Lincoln Orthopedic Physical Therapy has been serving the community since 1982, working hard to establish a reputation as one of the leading outpatient orthopedic physical therapy clinics in the area. We are privileged to serve patients with a wide variety of needs, but focus on orthopedic problems.
Understanding your patient’s specific needs is the best way for us to develop physical therapy programs that provide effective treatment to manage musculoskeletal problems. We emphasize patient instruction and home management to prevent recurrence of the problem and to avoid associated disorders. When disease or musculoskeletal impairment limits abilities, we teach the patient the skills needed to manage their pain and limitations.
We take a holistic approach to treating patients. Meaning we don’t focus just on the patient’s symptoms. By looking at the inner relationship of musculoskeletal function throughout the body we provide more comprehensive treatment of the patient and their impairments.
Lincoln Orthopedic Physical Therapy was established in 1982 by Jake DeNell and Roger Sand. Both Roger and Jake had worked in orthopedic physical therapy before joining at the original location at 56th and South Street in Lincoln, Nebraska. The mission of LOPT represented their faith and looked to serve others with kindness and with a sense of purpose. 2120 S 56th remains a place of fondness as the location where LOPT took root.
As Lincoln began to expand in the late ‘90s, so did LOPT. In 1998, LOPT had grown to five therapists and looked to open LOPT's second clinic in the up and coming area of Lincoln at 27th and Superior. That intersection is now one of the busiest in Lincoln. LOPT has been an established presence in North Lincoln and is in its third location after growing from the small space they originally leased.
Lincoln's southern border continued to expand, and we decided to open a third location. Jake DeNell moved to this location and remains a trusted therapist where patients return to see Jake from the decades of care he has given. The Williamsburg location is an established business in South Lincoln.
The original LOPT location was related to the 84th and Holdrege intersection. In the early 2000s, Roger Sand transitioned to this new area of town and continued to offer Lincoln his expertise in shoulder rehab. Physicians refer shoulder patients specifically to Roger because of his great outcomes. Lincoln's 84th street has become a busy thoroughfare in Lincoln.
Renee Tewes founded Midwest Physical Therapy in 1995. She established a solid physical therapy practice in the Lincoln community and a clinic in Ashland. As retirement began to appeal more and more, she reached out to LOPT because of our expertise and well-known community in Lincoln to see if we'd be interested in purchasing Midwest Physical Therapy. After settling on a deal, Midwest Physical Therapy is now associated with LOPT, this expanded our Lincoln footprint from three to five locations and continued the Midwest Physical Therapy clinic well established in Ashland. The previous Midwest Physical Therapy locations in Lincoln that LOPT now occupies includes 27th and Pine Lake and 70th and A.
In April of 2020, LOPT officially opened a location dedicated to athletes looking to transition from injury back to the playing field, LOPT Performance. The Performance program bridges the gap from rehabilitation to high-level performance. It allows athletes of all stages to return to their sport or activity with an emphasis on biomechanics and working with therapists specializing in running, throwing, and jumping. LOPT Performance is located at Driven Academy to offer turf and space for patients to progress in a sport-specific environment.