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Physical Therapy

Our skilled physical therapists help patients of all ages overcome challenges to return to normal function, whether at home, the workplace, school or athletic competition.

Inpatient rehabilitation is provided at Lake Regional Hospital in Osage Beach. Outpatient services are conveniently located in Camdenton, Eldon, Lake Ozark, Laurie and Osage Beach. Wellness programs are available for the Camdenton, Eldon, Lake Ozark, Laurie and Osage Beach rehabilitation therapy clinics. Services are available for both pediatric and adult patients.

Physical therapists design custom treatment plans to improve range of motion, muscle weakness, gait and balance, aerobic capacity and endurance, orthopedic issues, and more. We offer the area's most comprehensive gym to treat a variety of orthopedic, sports, arthritic and neurological conditions.

Common Conditions We Treat

Balance and Vestibular Rehab and Dizziness

Balance Master

Falls cause more than 95 percent of hip fractures. Even if you're not injured, falling is frightening. We want to help you feel capable and confident in your movement. Lake Regional's therapists use the latest technology, The Balance Master© System, in a safe, controlled setting, to assess balance and mobility skills of seniors and others referred to the program. This information allows our staff to screen for fall risk and design a training program customized to meet individual needs.

Individuals interested in participating in Lake Regional's program must have their physician's referral. Medicare and most major insurance plans cover assessments and training exercises. For more information, call Lake Regional Physical Therapy at 573.302.2230.

Balance and Vestibular System Disorders

Dizziness, unsteadiness and falling. Our specialized training in treating all types of balance and vestibular system disorders includes:

  • Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV)
  • Concussion
  • Labyrinthitis
  • Vestibular neuritis
  • Migraine-related dizziness and vertigo
  • Balance and difficulty walking
  • Postural control

Types of Treatment

Balance and vestibular disorders cause many people to limit their activities and can significantly affect your quality of life. We use the most up-to-date technologies and proven therapies to assess your condition and get you back on your feet. This includes:

  • Manual repositioning
  • Desensitization
  • Gaze stabilization
  • Posturography assessment and treatment

Contact us to discuss your challenges and learn more about how therapy can help you.

Hand and Wrist Disorders

Because we use our hands for so many tasks, hand pain can negatively affect nearly every aspect of our daily lives. If you suffer from an injury, arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome or other painful conditions of the hand, wrist or elbow, our therapists can help reduce your pain and get you back to doing those things you need and want to do. Our therapists design each treatment based on the referring doctor's diagnosis and the specific needs of each patient.

Conditions We Treat

  • Pain
  • Finger and wrist fractures
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Tendinitis
  • Crush injuries
  • Repetitive motion disorders

Neurological and Neuromuscular Disorders

Neurological disorders can severely inhibitt your quality of life. Disease or injury to the nervous system can cause problems with walking, grasping objects, balance, vision or hearing. In severe cases, patients may experience pain, tremors and even paralysis. Neuromuscular disorders affect the nerves that control voluntary muscles. When these nerves are disrupted, it becomes difficult or impossible to control movement in affected areas, such as arms and legs.

Physical therapy for neurological disorders leads to increased strength and greater levels of functioning. At Lake Regional, we listen to you, evaluate your needs and create a comprehensive plan to help you feel and function better.

Lake Regional physical therapists help neurological patients by teaching them exercises that maintain muscle mass, improve walking skills, joint function and reduce muscle spasms. We focus on helping you achieve maximum recovery and improve your quality of life using the most current technologies and evidence-based treatment methods.

Our physical, occupational and speech therapists are skilled in treating a variety of neurological disorders, including:

  • Stroke
  • Head injury
  • Muscular dystrophy
  • Parkinson's disease
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Cerebral palsy
  • ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease)
  • Developmental delays and disorders

Orthopedic Issues

Lake Regional therapists are skilled in sports therapy and treating all orthopedic conditions, including:

  • Sports injuries, strains and sprains
  • Fractures
  • Joint surgeries
  • Tendon repair
  • Amputations
  • Arthritis

Treatment Options

We use the latest technologies and evidence-based treatment methods, including:

  • Astym®
  • High-velocity/low-amplitude manipulation
  • Joint mobilizations
  • Strain/counter-strain
  • Myofascial release

Contact Lake Regional Physical Therapy to discuss your challenges and learn more about how therapy could help you reach your goals.


Pain can be frustrating and debilitating. At Lake Regional, our physical therapists have extensive training in pain relief to ease your suffering and improve your quality of life.

