Patient Info

Physical therapy is a treatment approach for a variety of movement-related problems that make it hard for you to perform everyday activities. The goal of physical therapy is to restore your ability to return to all of the things you enjoy in life, both tasks around the house, caring for family, working, shopping, and participating in recreational and sporting activities. There are physical therapy techniques that help reduce pain, swelling, and scar tissue tightness, as well as restoring full joint range of motion, muscle flexibility, strength, and endurance. We also work on improving balance, gait (walking), getting in and out of bed, and going up and down stairs.

Physical therapy is helpful after having a joint replaced, tendons or ligaments repaired or reconstructed, and if you have sustained a new or reoccurring injury to a nerve, tendon, joint, or muscle. Physical therapy can also be very helpful in conjunction with other medical treatments for diseases such as cancer, fibromyalgia, osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, obesity, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, spinal stenosis, and many others. Ask your physician if physical therapy may benefit you, or feel free to contact us at 920-215-2050 to discuss your medical condition. We will take the time to listen to your concerns to help determine whether or not we can help.

Physical therapists tailor their treatment plan to the problems they find during your initial evaluation. Treatment begins at the first appointment and may include modalities to reduce pain and swelling such as ice, ultrasound with medication, electrical stimulation with medication, and/or manual therapy (hands-on) techniques. Manual therapy techniques may include soft tissue mobilization or massage, scar mobilization, joint mobilization, manipulation, and muscle energy techniques, among others.

Your physical therapist will also introduce specific exercises to help reduce pain and improve movement. This home exercise program will be tweaked and modified throughout your physical therapy sessions, and they are the key to both short-term and long-term success. Some exercises will help improve flexibility, while others may focus on balance, strengthening, general conditioning, and improving muscle endurance.

Physical therapy involves a lot of education regarding your diagnosis, issues, and treatment approaches to assist you in setting goals and taking charge of your own treatment plan. At every visit you will receive some type of movement education as well to address your posture, ergonomics at home and work, home and/or work activity training and simulation, body mechanics training, and sport specific activities.

Provider referrals are always welcome, although the state of Wisconsin does not require a physician referral to attend physical therapy. However, most insurance companies do still require a referral. If you would like to find out for sure, you can contact your insurance company by calling the number on the back of your insurance card and asking them directly. Most patients are already working with a nurse practitioner, chiropractor, physician, surgeon, podiatrist, or dentist who are more than willing to provide a script for physical therapy, many by just requesting this by phone. Our office is happy to assist you with obtaining a referral and guiding you through this simple process.

MotionWorks Physical Therapy is a specialty, boutique provider of physical therapy services. We focus on what we do best, our specialties of sports medicine and manual therapy for treatment of the spine and extremities, instead of providing average, full spectrum physical therapy services. Our mission is to provide the highest level of personalized, one-on-one patient care, with appointment times that are convenient to you, close to where you live and work. Our results speak for themselves, as we often can help those who have not seen a benefit from treatment provided elsewhere.

The following list is not comprehensive, as we add new plans to the list all the time. If you do not see your insurance plan listed, please call us to check if we are an in-network provider for your health insurance. Call 920-215-2050.

In-Network Insurance Plans 

  • Aetna
  • Anthem/Blue Cross Blue Shield (equivalent)
  • Arise
  • Auto Accident Carriers (all)
  • Badgercare
  • Forward Health
  • Health EOS
  • Health Partners (Robin)
  • Health Payment Systems (HPS)
  • Health Traditions
  • Humana
  • Humana Gold Plus/Medicare Advantage Plans
  • Medicaid
  • Medicare
  • Medicare Advantage Plans
  • Meritain
  • Network Health Plan
  • Motor Vehicle Accidents
  • Multiplan
  • Optum
  • Thedacare/Bellin ACO
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare/UMR
  • United Healthcare Choice Plus
  • United Healthcare Community Plan
  • VA
  • WEA Trust
  • Workman’s Comp Carriers (all)
  • WPS

Great question! Please bring the referral form (prescription) from your physician, as well as your most recent insurance card, list of current medications, and a list of your medical history (if extensive). If you have some imaging or test results, bring the testing report as well. Also, if you use an assistive device such as a walker, cane, or crutches, please bring these to your appointment as well.

Once you check in for your initial evaluation, you will be registered as a new patient. This process includes answering a medical history questionnaire and providing a medication list, so your physical therapist can consider your medical history when developing your unique treatment plan. After updating your physical therapist on your condition, related imaging or test results, current symptoms and problems, and previous treatments you have tried, your physical therapist will evaluate your condition. This evaluation is specific to you and your diagnosis, but may include measurements of swelling, joint motion, strength, special tests, and functional tests as well as observation of posture and movement.

