Physical Therapy

Physical therapy services now available at Northern Medical Center in Middletown, right in the heart of Orange County, New York. 

Our licensed physical therapists help patients recover from pain and injuries, avoid surgery, and regain and improve their mobility quickly and safely. 

During your first visit at our Middletown, New York location, a physical therapist will evaluate and assess your condition, and develop an individualized treatment plan to restore your maximum functional mobility, strength, and independence.

Our therapists use a variety of proven treatment techniques and modalities, such as heat, ice, ultrasound, electrical stimulation, deep tissue work, and massage, to help you to move better, and feel better.

What is Physical Therapy?

Physical therapy focuses on treating impairments, pain, and loss of function due to injury, illness, old age, or other causes. 

Working with a physical therapist can help speed up your recovery, and save you money due to decreased overall healthcare costs.

Physical therapists use a variety of therapies and approaches, such as stretches, physical movement, and exercises, as well as education about posture and other safe activities. 

The goal of physical therapy is to improve mobility, function, and quality of life.

Patients with injuries often develop weakness, muscle atrophy, and stiffness from immobility. 

It is essential to have the patient regain mobility, strength, and endurance as quickly and safely as possible in order to avoid any permanent injury, impairment, or loss of function.  


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What Ailments Does Physical Therapy Treat?

Physical therapy can treat a wide range of concerns.

At Northern Medical Center, we focus on sports injuries, geriatric issues, orthopedic injuries, and mobility issues.

Sports Injuries

  • Pulled muscles
  • Runner’s knee
  • Rotator Cuff Injuries
  • Shin splints
  • Tennis Elbow
  • Ankle Injuries or Achilles Tendinitis
    … and more

Geriatric Issues

  • Arthritis
  • Alzheimer’s disease,
  • Balance disorders
  • Joint replacement
  • Osteoporosis
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Chronic pain
  • Exercise
  • Independence and wellness
    … and more

Orthopedic Injuries

  • Arthritis
  • Bursitis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Foot Pain and Problems
  • Fractures
  • Hip Fracture
  • Low Back Pain
  • Hand Pain and Problems
  • Knee Pain and Problems
  • Neck Pain and Problems
  • Osteoporosis
  • Paget’s Disease of the Bone
  • Scoliosis
  • Shoulder Pain and Problems
  • Soft-Tissue Injuries
    … and more

Mobility Issues

  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Olecranon Bursitis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Fractures
    … and more
The Physical Therapy Experience
PT Evaluation

During your first visit to our Middletown location, your physical therapist will evaluate your condition and assess your overall function.

Depending on your concerns, he or she may evaluate your movement, range of motion, flexibility, balance, pain, and conditioning.

After the evaluation, your physical therapist will develop a personalized treatment program specifically designed to get you back to health as quickly and safely as possible.

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What to Expect During Treatments

Your physical therapist will use different techniques to help decrease your pain and discomfort, and improve your body’s motion, strength, and conditioning.

Different modalities, such as heat, ice, ultrasound, or electrical stimulation may be used to target the source of your discomfort.

Our physical therapy programs also utilizes manual techniques, such as deep tissue work and massage, to decrease your pain and help improve range of motion.

We are also proud to offer patient education, including an individualized home exercise routine for long-term maintenance and care of your condition.  

Meet Our Physical Therapist

David Gao, P.T.

For over two decades, Mr. Gao provides physical therapy in hospitals, out-patient clinics, skilled nursing rehabilitation centers and home health settings. Therapist Gao specializes in pain management by applying McKenzie methods and Chinese manual therapies. He received his degree in physical therapy from Tennessee State University.