Conditions We Treat

  • Back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Muscle and joint pain
  • Sciatica
  • TMJ (temporomandibular joint) pain

Treatment Options

We use the latest treatments and therapies to help you feel and function like yourself again, including:

  • Strain/counter-strain
  • Therapeutic modalities
  • Manual therapy
  • Patient education

We want to improve your quality of life. Contact Lake Regional Physical Therapy to discuss your challenges and learn more about how therapy could help you reach your goals.

Pediatric Conditions

We offer specialized pediatric physical therapy services to help children and their families enjoy the highest quality of life. We see children for physical therapy for a wide variety of diagnoses, including cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, autism, developmental delays, brain or spinal cord injuries, and genetic disorders.

Our certified therapists work one-on-one with children to improve motor coordination, muscle tone, range of motion, posture and more. All of these skills are critical to our patients' future independence and quality of life.

We offer water therapy, bodyweight-supported treadmill training, speech therapy and a variety of fun strengthening activities. Our home education program will give you the confidence to guide your child to achieve goals.

Download our Developmental Benchmarks Chart.


Injury, nutrition and aging are just a few of the many things that can cause weakness. And weakness can be a downward spiral. As we get weaker, we tend to do less; as we do less, we become even weaker.

Lake Regional Physical Therapy can help you stop this cycle, regain your strength and get you moving again. Our physical and occupational therapists can guide you in strengthening and balancing exercises. We help older adults safely regain their strength and their walking stride with the Biodex Unweighing System, a device that enables partial weight-bearing therapy. Once supported, the patient can perform gait and balance exercises.

Work-Related Injuries

If an injury at work has impeded your performance in the workplace, our work injury rehabilitation program provides an aggressive yet cautious approach to getting you back to work quickly and at an optimal performance level.

Your personal physical therapy begins with a comprehensive evaluation of functional limitations and areas of pain. Our team of expert physical therapists will design a treatment plan based on your work-related needs and goals. This includes real or simulated work activities specific to your job, such as lifting, climbing or keyboarding. We take a team approach and will consult with your employer and case manager, if necessary.

Throughout your treatment, we will work hard to help you return to all normal functional activities. When you are ready for discharge, you will receive a personalized home exercise program to allow you to stay healthy on the job, further enhance your rehabilitation outcome and prevent the possibility of reinjury.

Specialty Services We Provide

Aquatic Therapy

Aquatic therapy is beneficial for individuals with arthritis, fibromyalgia and degenerative joint disease. It is also a beneficial part of a healthy weight-loss program.

Lake Regional offers aquatic therapy services at our Camdenton and Eldon clinics. Both clinics feature indoor heated therapy pools, and the pool areas are wheelchair accessible. Both the Camdenton and Eldon clinics currently offer one-on-one therapy with physicians' orders.

Aquatic classes are temporarily suspended.


Astym® is a physical therapy approach that addresses problems that may develop as the result of trauma, surgery or overuse. It regenerates healthy soft tissues (muscles, tendons, etc.), and removes unwanted scar tissue that may be causing pain or movement restrictions. Astym treatment has helped countless patients by restoring movement, getting rid of pain and giving them back their lives. It demonstrates success when other treatments have failed. With Astym, patients stay active, workers stay on the job and athletes stay in their sport during treatment.

Astym treats the following conditions:

  • Postsurgical scarring
  • Post-traumatic scarring
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Shoulder injuries
  • Plantar fasciopathy
  • Chronic ankle sprains
  • Achilles tendinopathy
  • Shin splints
  • Anterior knee pain
  • Hamstring strains
  • Hip pain
  • Sacroiliac/low back pain
  • Most chronic tendinopathies

Back to Golf

If back pain or surgery has affected your golf game, Lake Regional can help you get back in shape.

Back to Golf helps patients dramatically improve their swing by increasing flexibility, strength and balance in just four to eight weeks. Lake Regional Health System has been a licensed Back to Golf provider for more than 10 years. We are one of only a few sites in Missouri to offer this licensed performance and rehabilitation program, which is nationally recognized by GOLF magazine.

If you are recovering from injury, ask your doctor for a referral. Participants may sign up for a four-week or eight-week performance program. For more information, contact Lake Regional Health System Rehabilitation Director Courtney Hulett, PT, at 573.302.2230.

Blood Flow Restriction Training

What Is Blood Flow Restriction Training?

