Is Cancer Physical Therapy Rehabilitation right for me?

Cancer and its treatments can take a heavy toll on the body, often leading to physical challenges that may seem overwhelming. But there’s a beacon of hope in this journey: cancer physical therapy rehabilitation. This specialized form of therapy is designed to help cancer patients regain strength, improve mobility, and enhance overall quality of life. If you’re navigating the complex path of cancer treatment and recovery, you might be wondering, “Is cancer physical therapy rehabilitation right for me?” Let’s explore this question together.

Understanding Cancer Rehabilitation

Cancer rehabilitation is a patient-centered approach that focuses on addressing the physical and functional challenges faced by cancer patients. This form of therapy is not just for those in recovery; it can be beneficial at any stage of cancer treatment. Whether you’re dealing with fatigue, pain, lymphedema, or mobility issues, cancer rehabilitation can offer tailored solutions to help you manage and overcome these challenges.

Who Can Benefit?

  • Newly Diagnosed Patients: Starting cancer physical therapy early, even shortly after diagnosis, can help in maintaining strength and function during treatment.
  • Patients Undergoing Treatment: Chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery can lead to side effects like fatigue, weakness, and restricted movement. Rehabilitation can help in managing these symptoms.
  • Survivors and Those in Remission: After completing cancer treatment, rehabilitation can aid in regaining pre-treatment levels of activity and health.
  • Patients with Advanced Cancer: Even in advanced stages, physical therapy can improve mobility, reduce pain, and enhance quality of life.

Key Benefits of Cancer Physical Therapy

  • Improved Mobility and Strength: Cancer treatments can lead to muscle weakness and stiffness. Physical therapy helps in restoring muscle strength and flexibility.
  • Managing Treatment Side Effects: Techniques like lymphedema therapy can help manage swelling often seen after certain cancer treatments.
  • Enhancing Mental Well-being: Physical activity in therapy can also improve mental health, reducing feelings of depression and anxiety.
  • Personalized Care: Therapists work closely with you to create a personalized plan that addresses your specific needs and goals.

What to Expect in Cancer Rehabilitation

A cancer rehabilitation program typically begins with a thorough assessment of your physical condition, treatment history, and specific challenges. From there, the therapist designs a personalized plan that may include:

  • Exercises tailored to improve strength, endurance, and flexibility
  • Pain management techniques
  • Lymphedema management
  • Education on energy conservation and activity pacing
  • Guidance on safely returning to daily activities

Making the Decision

Deciding to embark on cancer physical therapy rehabilitation is a personal choice and one that should involve discussions with your healthcare team. Consider the following:

  • Consult Your Doctor: Discuss with your oncologist or healthcare provider to understand if and when you can start physical therapy.
  • Evaluate Your Needs: Consider what physical challenges you’re facing and how therapy could address them.
  • Explore Available Resources: Look into the options available at your treatment center or in your community.


Cancer physical therapy rehabilitation offers a ray of hope and empowerment for those fighting cancer. By addressing physical challenges, it not only aids in physical recovery but also boosts emotional well-being. If you’re considering whether this is the right path for you, remember that it’s about taking control of your health and working towards regaining your strength and independence. With the right support and guidance, cancer physical therapy rehabilitation can be a vital part of your cancer journey.

Suffering from “Jaw Pain”? Do I have TMJ?

Is “jaw pain” or TMJ causing you to have symptoms that make chewing difficult? Do you feel like your jaw is clicking and/or locking? OR ALL THE ABOVE?!

“Jaw pain” and TMJ related issues have spiked in 2020! The TOPS Physical Therapy Team has seen a large increase in people seeking help for pain related to “jaw pain”/TMJ. With the increase in patients suffering from this, TOPS has provided education on TMJ pain and how to manage the pain and symptoms!

Why has 2020 increased “Jaw Pain”/ TMJ?

