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Des Moines University Clinic Physical Therapy

Physical Therapy 515-271-1717

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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.

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

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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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  • 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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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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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  • 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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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, …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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.” …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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Slow and Unsteady: What is Parkinson’s Disease?

By Courtney Harms

Some families pass down recipes, others pass down neurological disorders. On my maternal grandmother’s side, approximately 50% of people in the last five generations have been diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease and/or a similar, but more rare and mild disease called …

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Physical Therapy and Pregnancy: As one little body grows, yours doesn’t need to fall apart

By Rebekah Trost

As I get further into my twenties, it has been such a treat to be surrounded by more pregnant women than ever before. Having never been pregnant myself, I always have many questions about what it is like to carry …

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Physical Therapy and Telehealth

By John Lang

No longer are patients waiting in waiting rooms, holding doors open, and shaking hands with their health care providers. Health care is no different than any other industry, and rapid changes have occurred in how patients are seen since the …

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Staying Fit While Staying at Home

By Samantha Janssen, DPT 2021

During this uncertain, scary, and stressful time it is important to stay physically active and stick to a healthy routine. The Government currently recommends that adults get 2.5-5 hours of moderate physical activity per week, including cardio. With gyms closed …

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Exercises for Osteoporosis–My Favorite Topic!

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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Nutrition and Osteoporosis: Listen up young men and women!

By Laura Covill, D.P.T., OCS, COMT

As mentioned in my previous post, self-care management can help with osteoporosis prevention and assist in maintaining bone mass. Quitting smoking and consuming less alcohol are important for the health of all your body’s systems, including bone health, but diet …

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To Pee or Not to Pee (In Your Pants)–Is That the Question?

By Laura Covill, D.P.T., OCS, COMT

I will admit that on occasion I watch those sappy movies on Hallmark Channel TV. If you also do, you may have noticed MANY commercials selling adult diapers or medications for urinary incontinence. The people in these commercials are attractive …

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Safe Shoveling: Ergonomics to help prevent snow shoveling injuries

By Kate Cardamon, M.P.T.

Winter weather is here, and it’s never too early to prepare for the freezing temperatures, ice and snow. Take the time to make sure you’re safe on slick, icy surfaces to make the most of the wintery months ahead. The …

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Holiday stress and trigger points

By Barb Boose

Do the holidays have you so stressed that you’re experiencing pain? If so, Asher Bogdanove, a third-year student in DMU’s doctor of physical therapy degree program, and Kari Smith, P.T., D.P.T., BCB-PMD, manager of the DMU Physical Therapy Clinic, here …

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Ease the pains of pregnancy

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

Pelvic pain during pregnancy is a common occurrence. Approximately 20 percent of women have pelvic girdle pain at some point during their pregnancy. Pelvic pain is most frequently located in the front over the pubic bone, below the stomach or …

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Compression, manual therapy can control lymphedema

By Kate Cardamon, M.P.T.

When your lymph nodes are swollen, you take notice. It means your body is fighting off an infection and your lymphatic system is trying to get rid of the toxins. The lesser-known part of the circulatory system, the lymphatic system …

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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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