Physical Therapy

cherry creek wellness centerPhysical therapy is a unique healthcare profession that involves a comprehensive evaluation and specific treatments for pain and dysfunction. Physical therapists are experts in understanding movement and its role in optimizing function. Our ultimate goal is to restore a maximum level of function and help prevent re-injury.

Our hands-on approach begins with a detailed examination, evaluation and diagnosis. We collaborate with the patient to include his or her needs for rehabilitation therapy and develop an appropriate plan of care to treat identified problems.

Our Physical Therapy Services include:

  • Evaluation of posture
  • Instruction in proper body mechanics at home and in the workplace
  • Exercise therapy
  • Instruction in a home exercise program, including proper strengthening and stretching exercises to prevent re-injury
  • Exercise prescription
  • Modalities that include ultrasound (sound waves) and electrical stimulation

Frequently Asked Questions

When should I see a physical therapist?

Anytime you experience ongoing muscle pain, joint pain, decreased joint motion, headaches or any other musculoskeletal problem. Physical therapy is an excellent mode of rehabilitation for many kinds of injuries such as a sprained ankle or dislocated knee. It is also wise to consult a physical therapist before starting a new exercise program if you have pre-existing musculoskeletal injuries.

What conditions does physical therapy help with?

* Neck/back pain * Decreased range of motion
* Vertabral disc problems * Post-orthopedic surgery
* Whiplash * Spinal fusions
* TMJ (temporomandibular joint) discorder * Laminectomies
* Shoulder pain * Balance disorders
* Hip/knee pain * Pain from pregnancy
* Spinal stenosis * Muscle weakness

What kind of treatments does physical therapy entail?

Physical therapists use various methods, such as stretching the joint structures, massage, and exercises to retrain muscles that have stopped working properly. Sometimes treatment will include: electrical stimulation to reduce pain or swelling or stimulate a muscle to contract, ultrasound to provide deep heat, and traction to stretch the neck or low back region.

Does health insurance cover physical therapy? What would I have to pay?

Most health insurance plans cover physical therapy. Usually, each visit requires a co-payment or a deductible with co-insurance. SFH expects co-payments to be paid at each visit. Any remaining amounts not covered by your insurance company will be billed to you. We send out bills monthly, but often can’t send you a bill until your insurance company has paid. Because many insurance companies delay paying us, we are not always able to get bills out to our patients as soon as we would like. If you have any questions about your bill, or if you have outstanding visits not yet paid by your insurance company, please do not hesitate to contact us.

What do I need to bring?

On your initial visit, please bring your doctor’s prescription for physical therapy (if you have one), any applicable insurance referrals or referral numbers, your insurance card, and any other appropriate billing information. If you have operative reports, MRI or X-ray results, you may bring those as well. Also bring any braces, splints, or crutches that you use.

What should I wear?

All physical therapy exams are private. We recommend that you wear loose-fitting, comfortable clothing. You may want to wear or bring shorts if we are treating an ankle or knee. We have cloth gowns available if needed.  In some cases, your therapist may ask you to change into a gown, similar to what you might wear at a doctor’s office, to provide effective treatment and protect your own clothing. Women’s health patients may need to disrobe for part of the treatment session. However, your therapist will take great care to keep you covered appropriately.

How often are my treatments?

After the initial evaluation, your physical therapist will determine the frequency and duration of your treatment in coordination with your physician. How often and how long you need treatment depend on the type and severity of your condition. However, most patients come to therapy two or three times a week at first and then less often as their condition improves.

What should I expect during my visits?

On your first visit, the physical therapist will perform a thorough evaluation lasting approximately 45-60 minutes. She or he will collect your medical history and the history of your condition, perform an assessment of your posture, conduct neurological screening, and other tests and measures to gain a specific understanding of your condition. Your physical therapist will use the information to decide on the probable outcome of your conditon and determine your treatment. She or he will develop a physical therapy rehabilitation program based on the problems identified and your personal goals.  Follow-up visits are scheduled for 30 minutes.

Do you provide any special services for women?

Yes. Physical therapy can be effective for prenatal and postpartum pain and dysfunction, after gynecological surgery, for incontinence / pelvic floor weakness, and pelvic pain. Therapy for these conditions often consists of strengthening exercises and muscle stimulation.

What is my responsibility in physical therapy?

Your physical therapy treatment will include a home program that you carry out independently. Your therapist will tailor a home program to help you improve your condition and help prevent your problem from coming back.  You are ultimately responsible for your success in your physical therapy program. Your physical therapist can’t do it without your active participation. We can provide you with the tools to recover and stay healthy, but we ask that you cooperate by following through with your home exercise programs and instructions.

How do I arrange an appointment?

Simply call our office at 970-663-2225. The staff can schedule you, get your insurance information, and answer all of your questions.

Meet the Therapist

Kelly Mortellite, PT, DPT

Kelly moved to Colorado following the completion of her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree which she received from Duke University in 2009. Prior to that, she earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Cincinnati in Health Sciences with a Sports and Biomechanics concentration. Kelly completed a study abroad tour to Belize and Guatemala and enjoyed volunteering with many organizations, including Big Brothers, Big Sisters, the Boys and Girls Club and Special Olympics.

Kelly has experience providing physical therapy for both orthopedic and neurologic conditions across the lifespan, treating children through the geriatric population. She has had research published in the Physical Therapy Journal and she has presented at national American Physical Therapy Association conferences. Kelly is always pursuing continuing education opportunities and appreciates teaching and empowering her patients on the path to recovery. She enjoys traveling to Ethiopia and provides physical therapy services to children in government orphanages in Addis Ababa.

Her interests include spending time with her husband and dog, traveling, snowboarding, scuba diving and watching Duke basketball.