Please wear some loose, comfortable clothes that you can move in and a pair of comfortable shoes.  It is also helpful to keep jewelry and perfume to a minimum.

If you fall into one of these categories...

  • You have a leg or knee injury: please bring or wear shorts
  • You are coming for any kind of sport, running, or movement assessment including custom orthotics: bring your walking, running, or sport specific performance shoes and bring or wear shorts and workout clothes!
  • You have hair that is medium or long in length and we are treating your head, neck, and/or spine: bring an elastic band to put your hair up
  • You have an aquatic therapy appointment: please bring a towel, modest swimming suit, flip flops, and a cover-up

Yes. If we are not a preferred provider for your insurance plan, if you have a high deductible, or if your are seeking physical therapy services that are recreational or sports-related and not covered by your insurance plan, you may choose to self pay for physical therapy services. We offer several payment and concierge service plans that serve as affordable payment options.

The physical therapists at MotionWorks specialize in the tough to treat cases that may not be improving by the typical physical therapy approaches provided elsewhere. We believe there is more to physical therapy than providing exercises and teaching you how to cope with your pain. Our physical therapists provide thorough initial examinations as well as re-evaluations each visit to make sure we are on the right track to improve both your pain and function. By finding and treating the source of the pain, and not just the symptoms, with a hands-on manual therapy approach, we have delivered success for patients who were struggling to improve. We do not provide a magic bullet, but we will teach you how to manage any on-going symptoms with self-treatment techniques, modify activities including work-outs based on you feel each day, and make everyday postures and movements safely and more efficient without flaring your symptoms.

Our physical therapists specialize in sports medicine and manual therapy (soft tissue mobilization, myofascial release, scar mobilization, joint mobilization and manipulation, and muscle energy techniques) for the treatment of sports injuries, spine, neck, and TMJ dysfunction, and tension headaches.

If the weather is appearing dangerous and frightful, we leave it up to our patients to decide whether it is safe to travel to their physical therapy appointments, since many of our patients travel very short, or very long distances from all directions to see us. We always want our patients to be safe, so please call and cancel if you do not feel you can safely travel to your physical therapy appointment. We also try to re-schedule appointments in advance of major snow and ice events to try to get the appointment in a day ahead or a day after the major event so you can still get your physical therapy in. We do rarely close the clinic if we simply cannot keep our parking lot cleared of snow, and the weather is so bad that we fear for the safety of our patients and employees. If this is the case, we will call you directly to cancel the appointment, place a notice on our MotionWorks Facebook page, and announce the clinic closure on local TV stations, especially In the meantime, be sure to Like our MotionWorks Facebook page, and give us your updated contact phone number and email address, so we you can stay in the loop in the event of any scheduling changes.


Ask a PT

Access to Home Health Physical Therapy
Ankle brace or tape?
Can I still workout if I have fibromyalgia?
Can neck strengthening prevent concussions?
Can physical therapy delay knee replacement?
Can you prevent concussions?
Do Ab Wondercore machines really work?
Do blue light blocking glasses work?
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For what type of injuries is pool therapy helpful?
Headaches and PT
How do I know if I need orthotics?
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How do I start running?
How does the Stark Law work?
How long should I keep icing an injury?
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I am interested in learning more about recent treatment advances for a medical topic. Where should I look for this information?
I just had knee surgery. Do I need physical therapy?
I really want to start a new workout routine, but I don’t want to get hurt. Where do I start?
I’m not getting any results for low back pain. Is there any benefit to seeing a physical therapist?
Is my doctor or physical therapist covered by my new insurance plan?
Is my kids backpacks to heavy?
Is the statement true, “No pain, no gain”?
Is the Lo-Bak Trax worth my time & money?
Is there a specific way I should train/work-out based on my body type?
Is there really a benefit to a cruciate ligament sparing total knee replacement surgery?
My doctor is referring me to physical therapy. Are all physical therapists the same?
My doctor said that MotionWorks Physical Therapy was out of my insurance network. How can I find out for sure?
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Build a Better Body

