McFarland Clinic

Physical Therapy

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McFarland Clinic offers a full range of outpatient Physical and Occupational Therapy services with nine north-central Iowa locations. Clinical programs offered are developed to help our patients restore and maintain their physical strength, performance skills and pain free levels of function.  Our professional staff use numerous treatment options and techniques to ensure the best possible outcomes. With an emphasis upon education, exercise, and manual “hands on” therapy McFarland Clinic  is serious about clinical excellence and the care we deliver to our patients.

We offer a “patient first” approach that places a premium on not only excellent clinical care but also a high level of customer service. Components of this approach include convenient locations, immediate patient appointments, individualized professional care, efficient communication, and a focus on achieving patient-identified goals and outcomes. McFarland Clinic’s “patient first” approach has positioned us as a premier provider of physical and occupational therapy.

Our Spectrum of Care Includes:

Orthopedic Rehabilitation

Compassionate care and clinical excellence are trademarks of McFarland Clinic Physical Therapy’s Orthopedic Rehabilitation Program.This specialized program focuses upon disorders and injuries affecting the musculoskeletal system (muscle, bone, joint or nerve). As well, in conjunction with McFarland Clinic Surgeons, post-operative orthopedic therapy protocols are available.

McFarland Clinic’s talented team of highly qualified orthopedic physical and occupational therapists have extensive experience in treating orthopedic injuries and related conditions. Using evaluation techniques, our therapists are able to identify specific musculoskeletal problems that are resulting in pain and dysfunction. This process allows the staff to design comprehensive, individualized orthopedic rehabilitation treatment programs. Our care focuses upon ‘hands on’ care, complemented with specific exercise instruction, and education in an effort to help patients accomplish the goals identified in their programs.

Our goal-oriented approach has been extremely successful, helping patients restore physical function, regain mobility, build strength and endurance, as well as enhance the motor skills needed to perform daily activities.

Sports Medicine Services

McFarland Clinic Sports Medicine takes pride in supporting our communities, athletes, coaches, parents and families. Our licensed, certified athletic trainers and physical therapists are committed to providing excellent, quality care for high schools, colleges and club teams. In addition, we support many local recreational groups, and individuals who are working toward lifestyles of wellness and personal fitness.

McFarland Clinic Sports Medicine is a comprehensive program which includes a team approach to care and management of athletes and individuals. Our goal is to intercede at the point of injury, allowing the athlete direct access to the appropriate sports medicine team member, and thereby avoid delays in the injury management process. This team is comprised of the following:

  • Physical therapy
  • Athletic training
  • Orthopedic surgeons
  • Family practice physicians
  • Occupational therapy
  • Radiology and imaging

McFarland Clinic Sports Medicine provides a continuum of medical services that are tailored to the specific school, club or individual needs. The following services are available:

  • Event coverage
  • Brace/ splinting
  • On-field injury screens
  • “Accelerated” anterior cruciate ligament rehab (ACL)
  • Comprehensive orthopedic evaluation
  • Arthroscopic/ orthopedic surgery
  • Pre-surgical rehabilitation
  • Post-surgical rehabilitation
  • Manual therapy
  • Neuromuscular re-education

Our Sports Enhancement Program is designed to assist youth and adult athletes interested in enhancing sports performance skill and overall health and fitness. The client’s goals are derived from a comprehensive evaluation that includes:

  • Medical history
  • Strength assessment
  • Posture assessment
  • Functional biomechanics
  • Range of motion assessment
  • Speed
  • Flexibility screen
  • Agility and foot speed


Industrial Rehabilitation

McFarland Clinic Physical Therapy offers a comprehensive industrial therapy program that is results oriented: Injured workers are returned to their jobs quickly and safely; workers’ compensation and lost-time costs are reduced. Our industrial team consists of physical and occupational therapists, some with ergonomic certifications, who develop treatment plans that are unique to restoring the injured workers ability to perform their essential job demands. Our professionals work closely with each individual, using an interdisciplinary approach that is tailored to the specific needs of the injured worker. In addition, our approach to Industrial Rehabilitation emphasizes return-to-work strategies and encourages communication among employees, employers and insurance companies.

