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Hello to all our friends!   


 It is hard to believe it's February! The snow and cold weather is upon us. Our tendency might be to stay inside and wait for the warm weather? Do not wait to improve your strength in your back, hip or knees. We all begin losing strength as the days pass.

A patient of mine just came in to us in December, complaining that she had hip and back pain when she walked. She started to have a limp. She tried a few injections and manipulations by her chiropractor. She even went to, what she thought was physical therapy in her chiropractor's office. (She was not treated by a physical therapist). Nothing seemed to help and she was having more problems going down stairs and rolling over in bed.

When she came in, she was very concerned and worried. She didn't know if we could help, but a friend had told her to try McDonald Physical Therapy.

After testing her, we found that her painful side was extremely weak. She had only 30% strength on that side. Therefore, she was not able to walk and support herself.

We saw her twice a week for 5 weeks and she improved her strength to 100%. In the process of gaining her strength, her pain disappeared, and she is now on an independent workout program in our clinic. She never was one to exercise, but she is 62 years old, and has decided it's worth coming in for 30-60 minutes twice a week to be able to walk up and down stairs
and sleep without pain. 
Enjoy, :-)

Fran McDonald, PT, DPT



Improve Mobility & Motion 


No matter what area of the body ails you - neck, shoulder, back, knee - physical therapists have an established history of helping individuals improve their quality of life.


A physical therapist can help you move freely again without pain and discomfort and feeling renewed and ready to move on. They can even help you prevent an injury altogether.


For instance, a study of 1,435 NCAA Division 1 female soccer players demonstrated that those who participated in a physical therapy program had an overall ACL injury rate 41 percent lower than those who did only a regular warm-up prior to practice.1


Because physical therapists receive specialized education in a variety of sciences - physics, human anatomy, kinesiology (human movement), to name


Whether you are living with diabetes or recovering from a stroke, a fall, or a sports injury, a physical therapist is a trusted health care professional who will work closely with you to evaluate your condition and develop an effective, personalized plan of care. A physical therapist can help you achieve long-term results for many conditions that limit your ability to move.



       McDonald Physical Therapy Gives 

   Back to the Community!


Here are several opportunities for you to join the MPT team and support the Michiana Community.


Fridays Feb 1st & 8th: We will be collecting non-perishable donations for the Northern Indiana Food Bank. Please drop off your donations in our lobby. Also the staff will be donating $5 so they can wear jeans to work.


Fridays Feb 15th & 22nd: We will be collecting items for the Center for the Homeless: baby wipes, towels, razors, bath soap, lysol wipes, Feminine Hygiene, shampoo/conditioner, q-tips, bandaids, deodorant, blankets. Please drop off donations in our lobby.


Sunday Feb 17th:   Join as we "Walk A Mile in Her Shoes" to support St. Margaret's House.


March 8th: The Bloodmobile will be on-site from 12:00-3:00! One donation saves 3 lives! To register: