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Best Physical Therapists in Louisville, KY

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Louisville, KY 40223 Rating

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5.0 (44)

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The Craniofacial and TMJ Institute serves individuals and families in Louisville. It is a direct-care physical therapy provider specializing in temporomandibular dysfunction, headaches, and facial pain. The center utilizes a comprehensive holistic approach combining various treatment techniques to enable clients to reduce and eliminate pain in the fastest way possible. Its team conducts manual and manipulative therapy, dry needling, and CRAFTA and nasal release. Founder and president Patrick Bray is a member of the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists.

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Louisville, KY 40223 Rating

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3.5 (4)

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Ellis & Badenhausen Orthopaedics, Inc. is a Louisville clinic that has been serving patients for over 50 years. Services include arthritis, physical therapy, osteoporosis, sports injuries, arthroscopic surgery, trauma and fractures, and total joint replacement. John Ellis Jr., M.D. has been the University of Louisville’s team physician since 1983 and he’s a member of the Kentucky Medical Association, the Greater Louisville Medical Society, and the Kentucky Orthopaedic Society. Ellis & Badenhausen Orthopaedics, Inc. has two locations in Louisville. Patients appreciate the friendly and helpful staff and the talented and knowledgeable doctors.

Louisville, KY 40215 Rating

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5.0 (66)
5.0 (7)
5.0 (1)

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Physical Therapy Associates, Inc. is a Louisville clinic that specializes in neck and back pain, motor vehicle injuries, orthopedics, sports medicine, work related injuries, diabetic neuropathy treatment, and total joint care. Physical Therapy Associates, Inc. won the Readers’ Choice Award for Best Physical Therapy in Hardin County in 2013, 2014, and 2015. Physical Therapy Associates, Inc. has six offices and the first opened over 13 years ago.

Crestwood, KY 40056 Rating

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The Center for Holistic Healing, LLC, serves customers in Louisville and the surrounding areas. As a part of DNA Doc, it offers one-on-one physical therapy sessions that begin with guided meditation and end in manual therapy and massage. It combines medical therapeutic yoga and integrative physical therapy for disease prevention and acute and chronic pain relief. It also has functional movement, dry needling, and prenatal and postpartum care. Its physical therapist, Lesley Allen, started practicing functional medicine after being diagnosed with an autoimmune disease.

Louisville, KY 40223 Rating

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3.9 (37)
4.0 (6)

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KORT is a Louisville clinic that has been providing outpatient therapy to patients for over 28 years. Services include work health, sports medicine, hand therapy, physical therapy, and home care. Physical therapy includes dry needling, manual therapy, aquatic therapy, the McKenzie Method, fall prevention program, vestibular rehabilitation, and cancer rehabilitation. Most of the therapists have a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree and the staff takes over 25 hours of continuing education every year. KORT offers extended hours and has over 35 clinics.

Louisville, KY 40241 Rating

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4.3 (16)
3.5 (7)

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Dunn Physical Therapy is a Louisville clinic that has been serving patients for over 14 years. Susan Dunn’s work has been featured in Advance for Physical Therapists and PT Assistants and Physical Therapy Magazine. She also educates clinicians and the community. Services include women’s health and pelvic pain, oncology rehabilitation, pediatrics, pregnancy and post-partum care, men’s health and pelvic pain, and bowel and bladder dysfunction. Dunn Physical Therapy has two locations in Louisville.

Compare our Top Physical Therapists

NameExpertise RatingAddressPromotionsLearn more
The Craniofacial and TMJ Institute
Louisville, KY 40223
Ellis & Badenhausen Orthopaedics, Inc.
Louisville, KY 40223
Physical Therapy Associates, Inc.
Louisville, KY 40215
The Center for Holistic Healing, LLC
Crestwood, KY 40056
Louisville, KY 40223
Dunn Physical Therapy
Louisville, KY 40241


  • Introduction

    Physical therapy is an essential medical specialty for people that experience difficulties with performing daily activities. This includes simple tasks such as bending, walking, picking up objects, showering, and dressing. Patients that require physical therapy treatment include those with physical disabilities, old age, injuries caused by accidents, or disease.

    Physical therapy is used to help patients manage their pain, rehabilitate the affected body area, and restore optimum performance. Most physical therapists specialize in treating specific cases, such as:
    • Orthopedics, including injuries to muscles, bones, and joints.
    • Pediatric therapy to treat children's injuries and developmental conditions, such as cerebral palsy.
    • Athletic injuries, including fractures, strains, and splints.
    • Geriatric therapy for the elderly with various, conditions such as arthritis, osteoporosis, and stability disorders.
  • What is physical therapy?

    Physical therapy is a medical practice involving therapeutic activities to help patients regain mobility and normal bodily functions. It provides a remedy for the treatment of injuries, medical conditions, and pain management. Physical therapists receive a diagnosis from a physician, identify the appropriate treatment plan, and conduct customized therapy sessions to restore or better physical function.

  • What is the difference between occupational therapy and physical therapy?

    Physical therapy and occupational therapy retrain the body and mind and play a vital role in improving or maintaining physical functions. Occupational therapy focuses on enhancing fine-motor skills or hand-eye coordination to perform daily activities, such as getting dressed or writing. Physiotherapy concentrates on improving pain, physical deterioration, and range of motion by stimulating blood circulation with targeted exercise.

  • What do physical therapists do?

    Physical therapists help relieve pain and improve physical strength and movement to individuals of all ages with injuries or debilitating diseases, whether acute or chronic. They consult with doctors to learn about the patients' needs, evaluate movement dysfunctions, teach patients how to use equipment, and provide treatments, such as massage. Other responsibilities include monitoring progress and altering treatment as necessary.

  • What does a physical therapist assistant do?

    Physical therapist assistants work under the supervision of physical therapists. Their responsibilities include reporting patient progress and working with individuals of all ages on therapeutic exercises, gait and balance training, and how to use recovery equipment.

  • Are physical therapists doctors?

    Physical therapists are considered doctors of physical therapy and are qualified to use the title "Dr." in front of their name. The biggest difference between them and medical doctors is that PTs use exercises and massage to restore their patients' health, whereas doctors offer treatment using medications and surgeries.

  • Can physical therapists diagnose?

    Physical therapists don't perform medical diagnoses. In most cases, doctors perform the medical diagnoses and refer the patient to a physical therapist for rehabilitative treatment. The physical therapist conducts a physical evaluation to pinpoint the nature and extent of the physical damage or impairment and prepares a treatment plan.