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Physical Therapy Institute

The Physical Therapy Institute is a comprehensive outpatient physical therapy center. The Institute highlights the expertise of the Midwestern University physical therapy faculty and provides an exceptional educational opportunity for the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) students at MWU.

The mission of the Physical Therapy Institute is to return patients to the highest level of function and wellness possible utilizing evidenced-informed, and science-based practice that is combined with compassion and outstanding service.


Each patient at the Physical Therapy Institute is evaluated to determine their individual needs and goals. Unique treatment plans are based on a thorough assessment of the underlying movement or neuromuscular problem. Each plan includes home exercises and instruction in functional activities to maximize the patient’s involvement in treatment. Manual therapy and exercise techniques are utilized to address the specific dysfunction identified in the evaluation. We partner with our patients with a goal of putting them back in control of their movement health.


The Physical Therapy Institute addresses many types of orthopedic conditions. Treatments include postural training, body mechanics, joint mobilization/manipulation, strengthening, flexibility, pain reduction, coordination training, gait training, and correction of faulty movement patterns. Diagnoses treated include back & neck pain, joint pain & dysfunction, post –surgical orthopedic conditions and sports injuries.


The overall vision of the physical therapy profession is to “Transform society by optimizing movement to improve the human condition.” (  The Physical Therapy Institute is dedicated to this vision.

Physical Therapy can be a less expensive alternative to prescription drugs or surgery.  Many conditions can be treated with our conservative approach to care.  If surgery is required physical therapy can assist you in preparing you for surgery and returning to maximum function after surgery.

The Physical Therapy Institute believes in an inter-professional approach to care and will work closely with your physician and other health care providers to coordinate treatment.


To schedule an appointment or inquire about our services, contact us at 623.537.6000.  Daytime and evening appointments are available.


Rehabilitation is a collaborative process.  Therefore, appointments should be cancelled/rescheduled only when absolutely necessary.  If you need to cancel or change and appointment, please call 623.537.6000.

Patients who fail to fulfill scheduled appointments or who consistently arrive late may be dismissed from the MWU Specialty Care Clinic.

Specialty Services

The Physical Therapy Institute includes specialty programs that provide care for patients with the following conditions.

Chronic pain

Chronic pain affects more Americans than stroke, cancer, diabetes, and coronary heart disease combined.  Dr. Kargela is a therapeutic pain specialist and lectures locally and nationally on chronic pain.  The focus of our chronic pain program is to partner with our patients to learn their unique story and develop a plan to return them to their valued life activities that pain has limited them from performing.  While traditional physical therapy often can increase pain, the chronic pain program at the Physical Therapy Institute will tailor treatments to you with goals of getting you back to the living and aims to put patients back in control of their life.

We treat diagnoses such as fibromyalgia, complex regional pain syndrome, chronic fatigue syndrome, POTS, chronic back/neck pain, arthritis, failed spine surgery, whiplash, neuropathic pain, and others.  If your diagnosis is not listed call us to see if we can help you.

Back and neck pain

The spine program at the Physical Therapy Institute is an evidence-informed, science-based approach to helping patients regain movement and their valued activities that back or neck pain have been limiting them in.

Manual therapy treatments include soft tissue mobilization along with joint mobilization and manipulation.  Therapeutic exercise programs are designed to fit each patient and allow them to build their fitness and strength around the neck and back to be able to perform their valued activities with less pain and more enjoyment.

We treat diagnoses such as sciatica, bulging/herniated discs, degenerative joint disease, degenerative disc disease, scoliosis, “pinched nerves”, radiculopathies, spondylosis, spondylolisthesis, and other conditions.  If your condition is not listed call and ask if we can help.

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