KNOXVILLE, Iowa – Knoxville native, Rob Jordan, PT, has begun seeing patients at 21st Century Rehab at Knoxville Hospital & Clinics. Jordan, a 1982 graduate of Knoxville High School, previously owned and operated Jordan Therapy and Wellness for 18 years in Hot Springs, Arkansas. After selling his practice, he worked as a private practice consultant, working with physical therapists throughout the United States and Canada.

Jordan received his bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science and Human Physiology and completed his master’s degree in physical therapy at the University of Iowa. In addition, he completed doctoral training in orthopedic physical therapy from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions in Provo, Utah. His areas of specialty are orthopedics, geriatrics, and sports medicine. Prior to owning his own business, Jordan spent one season working on the physical therapy team for the Kansas City Chiefs and Royals.

In addition to seeing patients, Jordan will also be working closely with local physical therapy staff to implement and lead various community outreach programs. It is a common misconception that you need a physician’s referral to seek physical therapy services. While physician referrals comprise a vast majority of the patients treated by therapists, a growing number of individuals and insurance carriers are recognizing the physical therapist as an expert in the field of human movement and impairment. Some of the community outreach programs Jordan plans to implement are free workshops, open to the public, which will address topics such as neck and back pain, sciatica, shoulder pain, knee pain and chronic pain. The workshops will focus on teaching the general public what physical therapy is and what it can do for them. Nationwide, there is the epidemic in the overuse of pain killers – an estimated 116 million Americans suffer from chronic pain. With physical therapy, therapists treat pain without medication or surgery. Instead they focus on providing manual therapy, therapeutic exercise, patient education, and individualized therapy programs to address the unique needs of each patient. Early access to physical therapy services, and the promotion of health, wellness, and prevention are the keys to successful treatment, without the need for medications or invasive surgery.  When surgery is necessary, physical therapists assist the patients with their recovery and guide them to achieving optimal outcomes.

“The goal is to get people to start looking at physical therapy as a wellness service instead of seeking therapy when all else fails,” said Jordan. “The patient-therapist relationship is very important. As therapists, we are experts in the science of movement and in turn are able to teach our patients ways to help themselves feel better.”

After being away from Knoxville for 28 years, Jordan says it is bittersweet to be back home again. “I feel like my roots are in Knoxville. My father, Daryl, is terminally ill, so being back in Knoxville has given me the opportunity to be close by and spend time with my parents. Reconnecting with old classmates and people I haven’t seen in 35 years has been fun,” said Jordan.

Knoxville Hospital & Clinics, a Critical Access Hospital serving Marion County and the surrounding area, is dedicated to providing personal, progressive quality health care with compassion.  For more information regarding this release and other happenings at Knoxville Hospital & Clinics, call the Public Relations office at (641) 842-1418.