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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.

NEW — DMU Foot and Ankle Clinic Now Seeing Patients at the RecPlex!

The RecPlex Physical Therapy and Sports Performance Center Space

The Center occupies 5,000 square feet with a dedicated 2,000-square-foot gym space to support physical therapy services, group and individual sport specific training, community education and wellness programming.  The space also has two semi-private and two private treatment rooms, allowing our therapists to meet the diverse therapy needs of patients seen at this location.

DMU has invested in state-of-the-art equipment including high speed treadmill and harness system, Biodex isokinetic testing, functional weight training and balance equipment.

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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.

Pickleball: Could America’s Fast-Growing Sport Be an Achilles Heel?

By Des Moines University

As the popularity of pickleball has increased, so have injuries, presenting risks that players should understand.

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 […]

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Services we provide

  • Athletic and Sport Performance

    Our experts diagnose movement issues using wearable technology and motion analysis to assess the biomechanics of sports activity. Improved mechanics decrease strain and improve movement and overall performance.

  • 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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  • Concussion Rehabilitation

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

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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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  • Expert Foot and Ankle Care

    DMU’s doctors of podiatric medicine treat all conditions of the foot and ankle, including lower-limb injuries, pain and chronic conditions. Physicians from the DMU Clinic – Foot and Ankle have regular hours at the RecPlex location to treat sports-related injuries.

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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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  • Running Injury Rehabilitation

    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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  • 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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  • ACL Management

    Our therapists specialize in ACL management from prevention to post-operative management and return to play assessments. Our athletes deserve the best, that’s why we take an individual approach to training. Once appropriate, each athlete is assessed via Biodex isokinetic testing and function performance drills to restore confidence and return them to the activity of their choice.

  • Long COVID Recovery

    The effects of long COVID can cause muscle weakness, balance deficits, limited lung capacity, pain, and overall decreased function. Physical therapy can assist with addressing these impairments and providing education to improve your overall quality of life.

  • 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.

  • Surgical Recovery

    Our therapists help clients recover from surgeries to regain mobility and improve their strength, balance and overall well-being.

  • ASTYM Therapy

    ASTYM is an augmented soft tissue massage used to restore movement and reduce pain following soft tissue injury/dysfunction.

I’ve had past experience with several physical therapy clinics but never with Des Moines University. I have to say that my experience with Des Moines University was, by far, the best I’ve ever experienced. The support staff personnel, both in the downtown and West Des Moines locations are extremely proficient, kind, and caring. They are top notch!

My physical therapist, Sharon Johansen, was the best therapist I have ever had the privilege of working with. She offered a wealth of information, exercises, and practical tips that, in short time, brought me significant improvement and pain relief. She not only took a sincere interest in my case, but she was also very personable and kind. I cannot recommend her enough to anyone seeking competent and effective physical therapy with a personal touch.

Bill Mogolov, Clinic patient

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