Appointments: 515-271-1700

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Please do not call or visit your normal provider. Instead, Polk County residents should call 2-1-1. If you have an upcoming appointment at the DMU Clinic please call in advance. More information is available on DMU's coronavirus response website.

On-Site Availability

Family Medicine, Foot and Ankle, Physical Therapy, and Radiology are taking patients on-site.

Telehealth Availability

All departments with the exception of Radiology are offering telehealth services. Please contact your provider through the patient portal or by calling.

Des Moines University Clinic | Physical Therapy Clinic

Physical Therapy 515-271-1717

Des Moines University Clinic | Physical Therapy Clinic

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.

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

Our clinic offers a variety of exercise classes to meet your health and wellness needs including yoga, Pilates, Tai-Chi and strength building.  All classes are designed to promote balance, flexibility and strength for all physical abilities.

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, we are now offering virtual health appointments. Find more information or call to schedule your appointment today.

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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  • Running and cycling injury rehabilitation and sports performance

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

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

  • 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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  • 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.

  • Lymphedema

    Physical therapy can help minimize the swelling, pain and movement issues associated with lymphedema. Our therapists treat your symptoms and give you the tools to manage them on your own.
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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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  • 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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By Laura Covill, D.P.T., OCS, COMT

As a physical therapist, it’s natural that I would promote exercise as part of a healthy lifestyle. This isn’t because I really like exercise (which I do), but because exercise affects every system of the body in a positive way—it …

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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.

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