Build A Better Body
Build A Better Body - Part I: Hips: Laying the Foundation
Build A Better Body - Part II: Myth Busting the Abs
Build a Better Body - Part III: Stabilizing the Scapula: The Secret to Strong Shoulders
Build a Better Body - Part IV: Strengthening Stabilizing the Neck
Build a Better Body - Part V: The Big Picture
Build a Better Body - Part VI: Have a Ball!
Build a Better Body - Part VII: Advanced Exercise Ball Routine
Build a Better Body - Part VIII: Myth Busting the Abs (Advanced Exercises)
Build a Better Body - Part IX: Advanced Hips and Abs


Common Compensations

Common Compensations
Common Compensations of the Glut Max: Who Turned out the Lights?
Common Compensations of the Neck: Scalenes for the Deep Anterior Neck Flexors
Common Compensations of the Trapezius: Eye pain, Headaches, Aching Jaw, Tingling Fingers, Weak Grip, Shooting Arm Pain


Common Injuries/Conditions

7 Quick Tips to Avoid Golf Injuries
Afib Awareness
Anthropology of Knee Osteoarthritis
Benefits of Swift Referral to Physical Therapy for Patients with Acute Low Back Pain
Causes and Treatment of Low Back Pain
Does a Knee or Hip Arthritis Diagnosis End your Running Career?
Early Rehab for Knee Pain Reduces Likelihood of Surgery
Finally…Headache Remedies That Really Work!
Five Quick Tips to Prevent Injuries from Yardwork this Spring
High Hamstring Strain Injury - Avoiding the Dreaded “Runner’s Butt”
Hope for People with Fibromyalgia, Part 1
Hope for People with Fibromyalgia, Part 2: A Multi-Faceted Treatment Approach
Hope for People with Fibromyalgia, Part 3: The Role of Physical Therapy in Managing Fibromyalgia
How to Prevent ACL Injuries
IT Band Tendonitis
Kids and Headaches
Preparing for ACL Reconstruction Surgery
Preventing & Treating the Dreaded “Shin Splints”
Re-writing the Ending to the Story of Chronic Pain
Runner's Knee Treatment
Running Away from Stress Fractures
Running Past Plantar Fasciitis
September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month
Six Tips for a Safe and Swift Hip Replacement Recovery
Ten Posture Tips to Relieve (and Avoid) Low Back Pain
Ten Quick Tips to Ease Sciatica Symptoms
The 7 Deadly Sins of Back Pain
The Benefits of Aerobic Exercise at High Intensities for Stroke Populations
The Benefits of Physical Therapy for Patients with Parkinson’s Disease
The Cure for Sciatica
The Scoop on Trochanteric (Hip) Bursitis
Upon Further Review: ACL Tear Management
Upon Further Review: Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome
What is TMJ and What Can be Done About It



An Introduction to Concussions
Concussion Assessment on the Field and in the Clinic
The Treatment of Concussions and Post-Concussion Syndrome


Family Fitness

AAP Screen Time Guideline for Children and Teens
Holiday Gift Giving Guide
How Much is Too Much for Kids in Sports?
Keeping the Boys & Girls of Summer in the Game
Neenah Summer Fun Runs
Running Strong with Girls on the Run
Summer Stay-cation Activity Ideas
Tips for Preventing Injury While Snow Shoveling
Top Ten Family Winter Workout Ideas
Top Ten Lightning Safety Tips
Top Ten Old School Summertime Family Games and Activities
Top Ten Outdoor Winter Workout Tips
Top Ten Outside the Box Summertime Workout Ideas
Top Ten Tips for Restful Sleep
Update on Kids in Sports: Early Sports Specialization


Health Care

Celebrating Physical Therapy Month
Direct Access Physical Therapy Saves Money
Hitting the Road in Search of Better Care
How to be Your Own Healthcare Advocate
How to Choose a Physical Therapist
Improving Patient Outcomes and Quality Care
Local Effects of the Affordable Care Act
MotionWorks Participating in the Fox Valley Medical Mentoring Program
Self-care Tips for Caregivers
The Ultimate Guide to Preparing for Orthopedic Surgery
The Value Proposition of Physical Therapy
Top Ten Creative At-Home Workout Ideas
Top Ten Things I Love about being a Physical Therapist/Athletic Trainer
Top Ten Things I Never Knew about Starting a Business
Top Ten Things PTs Wished their Patients Knew
Top 10 Tips to Get the Most out of a Doctor Visit


