Shoulder Pain

Shoulder pain is a common diagnosis treated at our facility. Muscular and skeletal causes are normally to blame. Examples of musculoskeletal causes include rotator cuff inflammation and tears, bursitis, rubbing of bone on a tendon, and lack of coordination of shoulder muscles. On occasion, nerves in the neck area may actually be the cause of…

Aqua Therapy Pool, Center For Physical Excellence - Prescott Office

Pool Exercise Helps New Knees

Starting aquatic therapy early led to better physical function in patients having total knee replacement, although early water-based exercise did not appear to be beneficial in patients undergoing hip arthroplasty, a German randomized study suggested. Early institution of the pool-based therapy after knee replacement was associated with improved physical function, with effect sizes ranging from…


Dry Needling Now Offered at CPE

Dry needling is a successful medical treatment using acupuncture needles to treat pain and dysfunction caused by the neuromusculoskeletal system. It is successful in the treatment of muscle spasms, pain, tension headaches, overuse/tendonitis and referred pain patterns. This treatment is different from acupuncture and utilizes western medicine techniques and principles. Dry needling works through the…


When a Concussion Puts You on the Sidelines

Recently, concussions have received greater community attention secondary to spotlighted concussed athletes in the NFL, NHL, and even NASCAR. Understanding concussions and how to best treat them has changed with research and medical advancement. Gone is the belief that a person with a concussion needs to be woken up hourly throughout the night. Also, it’s…


Tennis Elbow/Lateral Epicondylosis

What is Tennis Elbow/Lateral Epicondylosis? You might have had a pain in the elbow and wondered what was causing it. One possibility is lateral epicondylosis, or what is commonly referred to as “tennis elbow.” Even if you are not a tennis fan, the condition can affect you while at work, in the yard, or in…


Derek VanderRoest, PTA

Derek was born and raised in the suburbs of Detroit, Michigan. He has been heavily involved in athletics and sports since his early teen years including basketball, track & field, hiking, swimming, and karate. Derek has served in the U.S. Marines as a rifleman and scout swimmer; he was able to experience the culture and diversity…


Nicole Flippen, PT, DPT

Nicole Flippen, PT, DPT is a native to the quad city area and alumni of Bradshaw Mountain High School. She graduated with her Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree from Northern Arizona University in 2010 with honors. Nicole has completed coursework from the Ola Grimsby Institute to be a Certified Orthopedic Manual Therapist which she uses…


Mendy Rutherford

Mendy  is the Finance Director at the Center for Physical Excellence. She has worked for the Center and lived here in Prescott for 10 years. Mendy enjoys working, traveling, playing sports with her son Dylan, and spending time with her friends and family.