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Several years ago, I was told that I was a candidate for back surgery. I was given the option to try physical therapy, first. I went to Luke Carlson. He not only decreased my pain, he also helped me stabilize and strengthen the muscles in my back with stretches and exercises.  I have never had back surgery!
While Luke served as the sports trainer at Ankeny High School, he did an excellent job working with our students with prevention and care of athletic injuries.  He was incredibly flexible with scheduling and treatments. He was dedicated to getting the athlete back into action as soon as possible, while always keeping the athlete's health as the driving factor.

John Petersen, Head Varsity Basketball Coach

I have known Luke for the past 24 years of my athletic and coaching career. This relationship developed into a friendship.  Luke is a top-notch professional who is creative in his treatments and thorough in his diagnosis and patient care. He is dedicated to helping his patients meet their goals. For this reason, I have never hesitated to send the student-athletes I coach his direction.

Peter Rameh Kicking Coach

Several years ago, I was referred to Luke Carlson for physical therapy. I have been an active runner for 45 years and have reached a point where, on occasion, I need help with related issues. When I first met Luke, I was immediately attracted to his personality and manner in which he listened to me about my Achilles and leg pain. Luke took the time to explain to me what caused my pain, manipulated the areas that gave almost immediate relief, and provided me with exercises so that I could avoid further injury. Luke's methods of adjustment and manipulation were very helpful in allowing me to continue running and competing in most all of the races in the Des Moines area. I have used Luke's services many times the past several years and always found him to be forthright, compassionate, and caring. I would recommend Dr. Carlson as a physical therapist without the least amount of hesitation or mental reservation. He is an outstanding professional with excellent interpersonal skills to meet your physical therapy needs.

Dr. Richard Newkirk

A few years back, I had a major foot injury that resulted in emergency surgery due to tendon damage and a serious infection. After months of an open wound with a wound vacuum, I developed a lot of scar tissue and had very limited mobility of my foot. My surgeon prepared me for a life of pain and limited ambulation. Luckily, I received physical therapy from Luke Carlson. With his persistence, expertise, and extra attention, I am happy to report that I have full mobility of my foot and I am basically pain free. Recently, I required carpal tunnel surgery of my right hand and was referred for physical therapy by my surgeon. Of course, I immediately called Luke. There is no one who I trust more than him to reduce the scar tissue that has developed and to get me back to full strength and use of my hand. As a nurse, I also appreciate his excellent bedside manner, and you will too.

Glenda Hunter, RN

My experience with Luke Carlson as my physical therapist has been nothing less than exceptional. He really listens and treats each patient individually while taking the time to address all my concerns. Luke does a great job of explaining a unique regimen of exercises which are tailored to fit my needs. The exercises I have been given have been instrumental in improving and strengthening my injured area. He is professional, friendly, and very knowledgeable. My special thanks to Luke for all he has done for me.

Michele M. Starkenburg

I have seen Luke for a variety of injuries over the last 20 years. He is wonderful! I would not see anyone else. He is professional, friendly, and knowledgeable. I'm able to live a much more comfortable life due to him showing me exercises and him working on me. Every time I leave I feel awesome and refreshed.

Traci Elwell

One year ago, I had a severe leg and ankle break that also created other complications and had to be dealt with including blood clots, etc. Until I finally got to meet Luke and his excellent staff, I thought the entire nightmare would never end. AFTER ALL THE "OTHERS" I had met in this nightmare, Luke and ALL his people gave me refreshing thoughts that, "MAYBE I CAN TRULY RECOVER," even at my age. Without question, LUKE, ALONG WITH HIS WONDERFUL STAFF FROM THE FRONT DESK ON, ARE BY FAR NOT ONLY GREAT AT THEIR RESPONSIBILITIES WITH WONDERFUL AND SINCERE ATTITUDES TO NOT JUST GET BY, BUT TO TRULY HELP THE PATIENT HEAL, FAR BEYOND JUST DOING A JOB. THEY CARE... THERE IS NO HESITATION ON MY PART TO STRONGLY RECOMMEND LUKE CARLSON PHYSICAL THERAPY AND SPORTS MEDICINE TO ANY ONE THAT REALLY WANTS TO GET THEIR PHYSICAL LIFE BACK IN ORDER. I ALSO AM WILLING TO TALK TO ANYONE PERSONALLY THAT WANTS TO HEAR WHY I TRULY BELIEVE IN THIS GROUP.

Bruce Boland

In 2003, I had a total knee replacement.  When my doctor suggested physical therapy the only name I could think of was Luke Carlson. All I knew was that his wife and my daughter were good friends, they all graduated from Ankeny in 1984, and Luke was a physical therapist.   
It was my good fortune to have plucked his name out of the archives in my brain ­--- because since that time, I've had 5 more orthopedic surgeries.
For the past 13 years Luke has been patiently rehabilitating me piece-by-piece!  I have found him to be genuinely concerned about my progress.  It is his nature to be genuine. He is a first-rate therapist. He knew how much I was capable of doing and his encouragement, techniques, treatments, and therapies were always successful in helping to reach my goals.                     
Last year my husband had a total knee replacement as well, and of course Luke was his therapist. We both highly, and without reservation, recommend Luke Carlson for superior physical therapy.

Jo Ann and Gene West

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