Medical Briefs

ACL Injury Risk, Early Sports Specialization, Afib and Strength Training, Omega 3s and Heart Disease
Concussions, TV Watching, & Hip Strengthening!
Concussions, Vitamin D, Calcium and Fractures
Eight Medical Assumptions Surprisingly Debunked by Research in 2018
Falls, TMJ Splints, and Disordered Sleep
Non-Surgical Treatment for Knee Pain
Prostate and Breast Cancer Awareness
Quick Facts About Balance and Falls
April 2018 Quick Medical Hits
Shoulder Surgery, Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy, Imaging for Low Back Pain & Headaches, & Rehab for Knee Pain
Soft Drinks, Low Back Pain, Shoulder Surgery, Dementia, and Sidelined USA


Patient Stories

Brian Butch Comeback Story
Enjoying Life in the Face of Chronic Pain


Running and Fitness

15 Fitness Mistakes You are Making Right Now
Benefits of the Functional Warm-up
Five Fast Stretches for Runners
Lactic Acid – Friend or Foe?
MotionWorks Top Ten Health-Conscious Gifts for Athletes
Nutritional Timing and Selection for Optimal Performance
Should I Change My Running Form?
Smart Training Tips To Prevent Running Injuries
Surviving the Warrior Dash
Top Five Things to Do the Night before a Marathon
Top Ten Calorie Burning Winter Activities
Top Ten Diet and Fitness Mistakes to Avoid
Top Ten Hydration Tips for Running on Hot Summer Days
Top Ten Old School and New Fangled Diet Tips for the New Year
Top Ten Tips to Successfully Start (and Continue) a New Exercise Routine
Top Ten Training Tips for Your First Half Marathon
Understanding Pilates
What do You Think About Barefoot Running?
What is the Best Way to Recover from a Marathon, and When Can I Start Running Again?
With a Back Injury, Will I Ever be Able to Run Again, or Should I Quit Running, Like Many People Have Suggested?


Treatment Techniques

Breathing Your Tension Away
Easy Ways to Reduce your Everyday Stress
Fascial Fitness in Practice
Five Mistakes You are Making with Your Tech Devices that Could Cause Health Issues
Five Quick Tips on Picking the Perfect Mattress
Five Quick Tips on Picking the Perfect Pillow
Foam Rolling 101
Health and Fitness Guru Quiz
How to Choose an Ankle Brace
How to Treat Your Own Scar
Integrative Dry Needling
Just Say NO to New Year’s Resolutions
Quick Health Tricks to Learn Tonight, Feel Better Tomorrow
The Benefits of Exercising Outdoors
The Fascinating World of Fascia - and Why You Should Know About It!
The Impact of Music on Pain
The Perks of Providing Patient-Centered Care
The Skinny on Scars
Top Ten Tips to Prevent Falling this Winter
Treating Dysfunctional Fascia
What is Manual Therapy?


Words of Wisdom

Facing Your Fears
I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day
Kids and Devices
Flee the Kool-Aid (at all costs!)
Reliving the Glory Years
Fall in Wisconsin
Going For the Gold!
Happy New Year!
Rose Colored Glasses
It’s Your Life!
Spring is Coming
Overcoming Your Circumstances
Just Breathe
Never, Ever Give Up!
Can't Break the American Spirit
Thank You!
Prune Your Life
Lessons from Disney's Frozen
What's on Your Bucket List?
Happy April Everyone!
Weeding My Garden
Perfection Really Just Might be Unattainable
A new perspective on Thanksgiving
Make an effort to let it go
Expect the Unexpected
"Yes" Days
Summertime Bucket List
Reading Yourself
A Walk in the Park
Advice for grads: Work hard, look to God
Feels Like Home
Share the Love
Farmer’s Cloth
Joyful Living with a Heart of Gratitude
Christmas Through the Eyes ...
To be successful with your dreams, think small decisive steps
Is sportsmanship dead?
Enjoy What is Right Before Our Eyes
Thinking Outside the Box
Celebrating Five Years!
I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day
Happy New Year!
Restoring Joy by Shutting out the Noise
Great Expectations
Beach Dreaming
Thank You!
We Miss the Beauty of Imperfection
That Which Doesn't Kill You, Makes You Stronger
Happy New Year MotionWorks Family!
New Year, New Face!
Exerting a Positive Influence
Are you Raising a Future Olympian?
Why do we live in Wisconsin?
The Gift of Time
Congratulations Graduate Parents!
There is Purpose in Suffering
Is learning music the key to success?
The Patient is the Customer
Your Physical Therapist for Life!
The Greatest Generation
New Year's Goals
Filling the Tank
Lessons from the Basketball Court
Grit. Pass it on?
Patient-Centered Care
Back to School
A September to Remember
Great Expectations
Seizing Every Second
Your Life is not a Series of Random Events
Kobe Bryant
Beware the Ides of March
Going Without