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What People Are Saying About Kaizen Physical Therapy:

"I relocated from Durham 3 months ago but I continue a 2 1/2 hour commute one way because I believe in Dr. Nielsen‘s treatment plan."

Carol T.

Shoulder Pain For 6 Years

"After struggling with knee pain for over 12 years from a sport injury, Derek helped me become pain free! I had been to numerous physical therapy facilities within my 12 years of pain and nothing helped me. He is a very knowledgeable professional that listens to your problems with understanding and deep concern. I was told I'd never be able to run again — I am now running PAIN FREE and would HIGHLY RECOMMEND DEREK to anyone that has been struggling with pain especially for a very long time!"

Andrea B.

Knee Pain — ACL Repair

"After almost a year into the pandemic, I found myself in pain. Mostly, my hips and lower back were not working well. For the last 2 decades, I had paired chiropractic and massage services to keep moving. Unfortunately, both had not been available during the previous months of the shutdown. I found Dr. Derek Nielsen at Kaizen Physical Therapy and decided to try physical therapy. A new existence was opened to me. I am no longer in pain. I was taught how to retrain my body to move. The movement of my hips, low back, shoulders, neck and upper back have all improved. I am now running (something I have not been able to do for over 10 years). I am grateful for my new perspective that Dr. Nielsen helped make possible ... Life is more enjoyable with unrestricted movement!"

Ann F.

Hip, lower back, shoulder, and neck pain For Years

"For anyone needing physical therapy, go straight to Dr. Nielsen. I've had PT many times before, but I've never had an experience like this. He gives you his undivided attention and customizes his treatment for each and every patient. HIs care does not stop when you leave his "office." He follows up with e-mails and offers his availability 24/7. I've never known a PT specialist who is so attentive and knowledgeable, gentle, kind, and genuinely caring. He is a true healer in every sense of the word!"

Terri A.

Shoulder, Neck, and Back Pain For Years

"The extreme pain I was having in my left shoulder when I moved my arm in certain positions was resolved, which is why I saw him initially. Dr. Nielsen also performed miracles in helping me with the stiffness and pain I was having in my neck and shoulders that I had had for years and thought I would just have to live with."

Jean H.

Shoulder and Neck Pain For Years

"I want to thank Derek with Kaizen Physical therapy for helping me to get rid of my back pain that I have had for the last two years. I have had back pain off and on for over 40 years. I have had physical therapy, pain meds, acupuncture and cortisone injections during that time but none of that helped two years ago . Thru exercise and physical therapy I am finally pain free and have made it thru Christmas decorating without my back hurting which is a miracle!

Again, thank you for convincing me it could get better and that I could be pain free again even when I thought you were crazy!"

Connie S.

Back Pain For Years

"I first met Dr. Nielsen after 3 months of physical therapy with no relief in the pain I was experiencing in my shoulders, neck and hands. I had already seen by my primary provider as well as multiple specialists, all of whom recommended an MRI, pain medications and even surgery. Within a few months, I was back to work and able to do things I enjoy that I hadn’t been able to do and that other providers told me wouldn’t be possible!"

Sarah R.

Shoulder, Neck and Tingling Into Hands

"I have had back, neck, knee, and hip issues for decades. Besides standing more erect I have less discomfort in my back and hips and knees. I walk much more confidently and with a swagger I hadn't had in years. If you are hesitant to make a commitment to working with Dr. Derek Nielsen be assured that if he tells you that he believes he can help you, HE WILL HELP YOU!"

Dan D.

Back, Neck, Knee, and Hip Pain for Decades

"A MRI revealed a broad disc bulge at the L4-L5. I was offered three options: anti-inflammatories, pain medications, and spinal injections, and as a last resort — back surgery. I elected to place my recovery in the hands of Dr. Nielsen. Eight weeks later I was playing golf and resuming my daily activities virtually pain free."

Eddie S.

Sciatica and Back Pain — Bulging Disc

"The bottom line is that this practice is NOT just a machine. You are one on one with the expert, treatment adjusts as you progress. Very laid back and by far the best physical therapy solution I have found so far."

Scott B.

Neck and Shoulder Pain For Decades

"For those of you who have not tried Kaizen PT it works. Not the typical PT that you are familiar with. I have been going to chiropractic and massage therapy for years to help manage chronic pain, during the time I went to Dr. Derek at Kaizen PT I did NOT need either one.... and I had little to NO pain!"

