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Physical Therapy

 “A Tradition of Excellence and Leadership”

The Physical Therapy Department has a long tradition of excellence and leadership in rehabilitation. We deliver high quality, individualized care based on the latest research. Clinicians collaborate with patients for the best outcomes and demonstrate a commitment to education and a spirit of innovation and progress.

Physical Therapists help people optimize function by improving or restoring mobility or by reducing pain and treating other impairments. Physical Therapists have unique expertise in movement dysfunction and how to promote optimal neurologic and functional recovery. Physical Therapists help improve individuals’ function, fitness, and overall health. This may be achieved through stretching, strengthening, improving neuro-motor control, exercise, pain reduction, education, or the use of assistive technology. Rancho’s Physical Therapists evaluate each person’s specific needs and in collaboration with that individual, customize a treatment plan to address their goals and particular needs.

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Physical Therapy at Rancho

The Physical Therapy Department at Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center began as an organized unit in the late 1920s and is one of the premier departments of Physical Therapy in the world, providing over eighty years of clinical expertise and leadership in rehabilitation. The Department’s commitment to excellence continues today with the delivery of individualized and collaborative care which incorporates the latest evidence into clinical practice as well as a commitment to educating the professional community and a spirit of innovation and progress.

We are currently staffed with 45 licensed physical therapists that provide inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation therapy as well as consultations for clinics and specialty services. Our physical therapists average over 11 years of clinical experience, and some have as many as 20 or more years of expertise with patients with complex neuromuscular and musculoskeletal conditions. Over one-half of our PT staff has obtained a clinical Doctor of Physical Therapy degree. Over one-quarter of our physical therapists are Board-Certified Specialists (by the American Physical Therapy Association) in Neurologic or Geriatric Physical Therapy.

In the last decade alone, Rancho physical therapists have mentored over 800 physical therapy interns and students and have contributed to the training of other disciplines’ residents and interns. The University of Southern California-Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center Clinical Residency Program in Neurologic Physical Therapy is one of the first two post-professional clinical residency programs in neurologic physical therapy in the country.

Outpatient Referrals

The Physical Therapy Department welcomes referrals for outpatient consultation and treatment. Providers and patients, please complete a Community Referral and Patient Information forms prior to scheduling an appointment.

Submit completed forms by fax to the Rancho Outpatient Referral Office at (562) 385-7826. For appointments and appointment related inquiries please call (562) 385-7111, Option #4, 2. Office hours are Monday - Friday (8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.).

Programs and Services in Physical Therapy 

Your physical therapist will evaluate you and make a treatment plan. Depending on your health problem, your therapist will work with you to regain your mobility and return to participating in life roles by improving function, flexibility, strength, endurance, coordination, and/or balance.

Employment Opportunities in Physical Therapy 

If you are interested in working at a world-class facility that values staff development and strives to provide the highest quality care, then Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center may be a match for you.

USC/RLANRC Clinical Residency Program in Neurologic Physical Therapy 

The University of Southern California/Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center (USC/RLANRC) Clinical Residency Program in Neurologic Physical Therapy combines the academic resources of a premier physical therapy education and research institution with the storied history and clinical expertise of one of the nation's leading rehabilitation centers.

USC/RLANRC Clinical Residency Program in Orthopedic Physical Therapy 

Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center (RLANRC) has joined the University of Southern California Clinical Residency Program in Orthopedic Physical Therapy as a clinical site. Rancho Los Amigos’ addition of the orthopedic residency combines the academic resources of a premier physical therapy education and research Institution with the clinical and research resources of one of the nation’s leading rehabilitation centers. The joint purpose is to provide vision and leadership in orthopedic physical therapy practice.

For more information contact:
Shenette Davis
Physical Therapy Department
E-mail: pt@rancho.org
Tel: (562) 385-7061 / Fax: (562) 385-6690

Inpatient and Outpatient Physical Therapy Services

The Physical Therapy Department at Rancho provides inpatient and outpatient therapy, as well as consultations for clinics and specialty services. Inpatient and Outpatient services are provided to the following rehabilitation programs: Amputations and Limb Preservation, Brain Injury, Major Multiple Trauma, Musculoskeletal Disorders, Neurologic Disorders, Orthopedics, Pediatrics, Spinal Injury, and Stroke. The PT Department welcomes referrals for outpatient consultation and treatment.