Physical Therapy

Elite Physical Therapy – Traverse City

“First Move Well, then Move Often” – Gray Cook (Functional Movement Systems, consultant to the NFL, and world renown physical therapist)

At Elite Physical Therapy you will receive an hour long initial evaluation with subsequent follow up visits lasting 45 minutes. Treatment frequency is usually 2 visits per week.

Treatment will always be provided by the therapist. No techs, no aides!

Specializing In:

  • Manual Therapy:  Graston Technique, Functional Dry Needling, Muscle Energy Technique, and more…
  • Lower Back Pain
  • Post-surgical knee and shoulder rehab
  • Athletic injuries
  • Foot and Ankle pain
  • Neck pain
  • Knee pain and Knee Replacement
  • Shoulder and Elbow pain
  • Hip pain and IT band syndrome

We are also the only provider in the Traverse City area certified in Graston Technique®, which is an innovative, patented form of instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization that enables clinicians to effectively break down scar tissue and fascial restrictions. The technique utilizes specially designed stainless steel instruments to specifically detect and effectively treat areas exhibiting soft tissue fibrosis or chronic inflammation. Graston Technique is used by more than 185 professional and amateur sports organizations, and is part of the curriculum at 49 respected colleges and universities.

Graston Technique is highly effective for treating chronic tendinopathies in the Achilles tendon, patellar tendon, rotator cuff, and IT band. We have also had great results treating patients that have failed to improve with traditional physical therapy, massage, and chiropractic, in particular with conditions like plantarfascitis, trochanteric bursitis, and chronic back/neck pain conditions.


My son had an AWESOME experience at Elite Physical Therapy.  He went in with his back always feeling tight but is now moving with ease.  His physical therapist was Lydia.  He really enjoyed Lydia’s positive energy and challenges she gave him each week.  Thank You!  – K.D.  Traverse City

For 5 years I have struggled with plantarfasciitis.  Three podiatrists, thousands of dollars spent on shoe inserts, orthopedic shoes, and physical therapy, plus one surgery later and I still wasn’t healing.  So…I switched podiatrists and he recommended Kristy at Elite.

What a great healing process it has been with Kristy.  So very professional, super friendly, she make you feel very comfortable.  The exercises she gave me to do at home were easy and doable.  I had been to two other PT’s in the past 5 years, and neither one used the techniques Kristy used (dry needling and Graston Technique).  For the first time in 5 years I am pain free! – L.D. – Traverse City

Insurances Accepted – Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medicare, Priority, Tricare, Blue Care Network and most other major insurances. If you have questions, feel free to call and we can help to sort those out prior to your first visit.

Hours of Operation – 8 am – 5:00 pm. Call 231 421-5805 to schedule.

What to bring with you:

– Physical therapy Referral/Order

– List of medications (if applicable)

– Insurance card(s)

– Shorts, tank top

We would love it if you could complete your intake paperwork ahead of time.  Click here:  NEW Patient Forms 2019 to download that paperwork now.

If you are not able to download and complete ahead of time, please arrive 15 minutes early for your first appointment to complete the required paperwork.  Any other questions regarding Elite Physical Therapy services please give us a call at 231 421-5805.