Cathy M.

Hip, Back, and Shoulder Pain For Years

"About 4-5 years ago I injured my knee and I had not been able to be active the way that I enjoy. I never thought about physical therapy until someone at the gym recommended it. Before coming here I never thought I would be able to run and jump again. I am happy to report that I am able to sprint and jump without my knee cap popping out. Not to mention I was able to play pick up basketball."

Kristin D.

Knee Pain For Years

"I came to see Dr. Derek a year ago because I continued having issues with my hip and back, even after seeing my in-network doctors for years. Since I've been seeing Dr. Derek, I've experienced tremendous relief of my pain and increased mobility. I've been able to do things I hadn't done in years with minimum pain. The exceptional thing about him is that he has the best "bedside manner". He's caring, personable and just a nice guy."

Grace G.

Hip and Back Pain For Years

"I was living with a lot of pain (headaches all the time, neck tension and soreness sciatica, ankle knee and back pain) difficulty sleeping and working. Miserable. After the 1st treatment my neck pain was Gone! After doing the prescribed exercises for a week /2x daily, my sciatica went from a 15 down to a 1! What?!!! I thought.. Dr. Nielsen has got to be Jesus' cousin! No pills, no surgery! Working ,walking, driving is easier, sleeping is so much more comfortable and sound. After being in pain for 4 years I am astounded, relieved. Today was the 3rd treatment."

Leah H.

Sciatica, Headaches, Ankle, Knee and Back Pain

"I purchased a series of six sessions and was actually able to complete the work in four sessions several month ago. A new issue came up and I was able to work with Derek again in just two sessions to clear this up. Highly recommend working with Kaizen Physical Therapy."

Elliot S.

Back and Foot Pain

"Over the last 2.5 years I’ve dealt with knee pain. It limited me from doing specific exercises, hiking, and even walking up stairs. Derek provided me with exercises that took only 15 minutes per day. 4 months later and I am completely pain free. A matter of fact, I completed a backpacking trip which proved my knee is fixed."

Melissa H.

Knee Pain For Years

"I had been experiencing sciatica pain almost daily for 10 months. I was irritable and had difficulty walking, sitting and standing. I went to see Dr. Nielsen and he was very confident that he could help me be free of pain. I was somewhat skeptical, but after my third treatment , I was no longer feeling daily pain. He also helped me with my back and knee pain. I’m very happy to say that I now have no pain! I went on a trip out of state and had a very nice pain free experience! It’s been a blessing to be able to do all the things I couldn’t do before without pain. Dr. Nielsen is a very knowledgeable, caring, professional that I highly recommend to anyone who is experiencing pain."

Connie L.

Sciatica and Knee Pain For 10 Months

"I suffered a lower back injury about a year and a half ago — I thought the pain would fix itself if I just ignored it. I finally tried physical therapy at a hospital, but the exercises they gave me didn’t work at all. When I switched to working with Derek, my experience was completely different. From the very first session, the exercises began to alleviate my pain. With back pain, Derek doesn’t focus on your back, he focuses on analyzing your body’s movement and understanding how it’s limits lead to injury and prevent recovery. Over the course of 6 months, we methodically strengthened my hips to the point where my back pain is completely gone."

Ethan L.

Back Pain For a Year

"I had rotator cuff surgery on my right shoulder, Seven months ago and was having difficulties recovering and getting back to my normal self. Dr. Nielsen has helped me get back to where I can work out again and do everything without restrictions. But more importantly I was told that I would need surgery on my left shoulder as well to repair similar issues that I was having to my right shoulder prior to surgery. Dr. Nielsen was able to prevent the surgery through PT and saved me from the harsh process of having rotator cuff surgery."

Eddie D.

Shoulder Surgery

"Derek made quick work of back and shoulder pain that I didn't even know I could live without. Only 8 visits and I have 100% control of my body after unknowingly functioning at only 80% for most of my life. I work in fitness, so moving without pain is vital to my ability to do to my job. Not only did Derek reverse my discomfort, but he gave me tools and knowledge to continue taking care of myself for the rest of my life. I would confidently recommend Dr. Nielsen to anyone who needs that extra bit of expertise to regain pain-free living."

Kaya L.

Back & Shoulder Pain


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