Based on the reports we have received from our patients battling “jaw pain”, many individuals have been forced to change up daily routines and as a result people have more stressors weighing on them. We have heard from many patients that they have had an increase in stress at home given the current events that have transpired since January 2020. The most common increases in stress were: trying to manage their kids, adjusting to online learning, working full-time from home, and/or poor posture (some cases related to the new non-ergonomic home offices). With the increase in stress, patients have started clinching and/or developed neck tightness that results in TMJ issues. You’re not ALONE!

What does jaw pain really mean?

The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is made of bones, nerve, ligaments, discs, tendons and muscles. Similar to other joints in the body, if there is a dysfunction, physical therapy can help with this by:

  • Decreasing pain & inflammation
  • Improving range of motion & strength
  • Restoring function and helping you get back to your daily activities

Temporomandibular disorder (TMD) is an umbrella term used to describe several conditions that involve dysfunction of the jaw (“jaw pain”). The most common symptoms of TMDs are pain and decreased mobility to the jaw. There are numerous non-invasive/conservative (non-surgical) treatment approaches for TMDs that we can perform at TOPS Physical Therapy, including, but is not limited to: manual work, stretching, posture correction, and/or dry needling.

Lateral Pterygold Muscle- two-headed, fan-shaped muscle located in the infratemporal fossa of the skull. It is one of the four masticatory muscles that act upon the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) to enable chewing and biting.

Tension in the TMJ can be largely related to tightness of the lateral pterygoid muscle (Look in the picture below to see the location of the lateral pterygoid muscle). If the tension in the jaw is coming from the lateral pterygoid muscle it can be difficult to palpate that area to decrease tension. Why is it hard to palpate that area? The anatomy of the skull makes difficult to get into that muscle efficiently, and it is much better targeted via dry needling.

What is Dry Needling and how does it help to reduce tension?

The belief behind dry needling and how it works is that during healing, soft tissue becomes adhered to one another, limiting mobility, and consequently blood and lymphatic vessels become blocked. This results in inflammation, pain and the formation of trigger points and chronic soft tissue dysfunction. The interruption of normal function leads to atrophy, aggravated irritability and sensitivity. A tiny lesion created by a needle stimulates tissue relaxation through mechanical stimulation of the trigger point/symptomatic tissue.

These tiny lesions stimulate a localized healing response, as well as activate a neural physiological response that decreases pain. This response also releases proteins that help to rebuild tissues and minimize the pain signals to the brain. This process results in a reduction in pain, clicking and popping of the jaw. 

What symptoms can Dry Needling reduce when dealing with “jaw pain” and TMJ/TMD:

  • Jaw discomfort or soreness
  • Headaches
  • Pain radiation behind eyes, face, shoulder, neck and/or back
  • Earaches or ringing in the ears (not caused by infection of the inner ear canal)
  • Clicking or popping of the jaw
  • Locking of the jaw
  • Pain with chewing gum
  • Restrictions in mouth motions
  • Clenching or grinding of teeth
  • Dizziness
  • Sensitivity of teeth (not caused by oral health disease)
  • Numbness or tinging in fingers
  • A change in the way upper and lower teeth fit together 

Using the combination of dry needling and provided exercises or postural improvement you can significantly improve your symptoms and quality of life. Reach out to us if you are experiencing these symptoms to set up an initial appointment.

Click here to see to see more information about TMJ/TMD/Jaw Pain from TOPS Physical Therapy. 

Click here to watch and listen about TMJ from Mayo Clinic Radio 

COVID-19: Stay at home doesn’t mean stay on the couch!

COVID-19 “stay at home” order does not mean to quit moving and stay on the couch…. The TOPS Physical Therapy Team IS HERE TO SUPPORT YOU through the good times and the COVID times 🙂 Our team strides to provide you with all the tools and resources to keep your health and wellbeing at the “TOPS”! One of the best tips we can give you is to stay moving! We understand that the coronavirus pandemic has likely caused massive changes to your life and routine; however, it’s crucial to remember that exercise and movement are necessary for our mental and physical health.

