Physical Therapy at Valley Orthos
If a medical problem hinders your ability to move and perform in your daily life, Valley Ortho can help by offering expert physical therapy. With the goal of relieving symptoms, expediting recovery and preventing further disability, our therapists perform comprehensive assessments and develop individualized treatment programs.
Physical therapy sessions may include:
- Therapeutic exercises to increase flexibility, range of motion, balance, coordination and endurance
- Heat packs and cold compresses to reduce swelling or relieve pain
- Electrical stimulation
- Ultrasound therapy
- Cognitive skills development
- Manual therapy
- Neuromuscular re-education
- Assistive and adaptive device training (including crutches, prosthesis, orthotics and wheelchairs)
- Home exercise instructions
- Gait training
- Traction for back and neck pain
- Patient education
The rehabilitation team at Valley Orthos includes highly trained physical therapists that are certified in multiple clinical areas. Physical therapy provides individualized treatment programs to:
- Improve strength
- Improve mobility
- Improve endurance and agility
- Offer pain relief
- Promote wound healing
Drew Hartenstein, P.T.
Board certified physical therapist, Drew Hartenstein, P.T. grew up in the San Fernando Valley where he graduated from Reseda High School in 1980. Earning his B.A. degree in Biochemistry & Cell Biology from UC San Diego in 1985, he continued graduate studies in Neuro Kinesiology at UCLA until he entered PT School at Chapman University, earning his Masters of Physical Therapy degree in 1990. Starting his career at Centinela Hospital in Inglewood, CA, he developed his interest in sports and orthopedic rehabilitation while working with many physicians from the Kerlan Jobe Orthopedic Clinic. Drew subsequently relocated to the Antelope Valley in 1992 to work at Kaiser Permanente where he continued to advance his skills in Orthopedic Rehabilitation. He entered private practice in 1994 helping to develop the Athletic Injury Management group in Lancaster, CA and practiced there until 2014 when he had the honor of joining Valley Orthopedic Institute.
Troy McIntosh, ATC
Troy McIntosh, MS, ATC,CSCS- Certified Athletic Trainer, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist- Growing up in Northern Nevada, Troy attended The University of Nevada, Las Vegas graduating with a B.S. degree in Athletic Training. While at UNLV, Troy worked as an undergraduate Athletic Trainer providing rehabilitation and injury prevention care in the athletic department with primary responsibilities with the football, baseball and softball teams. He went on to receive his Master of Science Degree in Sports Medicine from Georgia State University where he worked as a Certified Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer and Strength Coach providing injury prevention, rehabilitation and performance enhancement training for the Men’s soccer, basketball and baseball teams.
Upon graduation from Georgia State, Troy spent 8 years working as an Athletic Trainer and Strength and Conditioning Specialist in professional baseball with the Seattle Mariners, Philadelphia Phillies and Arizona Diamondbacks. After retiring from baseball to spend more time with his family Troy settled in Lancaster in 1999, where he has worked in orthopedic physical therapy rehabilitati1 reconditioning, and training athletes and residents of the Antelope Valley. Troy has special interest in working with baseball, softball and motocross athletes. He had the privilege of working with the late Kurt Caselli for nearly 10 year while he was winning many motocross off road national and we championships as well as rehabilitating and training many of the valleys top athletes that have moved on to the collegiate and
Darlene Santos, P.T. Assistant
Physical Therapist Assistant Darlene Santos grew up in Palmdale, CA and has been part of the healthcare community for many years. In 2005, she graduated from California State University Northridge with a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology with an option in Exercise Science. She earned her Associate of Arts Degree as a Physical Therapist Assistant in 2010 from Cerritos College. Specific certifications include Gait Biomechanics and Orthotic Application as well as Early Intervention for Sensory Processing Disorder. Other physical therapy experiences include acute rehabilitation, pediatrics, and home healthcare services. She has been working in the orthopedic physical therapy setting for the past 6 years.