Orthopedic

Physical Therapy

• PRE-SURGICAL • POST SURGICAL • BACK INJURIES • FOOT/ANKLE INJURIES • NECK & HEAD INJURIES • SHOULDER INJURIES • HIP & PELVIS INJURIES

You and Your Injury

The staff at Great Northern PT understand that pain and injuries can have a great impact on one’s life; affecting relationships, employment, family life, and participation in many other activities you enjoy. 

For these reasons, we believe it is paramount, in order to effectively treat your injury, to understand not only the injury but the psychosocial implications of your injury as well.

We will design very personalized treatment plans to meet your needs and goals. Clear evidence exists that early access to physical therapy is effective in the prevention of chronicity of pain.

By choosing Great Northern PT, not only will you be choosing Bozeman’s  Orthopedic Physical Therapy experts, but you will be choosing the most effective and personalized care for your injury.

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Our expert team of physical therapists have over 65 years of combined expertise treating sports and orthopedic injuries.

Kara is a phenomenal physical therapist! She helped me with several issues! She has so much energy and intensity! Her knowledge base is so extensive!
I’m a retired president of a health care management firm and have worked with hundreds of physical therapists throughout my career. She is definitely the best ever!”

 – Jennifer

Orthopedic Injuries

Low Back Pain

Low Back Pain is common, 80% of the US population will experience back pain requiring medical attention at some time throughout their life.

Our highly skilled physical therapists have advanced training in manual therapy, therapeutic exercise and Mckenzie. 

We LISTEN! Our therapists actively listen to you and your injury story. We know it is imperative to listen to understand the impact of your injury on your life and to understand your goals.

Whether you have a low back strain, a disc bulge or sciatica we have the skills to lead you to good health; it is our business.

Perhaps you have had prior physical therapy, chiropractic or acupuncture treatment for your back pain. Choose Great Northern PT and experience the best physical therapy in Bozeman to guide your recovery and to inspire you to get back to exploring life.

Neck Pain

Neck pain, both chronic and acute, impacts millions of people every day. Sometimes neck pain results from an accident such as trip or fall, whiplash injury , or sports injury. Other times neck pain results from postural stresses and repetitive strains we place on our bodies; long hours sitting and keyboarding, repetitive takes with our arms and shoulders, traveling on an airplane or sleeping in a different bed.

Whether your neck pain is the result of an accident or postural stress. It is imperative that your physiotherapist listen to you to understand the aggravating and easing factors to develop a personalized treatment plan.

Our therapist will deliver the best treatment for YOU with excellence, enthusiasm and ethics, always.

Balance/Falls

Balance is an important component of both athletic performance and independent living. For the athlete, we incorporate high level balance training while one is often performing other physical tasks or making cognitive decisions. This has been shown to improve athletic performance.

In older adults, poor balance can lead to falls.

A few staggering facts about falls from the CDC:

  • Falls among adults 65 and older caused over 34,000 deaths in 2019, making it the leading cause of injury death for that group.
  • In 2019, the emergency department recorded 3 million visits for older adult falls.
  • Older adult falls cost $50 billion in medical costs annually, with 3/4 paid by Medicare and Medicaid.

If you have noticed a decline in your balance, choose the highly trained Great Northern Physical Therapist in this arena to help you safely reduce your falls risk.

Resources:

A CDC compendium of Effective Falls Interventions: What Works for Community-Dwelling Older Adults

Preventing Falls: A Guide to Implementing Effective Community Based Fall Prevention Programs.

What is Functional Dry Needling

Functional Dry Needling (FDN) is a treatment technique that uses small filiform needles to effectively treat underlying neuromyofascial disorders. FDN can quickly reduce and alleviate pain, improve ROM and restore motor control. 

Watch this short video for more information:  Click Here

What Can Functional Dry Needling Do For You?

FDN can help you to resolve difficult, nagging injuries and chronic conditions. Our goal is to restore you to your optimal level of function, whether that includes helping you return to work, sports or other activities.  Conditions that are commonly treated are: spinal disorders, lower and upper extremity disorders, as well as, women’s health issues.

Why Does Great Northern Incorporate FDN Into The Scope Of Practice

Utilizing FDN in physical therapy practice allows for a more rapid return to a strengthening and exercise program. This results in a faster return to function and helps to prevent future recurrence of the problem.  The rationale for FDN is based on well-established models of neuropathic pain. Emerging evidence has shown that FDN is effective in the management of chronic low back pain and whiplash associated disorders, as well as a variety of other conditions.  Our therapists are currently involved in numerous case reports and mechanistic studies regarding FDN.