Don’t allow the quarantine to give you the “COVID-19”…. get up and move!

“Get up and move” is an essential during COVID-19. Think of movement and exercise as FREE MEDICINE! Movement through exercise gets your heart beating and your blood flowing. Increased blood flow allows new oxygen and nutrients to be carried throughout the body! This free medicine benefits your blood pressure, blood sugar, lowers cholesterol, helps with weight management/weight loss, relieves pain and more!

I know I need movement…. But, where do I start?

A good start is Moderate Exercise: Each day, it’s recommended to get at least 30 minutes of moderate exercise or 20 minutes of vigorous activity ON TOP of our daily activities. Since many people are affected by the “stay at home” orders, walking around work and climbing stairs are less common, thus we have to do even more! Here is a list of ideas for you to do:

    • Home workouts (some examples: pushups, lunges, air squats, jump rope, core work-crunches/planks/bicycles/mountain climbers/etc.)
    • Walks around the neighborhood
    • Swimming in your backyard pool now that it’s warming up
    • Biking
    • Hiking
    • Rollerblading
    • Stairs at home (going up and down your stairs a few times or for time)
    • etc! 

Does exercise affect mood, especially since we are all cooped up inside?

Have you noticed changes in your mood since the “stay at home” order? Are you feeling stressed and depressed? Exercise also helps with that! Why?!? Exercising releases those “feel-good” endorphins, reduces anxiety and boosts self-esteem while controlling and regulating stress hormones, such as cortisol and adrenaline. Exercise increases the delivery of vital nutrients and oxygen to the brain, improving concentration and clarity.

Wondering what you can do post exercise? Or what else you can do to feel better after you get moving?

Recovery is very important when increasing exercise! There are many things you can do to enhance your recovery and recharge:

  • SLEEP! Deep sleep is crucial for proper recovery and mental clarity. Physical activity helps increase time spent in slow wave sleep, or deep sleep. Most of our commute times have been drastically reduced, so use that time to get 30 extra minutes of sleep.
  • Refuel! Find yourself eating more snacks due to boredom? Exercise helps boost metabolism and burns calories while giving you something engaging and fun to do rather than binge on Tiger King/ Netflix. Getting the proper fuel from whole foods is a great way to recover from exercising. Your body needs the right nutrients to perform at a high level. To really enhance your workouts and get some results in both lean muscle/fat loss try to combine journaling with exercise for an added boost to mental health. Jot down what you eat and how you feel daily!
    • What is a whole food?
      • Fresh vegetables such as leafy greens, avocados, radishes, cucumbers, squash, and sweet potatoes
    • What isn’t a whole food?
      • Anything with too many ingredients, chemical ingredients, or ingredients that you can’t pronounce

Is pain hindering your ability to fulfill your exercise quota?? We are an essential business and are here to help you!

TOPS Physical Therapy is open and here to serve you! Our company has taken extraordinary measures to keep our patients and team safe! We understand that injuries happen (even in quarantine) and by choosing PT first you can help decrease the load in hospitals and urgent care facilities.
Our staff is thoroughly trained and has significant experience in various treatment options (including manual work, ASTYM, dry needling, spinal manipulations, and corrective exercises) with the overall goal of decreasing your pain and helping you to return to your active lifestyle and daily routines. Our team of experienced clinicians provide individualized, hands on, full body physical therapy techniques designed to maximize muscle and joint function, core stabilization, and sports rehabilitation!

Pain can be a REAL GRINCH! Let TOPS help you STEAL back your Holiday Spirit!

Is the “Grinch” trying to hold you back this year and steal your HOLIDAY SPIRIT?!

Tis the season of giving…. But, pain is not what you want to be given! And, at this time of year, pain can be the REAL Grinch…

How can you overcome the PAIN-Grinch?

