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.

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

Movement Links

Movements Links is an advanced seminar series designed to provide the PT with a deeper understanding of the human movement system and better tools to evaluate and manage the human movement system.

Functional Range Systems

Functional Range Systems is a complete system to assess and manage the human movement system, which includes:

  • Functional Range Assessment (FRA)
  • Functional Range Conditioning (FRC)
  • Functional Range Release (FRR)


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

(626) 344-8571 (Text Only)

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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) 344-8571 (Text Only)


Our Hours


We are open from Monday through Friday.  Our hours vary depending on our staff's availability.  Please email for further details or to schedule an appointment.