What is Functional Dry Needling

Functional Dry Needling (FDN) is a treatment technique that uses small filiform needles to effectively treat underlying neuromyofascial disorders. FDN can quickly reduce and alleviate pain, improve ROM and restore motor control.

Watch this short video for more information:  Click Here

What Can Functional Dry Needling Do For You?

FDN can help you to resolve difficult, nagging injuries and chronic conditions. Our goal is to restore you to your optimal level of function, whether that includes helping you return to work, sports or other activities.  Conditions that are commonly treated are: spinal disorders, lower and upper extremity disorders, as well as, women’s health issues.

Why Does Great Northern Incorporate FDN Into The Scope Of Practice

Utilizing FDN in physical therapy practice allows for a more rapid return to a strengthening and exercise program. This results in a faster return to function and helps to prevent future recurrence of the problem.  The rationale for FDN is based on well-established models of neuropathic pain. Emerging evidence has shown that FDN is effective in the management of chronic low back pain and whiplash associated disorders, as well as a variety of other conditions.  Our therapists are currently involved in numerous case reports and mechanistic studies regarding FDN.

Blood Flow Restriction

Blood Flow Restriction (BFR) training is a scientifically proven method to reduce muscle atrophy, improve strength and quality of life. Through a monitored method of temporarily reducing blood flow in a limb, one can achieve the same benefits of lifting with light weights that was previously only possible when lifting with much heavier weights. This has been shown to be advantageous to reduce muscle atrophy following surgery. BFR training also reduces stress to a joint by lifting with lighter weights.

Our Expertise in the Orthopedic Injury Arena

Our staff are considered experts in the field of orthopedic physical therapy and have been invited speakers / presenters at local, state, national and international conferences.

We have board certified orthopedic specialists on staff, have had advanced training in treatment of orthopedic injuries including manual therapy, therapeutic exercise, McKenzie, functional dry needling, blood flow restriction therapy, advanced balance and falls prevention training.

A list of some (not all) of the sports injuries we treat:

Back Pain:

  • Back Strain
  • Disc Bulge / Herniation
  • Sciatica
  • Radiculopathy

Extremity Injuries:

Neck Pain:

  • Neck strain
  • Disc bulge / Herniation
  • Cervical Radiculopathy

We will provide personalized care with excellence, enthusiasm, and ethics.

Reviews

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I have come to Great Northern off and on for several years but this past year I had two knee replacements 6 months apart and had many appointments during that time. My recovery was outstanding both times but I also appreciated the personal care and the way my sometimes-changing challenges were addressed. I thought there a great balance between understanding where I was at but pushing me to do a little better. I worked with Kara mostly over this past year but have also worked with James and a couple others. I think all the therapists were knowledgeable and helpful and I would definitely recommend them. As I age, I’m sure I will be back but I’m confident they will be there for me.

Cynthia

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I had a wonderful experience working with Kate Dolan in 2021. I was experiencing urinary "urgency" and signed up for Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy with Kate. Kate is a fantastic teacher. Within a few sessions, I had no more episodes of "I'm going to pee my pants, now." As a bonus, Kate also helped me a lot with lifelong constipation issues. I really think every woman should do a few sessions of pelvic floor PT--you learn so much. At Great Northern, I've also had great experiences working with Christian Appel for my frozen shoulder and knee arthritis, and with Jim Sykes for bike fitting (a much-needed service in Bozeman). I will return to Great Northern for any PT needs in the future. (So many activities, so many joints, so many years behind me; the next injury can't be too far off, haha.)

Lisa

Patient

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Started PT with Christian Appel here for strengthening a-three-times-operated-on left shoulder that hurt just about all the time whenever I moved it or lifted anything. Christian commits his full time and attention to me each time I've been in. He is patient and kind. My shoulder is much stronger and more functional. It feels really good and solid. We're close to ending our sessions but more range of motion and strength apparently is available. The gym is spacious, airy and bright, and the equipment in it covers a broad range of needs. The administration is great, keeping me well-reminded of my appointments and being available and helpful when I need to reschedule or have other questions about my care. I have had plenty of interactions with others on staff and all of them have been wonderful. I've had PT at several Bozeman providers and I place GNPT at the top of them all by a wide margin. Highly recommend.

Bill

Patient

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