PFR | Physical Therapy


The Physical Therapist at PFR is tasked to restore function and pain-free movement patterns. The goal is to facilitate a transition to a functional wellness program and promote a positive lifestyle change for each individual who participates in our LIFE READY program.

We also specialize in the treatment for sports injury rehab, sport specific injury prevention & performance enhancement. That’s why we work hand-in-hand with PFR | Performance to elevate the elite athlete off the plateau and get you SPORT READY.

PFR | Physical Therapy

Physical therapy (PT) is care that aims to ease pain and help you function, move, and live better. You may need it to:

  • Relieve pain
  • Improve movement or ability
  • Prevent or recover from a sports injury
  • Prevent disability or surgery
  • Rehab after an injury, or surgery
  • Work on balance to prevent a slip or fall
  • Manage a chronic illness like diabetes, heart disease, or arthritis
  • Get a splint or brace

People of all ages get physical therapy. It can treat a variety of health problems. Physical therapy allows each individual to reach and maintain lifestyle and fitness goals following chronic or acute injury. Our goal is to return each patient to functional movements based on real-world situational biomechanics. They usually involve multi-planar, multi-joint movements which place demand on the body’s core musculature and innervation.

What Do Physical Therapists Do?

At your first therapy session, your PT will examine and assess your needs. She’ll ask you questions about your pain or other symptoms, your ability to move or do everyday tasks, how well you sleep, and your medical history.

The PT will give you tests to measure:

  • How well you can move around, reach, bend, or grasp
  • How well you walk or climb steps
  • Your heartbeat or rhythm while active
  • Your posture or balance

Then, she’ll work with you to create a treatment plan. It will include your personal goals like functioning and feeling better, plus exercises or other treatments to help you reach them.

You may take less or more time to reach those goals than other people in physical therapy. Everyone is different. You may also have more or fewer sessions than others. It just depends on your needs.

Your treatments might include:

  • Exercises or stretches guided by your therapist
  • Massage, heat, or cold therapy, warm water therapy, or ultrasound to ease muscle pain or spasms
  • Rehab to help you learn to use an artificial limb
  • Practice with gadgets that help you move or stay balanced, like a cane or walker
  • Your therapist will watch your progress and adjust your treatments as necessary.

You can do the exercises your therapist teaches you at home between sessions. This will help you stay on track and improve your fitness.

Functional Benefits of

Physical Therapy 

Relieve Pain

Improve Movement

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Physical therapy training at PFR health

PFR Solution

PFR Physical Therapists are trained specifically to improve movement and function, relieve pain, and expand movement potential. Physical therapy is often the treatment of choice in situations where pain impairs function, in recovering from an injury or surgery, and in recovering from a disease process or illness.

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Meet our PFR Physical Therapist

Josh Bixler

Josh became a physical therapist in 2012 after he graduated with his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Bellarmine University; he also has a BS in Exercise Science from the University of Indianapolis. In 2013, he completed an APTA accredited orthopedic residency program, and is a board-certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist. Outside of the clinic, Josh also serves as adjunct faculty for Bellarmine University’s Doctor of Physical Therapy program. His clinical interests include post-operative and sports rehabilitation, reading and applying research, and teaching. In addition, Josh has also helped develop return to sport programs, and enjoys working with various athletes. Outside of the clinic, he enjoys spending time with his wife and friends, working out, and golfing.

JOSH BIXLER is a physical therapist at PFR health In Louisville Kentucky

So, what, exactly, does a functional, integrative,
and holistic approach to wellness look like? 

In a nutshell, it looks like you.