Southwest Therapy Specialists, P.C.

Welcome to Southwest Therapy Specialists!

We are an independent therapist-owned, therapy practice located in Phoenix, AZ and serving the Valley of the Sun. Our services include Certified Hand Therapy (CHT), Manual Orthopedic Physical Therapy, Aquatic Therapy, Women's Health, Men's Health, Pelvic PT, Personal Fitness and Strength Training.

Highest Ranking in the United States and Canada out of over 12,000 clinicians and 2,800 clinics:

At Southwest Therapy Specialists, we're here to help you achieve your therapy goals, whatever they may be.
So we want to know:  What are your needs?

Do you:  
-Experience pain and want to decrease reliance on medications?
-Have acute pain limiting work outs at a fitness club?

-Excruciating chronic pain preventing walking on land or participating in normal activities?

-Keep gaining weight or can't lose weight? 

-Have high blood pressure, bad cholesterol or worry about overall health issues?

-Want to better control Diabetes, wounds that won't heal, or numbness in the feet or hands? 

-Feel pain radiating down a leg?

-Experience stiff joints?  Have scar adhesions that limit movement?

-Need custom orthotics to brace a wrist or hand?

-Lack motion?

-Drop items and experience weakness?

-Need strength training?

-Want to improve endurance, flexibility, agility, and/or power?

-Need a Personal Fitness trainer?

-Leak when sneezing or have incontinence? Pelvic pain?
-Suffer from fecal incontinence? Strain with constipation? 

-Worry about falling? Become dizzy and the room spins if moving quickly?

-Plan a surgical intervention and are looking to arrange post-operative therapy with the best therapists?

Then, let's do this, together!


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Top 3% Rank in the United States and Canada for Wrist/Hand Improvement per FOTO®:
Tell the referring physician to fax a referral prescription for treatment to Southwest Therapy Specialists to (602) 249-4115. If the doctor or PA-C tries to send the prescription to a competitor practice, ask the doctor, "What percent ranking is that clinic and therapist?" If the physician or PA-C does not know or the outcome is significantly less, request them to look up the rankings and ask "Why would you refer to any clinic that is ranked less?" Just because the physician's referral staff has "always referred there" doesn't make it right this time. After all, isn't the best care and best chance for improvement what is desired? Insist on the best. Let's do this, together!
Manual Orthopedic Physical Therapy:
No "weekly adjustments" or "for the rest of your life" appointments here! Manual orthopedic Physical Therapists provide personalized hands-on treatment to teach proper, comfortable and effective movement to facilitate the body’s ability to heal. Thus there is no need for weekly “adjustments” or “for life” reliance upon the therapist once discharged. Through encouragement and knowledgeable instruction each person receives the personalized approach to healing and wellness. The Plan of Care may address a series of posture, stretching, strengthening, and aerobic home program. The therapist may touch and mobilize the restrictive tissue through myofascial and soft tissue manual techniques. Pain, swelling, stiffness, muscle weakness, low energy levels, poor posture, or overall needing to get back to the activities of life, let’s do this together!

Pelvic PT:

The private area involving the pelvic area is a specialization of the Pelvic Physical Therapists at Southwest Therapy Specialists. Compassion and sensitivity is a hallmark of the manual orthopedic Physical Therapist/Pelvic PT. Specific musculo-skeletal and nervous system diagnoses treated includes, but is not limited to: bladder control problems, urinary incontinence (leakage with laughing or coughing), fecal incontinence, constipation, interstitial cystitis (pelvic pain syndrome), chronic pelvic pain (CPP), weakness or pain with the pelvic floor, oncology complications following cancer radiation. If pain persists, despite physician treatment, for certain conditions may be successfully treated by the Pelvic Physical Therapist. Erroneous treatment for perceived prostate infections or bladder infections may actually only be tight muscles mimicking infection and simply require myofascial techniques and release/retraining with desensitization. Tight muscles, weak muscles, failed medication treatment, or persistent pain in the pelvis? Ask for a direct referral to the Pelvic PT. Worth a phone call and one visit, it is that simple. 

Focus On Therapeutic Outcomes (FOTO®) ranks Southwest Therapy Specialists top in the nation for therapy outcomes and patient satisfaction at 99% excellent. Designed to manage quality, measure outcomes, and focus on strengths of private practices FOTO® is recommended by CMS (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services), endorsed by NQF (National Quality Forum), endorsed by PPS (Private Practice Section) and SoWH, APTA Section. Ranking is achieved through efficiency, effectiveness, utilization, and satisfaction. Locally owned and operated. Request only to be seen by a top-in-the-nation therapy team for all therapy needs.

