Rehabilitation Done Right

Getting the best treatment to get you back to being you.

Get Back to Sports

Get back to the sport you enjoy sooner.

Get Back to Hobbies

Get back to the things you want to do.

Get Back to Work

Get back on the job site quicker.

Get Back to Fitness

Get back to your health and well being.

A Word About Our Clinic

The Rathjen Physical Therapy clinic offers a welcoming atmosphere and the convenience of seven private treatment rooms where patients can be cared for one-on-one.

State-of-the-art equipment coupled with a large gymnasium in the 4,300 square foot building sets the tone for a wide range of recovery options.

The clinic was founded by Andrew Rathjen in 2004 and moved to its new facility in November of 2013. Independently owned and operated, Rathjen PT emphasizes personal, individualized care.

Continue through the site for more information on our clinic, treatment options and services, as well as our commitment to top-quality patient care, and what to expect and bring with you on your first visit.

Find Your Specialist

Finding a caring specialist in the field of Physical Therapy can be hard. At Rathjen P.T., we emphasis individualized, professional relationships with each of our patients. Providing the latest in modern techniques and care. We thank you for choosing us for your rehabilitation needs. We look forward to helping you achieve your goals.

Please pick one of our professional staff below to request an appointment by selecting the envelope for an email, or view their full profile by clicking their photo or name. If you are new to the clinic, please send us a general inquiry using the form on the CONTACT US page.

Find Your Specialist

Finding a caring specialist in the field of Physical Therapy can be hard. At Rathjen P.T., we emphasis individualized, professional relationships with each of our patients. Providing the latest in modern techniques and care. We thank you for choosing us for your rehabilitation needs. We look forward to helping you achieve your goals.

Please pick one of our professional staff below to request an appointment by selecting the envelope for an email, or view their full profile by clicking their photo or name. If you are new to the clinic, please send us a general inquiry using the form on the CONTACT US page.

Andrew Rathjen, PT

Andrew Rathjen, PT

Physical Therapist

  • 308-381-2424
  • andrew@rathjenpt.com
Wendy Rickard, PT

Wendy Rickard, PT

Physical Therapist

  • 308-381-2424
  • wendy@rathjenpt.com
Michaela Joslyn, PTA

Michaela Joslyn, PTA

Physical Therapist Assistant

  • 308-381-2424
  • michaela@rathjenpt.com
Tony L. Hall, PTA

Tony L. Hall, PTA

Physical Therapist Assistant

  • 308-381-2424
  • tony@rathjenpt.com

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Services and Techniques

Rathjen Physical therapy offers a full range of services and the latest techniques to keep our patients active and as pain free as possible at every stage of life. We offer one-on-one individualized care in private treatment rooms. Our evidence-based treatments are delivered both with manual therapy and with modern modalities.

We also provide our patients with home programs to help them manage their conditions and prevent recurrence. Hover over and click to view more on these treatment service options:

Conditions We Treat

While the multitude of conditions in which Physical Therapy has been proven to assist with is numerous, the list below showcases the most general and common symptoms and occurrences. Hover over and click to view more on these conditions and their treatment:

Services and Conditions

Rathjen Physical therapy offers a full range of services and the latest techniques to keep our patients active and as pain free as possible at every stage of life. We offer one-on-one individualized care in private treatment rooms. Our evidence-based treatments are delivered both with manual therapy and with modern modalities. We also provide our patients with home programs to help them manage their conditions and prevent recurrence.

POSTURAL RESTORATION

What is Postural Restoration?

Postural Restoration (PRI) is a form of physical therapy treatment that encompasses the entire body. The main focus of the treatment is identifying and correcting common postural patterns found in the human body. A Postural Restoration Physical Therapist is trained to recognize, assess and treat biomechanical asymmetries that develop due to restricted motion in the body. Postural Restoration is an effective treatment approach for most musculoskeletal problems typically seen in physical therapy.