Well, we have some GREAT NEWS FOR YOU! Your deductible is most likely met! Arizona is direct access, meaning you don’t even have to see a doctor before coming… You can come straight in and we will check you out, and get you started, on your FIRST appointment. We are a one stop shop at T.O.P.S. (rare thing to find during the Holiday time)!!! In the clinic, we have an Osteopractor, which means you can get all your dry needling, joint manipulations, or physical therapy done in ONE LOCATION!

We want you to enjoy eating TOO much Turkey, Christmas shopping, home decorating… Annnnddddd, great weather in Phoenix! This is the time of year when we start to get back out running, hiking, biking, etc. At T.O.P.S., we believe that getting out and moving is essential to your physical and mental health. We also understand that you may have aches and pains that arise after hibernating all summer! Not only does this affect you physically, but it’ll take a toll on your mental well-being as well. Don’t let that happen! Aches and pains should not be on the forefront of your mind, or limiting your desire to do any of these activities!

Not to mention, once your physical pain is minimized, your mental clarity will improve, providing for shopping stamina, great gift ideas for those hard to shop for, and delicious meals!

As Saint Augustine said, “The greatest evil is physical pain.”

So, we invite you in, to come check out what we can do for you during these hectic holiday times, and get you running, hiking, or biking your way into 2019!!!

Young Female Athletes Sidelined From Injury-Week 2

Why do we see so many young female athletes sidelined from injury?

Did you miss the first blog? Go back and check it out! This is an awesome series!!! Our student Ashley is sharing her personal story and some insight on why so many young female athletes end up injured. If you are wanting to get a better understanding, then this blog series is for you! The purpose of this blog series is to go through some of the most common injuries, early identifications, and prevention of injuries for young female athletes.

Do you know what the most common injuries are that a young female athlete can endure?

Most of you can probably come up the obviously injuries like: rotator cuff tears/ strains, low back pain, and nerve impingement, but what how many of you actually know why these occur? Well, below I have listed common injuries that young female athletes undergo, as well as some explanation as to how these injuries occur.

  • Shoulder-Impingement (most common)

    • Compared to an overhead thrower who has a range of motion (ROM) of 108 degrees, a female windmill pitcher requires 360 degrees of motion. This ROM then places torque on the biceps brachii (talked about in last week’s blog). The biceps tendon can either become impinged underneath the acromion of the shoulder, cause inflammation of the biceps tendon, or at worst, can rupture the tendon. In turn, your young female athlete may start to complain of pain on the front side of their shoulder, state relief of pain when the shoulder is down by their side, or the biceps muscle may look like a “pop-eye.”
    • “Pop-eye” muscle:
  • Ulnar Nerve Impingement 
    • This injury is due to abnormal forces through the elbow. While pitching, you may notice that your young female athlete may have her forearm too far outside her pitching zone while her elbow is tucked near her body. This causes a valgus force and can end up causing impingement on the inside portion of the elbow (Cubital Tunnel) or at the wrist (Guyon’s Tunnel). If your athlete has a nerve impingement they will complain of numbness and tingling down the inside of their forearm and/or in their fourth and fifth (pinky) fingers.
    • Cubital Tunnel Entrapment
    • Guyon’s Tunnel Entrapment
    • Pain Location


Check out the blog next week to learn more about when these young women are over doing it! 

Lower Body Workout Variations

Lower Body Workout Variations

Last week we asked if you were a frequent gym-goer or someone who is newer to the gym to see if you could benefit from upper body variations. This week we would like to share with you all some simple lower body strengthening exercises. We picked a few that we see people perform consistently at the gym. Especially for a beginner, we think it is essential to know some of the big muscle groups that are targeted before performing an exercise and the difference in modifications of each exercise. Use this as a general guideline when tweaking your exercise routine and regardless of your experience working out, always emphasize proper form.

Squat Variations

The squat is everyone’s favorite low extremity strengthening exercise. By adjusting the placement of the bar you can easily target different muscle groups. Keep in mind there will be overlap in muscles you strengthen with each variation and the muscles listed below are not the only muscles being used.

