Physical Therapy Specialist

Gateway Rehab and Wellness Center, Inc.

Medical Clinic, Chiropractors & Physical Therapy located in Mission Viejo, CA

Physical therapy helps you overcome all kinds of movement problems that affect your ability to work, play sports, and complete day-to-day activities. Victor Rafa, DC, Rona Palompo, DPT, and their team at Gateway Rehab and Wellness Center, Inc. in Mission Viejo, California, specialize in outpatient physical therapy. Call the office or book an appointment online today for an unparalleled level of quality, dependability, and service in physical therapy.

Physical Therapy Q & A

What is physical therapy?

Physical therapy is a branch of health care that focuses on treating musculoskeletal and neuromuscular problems. The physical therapy team at Gateway Rehab and Wellness Center, Inc. treats patients of all ages.

Their philosophy is to treat the whole body, not just the symptoms. With a commitment to ongoing education, the team stays up to date on the most innovative treatments to ensure the best possible care for you.

What conditions does physical therapy treat?

Physical therapy can help you recover and return to normal functioning after an injury or illness impairs your movement. The team at Gateway Rehab and Wellness Center, Inc. uses physical therapy to treat a wide range of ailments, including:

  • Arthritis
  • Sports injuries
  • Neck pain
  • Back pain
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Patellofemoral pain
  • Shoulder pain and instability
  • Shoulder impingement
  • Rotator cuff injuries
  • Ankle sprains
  • Sciatica
  • Tennis or golfer’s elbow


You may also need physical therapy before and after you get orthopedic surgery, including joint replacement, meniscal repair, or anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction. Physical therapy is also part of post-operative rehabilitation for back surgeries, including laminectomy and lumbar fusion.

In some cases, physical therapy may help you delay the need for surgery, or avoid it altogether.

What should I expect from physical therapy?

First, your physical therapist at Gateway Rehab and Wellness Center, Inc. thoroughly evaluates you to identify specific musculoskeletal dysfunctions. They observe your movement, checking for limited mobility, muscle weakness, and pain.

Then, they develop a customized physical therapy plan that may include:

  • Hands-on therapy
  • Heat or cold therapy
  • Electrical stimulation
  • Ultrasound therapy


They may also show you stretching and strengthening exercises you can perform at home for ongoing care.

In addition to helping you relieve pain and regain function, your physical therapist teaches you how to avoid movement problems in the future. The benefits of physical therapy include improved balance, strength, and flexibility.

Depending on your needs, the team at Gateway Rehab and Wellness Center, Inc. may use physical therapy on its own, or they may combine it with other integrative treatments, like massage and chiropractic care.

To get started on a physical therapy plan, call Gateway Rehab and Wellness Center, Inc. or book an appointment online today.