McFarland Clinic Physical Therapy has developed programs and services to quickly and safely return an injured worker back to gainful employment. These programs and services include:

  • Functional capacity evaluation
  • Work conditioning/ work hardening
  • On-site return-to-work consultation
  • Injury prevention program
  • Employee education
  • Ergonomic consultation
  • Post-offer employment screening


Hand Therapy

The Hand Therapy program at McFarland Clinic provides patients easy access to comprehensive upper extremity rehabilitation from the elbow to the fingertips. With a team of Certified Hand Therapists we provide care in a private, comfortable and friendly environment. McFarland Clinic’s functionally based hand therapy program provides goal-oriented, progressive and individualized rehabilitation. We maximize functional improvement, and help patients restore normal hand function for work, school, daily living and recreation.

Our highly trained clinicians provide the most advanced treatment available to our patients, addressing the following hand, wrist, and elbow injuries, disorders, or post-operative conditions:

  • Fractures
  • Scarring
  • Burns
  • Overuse injury
  • Neurological conditions
  • Tendon or nerve injury
  • Amputation
  • Joint replacement
  • Arthritis


Women’s Health Services

Women can present with unique health issues and concerns which may change throughout their life span. Our women’s health program offers a variety of services developed to address women’s specific health concerns. These services include:

  • Pre and postpartum PT care
  • Urinary incontinence
  • Osteoporosis
  • Lymphedema


Other Specialty Services

Aquatic Therapy: McFarland Clinic Physical Therapy, Somerset location offers Aquatic Therapy services in a private, comfortable and convenient environment using a technologically advanced Swim Ex pool. Aquatic Therapy is a therapeutic, low-impact exercise program performed in water. The physical properties of water—buoyancy, hydrostatic pressure, and warmth—along with the laminar current flow capability of the Swim Ex create a unique exercise environment. This provides specific rehabilitative benefits such as: limited or non-weightbearing exercise ability, increased kinesthetic and proprioceptive exercise input, increased strength and conditioning while working against current flow, and gentle massage and warmth to increase local circulation and decrease joint/soft tissue stiffness.

 Aquatic Therapy is beneficial for a variety of conditions including:

  • Muscle, joint, and connective tissue injuries
  • Sports injuries
  • Pre- and post-operative joint replacements
  • Post-operative surgical conditions
  • Fractures
  • Spine injuries
  • Acute orthopedic conditions
  • Nerve injuries
  • Neurological impairment

ASTYM: The ASTYM System is an advanced form of soft tissue mobilization, which enables clinicians to effectively initiate remodeling and regeneration of dysfunctional tissue. This therapy approach helps to address problems such as scarring, fibrosis and degeneration that occur in soft tissues as the result of trauma, surgery or overuse. The ASTYM System has also been proven to be a highly effective treatment for chronic tendonitis/tendinosus, and is effective for new injuries as well as chronic, nagging conditions.

Treatment is performed with ergonomically designed instruments to allow rapid identification and effective treatment of areas exhibiting texture changes associated with soft tissue scar/ fibrosis or chronic tendinopathy. The instruments are used along the surface of the skin to locate these problem areas and start the body’s healing process. As the body heals, exercise and activity are prescribed to help guide the healing, which allows patients to return to activities without pain and limitation.

The ASTYM System requires specialized, advanced training in order for a clinician to achieve certification. McFarland Clinic Physical Therapy currently offers this treatment option at our West Ames location.

Pediatrics: McFarland Clinic Physical Therapy provides pediatric PT services at our West Ames and Nevada sites. Infants and young children often present unique challenges during treatment, and our pediatric specialists have the tools and proper advanced training to effectively achieve desired goals and outcomes.

Treatment for the following conditions is available from our pediatric team:

  • Gross motor developmental delay
  • Torticollis
  • Mild cerebral palsy
  • Musculoskeletal conditions in infants/toddlers

Vestibular Rehabilitation: McFarland Clinic Physical Therapy provides comprehensive vestibular, ocular and diagnostic testing and training for patients suffering from dizziness and balance disorders. Each course of treatment is managed by a licensed physical therapist, with advanced specialty training in the identification and management of vestibular abnormalities. A physical therapy professional will individually evaluate each patient to quantify the extent of the disorder: history of the onset of symptoms, identification of risk factors, specific balance/coordination/agility testing, gait and stance evaluation, ocular examination and positional or maneuver-induced assessment. Medical conditions, lifestyle, and individual needs will also be assessed. Then a specific program will be created with training provided to assist in normal daily activities and return to independent function.

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