  • Back squat
    • High glute involvement
    • Ideally you want your trunk and tibia in line with each other. Try to not let your knees progress over your toes throughout the movement.

  • Front squat
    • More quad involvement
    • Placing the bar on the front of your shoulders, rather than behind your head, moves the center of gravity of the weight you are lifting forward. This is why your quads now become the chief mover rather than your glutes.

Lunge Variation

The lunge is one of the most versatile lower extremity strengthening exercises that we use consistently in physical therapy.  It is an extremely useful exercise to build frontal plane strength, which may of us lack. In addition, the exercise will strengthen some of the large muscle groups people focus on at the gym, including quads and glutes.

  • Forward lunge
    • More quad involvement
    • It’s ok to progress your front knee over your foot slightly with this exercise, but slowly control the motion and do not let you knee dive inwards

  • Backward lunge
    • More glute maximus involvement
    • Try to keep the front knee behind your toes and actively drive the motion through your hips

  • Lateral lunge
    • More glute medius involvement
    • This is a muscle that stabilizes your hips in the frontal plane and often times a muscle that is weak in the general population
    • When initially performing this exercise, do not use weight and keep your hands in front of you to counterbalance your hips going backwards

Deadlift Variation

The deadlift can be an extremely beneficial lower extremity strengthening exercise. It is easy, however, to perform the exercise with incorrect form and place high levels of stress on the low back. With all variations, think about keeping the shoulders and back engaged and core activated. The bar should always be as close to your body as possible.

  • Traditional deadlift
    • More glute activation here
    • Knees start bent and finished extended

  • Romanian deadlift
    • More hamstring activation here
    • Knees stay relatively extended throughout the movement
    • This is typically a more difficulty variation to perform, thus start with lighter weight and focus on proper form

Upper Body Workout Variations

Are you a frequent gym-goer? Are you new to the gym? If you answered yes to either question, then you could benefit from exercise variations. Why is that? The simple reason is, we all can benefit from variation in our training. (Variation in terms of training can mean intensity, volume, frequency, lifting tempo, exercise selection and so on).

Today we would like to share some simple upper body strengthening exercises. We picked a few that we see people perform consistently at the gym. Especially for a beginner, we think it is essential to know some of the big muscle groups that are targeted before performing an exercise and the difference in modifications of each exercise. Use this as a general guideline when tweaking your exercise routine and regardless of your experience working out, always emphasize proper form.

Push Up Variations
The push-up is an extremely functional and simple exercise that can easily be altered to train different parts of your body. Whether you’re a beginner or advanced gym-goer, knowing the different variations of the exercise can be useful when tailoring your workout and building full body strength. Regardless of alteration keep a neutral spine with chin slightly tucked.

  • Shoulder width
    • Targets deltoids>pecs>triceps
    • Focus on neutral spine throughout the movement
    • Hands slightly outside shoulder level

  • Wide placement
    • Targets pecs>deltoids>triceps
    • Hands should be further outside of shoulder level slightly above mid pec level

  • Close placement
    • Targets triceps>deltoids>pecs
    • Keep hands at or slightly inside of shoulders at level just below the pecs

Pull Up Variations

The pull up is another very functional upper body strengthening exercise.  The pull-up can be adjusted with arm positioning and grip variations to target different muscles in your body. Keep in mind however, the main muscle groups will include your lats, rhomboids, biceps, and forearm musculature regardless.

  • Wide and close grip
    • Back muscles (lats, rhomboids)>biceps>forearm

  • Open grip
    • More biceps activation here with less back and forearm activation

  • Closed grip
    • More forearm/bicep activation here with less back activation

Curl Variations

You’ve likely tried or seen people doing different variations of curls at the gym. All curls should not be considered the same however. With whatever variation you choose to perform, keep the shoulders back and down, keep a neutral spine and work through full elbow ROM.