Inflatable elastic bands are placed on the upper portion of the arm or leg and inflated to an appropriate pressure to restrict venous blood flow out of the muscle but still allow for arterial blood flow into the muscle. This allows the patient to perform an exercise with high repetitions and with low resistance while receiving the same strengthening and hypertrophy (muscle growing) benefits as they would with heavy resistance training. This produces less tress to the tissues that may be healing from a recent injury or surgery.

Who Benefits from Blood Flow Restriction Training?

In short, almost anyone! This technique can be used safely in the beginning phases of rehab, essentially as a "crutch" to combat a loss of muscle size, strength or endurance after an injury or surgery until the patient can tolerate heavier training. This is commonly performed following surgeries such as ACL reconstruction, meniscectomy, hip/knee replacements, rotator cuff repair, any tendon repair, etc. Patients with osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, osteopenia or osteoporosis can also benefit from this due to providing less stress on the painful/weakened area during training. This has also been utilized after strokes and spinal cord injuries, or with athletes who wish to improve performance.

Dry Needling

Dry Needling is a therapy focused on treating pain and dysfunction in musculoskeletal conditions.

How does Dry Needling benefit patients?

  • Dry Needling stimulates a healing response in painful musculoskeletal conditions.

Dry Needling can help with the following conditions:

  • Headaches (migraines, tension, cervicogenic)
  • Neck pain (acute/chronic)
  • Hip pain
  • Knee pain
  • Temporomandibular disorders
  • Chronic shoulder pain
  • Back pain
  • Tennis elbow/Golfer's elbow
  • Muscle knots (trigger points)
  • Other musculoskeletal conditions

How is this treatment performed?

  • Trained physical terapists palpate trigger points in the muscles of a painful body part (or location) and the surrounding musculature.
  • A "dry" needle, or a needle not delivering a medication, is inserted into the trigger point to elicit pain relief, increase circulation to the muscle and decrease muscle tightness.


Isokinetic testing is used to test the strength of a specific muscle or muscle group in an isolated environment. It produces specific objective results and can be used to monitor your progress. It is commonly used in testing athletes and industrial injuries to compare with normative data and the unaffected limb to ensure you are ready to return to your specific activity.

This service is only available at Lake Regional Rehab Therapy–Camdenton.


Orthotics are customized inserts into a shoe that provide support for the foot by redistributing weight and realigning foot joints while standing, walking or running. At Lake Regional Health System, we have a custom orthotic lab that allows us to mold inserts for your shoe that you can wear out of the clinic the day of your appointment.

Aligning and cushioning your feet with custom orthotics can lead to decreased knee, hip and lower back pain. Orthotics can treat a variety of foot problems, including:

  • General foot pain
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Bunions
  • Mal-alignments

Contact Lake Regional Physical Therapy to learn how custom-made orthotics can help you.

Parkinson's Disease

Because people with Parkinson's disease tend to move slowly and with smaller motions, it's common for them to shuffle or freeze while walking, and falls are also an issue. In most cases, movement problems can be overcome temporarily when patients are cued or prompted—either by themselves or by another person or thing—to move better; for example, take a big step or stand up straight.

Lake Regional physical therapists are certified to offer LSVT BIG, an exercise treatment program designed to help people with Parkinson’s disease move better. Potential gains include walking faster with bigger steps, improved balance and increased trunk rotation.

Traditional physiotherapy for Parkinson's generally aims to improve flexibility, strength or balance to help actions like getting up from a chair, turning over in bed or walking. This traditional approach breaks down each action but requires patients to remember multiple instructions for each movement goal. LSVT patients simply focus on one goal: to think big.

If you think you might benefit from LSVT BIG, talk to your doctor. A physician's order is required for the therapy.

Services are available at the Lake Regional Rehab Therapy in Lake Ozark. For more information, contact Lake Regional Rehab Therapy – Lake Ozark clinic at 573.964.6010.

Total Joint Camp

Total Joint Camp educates patients and their families about what to expect before, during and after joint replacement surgery. This free class is intended to help you recover more quickly and prepare for an active lifestyle. For more information or to register for the next Total Joint Camp, call 573.302.2230. Or, visit our calendar.

Total Joint Camp topics include:

  • Your health care team
  • Pre-op checklists
  • What to expect during your hospital stay
  • Post-op exercises, goals and activity guidelines
  • Activities of daily living guidelines
  • Nutrition and medication information

Workout to Go

Are you wanting to keep up your physical activities from home? In this booklet, you’ll find easy-to-follow strength, balance, and flexibility exercises that you can do anytime, anywhere.