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Physical Therapy

At Altru Health System we know the difference creative, dedicated people can make. For over 30 years, our physical therapy department has been helping people conquer disabilities caused by accidents, illnesses or chronic conditions. Our physical therapists practice in both acute care and rehabilitation settings, meeting the physical therapy needs of adults and children at locations in Grand Forks and several regional communities. As the area's original provider of comprehensive rehabilitation services, Altru Health System attracts patients representing all ages and diagnoses.

Goals of Physical Therapy

As their professional title implies, physical therapists use physical means such as heat, cold, ultrasound, electrical stimulation, massage and therapeutic exercise to treat a variety of medical conditions and injuries.

Often a physical therapist may specialize in treating specific areas of the body such as the back, neck, knee or shoulder. Some physical therapists focus on treating patients who have experienced sports injuries, strokes, spinal cord injuries, amputations or other conditions.

Physical therapy is designed to:

  • Restore motion and decrease pain
  • Correct deformities
  • Increase muscle strength, flexibility and endurance
  • Decrease swelling/inflammation of joints
  • Improve balance, coordination and walking ability
  • Prevent injury

Therapeutic Programs and Services

Altru's Physical Therapy provides the following programs and services:

  • Amputee Rehabilitation

  • Ankle and Foot Rehabilitation

  • Bladder Control Issues

  • Conditioning/Fitness

  • Hand Rehabilitation

  • Lower Extremity Rehabilitation

  • Neuro Rehabilitation

  • Orthopedic Rehabilitation

  • Pediatric Physical Therapy

  • Pelvic Pain and Dysfunction

  • Posture and Body Mechanics

  • Prenatal and Postnatal Care

  • Spine Care

  • Sports Injury

  • Upper Extremity Rehab (shoulder)

  • Work Injury Management

  • Wound Care

What to Expect


To receive physical therapy you must first be referred by a physician. For physical conditions resulting from accidents, injuries and some illnesses, you should first make an appointment with your own physician or one of the physicians on staff at Altru Health System. As an individual you have the right to seek treatment from the physical therapist of your choice.


During your initial visit, the physical therapist will evaluate your condition. This often involves reviewing your health history, determining areas where you could benefit from physical therapy, outlining initial treatment goals and developing a treatment plan and timetable for achieving these goals.


Although your doctor and physical therapist can help your reach your recovery goals, the quality and speed of your recovery depend largely on you. The time and effort you invest in your therapy program will help you enjoy the best possible outcome. 

As your therapy progresses, your physical therapist will maintain a careful record of your progress, and periodically re-evaluate your condition. We encourage all of our patients to ask questions and openly discuss problems or situations with their therapist, so that together we can set treatment goals. 

Locations and Appointments

Grand Forks & East Grand Forks

Regional Locations 

North Dakota

  • Aneta Parkview Health Center | Aneta 701.780.2400
  • Cooperstown Medical Center | Cooperstown 701.780.2400
  • Heartland Care Center | Devils Lake 701.665.5247
  • Altru Clinic | Devils Lake 701.665.5247
  • Altru Clinic | Drayton 701.454.3311
  • Hatton Prairie Village | Hatton 701.780.2400
  • Cavalier County Memorial | Langdon 701.780.2400
  • Larimore Masonic Temple | Larimore 701.780.2400
  • Nelson County Health System | McVille 701.780.2400
  • Northwood Deaconess | Northwood 701.780.2400
  • First Care Health Center | Park River 701.780.2400
  • Pembilier Nursing Center | Walhalla 701.780.2400