Physical therapy month

October 7, 2010 —

October is national physical therapy month. Did you know that in most states you can schedule an appointment with a physical therapist without a doctor’s referral? Most people associate seeing a physical therapist with rehabilitation after an injury or surgery, but physical therapists can help anyone improve his mobility and quality of life.

Read how one of our alums, Anna DeWaay, is helping patients who have had breast cancer surgery.

If you think you could benefit from seeing a  physical therapist, head to the DMU Clinic. Our physical therapy clinic offers a range of services including:

  • Physical exam/functionality assessment
  • Personalized exercise prescriptions
  • Coordination, balance and unsteady gait training
  • Sport-specific rehabilitation
  • Occupational medicine, including ergonomic assessments and work conditioning and injury rehabilitation
  • Women’s health services for urinary incontinence, pelvic pain, pelvic organ prolapse and pre- and post-partum pain and weakness.

We also have a 3-year doctor of physical therapy program. Learn about the admission requirements and how to apply. The application deadline for the class starting in August 2011 is January 15, 2011.


Andrea Cooley gets paid to post on Facebook and Twitter (among other things) to promote Des Moines University to prospective students. She is a Midwest girl at heart, but loves to travel around the country visiting friends and family. If Des Moines had mountains or an ocean she’d never leave. Before joining the DMU marketing team, she was an editor for Country Home magazine. She’s still a little obsessed with magazines, so if you want to talk about decorating, remodeling or gardening projects she’s your go-to girl.