Physical Therapy

About DOC Physical Therapy

DOC physical therapists (PT) are highly-educated and highly-trained healthcare professionals that specialize in developing, maintaining, and restoring movement as well as functional ability. Our PT team can help people at any stage of life when movement and function are threatened by aging, injury, disease, degenerative disorder or conditions.

DOC physical therapists help our guests by maximizing their quality of life, looking at physical, psychological, emotional and social well-being. We are trained to treat anyone from newborns to the aging population!

If your goal as one of our PT guests is to play a specific sport again, exercise pain free or even just live your day-to-day life pain free, it is our physical therapist’s job to return you to that level of function!



The primary reason for physical therapy is to relieve pain. Pain can be due to an acute injury, meaning something traumatic and recent, such as an ankle sprain, a strained muscle causing pain with movement, a fracture, or a torn ligament. Pain can also be due to a chronic injury, such as pain in your shoulder, neck, back, knee, or hip that may have started months or years ago, but has progressively worsened.

When the discomfort or pain has started to affect your everyday activities, seek physical therapy treatment. Everyday activities can simply mean dressing yourself without pain, working or sitting in a classroom comfortably, and sleeping through the night. If you are not able to do the things you want or need to do, physical therapy may be the best option for relief.

Physical therapists want to get you back to living a pain-free life.
Physical therapists can understand your injury or chronic condition when they can see and physically and thoroughly examine the area.

For example, if your knee is injured, shorts or loose fitting pants allow access to the knee. For neck or shoulder issues, a tank top or loose shirt allows the physical therapist to examine and treat that area.
All DOC PT locations have gowns available and private rooms where you can remove the garments necessary for the therapist to access the area for treatment.
Physical therapy is individualized, meaning rehabilitation and recovery is primarily based on you. Physical therapists work under the premise that no two bodies are the same, which complicates giving an exact timeline for recovery. The type and extent of your injury and your personal goals for therapy play a vital role in your rehabilitation.

DOC's physical therapists work with you to find beneficial treatments to relieve your symptoms and pain. They educate you about ways to self-manage your pain and recovery. The goal of PT is to help you reach your wellness goals.
Research shows that 80% of diagnoses made by physical therapists come from the interview or history portion of the exam. Physical therapists are trained to ask appropriate questions during the exam to understand your symptoms and provide an accurate diagnosis.

  The objective or evaluation portion of the exam includes:
  • Range of motion
  • Measurements of motion
  • Special tests to confirm the diagnosis
  • Functional movement screens to assess body movement
  • Balance testing
  • Palpation tests for tenderness, tightness, pain, or discomfort

Following the evaluation, the DOC physical therapist discusses the diagnosis with you, answers your questions, and creates a comprehensive treatment plan based on your goals for physical therapy!
Our PT’s examine each individual as ‘a whole’ in collaboration with the DOC health care team and patient.

Together, we develop a comprehensive treatment plan aimed at reducing pain, improving and promoting mobility in addition to restoring function and preventing disability.
Today’s physical therapists are required to receive a doctorate degree from an accredited physical therapy program before taking the national licensure exam. Throughout the three years of post-graduate training at a physical therapy program, student physical therapists spend 80% of their curriculum learning and understanding the human body with courses in anatomy, biomechanics, pathology physiology, pharmacology, radiology, neurology and orthopedics. Students spend the next 20% in clinical rotations at a variety of settings before becoming an entry-level practitioner.

DOC physical therapists are life-long learners meaning after receiving a degree, our physical therapists pursue continuing education courses in a variety of techniques and current physical therapy research. We believe it is important that our therapists keep up-to-date as technology and research keeps evolving and changing.

Physical Therapy Techniques

DOC Physical Therapists employ the latest, proven physical therapy techniques to help speed your recovery. Our PT staff is continually assessing which techniques are providing the best results for our guests.

Treatment types range from traditional to more modern and innovative. As each guest’s injury or condition is unique, your DOC Physical Therapist may design a custom strategy that employs a number of these healing techniques.

A latex-free, hypoallergenic tape that works to alleviate pain and discomfort and facilitate circulation of blood and healthy nutrients throughout the body. Read more...
A technique designed to use pressure to pull the skin, tissue, and muscles upward to stimulate blood flow to an injured area and promote increased healing. Read more...
A form of manual therapy known as instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization. This technique uses six core tools to focus on increasing blood flow to the area in order to initiate and promote healing to soft tissue by breaking down scar tissue and improving range of motion. Read more...
One of the top techniques in managing soft tissue injuries, ART focuses on relieving the tension built up in soft tissue to restore unimpeded motion, release adhesions and produce long-term benefits. Read more...
Manual therapy to improve range of motion.
Planned body movements, including stretches and exercises, to restore function.
Therapeutic techniques, such as heat or cold packs, ultrasound, traction, electrical stimulation, light therapy, and more, to relieve pain.
Exercises to engage and strengthen the core and relieve lower back pain.
Manual techniques to retrain the body back to normal movement patterns.
  • Hand/wrist

  • Elbow

  • Ankle/Foot

  • Hip/knee/leg

  • Neck/spine

  • Shoulder



Available PT Locations TEXAS: South Austin, TX Round Rock, TX Central Austin, TX


DOC Blog Posts on Physical Therapy

DOC at a Glance

Wednesday, March 20th, 2019

Conservative Care   DOC recognizes the therapeutic benefit of conservative care approaches.   Physical therapy. DOC physical therapists examine, evaluate and treat guests with musculoskeletal injuries and chronic pain. Additionally, our PT team helps guests with rehabilitation after orthopedic surgery to promote mobility, reduce pain and improve or restore function. PTs use a variety of […]


October: National Physical Therapy Month

Thursday, October 11th, 2018

The American Physical Therapy Association’s (APTA) award-winning #ChoosePT campaign raises awareness about the risks of opioids and the safety and effectiveness of physical therapy for pain management. During October 2018, the National Physical Therapy Month (NPTM) theme promotes physical therapy as an alternative to opioids for treatment of chronic pain.   Physical therapists treat pain […]


Making Health a Habit with PT

Thursday, July 26th, 2018

Each year, an estimated 126 million healthcare visits are from musculoskeletal injuries and chronic conditions, according to the Bone and Joint Initiative USA. So over a million people could benefit from physical therapy.   Only about 10% of the musculoskeletal patient population use physical therapy services. The average PT course of care is 12 to […]


pt for pre and post op

PT Pre and Post-Operative Benefits

Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018

Joint replacement is a highly successful operation for relieving symptoms in people suffering from shoulder, hip or knee osteoarthritis. Physical therapy before and after major joint replacement surgery improves postoperative outcomes and reduces complications.   Researchers in Ohio reviewed 4,733 Medicare cases involving total hip or knee replacements. The study’s authors estimated a 29% reduction […]


physical therapy for prevention

DOC’s PT for Prevention and Recovery

Monday, January 22nd, 2018

Physical therapists (PTs) are highly educated, licensed healthcare professionals who can help patients reduce pain and improve or restore mobility, sometimes without surgery or the need for prescription medications.   At DOC, physical therapists teach patient guests how to prevent or manage their condition to achieve long-term health benefits. PTs work with individuals to prevent […]


Kinesiology Tape

Do Kinesiology Tape Benefits Stick?

Tuesday, April 4th, 2017

Remember the summer Olympics when beach volleyball players sported black, pink or blue tape strips on their shoulders and legs? Kinesiology is the science behind muscular and skeletal movement. Kinesiology tape is designed to support muscles and joints without impeding movement.


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