At Cornerstone Wellness Center, the highly skilled therapists in our Physical Therapy Department are at your service to help you recover from an injury, rehab from a surgery or build strength and flexibility to maintain an active, healthy lifestyle. Physical therapy is a key component to achieving optimum results whether you’ve been injured in an automobile accident, sustained a sports injury or pulled your shoulder lifting a heavy object.

Our physical therapists specialize in identifying the root cause of pain and also assessing weaknesses that can lead to future injury.

What is Physical Therapy?

A physical therapist is trained to evaluate deficiencies such as muscle imbalances, overuse issues and chronic and acute injuries of the body. The cause of pain or restricted range of motion isn’t always evident and requires a trained specialist to not only identify the problem, but also develop a program for rehabilitation. Once identified, a plan specific to you and your issue will be created, but will likely include targeted exercises to:

  • Increase core strength
  • Improve flexibility
  • Correct muscle imbalances
  • Increase spinal stability
  • Improve coordination

In addition to constructing an exercise plan to restore motion and reduce pain, physical therapy may include the use of specialized equipment, depending on the specifics of the patient’s injuries or goals.

What is it good for?

There are two types of injuries for which physical therapy is a useful method of treatment: acute and chronic.

Acute pain is perhaps the most common complaint we hear from our patients. Because it comes on fast and demands all of our attention, it compels the injured to seek treatment. It is most often the result of an injury or accident. This can be anything from an auto accident to pulling a muscle while exercising: You know when you did it and have a good idea of what happened. The only question is what will it take to help the body recover? That’s what a physical therapist specializes in.

Chronic pain can be a little sneakier. It is surprising how much pain our bodies will endure before we seek treatment. Because these aches and pains have persisted for a long time, they make it much harder to pinpoint their source. These can be degenerative issues in the muscle, joint or bone. Or they can be issues that developed over a long period of time due to an untreated structural imbalance.  However, through a series of evaluations, our physical therapist can identify the source of pain or injury and make a plan for rehabilitation and conditioning.

What about after surgery?

Although we seek to avoid surgery through the use of chiropractic care, there are a number of reasons you may have to undergo a surgical procedure. Most, if not all, surgical patients benefit from a proper post-operative physical therapy regimen. In cases of many joint replacement surgeries, physical therapy is mandatory.

Physical therapy following surgery will always be directed by your surgeon. At Cornerstone Wellness Center, we work hand-in-hand with surgeons to construct proper post-operative therapies.

Can physical therapy be used as a preventative treatment?

Not only can physical therapy be useful in preventing injuries, it can also be used during the time before a surgery to help speed up recovery. Following a proper assessment, our physical therapist will provide you with all of the keys to creating and maintaining strength, endurance and mobility through a three-part program that includes:

  • Stretching
  • Conditioning
  • Strengthening

As we age, our bodies will naturally become less flexible and our range of motion will decrease. And yet, we all want to age not only gracefully but also healthfully. Remaining healthy, flexible and active are all key benefits to a physical therapy regimen. Let us construct a plan, that when followed, will help you maintain a strong foundation with maximum range of motion and minimum risk for future injury.

What can be gained from physical therapy?

With a proper physical therapy program, aided by a skilled therapist, you can expect to:

  • Reduce recovery time following surgery
  • Reduce pain from injury or accident
  • Increase strength, flexibility and balance
  • Maintain functional independence
  • Remain active and vibrant


Dr. Clay Warren D.C.
Dr. Clay Warren D.C.

Dr. Clay Warren completed his undergraduate studies at Azusa Pacific University in Southern California. He went on to earn his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Western States University in Portland, Oregon, where he graduated with clinical honors. After graduation, Dr. Warren gained valuable clinical experience during his first year of practice in Oregon. Then in 2006, he and his family decided to relocate to Mesa, Arizona where he established his own practice.

Dr. Warren holds a physiotherapy license and has served as the team doctor for the Sun Devil Combat Sports program at Arizona State University’s Polytechnic campus. He is an active member of the Arizona Chiropractic Society. Dr. Warren is currently working toward earning his diploma in sports medicine.

Dr. Warren has also received numerous continuing educations credits as he continues to further his education, including Auto Collision Injuries; Whiplash: Trauma to the Head and Neck; Exercise and Strength Conditioning; Over the Counter Drugs; Ethics and Boundary Issues for Chiropractors; Ethical Billing Practices; Validating Chiropractic; Pettibon Spinal Disc Rehabilitation; Lumbar Spine MRI; Pain Management, Spinal Decompression Therapy.

Dr. Warren and his wife Ann married in 1999 and have four children (all boys!). Dr. Warren was formerly a tennis coach, and he still thoroughly enjoys the sport. He also plays racquetball, practices martial arts, and actively enjoys other sports including golf.