Southwest Therapy Specialists, P.C.

Welcome to Southwest Therapy Specialists!

We are an independent therapist-owned, therapy practice located in Phoenix, AZ and serving the Valley of the Sun. Our services include
Manual Orthopedic Physical Therapy, Aquatic Therapy, Certified Hand Therapy (CHT), Personal Fitness and Strength Training.

"Best Physical Therapists in Phoenix 2024"*

Fifth Consecutive Year!

Highest Ranking

                                                            "It is simple. I trust this business."
current returning patient-June 2023, last seen in 2019
Check out our satisfaction scorecard by clicking here.

Ranked Highest of 357 Physical Therapy clinics
 in Phoenix 2024, 2023, 2022, 2021 and 2020!

You and your family/friend deserve the best in care. "...Finding the right highly-skilled Physical Therapist takes significant time and effort, including in-depth research, detailed comparisons, and deciphering which online reviews are reliable and authentic." reports Expertise."We hand-pick the best...Our proprietary research and selection process identifies the top service professionals...the best qualified for their needs" you do not have to guess...
Factors include:
Availability, Qualifications, Reputation, Experience, and Professionalism.

"Our research process is always evolving to keep up with industry changes, so we're confident that when we say a provider is one of the best, it is" 2024 selection of Southwest Therapy Specialists   "We scrutinized 357 Physical Therapy practices and scored Southwest Therapy the Best in 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023...and now 2024". Scoring occurred on more than 25 variables across (these) five categories."  * source: Expertise

   Credibility, Engagement and Service.* source: Expertise

"Choose to be seen only where there is this history of delighted customers who refer their family and friends for this outstanding service..." Tell the physician to refer you only to this practice."

Personalized one-on-one with a licensed therapist. We are grateful you have found us and look forward to being your therapy practice.
 Ask your Doctor to FAX a Referral to (602) 249-4115.

We've got you covered!

 State of Arizona Office of Medical Facilities credentialing:
    Southwest Therapy Specialists is among the first independent Physical Therapy
and Occupational Therapy private practice to be site-surveyed with successful
passing on the same-day of the initial inspection with no deficits. We pass surprise inspections at the same level as a hospital based medical rehabilitation department.
Efficiency, effectiveness and compassion!

Squeaky Clean Clinic and Aquatic Therapy Pool:

CDC deems Aquatic Therapy Safe From Spread of COVID-19


Southwest Therapy Specialists’ Aquatic Therapy program has always followed the cleaning and disinfecting guidelines since our indoor heated pool opened in 2006. Our rehab pool exceeds the chlorine disinfection CDC guidelines as we also utilize an Ozone system sanitization that works 24/7. When established, our practice met and exceeded the Medicare mandates and numerous onsite inspections. SWTS was the first practice surveyed in Arizona for outpatient independent practice that passed on the first surprise inspection and exceeded the standards of the Arizona Department of Health Services. The Veterans Administration/TriWest ranks us the highest of all Maricopa County Aquatic Therapy programs. Patient Satisfaction Surveys continue rating us “Excellent” in all aspects, including following the CDC guidelines.

Veterans Choice Program (VCP):
Veterans CCN-(TriWest) and TriCare:
We honor and thank all the Veterans to whom we owe our freedom. As preferred providers for the Veterans Administration, may we continue to serve each of you with honor. Request your VA physician to refer you to be seen at Southwest Therapy Specialists through the VCP.

Manual Orthopedic Physical Therapy:
No "weekly adjustments" or "for the rest of your life" appointments here! Our Manual Orthopedic Physical Therapists provide personalized hands-on treatment to teach proper, comfortable and effective movement and facilitate the body’s ability to heal.
Aquatic Therapy:
Ever shiver and get chilled in the pool? Experience fear of falling while walking? Then avoid muscle spasms and avoid any risk of falling while working out in Southwest Therapy Specialists' Aquatic Therapy pool. "...And the water is divine!" - (patient's first visit)

Certified Hand Therapy (CHT):
When seeking therapy, consider the credentials of your therapist. The Hand Therapy Certification Commission (HTCC) endorses the hand therapy program at SWTS. Our Certified Hand Therapist, Susan Stockdell, has been working in the valley for more than 35 years.

"It has only been two visits and my numbness is almost fully gone. The tingling is less too. Your Certified Hand Therapist taught me more in these sessions what I can do to help myself than the chiropractor did in the past two years."- MC (patient)

"I thank God that you opened this place.You've gotten me to the point where the doctor can now do surgery to help me. I was so weak, and you gave me strength."- RW (patient), upon discharge

"I am very, very, very satisfied with this facility and its team, and highly recommend it to my friends and family."- DC (patient), Patient Satisfaction Survey

Check out our testimonials and the rest of our website to learn more!

Best Workout Equipment Recommended for Home Use:
Best Aquatic Ankle Weights:

AllPro Aquatic Ankle Weights Adjustable 5 LB set, 1 pair

Our licensed Aquatic Therapists teach customized exercises to make your aquatic workout exceed any land gym.
Best Suction Cups for Pain Management:

12 Cup Suction Vacuum Cupping Kit  

Our licensed Physical Therapists teach specific techniques to best relieve your pain with cupping methods.
Best Soft Tissue Mobilization for Foot &/or Leg:

TheraBand FlexBar (R)

Our licensed Aquatic Therapists highly recommend Theraband FlexBars: either green or blue are our favorite diameters. Whether on land or in the pool, we'll teach you stimulation techniques using your body's own natural healing with the FlexBar (And a bonus: they float!)
Best Silicone Cups for Deep Tissue Massage:

Silicone Cupping

A type of deep tissue massage for use with massage oil or cream, our licensed therapists help stimulate the flow of fresh blood and lymphatic drainage to the areas of pain or inflammation. We'll teach you how to 'glide and slide'.

TheraBand Resistance Bands
Best Resistance Bands
Eccentric & Concentric exercises:

TheraBand(R) offers traditional flat Band, no-grip required CLX (Consecutive Loops), or Tubing options. Whether a beginner or an elite strength athlete, our therapists teach a customized home exercise program to advance your fitness training level.

Contact Information
Contact us using one of the methods below, or click here for our web contact form.
We look forward to helping you.

Telephone: (602) 249-9129
Fax: (602) 249-4115
E-mail: For general information, please contact


Southwest Therapy Specialists
7540 N. 19th Ave., Suite 101, Phoenix, AZ 85021

For Driving Directions to our clinic, click here.

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