GAIT ANALYSIS

Particularly crucial for athletes but highly useful for everyone else as well, our gait analysis program is designed to have trained physical therapists assess the way you walk or run. This is a useful tool not only in increasing your performance, but also in preventing injuries and pain from improper running or walking styles.

A gait analysis is performed while you are walking or running on a treadmill as the physical therapists studies the way you keep your pace. Professional and weekend athletes who enjoy running should ensure they have a regular gait analysis to avoid injuries associated with compensatory patterns.

POST-SURGICAL

Patients who have physical therapy treatments both before and after surgery tend to recover faster and return to their normal level of activities.

While much depends on the type of surgery and the person’s level of health going into it, as a general rule, your recovery time will be diminished and you will be able to return to your work and your family life faster with physical therapy.

DIZZINESS / FALL PREVENTION

Dizziness describes a sense of faintness and light-headedness; vertigo is more a feeling that the room is spinning. Both conditions can impact your quality of life, but both are treatable with vestibular rehabilitation delivered by your physical therapist. We offer effective therapies for benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV), a problem with the nerves and structure of your inner ear that create feelings of dizziness. As we grow older, the risk of falling increases and the seriousness of our injuries sustained when we fall is heightened.

At Rathjen Physical Therapy, we regularly offer a fall prevention program that outlines common fall risk factors and how to overcome them in your home, in your neighborhood, and at your workplace.

Education is a solid weapon against harmful falls, considering that most falls occur in our homes and could be avoided with just a little forethought. Frequent falling may also be a symptom of more serious conditions.

GENERAL ORTHOPEDICS

Feeling too tired to move is a symptom of generalized weakness, and it can sometimes herald the symptoms of a more serious condition or disease. You may experience weakness after an over-exertion but normally it will clear up in a day or two. If it persists, and your muscles feel weak and sore, it could indicate a more serious condition such as hypothyroidism, myasthenia gravis or Guillain-Barré Syndrome.

Much of the pain and discomfort our patients experience stems from problems, conditions or injuries of their skeletal system and the muscles, joints and ligaments associated with it. Whether you are recovering from joint replacement surgery or a damaged nerve, our goal is to work with you for a quick recovery to help you return to your normal lifestyle as quickly as possible.

We work with sprains, strains and fractures, recovery after accidents or surgery, and help you cope with injuries associated with certain conditions such as arthritis.

BACK, NECK, SHOULDER

Serious back, neck and shoulder pain can be caused by a variety of conditions. Poor posture and muscle strain are common culprits. Sometimes people experience abnormalities in their bones or joints or are in pain as the result of contracting a degenerative disease.

Repetitive strain injuries from golf or tennis, for example can cause severe shoulder pain, as in tendonitis from overuse. Dislocations, fractures and pinched nerves can also prompt a need for treatment.

Rathjen Physical Therapy strives to provide the best care and produce quick results to get you back to performing and enjoying your hobby, sport or workman’s lifestyle.

KNEE, HIP, ANKLE

Pain in your lower extremities can be debilitating. It can seriously impact your quality of life and your ability to do even the basic things required to keep your life running smoothly.

In addition to sprains, strains and fractures, there are a number of things that can contribute to knee, hip and ankle pain. Arthritis as well as abnormal gait, bursitis or tendonitis can all prohibit you from living life as actively as you desire. Muscle strains caused by sports injuries are common causes just are stress fractures.

Pain in the lower extremities needs to be addressed as quickly as possible to restore your active life and prevent you from being prone to additional injuries because your movements are strained.

ARTHRITIS

Living with the pain and sometimes loss of mobility of many arthritic conditions can be disabling to those desiring a busy, active life. It can make even small chores that need to be conducted as part of our daily life to be impacted. Physical therapy can play a major role in reducing the severity of the impact of many symptoms and help you to stay reasonably active.

SPORTS INJURY

Sports injuries refer to that broad category of specialized conditions such as golfer’s elbow, runner’s knee and tennis elbow that are caused by repetitive strain on the body. These include sprains, strains and fractures, shin splits and even Archilles tendon injuries. Sports injuries can be extremely painful and divert a patient from their normal level of activities.

