From relieving aches and pains to recovering from injuries and surgeries, McFarland Clinic’s physical therapists offer services that can help you feel better.
If you are having aches or pains, request an appointment at your closest McFarland Clinic Physical Therapy office, and begin treatment immediately without obtaining a prescription. Some government insurances may require a prescription, we will help you sort this out.
Complimentary Injury Screening
- Free assessment by a licensed medical professional with a sports medicine background.
- Convenient and easy scheduling.
- Education regarding a potential injury, a recommended care plan, or a physician referral.
McFarland Clinic's Workers' Compensation services are the key to educating employees on safe work habits, creating environments to prevent injury leading to missed work, and returning injured employees to their normal function: working.
Locations & Hours
1215 Duff Ave
Ames, IA 50010
3815 Stange Road
Ames, IA 50010
2707 Stange Road
Ames, IA 50010
3500 University Boulevard
Ames, IA 50010
|Sports Medicine||Aquatic Therapy|
|Occupational Therapy/Hand Therapy||Pediatric Physical Therapy|
|Women’s Health Services||Vestibular Rehabilitation|
McFarland Clinic’s Sports Medicine providers take a team approach to caring for athletes and active people. Our athletic trainers and physical therapists are committed to providing extraordinary care for high schools, colleges, club teams, and local recreational groups, as well as individuals who are physically active.
Sports Medicine Providers
We step in at the point of injury, providing athletes with direct access to a variety of medical professionals who can help manage injuries as quickly and safely as possible. These professionals include:
- Physical therapists
- Athletic trainers
- Orthopedic surgeons
- Primary care providers (Family Medicine, Adult Medicine, Pediatrics)
- Occupational therapists
- Radiologists and Imaging services
Sports Medicine Services
McFarland Clinic Sports Medicine provides services that are tailored to the specific needs of a school, club, or individual. These services include:
- Event coverage
- Brace / splinting
- On-field injury screenings
- Concussion baseline testing / Return-to-participation
- Accelerated anterior cruciate ligament rehab (ACL)
- Comprehensive orthopedic evaluation
- Arthroscopic / orthopedic surgery
- Pre-surgical rehabilitation
- Post-surgical rehabilitation
- Manual therapy
- Neuromuscular re-education
Skill & Fitness Enhancement
Our Sports Enhancement Program is designed to assist youth and adult athletes interested in enhancing sports performance skills 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
- Flexibility screen
- Agility and foot speed
McFarland Clinic Physical Therapy industrial therapy program focuses on returning injured workers to their jobs quickly and safely, which means workers compensation and lost-time costs are reduced. Physical and occupational therapists work together to develop treatment plans specific to the demands of an individual’s job, and they encourage communication among employees, employers, and insurance companies.
Our industrial and services programs and services include:
- Functional capacity evaluation (FCE)
- Work conditioning/work hardening
- On-site return-to-work consultation
- Injury prevention
- Employee education
- Ergonomic consultation
- Post-offer employment screening
The Occupational Therapists at McFarland Clinic focus on rehabilitation from the elbow to the fingertips. Many are Certified Hand Therapists. We help patients restore normal hand function for work, school, recreation, and daily living.
Our services for the hand, wrist, and elbow treat injuries, disorders, and post-operative conditions including:
- Overuse injuries
- Neurological conditions
- Tendon or nerve injuries
- Joint replacements
Women can present with unique health issues and concerns which may change throughout their lifespan. Our women’s health program offers a variety of services developed to address women’s specific health concerns. These services include:
- Pre and postpartum physical therapy
- Urinary incontinence
McFarland Clinic’s Aquatic Therapy services can help improve strength and conditioning and relieve aches and pains. Our SwimEx pool allows a therapeutic low impact exercise program in a private and comfortable environment.
