't going to have to live with the pain forever. From the very start she put me at ease and explained what was happening to my body, and gave me exercises that I could do at home. In less than two months I'm back to doing the activities, pain free, that I was doing before surgery. I cannot thank her enough!

D. C., Clinic patient

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