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Physical Therapy

State-of-the-Art Rehabilitation Department

Colorado Advanced Orthopedics offers comprehensive physical therapy services through our Rehabilitation Department. We offer a broad range of treatment modalities to provide our patients with the effective solutions necessary to recover from:

Our physical therapists have extensive training in the latest and most advanced techniques. We offer joint manipulation, joint mobilization, dry needling, and many other therapeutic treatment solutions to ensure you receive a customized program that addresses your unique needs and goals.

What Is Physical Therapy?

Physical therapy is a healthcare specialty dedicated to the evaluation and treatment of conditions which limit function and mobility. A variety of modalities may be used as part of your treatment plan to alleviate pain and restore proper function. Physical therapy is most commonly used as part of the rehabilitation process after an injury, surgery or the development of a chronic, debilitative condition. However, it is sometimes prescribed as part of a preventive care regimen. Regardless of the application, the purpose of physical therapy is to help you regain a better quality of life and reduce the risk of future injuries.

You may need physical therapy for one or more of the following reasons:

  • Improve function or mobility
  • Alleviate pain
  • Aid your recovery after a sports injury
  • Improve your outcome during rehabilitation after an accident, injury or surgery
  • Treat an injury in a conservative manner to avoid surgery
  • Adapt to an artificial limb
  • Manage chronic conditions such as arthritis, diabetes or heart disease
  • Learn to use assistive devices such as a walker
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Therapeutic Care Services at Colorado Advanced Orthopedics

You can receive a wide range of therapeutic services from our physical therapy clinics, including:

  • Orthopedic physical therapy
  • Sports physical therapy and rehab
  • Occupational therapy

Our physical therapists regularly take continuing education courses to improve their knowledge base and remain current on the latest treatment methods. This is part of our commitment to delivering the finest quality care for all of our patients.

In addition, our clinics work with many individuals who aren’t existing Colorado Advanced Orthopedics patients. You can access our therapeutic care services regardless of where your injury occurred, your surgery was performed or your primary care doctor practices.

Dry Needling

Dry needling is a technique used to restore function and reduce pain in muscle tissue. Thin needles are placed into muscle tissue at strategic trigger points, resulting in a release that improves blood flow, reduces pain in the region and decreases muscle fiber tightness. Dry needling is an effective technique to address a variety of musculoskeletal issues, and it is often used as a part of a comprehensive physical therapy care plan to improve your overall treatment outcome.

Spinal Manipulation

Spinal manipulation is performed to reduce inflammation, alleviate joint pressure and improve nerve function in the shoulders, neck and back. This treatment utilizes multiple modalities, including:

  • Massage
  • Exercise
  • Manual moving of joints

In some instances, spinal manipulation may also be an effective tool to provide relief from chronic headaches.

Scientific Therapeutic Exercise Progression (STEP)

Scientific therapeutic exercise progression (STEP) is a treatment that uses targeted exercises to facilitate faster recovery after injury and reduce the risk of reinjury. During treatment, the type, frequency and volume of exercises will be increased in deliberate manner to steadily build up the muscles, nerves and tendons in the injured region. By creating a slow, steady ramp-up of exercise, you’re able to minimize the likelihood of future injury.

Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization

Instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM) is performed to break down scar tissue in muscles, ligaments, tendons and nerves. It achieves many of the same goals as massage, but small, handheld instruments are used instead of hands to restore optimal levels of muscle function and improve range of motion.

Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapy is an effective option for individuals who are trying to cope with a disability. A variety of treatment modalities are used to help promote independence and make it easier to participate in everyday activities.

Our Occupational Therapy Department can assist with:

  • Low Vision – Learn how to use adaptive equipment or modify certain tasks to offset the impact of decreased vision. In some instances, you can rehabilitate the eye muscles for improved function.
  • Cognition – Improve cognitive function associated with a variety of tasks, including memory, attention, reasoning, problem solving, executive function and pragmatic functioning. Learn strategies to help improve your ability to manage time or to initiate, organize and sequence tasks.
  • Hand Therapy – Improve functional ability after an injury, surgery or disease.
  • Pediatric Interventions – We offer comprehensive sensory, emotional, physical and cognitive intervention techniques to assist babies and young children who are struggling to reach milestones.
  • Breast Cancer Rehab – Treatments are aimed at managing and reducing edema and pain from breast cancer surgery, mastectomy and biopsies. Increase range of motion in your arms, and improve strength and endurance as you go through breast cancer treatment.
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Find out how physical therapy can help you enjoy your favorite activities again

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Physical Therapy Clinics Affiliated with Colorado Advanced Orthopedics

Our in-house Rehabilitation Department, comprising more than 2,000 square feet within the Pioneers Medical Center facility, provides comprehensive physical, occupational and speech therapy services to individuals of all ages. We also provide “in-services” for athletic departments, community groups and coaching staffs to share important information and assist our community with their healthcare needs.

Colorado Advanced Orthopedics also has two outpatient physical therapy clinics to assist our patients. The physical therapists at these clinics collaborate with the doctors and surgeons at Pioneers Medical Center and Colorado Advanced Orthopedics throughout every phase of your treatment. This coordination between your physicians and physical therapists provides for the best possible care, and it is one of the greatest benefits you’ll experience when you receive your medical treatments and physical therapy from our team.

Meeker Physical Therapy Clinic

Our Meeker physical therapy clinic is located at Pioneers Medical Center and serves patients in eastern Rio Blanco County and throughout the White River Valley.


100 Pioneers Medical Center Drive
Meeker, Colorado 81641

Directions to our Meeker physical therapy clinic from downtown Meeker:

Physical therapists at our Meeker facility include:

Hours of operation are Monday-Friday 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM and 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM.


Craig Physical Therapy Clinic

Our Craig physical therapy clinic serves patients in southern Wyoming and northwest Colorado. It is located at:

651 Yampa
Craig, Colorado 81625

For appointments, please call: (970) 693-6070

To get to our Craig physical therapy office from downtown Craig:

  • Head north on Russell St toward E 6th St
  • Turn left at the 1st cross street on E 6th St
  • Turn right at the 1st cross street onto Yampa Ave

Our Craig physical therapy clinic is run by Rich Sadvar. Hours of operation are Monday-Friday 7 AM to 6 PM.

Get Back to Enjoying Your Favorite Activities

At Colorado Advanced Orthopedics, we’re committed to helping you live life to its fullest. Our physical therapy team is here to ensure you’re able to get back to enjoying your favorite activities as soon as possible. Physical therapy is often an integral component to recovery after a sports injury or a major surgical procedure. Our team is here to assist you every step of the way so that you make a full recovery.

As with all services offered at Colorado Advanced Orthopedics, you can count on a first-rate physical therapy experience:

  • Friendly, helpful and caring staff
  • Honest and direct communication
  • A clean, comfortable and inviting environment
  • Shorter wait times
  • A connection to local activities for you to enjoy
  • Assistance with submitting all insurance paperwork

Contact us today to schedule an appointment. Colorado Advanced Orthopedics serves patients in Meeker and throughout the White River Valley.

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