Certified Hand Therapist (CHT):
When seeking therapy consider The Hand Therapy Certification Commission (HTCC) endorses the Hand Therapy at Southwest Therapy Specialists, PC. Look at the credentials of the therapist when selecting a practice for shoulder, elbow, wrist, and/or hand injuries. Only a Certified Hand Therapist can utilized the term "CHT" as this national credentialing ensures the public of demonstrated successful passing of "...a comprehensive test of advanced clinical skills and theory in upper quarter rehabilitation...and continued professional development and competency by recertifying every five Let the physician know a generalist will not do and ask for a referral specifying CHT.

Aquatic Therapy:

Ever shiver and get chilled in the pool? Experience fear of falling while walking? Then avoid muscle spasms and avoid any risk of falling while working out in Southwest Therapy Specialists' Aquatic Therapy. With a temperature of 93-95 degree F the licensed therapist gets into the water with every client and guides the individualized program.  Need to: improve balance? Reduce back pain or osteoarthritis pain? Decrease Herniated Disk pain? Improve flexibility? Increase leg or abdominal strength? Improve range of motion of a Total Knee or Total Hip Replacement? Improve Core Stability? Let SWTS' Aquatic Therapy program help achieve individualized goals. Ask the physician for a prescription for Southwest Therapy Specialists' Aquatic Therapy..."And the water is divine!"-(patient's first visit)
PRRT (Primal Reflex Release Technique-™):
Ever feel a thickened, boggy, full-feeling around a painful area? Experience a hyper-sensitivity and instantly withdraw that painful area away from another person trying to simply touch the area? Almost as if a reflex is causing the painful area to "get away" from the potential of more pain? PRRT™ is a specialized treatment Southwest Therapy Specialists' therapists may perform to help control the reflex response if it is present. Improved spontaneity of joint range of motion, less pain and improved speed of movement is readily achieved in over 50% of the painful areas. And if PRRT is not a treatment of choice SWTS' competent team can within two visits determine if the client is a candidate for this technique. No other technique performed is able to be determined a success or failure within one or two sessions but PRRT™. Only expert levels of  knowledge and skill are here to help uncover the function previously thought impossible. So, what are you waiting for?


Watsu® is a passive form of Aquatic Therapy that supports and gently moves a person through warm water is graceful, fluid movements. Southwest Therapy Specialists' Aquatic Therapists are trained in Watsu® to promote a deep state of relaxation with dramatic effects in the automonic nervous system. By quieting the sympathetic and enhancing the parasympathetic nervous systems, WATSU specialists are able to help Aquatic patients to decrease muscle tension and increase range of motion. Other benefits include, but are not limited to: decreased activation of striated (skeletal) muscles, decreased muscle spasm, improved peripheral vasodilation, gentle stretching of the spine and extremities while the support of the water unloads the joints. The result: decreased pain-spasm-guarding with improved range of motion.

And a profound of many Aquatic Therapy techniques. More than just swimming in a pool, Southwest Therapy Specialists' Aquatic Therapy focuses on teaching and helping promote control of pain. Only a doctor's prescription away from "Ahhh, why didn't I do this earlier?"

Once again, Southwest Therapy Specialists, PC is a provider for all CIGNA plans. New referrals and returning CIGNA patients are welcome. Upon receipt of a physician, PA-C, or FNP referral call (602) 249-9129 to schedule an initial evaluation with the licensed PT or OT for any of the stellar services.



Handheld computers, ipads, phones and other devices lead to high risk for neck compression and thumb tendonitis. Southwest Therapy Specialists' team offers free 30 second, non-invasive tests for neck flexion and text thumb risk of injury. Call (602) 249-9129 to schedule a brief screening with the licensed hand therapist today.



Free! Southwest Therapy Specialists is committed to reminding drivers to not text and drive. Free cell phone wraps are available to place around cell phones upon entering a car. The wraps read "DNT TXT AND DRV" and may also be worn as wrist bands when not on the cell phone. Please help join the movement to remind all drivers by sharing these free cell phone wraps/wrist bands throughout the community. Stop by and receive a cell phone wrap during business hours.

"It has only been two visits and my numbness is almost fully gone. The tingling
is less too. Your Certified Hand Therapist taught me more in these sessions
what I can do to help myself than the chiropractor did in the past two years."
- MC (patient)

"I thank God that you opened this place.You've gotten me to the point where the doctor

can now do surgery to help me. I was so weak and you gave me strength."

-RW (patient) upon discharge

"I am very, very, very satisfied with this facility and its team
and highly recommend it to my friends and family
- DC (patient) Patient Satisfaction Survey

At Southwest Therapy Specialists, customized therapy strategies are created for each person based on individual goals, problem areas, needs, and unique learning style. Each team member is a specialist.