  • Supinated (open) grip
    • Palm up
    • Targets biceps>medial forearm>lateral forearm
    • Be careful not to lose the palm up grip when lowering the weight.

  • Pronated (closed) grip
    • Palm down
    • Targets lateral forearm>biceps>medial forearm
    • This is typically a more difficult curl, so go down in

  •  Neutral grip
    • In-between an open and closed grip
    • Equal activation of biceps and lateral forearm (roughly), not much medial forearm activation here
    • weight and focus on form

National Athletic Training Month

Here at TOPS Physical Therapy we celebrate athletic trainers everyday, but each March it’s highlighted on a national level during National Athletic Training Month. To celebrate this month we would like to highlight the BEST athletic trainer, Chad Bohls! Chad, like all athletic trainers across America, deserves to be recognized for his commitment to helping people prevent injuries and stay healthy and active. These men and women go above and beyond to provide the highest level of care! We thank you all for your hard work and dedication. You guys have “our back”! It is our time to have yours, so with that said we are behind this initiative fully, as it helps spread awareness about the important work of athletic trainers.

In many ways, an athletic trainer can be synonymous with a PA in a traditional medical model. And Chad certainly fulfills his role as the “PA” for TOPS Physical Therapy. Chad has worked along side world renown physical therapists for the past 11 years and he has the knowledge of an honorary physical therapist. TOPS Physical Therapy wouldn’t be the same without him! Chad is an expert in manual work and excels at getting patients back to the life they want to live, whether it is a small tweak to their system or a full blown return-to-professional sport. And let’s not forget, Chad has endless movie quotes, South Dakota knowledge, sports trivia, and personality for days!

Athletic trainers are health care professionals. They are highly educated and dedicated to the job at hand and can be found in high schools and colleges, corporations, professional sports, military, performing arts and clinics, hospitals and physician offices. The BEST ATHLETIC TRAINER WE KNOW CAN BE FOUND AT TOPS PHYSICAL THERAPY! For all who don’t know, National Athletic Training Month is held every March in order to spread awareness about the important work of athletic trainers. This years slogan is “Compassionate care for all.”

And Chad certainly provides COMPASSIONATE CARE FOR ALL!

For more information please visit:

25 Questions To Get To Know Chad


Treating YOU And NOT Just The DIAGNOSIS

There has been a topic we feel that we need to make very clear to our current and future patients regarding their care. TOPS Physical Therapy & Osteopractics is here to treat YOU as an individual, NOT as a diagnosis!

Although that can be considered a cliché statement, it is something we take to heart, believe in, and perform daily.

We have many people who call, text, message, and ask advice on a certain surgery or disease process, which trust me, we would LOVE to be able to give you everything in those avenues. However, there is still a personal touch required in this technology world. We are here to treat you as an individual and unique human being that you are.

Although you may get shoulder surgery for a certain diagnosis, or have knee pain after going down stairs, you are not the same as Labrum Repair surgery, patient #1,304,392.

YOU are a person:
who possibly has laxity versus stiffness;
who has a manual labor job versus a sitting desk job;
who enjoys Scuba diving vs knitting
who is a single bachelor vs a working mother with 5 children

Therefore, we refuse to follow an exact protocol of treatment and provide black and white pictures of exercises, and lump you together with every other “labrum repair” surgical patients.

WE TREAT YOU! We want to engage with you and learn all about who YOU are, so we can better treat your injury, prevent further injury, and ultimately serve you the best way we are able to do so.

What this means…you may have 5 friends who work at your office with the “same” surgery, or watch the NFL and see a quarterback playing again, or have a grandparent who is “back to normal in 5 weeks” and you’re not! Understand, there are 10+ routine surgical interventions being performed on shoulder labrums, and even if it is a “routine” surgery, the person it is being performed on, is different. Thus, even if you had the exact “same” surgical intervention as your buddy or grandparent, your healing time and life experiences are going to drastically effect YOUR pain relief, mobility, and eventual full return to all activities.