Aquatic Therapy is beneficial for conditions including:
- Muscle, joint, and connective tissue injuries
- Sports injuries
- Pre- and post-operative joint replacements
- Post-operative surgical conditions
- Spine injuries
- Acute orthopedic conditions
- Nerve injuries
- Neurological impairment
Astym® therapy targets the cause of pain--not just the symptoms. It is the regenerative medicine of therapy, designed to restore soft tissues at a cellular level. Astym therapy regenerates healthy soft tissues (muscles, tendons, etc.) and removes unwanted scar tissue that may be causing pain or movement restrictions. Astym therapy helps patients restore their movement, getting rid of their pain and giving them back their lives.
McFarland Clinic has providers on staff that have undergone intensive training and education to become Astym-certified. Visit the Astym website for more information.
McFarland Clinic provides pediatric Physical Therapy services at our West Ames and Nevada sites. Infants and young children often present unique challenges during treatment. Our pediatric specialists have the tools and proper advanced training needed to treat these children.
Treatment from our pediatric is available for conditions including:
- Gross motor developmental delay
- Mild cerebral palsy
- Musculoskeletal conditions in infants/toddlers
McFarland Clinic Physical Therapy’s Vestibular Rehab services treat patients suffering from dizziness and balance disorders. Our physical therapy professionals evaluate each patient individually. They then create a specific program based on the patient’s condition, lifestyle, and needs, allowing the patient to get back to normal daily activities and independent function.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is physical therapy?
Physical therapy is a healthcare profession that helps individuals whose movement and function are adversely affected by aging, injury, disease or environmental factors. Together with the help of physical therapists, these patients work toward the goals of relieving pain, as well as developing, maintaining and restoring maximum movement and functional ability. The cornerstones of physical therapy treatment are therapeutic exercise, manual therapy and functional training.
What do physical therapists do?
Physical therapists are experts in restoring movement and function. After examining patients, therapists create comprehensive programs focused on total body care, injury prevention, as well as safe and timely returns to work, life or sports. Depending on the needs of a particular patient, physical therapists may mobilize a joint, provide soft tissue work to a muscle, or perform a corrective exercise to restore normal movement patterns and function. In addition to this hands-on care, physical therapists educate patients on preventing injury and performing home exercises.
What is an occupational therapist / hand therapist?
The Occupational Therapists at McFarland Clinic focus on rehabilitation from the elbow to the fingertips. Some occupational therapists are Certified Hand Therapists (CHT). We help patients restore normal hand function for work, school, recreation, and daily living. We treat hand, wrist, and elbow injuries, disorders, and post-operative conditions.
Do I need a prescription / referral?
A prescription for physical therapy is not required in the State of Iowa except by some government insurances (e.g. Medicare, Medicaid). We will work with you and your primary care provider to obtain a prescription if it is needed.
How do I schedule an appointment?
Call 515-663-4886 to schedule an appointment at one of McFarland Physical Therapy's nine Central Iowa locations. All clinics have extended hours to meet the demands of your busy schedule. When you call, please have your physical therapy prescription (if needed) and insurance card available. Having the insurance card will allow us to verify your insurance benefits and provide you with an estimate of coverage.
Will the physical therapist communicate with my healthcare provider?
McFarland Physical Therapy recognizes that open, honest communication among the members of your healthcare team (you, your therapist, your healthcare provider, etc.) is essential to making your rehabilitation experience a success. As a result, the physical therapist will send your healthcare provider a complete written report that includes the findings of the initial evaluation, the assessment of the problem and a detailed description of the treatment plan.
The physical therapist will continue to update your healthcare provider with written progress reports each time you are re-evaluated and before each follow-up appointment (it is important to let your therapist know if you have an upcoming appointment with your healthcare provider).
Additionally, the therapist will not hesitate to contact your provider by phone if he/she has a specific concern or question. At the end of your treatment, the physical therapist will send a final report to your health care provider with information regarding your status at the time of discharge from physical therapy.
What type of follow-up is offered?
At McFarland Physical Therapy our professional staff emphasizes the importance of continuing your treatment with a home exercise program. Your therapist will design an at-home program for you and provide detailed instructions. This will allow you to continue the progress you made while in therapy and avoid further injury or setbacks. We are partners in your recovery, so even after discharge if you have questions, call us, and we will be more than happy to help you with any questions or needs you may have.