Physical Therapy    

GHC-SCW Physical Therapists are trained to evaluate an injury to determine which structures are involved and what is needed to provide optimal healing. PT focuses on relief of pain, promoting healing, restoring range of motion and strength. This leads to a return of function and pain-free performance of daily activities.

Benefits of Physical Therapy

Addressing your pain immediately after an injury occurs is important for preventing the development of chronic or disabling conditions. Early therapeutic treatment helps to reduce inflammation and provide the damaged tissues with an optimal healing environment. In addition, treatment can prevent joint restrictions, muscle weakness and limitations in range of motion.

  • Studies show that the more intense and prolonged the pain immediately after an injury, the more likely it will lead to chronic pain. Addressing pain early can prevent this from occurring.
  • Prolonged pain can cause changes to your nervous system and your perception of pain which can make the pain feel more intense.
  • Delay of treatment can also cause chronic tissue changes to the muscles and tendons which can prolong pain. Many people may think that they know how to exercise properly and manage their own pain.

Differences Between Occupational & Physical Therapy

While both PTs and OTs receive extensive instruction on human anatomy and the workings of the musculoskeletal system, they usually focus on different aspects of functioning. PTs mainly work with physical aspects of functioning, while OTs may also address cognitive, emotional, behavioral and interpersonal skills when indicated. Most PTs work with larger muscle groups, while many OTs develop expertise in therapy for the hand and arm.

Both PTs and OTs use therapeutic exercise, activities, adaptations and other techniques to overcome barriers that prevent you from achieving maximum performance in daily life. Evaluation and treatment focuses on skills and functions needed for you to do what you need or want to do. The ultimate goal of both OT and PT is to help you lead an independent, productive and satisfying life.

Team Work

GHC-SCW PTs and OTs work directly with your Primary Care Provider (PCP) to make sure that you are receiving comprehensive treatment for your injury or condition.

Physical Therapy Classes

An individual appointment with a PT is required before beginning PT classes. If you are currently receiving PT for a knee, ankle or back condition, an additional appointment may not be necessary.

Spine Stabilization Class

8-week afternoon class
Designed to help prevent or reduce back pain by strengthening and stretching core muscles


To register for a class, make an initial Physical Therapy appointment, learn dates and class locations, call (608) 662-5060.

Urgent Care Physical Therapy

If your injury occurred in the past two weeks, contact GHC NurseConnect at
(608) 661-7350 to determine if Urgent Care Physical Therapy is right for you.

  • Urgent Care PT/OT provides same day or next day services for injuries that have occurred in the past two weeks. PT addresses symptoms in the back, neck, shoulder, hip, knee or ankle. OT assesses symptoms of the elbow, wrist and hand.
  • You do not need to see your Primary Care Provider (PCP) first. When you call to schedule an appointment you will be transferred to a nurse who will screen your symptoms to determine if Urgent Care PT/OT is right for you.
  • The therapists who work in Urgent Care PT/OT are trained to recognize injuries that are out of the scope of their practice. If after completing an evaluation it is determined that you need a service that a PT or OT is unable to provide, the therapist will refer you to the appropriate medical provider.

PCP Order

PCP orders for PT are not required with the exception of fractures, post- operative care, soft tissue or tendon tears, neurological conditions such as balance disorders and pelvic floor conditions. You may request a PCP order for PT by calling your clinic or sending a GHCMyChartSM message to your PCP.

Clinic LOCATIONS With Physical Therapy Services

Capitol Clinic
675 W. Washington Ave.
Madison, WI 53703
Weekday hours vary
Scheduling line (608) 662-5060
Fax: (608) 252-1419  

East Clinic
5249 East Terrace Dr.
Madison, WI 53718
Weekday hours vary
Scheduling line: (608) 662-5060‚Äč
Fax: (608) 441-3283

Princeton Club West PT/OT Clinic
8054 Watts Rd.
Madison, WI 53719
Mon., 8 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Tues. - Thurs., 6:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Fri.,  6:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Scheduling line: (608) 662-5060
Fax: (608) 662-5061

Urgent Care PT/OT Capitol Clinic
Weekday hours 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 
Scheduling line (608) 442-8100.  Ask to be scheduled in Urgent Care PT/OT Fax (608) 252-1419