Rathjen Physical Therapy strives to provide the best care and produce quick results to get you back to performing and enjoying your hobby, sport or workman’s lifestyle.

Frequently Asked Questions

Patients frequently inquire as to the benefits and viability of physical therapy. The questions and answers below illustrate some of the most commonly asked, and answers that may surprise you. Click an arrow on each section to reveal the answers.

What can physical therapy do for me?

Your physical therapist at Rathjen Physical Therapy can:
-Improve mobility
-Provide an alternative to surgery
-Manage or eliminate pain without medication

Can physical therapy help with neck & back pain?

Your physical therapist at Rathjen Physical therapy can promote pain relief and tissue healing through modalities. Modalities include ultrasound, electrical stimulation, infrared light, and others. These interventions are research based and clinically effective. Your physical therapist will evaluate for specific limitations and deficits in movement, strength, and posture. This allows development of the most appropriate combination of manual treatment and exercise in the treatment plan. Flexibility, posture, and body mechanics education is incorporated throughout the patient’s care to reinforce long term back health. Your physical therapist can equip you to manage your condition, prevent re-injury and allow return to life’s activities.

Can physical therapy help me recover after surgery?

Your physical therapist at Rathjen Physical Therapy can prepare you for surgery by providing an exercise program that targets the primary muscle groups affected by your condition. Increased muscle strength and flexibility will lead to a shorter and more successful surgical outcome.

Your physical therapist will help you after surgery by increasing range of motion, strength, and mobility. The rehabilitation will also be focused on helping reduce pain associated with your surgical procedure.

Can physical therapy help me with difficulty with balance?

An evaluation will determine your specific deficits and your physical therapist at Rathjen Physical Therapy in Grand Island will develop a plan to address these needs. Generally, the treatment plan will involve challenging your balance systems within a controlled environment. Fall prevention techniques will be practiced and discussed. There are various reasons for balance problems and falls. Other medical causes will be examined in conjunction with your doctor.

Can physical therapy alleviate heel pain?

A thorough evaluation will be performed by your physical therapist at Rathjen Physical Therapy to determine the cause of the pain. A common condition called plantar fasciitis is a possibility. It can be treated through modalities of infrared light, ultrasound, electrical stimulation, and iontophoresis. Each of these will be focused on decreasing pain and inflammation. Your footwear and walking pattern will be evaluated. Appropriate interventions including flexibility and strengthening exercises will be provided. Your physical therapist may discuss other options such as orthotics.

Can physical therapy help elbow pain?

You may have a condition called lateral epicondylitis or tennis elbow. Modalities, exercise and bracing can be helpful. Changes in your work ergonomics and daily activities may also be incorporated.

Can physical therapy help with muscle weakness?

There are a variety medical conditions accounting for muscle weakness. A physical therapist can help identify the basis for the weakness through an evaluation. An individualized group of exercises will be prescribed to specifically target the strength deficits.

Can physical therapy assist with posture?

Your physical therapist can decrease the tension in your neck and shoulders with modalities and soft tissue mobilization. Your physical therapist can also educate you on stretching, posture, and proper work space ergonomics. These should all contribute toward long term neck and shoulder health.

Can physical therapy help with knee pain?

Many people experience pain in their knees after long walks or bike rides. In many cases, the pain is caused by improper tracking of your knee cap as you bend and straighten your leg, causing rubbing and inflammation in your knee joint. Your physical therapist at Rathjen Physical Therapy in Grand Island can help relieve the inflammation with modalities and an exercise program to re-educate the muscles. Manual taping techniques may also be utilized. If needed, your physical therapist can direct you to a brace to help with the knee cap tracking.

Can physical therapy alleviate athletic shoulder strain?

The pain in your shoulder is most likely caused from overuse of the specific muscles that make up the rotator cuff. Your physical therapist at Rathjen Physical Therapy can help decrease your pain with modalities and improve the integrity of your rotator cuff with strengthening, dynamic stabilization, and endurance exercises.