Physical Therapy Services

Skilled Care, Personalized for You

Spine Care

Our comprehensive approach to neck, mid-back, and low-back pain starts by looking the function of the deep core and at breathing.  This unique approach provides for both immediate short-term relief and long-term independence and symptom management/mitigation.

We’ve been fortunate enough to have helped dozens of patients over the years both avoid spine surgery as well as optimize their recovery from spine surgery.

Sports Injuries, Performance Enhancement

For the competitive athlete or weekend warrior, our Movement System approach looks at your body as a WHOLE to see how your knee pain might actually be due to an issue at your hip, or how the weaknesses in your foot are limiting your ability to run faster, jump higher, etc.

Let us help you to not only get back to the sports and activities you love, but to reach newer heights you didn’t know you were capable of.

Pre- and Post-Surgery Physical Therapy

“The stronger you are going into a surgery, the stronger you’ll be coming out of it.”

If you’re going to commit to something as drastic as surgery, please understand that the surgery itself is a piece of the puzzle, and NOT the entire puzzle.  Make sure you’re also committed mentally, emotionally, and physically to rehab it right.  We will commit ourselves to helping you each step of the way.

“Prehab” makes the surgical experience easier to recover from, while our experience, expertise, and lines of communication with your surgeon will make the post-op rehab experience as seamless as possible as you work your way back towards your activities, your sports, your life.

Direct Access Consults, Second Opinions

In California you are allowed to see a Physical Therapist without a doctor’s referral. Utilize this Direct Access to see if physical therapy is the right place for you or whether you need to see another professional first.

In the event that you do need a surgical consult, as rehab specialists we see the outcomes every day and know who the best surgeons for a particular situation are.  We always recommend getting at least 2 opinions before committing to a surgical procedure.

We also offer second opinion consultations if your current episode of care is not going as you had expected, hoped, or were promised.

Car Ergonomic Fittings

In LA we almost spend as much time in our cars as we do at our desks, so why sit in a compromised manner that places undue stresses on your neck, shoulders, back, etc.?

Invest in a one-time car-ergonomic fitting and be completely at ease, physically, every time you get behind the wheel.

Complex Cases, Last Resort Physical Therapy

Dr. Rao also takes care of patients who have severe and/or long-standing issues where pharmacological and/or surgical medicine has not been able to provide complete resolution or answers.  Some of these issues include migraines, headaches, dizziness/vertigo, TMJ/TMD, chronic low back pain, SI joint pain, and sciatica.

Alter-G Anti-Gravity Treadmill – A Game Change in the Rehab World

The Alter-G’s NASA-based technologies allow us to lower the patient’s effective weight by as much as 80%, enabling them to do much more than they would be able to do at 100% body weight.  It has become the rehab gold standard, with practically every single professional sports team and collegiate program sporting one in their training room.

The patient can:

  • Rehab faster with less pain & less impact on their affected joint(s)
  • Achieve cardiovascular conditioning faster with less pain & less impact on their joints
  • Improve mobility, strength, & conditioning FASTER & MORE SAFELY

The athlete can:

  • Train with less stress to the joints, tendons, & muscles
  • Recover quicker & more effectively with less pain after training or competition

Call us today at (626) 304-0565 to schedule your FREE 15-minute session.


$0.75 per minute.

There is no additional charge if the Alter-G is used as part of your physical therapy program.

Aquatic Therapy

We’ve partnered with Waterworks Aquatics to bring a state-of-the-art Aquatic Physical Therapy program to the Pasadena community. Learn about the benefits of Aquatic Therapy in the video below!

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Pasadena Physical Therapy
95 W. California Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91105

(626) 304-0565

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Dr. Rao is a 2-time USC graduate (B.S., Exercise Science, 1999, DPT, 2002) and founded Pasadena Physical Therapy in 2004 with the vision of providing the highest level of care PTs are capable of delivering.

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95 W. California Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91105

(626) 304-0565

Fax (626) 304-0528


Our Hours

Monday - Friday
7:00 AM-6:00 PM, Closed 12 Noon to 1:00 PM

Aquatic Therapy:
Tuesday and Thursday
8:00 AM to 12:30 PM