In the days of old, a visit to a physical therapist meant a visit to Waterloo, Cedar Falls or other destinations that, for many patients, were difficult and cumbersome. Now, Traer has a physical therapist of its own.
Sam Hansen of Covenant Physical Therapy recently began work at the new facility located at 549 Second Street in downtown Traer. Hansen, who has been practicing at Covenant's Waterloo sports injury location for the past two and half years, opened his doors to patients back in January 15 and has seen a steady flow of business.
After completing his undergraduate study in Biology at the University of Northern Iowa, Hansen received his doctorate in Physical Therapy at the University of Iowa. He is married and in the process of moving to the area.
Covenant Physical Therapy recently held a ceremonial grand opening of the new Traer facility to welcome Dr. Sam Hansen to town. Hansen began seeing patients on January 15 and is accepting new ones, both young and old, at the clinic. Pictured along with Hansen (fourth from left) are some of the folks from Covenant, as well as community members.
While his experience in Waterloo dealt with sports injuries, Hansen will be providing a wide array of services to physical therapy patients here in Traer.
"We see all sorts of patients, whether it's for joint pain, muscular weakness, balance, people who have trouble walking and more," Hansen said. "We also help people after surgery and in post-operative care, as well as those suffering from sports injuries."
Physical therapists help with not only the mobility of patients, but functional ability to perform daily tasks while recovering from injuries or surgeries, which increases their quality of life. For Hansen, the choice to pursue physical therapy as a career came from his desire to help patients work towards recovery with compassion and care.
"I chose to specialize in physical therapy because it gives me the chance to actively get involved with patients and see their progress day to day," Hansen said. "I like to involve patients in their care and direct treatment toward specific goals they want to achieve."
Traer's new clinic serves virtually everyone looking for physical therapy, young and old.
"We see a wide variety of ages, with no real limitations," Hansen said.
Patients who attend the clinic usually have a referral from their primary care physician or another doctor.
For more information on Dr. Hansen and Covenant Physical Therapy's new location in downtown Traer, give them a call at 319-272-7000, or stop by at 549 Second Street.