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Orthopedic Physical Therapy

Whether you’re recovering from joint replacement surgery or a back injury, or you’re managing a painful condition like arthritis, you may benefit from Beacon Health System’s physical therapy program. We offer inpatient and outpatient physical therapy services to children and adults who have trouble moving around and getting things done. We can help you return to an active, pain-free lifestyle.

What is Physical Therapy?

Physical therapy is a type of rehabilitation that helps people who have lost their ability to move easily. It’s designed to improve their ability to move and perform normal daily activities. It’s performed by licensed professionals called physical therapists.

Adults who need physical therapy often have experienced an injury, are recovering from surgery, or have a medical condition that impairs their ability to move. Children may need physical therapy if they were born with or develop a physical or mental disability, a sports injury or a medical condition.

Physical therapists help patients improve pain and regain strength, flexibility, range of motion, balance, endurance and coordination. Some of the ways they can help you include:

  • Prescribing therapeutic exercises
  • Manipulating your joints or massaging your muscles to help promote proper movement and function
  • Teaching you how to use assistive or adaptive devices, including crutches or a prosthesis (artificial limb)
  • Applying heat packs or cold compresses to reduce swelling or relieve pain
  • Performing electrical stimulation to reduce pain, inflammation and swelling around a joint
  • Using ultrasound therapy to reduce pain
  • Providing education including home exercise instructions
  • Collaborating with certified athletic trainers to get you back in the game

The collaborative difference

When local student-athlete Madelynn broke her leg, it was traumatic. The injury required surgery and extensive physical therapy, which worried Madelynn and her parents. But thanks to the collaboration between her physical therapists and surgeons, Madelynn is cheering again.

Hear Her Story

Who Can Benefit From Physical Therapy?

Physical therapists treat people of all ages who were born with, or acquired, a variety of illnesses or injuries that impact mobility, including:

  • Joint pain or injuries, such as knee arthritis or a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL)
  • Traumatic orthopedic injuries, including those that result in amputation
  • Recovery from joint replacement surgery
  • Stroke or other neurological disorders, including Parkinson’s disease and multiple sclerosis
  • Brain or spinal cord injuries
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Fibromyalgia (a condition that causes widespread muscle and joint pain along with severe fatigue)
  • Lymphedema (swelling, pressure and pain caused by fluid build-up in the body)

Our Services

Aquatic therapy

Aquatic therapy is for patients who need to exercise but are not ready for traditional weight-bearing activities that place a lot of pressure on the joints. This type of supervised therapy takes place in a heated pool, and is especially useful for people who are recovering from an injury or surgery.

Balance therapy

This is for people who are susceptible to falling due to aging, an injury or a medical condition. Our physical therapists first conduct a thorough evaluation to identify the factors that place you at a higher risk for falls (including step length, vision problems, limited flexibility and balance problems). Next they create a customized treatment plan that includes exercises and recommendations such as removing safety hazards from your home.

Certified hand therapy

This therapy is for people who have lost strength and function in their hand, wrist, arm, elbow or shoulder.

Blood Flow Restricted Resistance Training

An advanced and clinically studied approach to promote strength increase using light weights and a medical tourniquet system.

Concussion management program

This program is designed for student athletes and others to provide the full continuum of concussion care – even before a head injury occurs. Beacon offers baseline testing for people who have never had a concussion but may be at risk, so they have a “normal” neurological evaluation to compare to should they ever suffer a concussion with lingering symptoms.

Dry needling

A therapeutic treatment using small needles inserted into soft tissue to alleviate both chronic and acute pain.

Myofascial release therapy

This therapy is for patients who have painful medical conditions such as fibromyalgia and rheumatoid arthritis. Through a combination of gentle massage and stretching, this type of therapy eases pressure and pain that has built up within the connective tissues that wrap around and connect our muscles.

Pelvic floor physical therapy

This therapy is used to treat men and women with pelvic floor disorders. These include urinary or fecal incontinence, overactive bladder and pelvic pain caused by a surgical procedure (such as a hysterectomy or prostate surgery). Pelvic floor physical therapy also is prescribed for women who are experiencing pain caused by pregnancy or childbirth.

Senior Swing program

Senior Swing is a fun, low-impact exercise class designed for older adults. It meets three times per week at Elkhart General Hospital.

Sports specific therapy

Running, Golf, throwing sports

Work Rehabilitation Program

This includes work conditioning, functional capacity evaluations and ergonomic assessment. Pre-employment screens using Cybex testing equipment.


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Beacon Physical Therapy Elkhart


200 East Jackson Blvd. Suite 150
Elkhart IN, 46516

Monday - Thursday: 7 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Friday: 7 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Saturday & Sunday: Closed

Beacon Physical Therapy Granger


3221 Beacon Parkway, Suite A
Granger IN, 46530

Monday - Friday: 7 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday: Closed

Beacon Physical Therapy LaPorte


900 I Street, Suite 100
LaPorte IN, 46530

Monday & Wednesday: 7 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Tuesday & Thursday: 7 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Friday, Saturday & Sunday: Closed

Beacon Physical Therapy South Bend


1815 E. Ireland Road, South Bend, IN 46614, USA
South Bend IN, 46614

Monday - Thursday: 7 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Friday: 7 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Saturday & Sunday: Closed

Community Hospital of Bremen


1020 High Road
Bremen IN, 46506

Open 24 Hours
Visitor Restrictions are in place in accordance with the CDC and Indiana state guidelines.
24-bed critical access hospital serving Bremen, Indiana and the surrounding communities

Memorial Outpatient Therapy Services


111 W. Jefferson Boulevard, Suite 100
South Bend IN, 46601

Monday - Thursday: 7 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Friday: 7 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday: Closed