Des Moines Orthopedic Sur Physical Therapist for DMOS North & Central in Ankeny, Iowa

For over 60 years, our experienced and knowledgeable staff has been committed to providing patients with the most comprehensive orthopaedic care available in central Iowa. We are a surgeon owned, leading and trusted organization, devoted to providing world class care to our patients. DMOS Orthopaedic Center is dedicated to improving the lives of our patients in our communities by providing the highest quality of orthopaedic care.

Our mission is to provide a world class brand experience for our patients and their families with our company – our people, physical locations, communications and our surgeons. We are all committed to improving lives – and without our patients, we would cease to exist.

DMOS Physical Therapists (PTs) provides a variety of medical services to help individuals who have been injured or physically affected by illness to recover or improve function. A physical therapist must be able to evaluate a patient’s condition and devise a customized physical rehabilitation and treatment plan. The PTs’ goal is to develop, maintain and restore maximum movement and functional ability, in order to maximize quality of life. The DMOS PT will act as an extension of care from our Surgeons. It is of maximal importance that they are able to communicate efficiently and effectively to complete the care continuum and provide an exceptional patient experience.

This position will be full time with working hours in Ankeny and Des Moines.

The Perks - DMOS Orthopaedic Centers offers our staff a work-life balance with generous levels of time off, competitive compensation and unmatched benefits, including affordable health, vision and dental insurance, with a competitive 401K/pension plan.


Physical Therapists provide care to patients based on the application of scientific physical therapy principles. Responsibilities of the Physical Therapist include (but are not limited to):

  • Plans and administers medically prescribed physical therapy treatment for patients suffering from injuries, or muscle, nerve, joint and bone diseases, to restore function, relieve pain, and prevent disability

  • Reviews physician's referral (prescription) and patient's condition and medical records to determine physical therapy treatment required

  • Tests and measures patient's strength, motor development, sensory perception, functional capacity, and respiratory and circulatory efficiency, and records findings to develop or revise treatment programs

  • Plans and prepares written treatment program based on evaluation of patient data

  • Administers manual exercises to improve and maintain function

  • Instructs, motivates, and assists patient to perform various physical activities, such as non manual exercises, ambulatory functional activities, daily-living activities, and in use of assistant and supportive devices, such as crutches, canes, and prostheses

  • Administers treatments involving application of physical agents

  • Evaluates effects of treatment at various stages and adjusts treatments to achieve maximum benefit

  • Records treatment, response, and progress in patient's chart or enters information into computer.

  • Instructs patient and family in treatment procedures to be continued at home.

  • Confers with physician and other practitioners to obtain additional patient information, suggest revisions in treatment program, and integrate physical therapy treatment with other aspects of patient's health care.

  • Orients, instructs, and directs work activities of assistants and aides.

  • Performs other position-related duties as assigned, depending on assignment setting


  • Graduate of an accredited PT program

  • Current PT license, in good standing with the State licensing board

  • Minimum of two plus years PT experience, in corresponding setting

  • Federal-, State-credentials current and on file


The job is physically demanding. Physical Therapists are required to stand for long periods of time. They spend considerable time stooping, kneeling and crouching. PTs move heavy equipment. They assist with patient transfers and lifts or help them turn, stand or walk. So, to guard against back injury, they must follow proper body mechanics and procedures for lifting/moving patients. Physical requirements includes:

  • Ability to lift fifty (50) pounds. Moving, lifting or transferring of patients may involve lifting of up to 100 pounds.

  • Ability to stand for extended periods

  • Fine motor skills

  • Visual acuity

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