Physical Therapy

patient participating in physical therapy

Physical therapy focuses in rehabilitation, movement and function. Physical therapists are experts in examination and treatment of problems related to muscles, nerves, and joints.

Physical therapists help people to regain function after a wide variety of conditions. Physical therapists use a wide variety of procedures and techniques to produce changes in these conditions. However, physical therapists not only treat people who are already injured, physical therapists also direct efforts toward preventing injury and loss of movement.

Who Needs Physical Therapy?

Any person with a physical condition that limits that person's ability to move and live as they wish may need physical therapy. Conditions causing impairments may originate from accidents, work place injuries, athletic injuries, disabilities or from other causes. We frequently treat the following conditions:

  • Amputation
  • Arthritis
  • Athletic Injuries
  • Balance Problems
  • Bone Fractures
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Disabilities in Newborns and Children
  • Head & Spinal Cord Injury
  • Joint Problems
  • Joint Replacement
  • Low Back Pain
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Neck Pain
  • Neurological Conditions
  • Osteoporosis
  • Parkinson's Disease
  • Peripheral Neuropathy
  • Pre & Post-Natal Conditions
  • Sprains & Strains
  • Stroke
  • Tendinitis
  • Tension Headaches
  • Urinary Incontinence
  • Worker's Injuries

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Anodyne Therapy For Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy

The Anodyne Therapy System is a patented, FDA-cleared, non-invasive device that uses near-infrared light emitting diodes to safely increase local circulation and reduce pain. Use in thousands of patients and over a million clinical treatments has demonstrated that the Anodyne Therapy System increases microcirculation in patients with DPN, who often have severe vascular impairment.

The results of this improved circulation have been published in several medical journals and include improved sensation and nerve conduction, pain reduction and healing of chronic diabetic ulcers. New data shows that treatment with this therapy can also improve balance and gait and reduce the risk of falls by 96% in the elderly patient with neuropathy.

This is the first therapy program to help patients with the devastating complications of DPN.

To begin Anodyne Therapy, discuss your symptoms with your physician and request a referral to the Physical Therapy Department at Owensboro Health Muhlenberg Community Hospital.

Physical Therapy Professionals Providing Your Care

All physical therapists are college graduates. Most graduate with a Master's degree or higher. Physical therapist assistants are certified professionals, completing a specific two to three year college program and working under the supervision and direction of a physical therapist. All physical therapists and physical therapist assistants must pass a national exam, be licensed in the state of Kentucky and demonstrate continued competence. The physical therapy team at Owensboro Health Muhlenberg Community Hospital is over 150 years of combined clinical experience.

Your Physical Therapy Team

Physical Therapists

  • Sarah Coats, PT, DPT
  • Shelby Cotton, PT, MSPT
  • Jennifer Finley, PT, MSPT
  • Nola Jones, PT, DPT
  • Brianne Fortney, PT, DPT
  • Casie Stivers, PT, DPT
  • Sarah Sadler, PT, DPT
  • Brittany Phelps, PT, DPT

Physical Therapist Assistants

  • Morgan Cronin, PTA
  • Leann Coin, PTA
  • Betty Daugherty, PTA
  • Kennya Gil, PTA
  • Nikki Miller, PTA
  • Cindy Rutherford, PTA
  • Josh Willis, PTA 
  • Lindsey Maddox, PTA
  • Emily Finley, PTA

Physical Therapy Support Staff

  • Tracy Hocker, office manager
  • Linda Baize, office clerk

How Do I Begin Physical Therapy?

For insurance coverage, you will need a written referral for physical therapy from your doctor. You always have the right to choose where you receive your physical therapy services and we will strive to ensure your satisfaction by choosing our hospital's department.

Next, call our department at 270-338-8413 to schedule an appointment. Have your insurance information available during this phone call.

Bring the following to your first appointment:

  • Written referral from your physician
  • Insurance card(s)
  • List of your medications
  • Legal guardian if the patient is a minor

Wear comfortable clothes and shoes to your appointment. We look forward to being your partner in physical rehabilitation.

Department Information

Hours of Outpatient Operation

Monday - Friday, 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Thursday, 7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.