Our mission is to provide affordable, comprehensive and individualized physical therapy to the people of Bozeman, Montana and the surrounding communities We strive for excellence, enthusiasm and ethics in all of our patient care.


“Combining clinical expertise with an unparalleled focus on customer service.” Christian Appel, DPT, OCS, Cert. MDT 


Physical therapists at Great Northern are highly-educated, licensed health care professionals who help our patients reduce pain and improve or restore mobility - in many cases reducing the need for long-term use of prescription medications and their side effects.

We teach our patients how to prevent or manage their condition so that they will achieve long-term health benefits. Our therapists examine each individual and develop a plan, using treatment techniques to promote the ability to move, reduce pain, restore function, and prevent disability. In addition, we work with individuals to prevent the loss of mobility before it occurs by developing fitness- and wellness-oriented programs for healthier and more active lifestyles.

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Physical therapists are evidence-based health care professionals who offer cost-effective treatment that improves mobility and relieves pain, reduces the need for surgery and prescription drugs, and allows patients to participate in a recovery plan designed for their specific needs.
— American Physical Therapy Association

What are the key benefits we offer?

We believe our patients find the most value in these 3 specific areas.

  • Improved Mobility & Motion

    Pain-free movement is crucial to your quality of daily life, your ability to earn a living, your ability to pursue your favorite leisure activities, and so much more.

    • Why is this so important?

      • Movement is essential to physical activity, which is necessary to prevent obesity, which is responsible for at least 18% of US adult deaths.
      • Mobility is crucial for physical independence, and studies suggest that walking alone can reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke, hip fracture, and knee arthritis, among other benefits.
      • Consistent movement is vital to maintaining a healthy balance system, which can help prevent costly falls.


  • Avoid Surgery and Prescription Drugs

    While surgery and prescription drugs can be the best course of treatment for certain diagnoses, there is increasing evidence demonstrating that conservative treatments like physical therapy can be equally effective (and cheaper) for many conditions.

    • A few examples:

      • Low back pain is routinely over-treated despite abundant evidence that physical therapy is a cost-effective treatment that often avoids advanced imaging scans like MRIs that increase the cost of care and the likelihood for surgery and injections.

      • Physical therapy has proven as effective as surgery for meniscal tears and knee osteoarthritis, rotator cuff tears, spinal stenosis, and degenerative disk disease, among other conditions.


  • Participate In Your Recovery

At Great Northern, we work collaboratively with our patients. Treatment plans can be designed for our patient's individual goals, challenges, and needs. Receiving treatment by a physical therapist is rarely a passive activity, and participating in your own recovery can be empowering. In many cases, we develop an ongoing relationship with our patients to maintain optimum health and movement abilities across the lifespan.

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