Dorner Physical Therapy

Conveniently Located in Irvine Since 1985

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Q: What is physical therapy?

A: Physical therapy is a health profession which identifies, corrects, and prevents problems of movement, function, or pain.


Q: What is the goal of physical therapy?

A: The primary goal of physical therapy is to promote optimum human health and function and pain relief.  Personal goals for therapy are also important and are considered in the evaluation process and when planning each individual's treatment program.

Q: Why choose physical therapy?

A: In physical therapy you will receive a thorough evaluation of your condition including an assessment of your flexibility, strength, balance, and posture, and will receive help in assessing why your symptoms began in the first place (many symptoms arise as a result of poor posture due to too much sitting, overuse, etc.).

Treatment is multi-faceted and can include:

  • Hands-on work including manual therapy and gentle joint mobilization
  • Targeted strengthening and stretching and providing you with a home exercise program
  • Modalities such as ultrasound, electrical stimulation, and heat or ice when appropriate
  • Instruction on how to use the body properly during activities of daily living (ie. sitting, computer use, sleeping, lifting, etc.) and while exercising (ie. during cycling, weight training, etc.)

Q: Why choose Dorner Physical Therapy?


  • Dorner Physical Therapy has a warm, professional, and inviting office setting (no impersonal gym or clinic feel)
  • Dorner Physical Therapy truly cares about your recovery
  • One-on-one treatment from highly skilled physical therapists with a strong background in exercise and manual therapy
  • Private treatment rooms
  • Excellent communication skills to direct you in your home exercises
  • A "partnership" approach both with you and with other physicians/practitioners you may also be seeing
  • Evening and weekend hours
  • Easy access off the 5 Freeway in Irvine

Q: Who may benefit from physical therapy?

A: Any person who suffers from an injury or has had surgery involving the musculoskeletal system - this might involve muscles, ligaments, tendons, or fascia.  Dorner Physical Therapy provides rehabilitation for individuals with orthopaedic, sports, or recreational injuries.


Q: What types of injuries can be treated?

A: Some injuries treated include:

  • Sprains and strains
  • Sports injuries
  • Neck and low back problems
  • Arthritis
  • Conditions resulting from improper movement and/or physical alignment
  • Post surgery rehabilitation

Q: What services do you provide?


  • Injury rehabilitation
  • Pre-operative evaluation
  • Post operative evaluation
  • Fitness consultation
  • Preventative screening
  • Pre-season sports screening


Q: What can I expect on my first visit?

A: When arriving at the clinic, have your insurance card and driver's license available for photocopy.  You will also need your prescription for physical therapy from your doctor.  Paperwork will be given to you to fill out, or it is preferred that you fill this out ahead of time by downloading it from the Patient Forms section.

The physical therapist will conduct an evaluation.  This evaluation includes a history, observation of posture and movement, and palpation - using the hands to feel and "see" the problem area.  A number of tests will be performed including tests to assess range of motion and muscle strength.  After completing the evaluation, a treatment program is planned that is geared to meet each individual's needs.

Q: What should I wear to my physical therapy appointment?

A: Loose comfortable clothing should be worn so that the areas being assessed are easily exposed for examination.  Comfortable shoes are also recommended.  Gowns are also available for your convenience.