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Geriatric Rehab - Petersen Physical Therapy

Geriatric Rehab

geriatric physical therapyGeriatric physical therapy covers a wide area of issues concerning people as they go through normal adult aging. There are many conditions that may affect people as they grow older such as: arthritis, osteoporosis, cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, hip and joint replacement, balance disorders, incontinence and more.

Geriatric physical therapy helps those experiencing these types of problems by developing a specialized program to help improve mobility, reduce pain, and increase fitness levels.

At Petersen Physical Therapy we provide a range of services to meet the needs of our patients. We provide specialized treatment plans, one-on-one attention and innovative therapy techniques to help optimize our patient’s well being.

“I approach each individual seeking physical therapy differently taking into account his/her condition,” said Stephanie Garrison, physical therapist at Petersen Physical Therapy’ Mesa office. “By providing individualized emotional and spiritual support, I am able to assist my patients’ wellbeing and better optimize their healing environment, getting them back to their state of normal as quickly and painlessly as possible.”


Patient Experience

Since I am the caregiver for my husband of 55 years, my daily routine involves the necessity to assist my husband to get up from his chair. When I came to USA, I was suffering from lower back pain and sever pain behind my knees.

After only a few sessions I noticed a big improvement already. In the weeks that followed, I improved even more as my legs and back muscles strengthened through exercises.

One of the most helpful things I learned was how to lift my husband properly using my legs instead of my back.

Thanks to USA Physical Therapy for making my time with them very pleasant – everyone is so friendly and caring – GOOD JOB ONE AND ALL!



My first visit was Wednesday, July 21st. My mobility was extremely limited. With each and every session I felt relief from the initial pain due from my injury. I have had 6 sessions total. I am able to move about with ease (yet now with total awareness on where I have been and to use my exercises and stretches to move forward with full recovery in the up and coming months).

I have learned an immense amount of information concerning my core muscle and the important part they all play in achieving my normal work day I once was able to do. I leave with a vast amount of knowledgeable tools to improve my physical condition. It was an accident but out of it I have learned so much more than “bend at the knee”.

Thanks to all I came to know during my 6 sessions.



On March 22, 2007, I had a total right knee replacement. Around April 2nd, I had my first visit to the office for physical therapy, using a walker or cane to help walking and was immediately put to work.

Approximately one hour of work, 3 times a week seeing and feeling improvement after the visits.

Today, I graduated – no cane, walker- walking well again. I have come a long way and am grateful to the team. Physical therapy has gotten to this point; time will take care of the rest.