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Avera De Smet Memorial Hospital

306 Prairie Avenue SW
PO Box 160
De Smet, SD 57231
605-854-3161 Fax

Physical Therapy

Recovery from an injury or painful and debilitating condition requires determination and dedication to your therapy program.

Avera De Smet Memorial Hospital's physical therapist will assess your joint motion and stability, muscle strength and flexibility, muscular and cardiovascular endurance, and the ability to perform activities. Not only will we treat your injury, the therapist is an expert in movement and function and will provide you with tips and techniques for preventing a reinjury.

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By appointment – Monday-Friday

The goals of your physical therapist are to relieve your symptoms and pain and help you return to your maximum ability and independence as quickly and safely as possible.

Physical therapy visits are prescribed by your doctor and authorized by your insurance or managed care plan. Every patient's injury or condition is unique; therefore, physical therapy treatment plans vary for each patient. Our therapist will tailor your rehabilitation according to your specific needs and abilities, as well as specifications given by your physician.

After a few visits, you may begin to feel better and believe you no longer need to continue your rehabilitation program or you can do it on your own at home. However, each and every visit is important to your recovery; strengthening and conditioning under the guidance of the therapist in the latter half of your treatment plan is just as critical as in the beginning.

Maximize Your Physical Therapy

Recovery takes time, rest and patience. You and your therapist are partners in your rehabilitation. Here are a couple of tips to help you maximize the benefits of physical therapy:

  • Follow your therapist's directions, but be careful not to "overdo" stretching or strengthening as recommended by your therapist. Excessive exercise may actually reinjure the joint or muscle.
  • Inform your therapist of any soreness or pain, either during or between visits. Good communication is key to your rehabilitation and recovery process.

Avera De Smet Memorial Hospital's therapist will make sure you are comfortable with each exercise and technique as well as the equipment. This allows you to transfer exercise skills and techniques to your home and/or gym after you have completed your rehabilitation program.


Medicare, Medicaid and other insurances typically cover physical therapy costs.

For more information on physical therapy, consult your physician, call Avera De Smet Memorial Hospital's physical therapist at 605-854-3329