Instead of using a pre-packaged set of exercises for each person, the licensed therapist identifies the needs to focus on achieving tangible, meaningful results. Our expertise in Physical Therapy-Aquatic Therapy-Women's Health-Hand Therapy ensures our patients get the most out of his or her treatment at Southwest Therapy Specialists, "A Practice of First Choice".

Land-based manual orthopedic Physical Therapy

□ spine: from neck to tailbone

□ head: from headaches to jaw pain

□ legs: hip, knee, ankle and foot

□ Back Pain programs, acute pain and chronic pain management

□ Hip Replacement, Knee Replacement

□ Plantar Fasciitis, Peripheral Neuropathy,

regain range of motion with osteoarthritis, joint contractures, stiff joints

□ Prevention of Falls, Balance, Dizziness, Vestibular Rehabilitation programs

and so much more.

Certified Hand Therapy (CHT)

□ shoulder, elbow, wrist, thumb and fingers

□ wound, scar, myofascial release, soft tissue mobilization, lympaedema mobilization

□ custom fabricated orthotics (splints)

and all pre-operative, post-operative or health ergonomic intervention.

Personal Trainer

□ strength training to Personal Fitness training

in an intimate work-out area to meet your personal fitness and strength training needs with your licensed therapist.

Women’s Health/Men's Health/Pelvic PT

□ incontinence: urinary and/or fecal; frequent urination, leakage

□ pelvic pain, acute or Chronic Pelvic Pain (CPP): low back pain, lower abdomen, vulva/vagina, perineum, anus, tailbone

□ pregnancy pain, tears/stretches, scar tissue,
            □ pelvic organ prolapse/interstitial cystitis/dyspareunia, weak pelvic floor/pudendal nerve abnormalities/variocose vein pain

in a private, personal caring manner with your licensed therapist.

Bariatric, Weight Loss Management and Diabetes Exercises

□ Aquatic Therapy unloaded for non-weight bearing exercise

□ Pre-bariatric surgery exercises, Post-surgery exercises

taking it one day at a time to lose weight and help regain control.

Aquatic Therapy

□ Chronic Pain

□ Core Stabilization

□ Posture

□ Aerobics

and so much more.

Conservative, noninvasive, cost effective care with high touch, hands-on approach. The cause of each problem is addressed and individualized teaching aims to avoid future problems. Side effects may be experienced: mood elevation, increased quality of life, return to life's activities, stronger, more flexible, less need to take pain medications, and overall being "in-control" of life. (Patient reported side effects)

Southwest Therapy Specialists is committed to providing comprehensive services, both for acute rehabilitation and for work injury management and prevention.  A critical reason to choose our services stems from our unique ability to meet the needs of the customer with personalized attention. Let your physician know you want your therapy at Southwest Therapy Specialists and give us a call. We are ready to help you take the first step to meet your needs.

“I have had the pleasure of referring my patients to Southwest Therapy Specialists for many years. They are the best physical therapists I have dealt with in my 24 years of practice.  My patients are also extremely satisfied, especially when they were seen at another facility.

The team at Southwest Therapy Specialists is very professional, punctual, knowledgeable and caring. I would be grateful if I could refer my patients on…all plans to their wonderful facility.” A.G., MD Internal Medicine

Check out the rest of our testimonials and website to learn more!xx
Contact Information

Contact us using one of the methods below or click on our contact page for our web contact form. We look forward to helping you.

Telephone: (602) 249-9129
Fax: (602) 249-4115
E-mail: For general information, please contact

Southwest Therapy Specialists
7540 N. 19th Ave., Suite 101, Phoenix, AZ 85021


Customer Testimonials

"Your entire staff is exceptional, in all areas. I would not ask you to change a thing." - Patient Satisfaction Survey

Southwest Therapy Specialists has received an overall patient satisfaction rating of 99.5% from the more than 30,000 Patient Satisfaction Surveys that have been given since 1985.

Patients are given the opportunity to rate the staff on professionalism, courtesy, knowledge, and overall results, among other factors throughout their care or using our online form.

Manual orthopedic Physical Therapy, Aquatic Therapy, Pelvic PT, Women's Health PT, Men's Health PT, personal fitness, Certified Hand Therapy-how can we help?

Please visit our testimonials page to view customer testimonials.

The greatest compliment occurs when our clients tell their referring physician, PA-C or Nurse of their experience at Southwest Therapy Specialists, PC.

Thank you for spending a moment to learn more about us and how we may help you. We are here to serve you,
let's do this...together!

Get Directions To:
7540 N. 19th Ave
Phoenix AZ 85021


"This was my first experience with physical therapy. It was first class. I'd surely send others..."
-Patient Satisfaction Survey

"The best therapy I have ever had."
-Patient Satisfaction Survey