If you ever talk to an “expert” or get treated by a provider who is lumping you together with “everyone else who has the same thing”, run my friend. Run far away from them. They are assuming that YOU are exactly the same as the “average American”, but TOPS does not believe so. We believe you are a person, with your own history, and your own active future. We have treated, collectively, 100s of thousands of patients, and we have never seen two exactly the same. Not even with identical twins. Therefore, it is our goal to treat you as the PERSON you are, and not the “injury” or “surgical intervention” that you present to have on your initial evaluation.

At the end of the day… The TOPS Team is here to HELP YOU! We want to get you back doing the things you love. If you have any questions about injuries, workouts, job duties, or anything else, PLEASE FEEL FREE TO CALL US AT ANYTIME! You can reach us by: Phone: (602)826-0037,Text: (602)826-1825, AND Facebook:  TOPSPHYSICALTHERAPY.


How Do YOU Choose The Right Physical Therapy Clinic For YOU?

How do you choose the right Physical Therapy clinic for you?

Currently in this day and time with a saturated market, with Physical Therapy clinics everywhere, what factors into your decision on choosing where to go? You can go where your doctor refers you (ARIZONA IS DIRECT ACESS, NO DOCTOR REFERRAL NEEDED), where a friend/family member recommends, or just solely based off geographic location (check online reviews: Facebook, Google, Yelp, etc.).

Pick the RIGHT FIT for YOU:

We want to spend time on the ladder and talk about why choosing just based off location or referral may be short changing yourself. Here are a few questions to consider if you are currently in Physical Therapy or can think back to the last time you were. Is this clinic you are spending at least 4-6 hours per week performing more than 2 minutes of manual therapy on you? Are you doing the exact same thing every visit? Do you feel like it is a mill? Is there opportunities for you to really speak with the therapist and express how you are feeling or discuss your concerns? Are you unsupervised with your exercises? Did they tell you that you must go to this place because you are dealing with a workers comp injury? If you are answering, yes, to any of these questions, you may consider a change (it is YOUR RIGHT to go where ever YOU WANT).

Treating the Person and not the DIAGNOSIS:

Another thought to consider, is the clinician treating the person and not the diagnosis? Yes, there are standard protocols, but just like with everything else each person has a different background and a different need. A clinician must be able to recognize a person for example, who has a history of shoulder instability with chronic dislocations or subluxations, who undergoes a stabilization surgery that he/she may want to go slower than typical protocols to allow for more scarring and improved overall stability post-surgery. This is just one example, but it is another reason to go to a clinic where you are valued as person and not just a number. You want to build a relationship just like you would your medical doctor.

How T.O.P.S. Physical Therapy can help YOU:

T.O.P.S. Physical Therapy and Osteopractics is interested in building a relationship with you. Our staff is thoroughly trained and has significant experience in various treatment options, including manual work, ASTYM, dry needling, spinal manipulations, and corrective exercises, with the overall goal of DECREASING YOUR PAIN and helping you to RETURN TO YOUR ACTIVE LIFESTYLE AND DAILY ROUTINES.

Our clinicians provide individualized, hands on, full body physical therapy techniques designed to maximize muscle and joint function, core stabilization, and sports rehabilitation. We also offer these specialized physical therapy and training programs:

  • Manual Therapy
  • First Responder Rehabilitation
  • Sports Medicine
    • Sport-Specific Training Programs
    • Balance Training

Potential referring diagnoses may include, but are not limited to:

  • Neck Pain
  • Back Pain
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Strains, Sprains, and Tears
  • Joint Replacements
  • Pre-surgical Strengthening
  • Post-surgical Strengthening
  • Overuse Injuries
  • Exercise Training and Education
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Pregnancy-related Back Pain
  • Generalized Deconditioning

We are in central Phoenix at: 5353 N. 16 th St. Phoenix, Arizona 85016.

If you have any questions or want to know more about our services, please visit us at: or call: 602-826-0037