Southern Ute Indian Tribe

Physical Therapy

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Physical Therapy Office

69 Capote Dr, Ignacio CO, 81137


Fax: 970-563-0206

Mon-Thur, 8:00a – 5:00p
Closed 12:00p – 1:00p

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To empower Native American and Alaska Native clients to live active, healthy and fulfilling lives – pain free.

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The Southern Ute Health Center is proud to offer Physical Therapy to our expanding list of services.  Operating out of the Southern Ute Health Center building, our physical therapist works hand-in-hand with the full medical team, providing seamless continuity of care for all patients.

Regardless of age or background, Physical Therapy is helpful for patients who are experiencing pain, injury, or illness that is preventing them from living their life to the fullest.  Our skilled Physical Therapist evaluates, diagnoses, and treats a wide variety of health conditions.

Physical Therapy helps patients move better by addressing a wide variety of factors such as:

  • Strength
  • Range of Motion
  • Balance
  • Posture
  • Pain (new and long-standing)
  • Coordination
  • Endurance
  • General Mobility
  • Home Safety

After an evaluation, the Physical Therapist will develop a treatment plan with patient input to customize their care and help them to feel and move better as quickly as possible.

Depending on circumstances, our Physical Therapist is also available for home visits within the local area.


Physical Therapy Staff

Stephen Stockhausen, PT – Physical Therapist

Dr. Stockhausen achieved his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of Kentucky in 2011.  Upon graduation he moved to Durango, CO to begin his career and explore the Southwest Colorado terrain.  In 2014 he and his wife, also a Physical Therapist, hit the road as travel physical therapists.  Their explorations took them across the country for nearly eight years highlighted by extended stays in Alaska, California, and Washington state.  He joined our team as our first “in-house physical therapist” in the summer of 2020.  Professionally, he is a certified specialist in orthopedics and has particular interest in athletic injuries as well as chronic pain treatment.  When not in the clinic he can likely be found running or biking on local trails with his family.



  • Thorough evaluation and treatment for a wide variety of health and mobility conditions
  • Pre surgical care
  • Post surgical care
  • Home visits are often available to those living in the Ignacio, CO area who are unable to safely come to the clinic
  • Specialized home safety evaluations
  • Caregiver training to improve the safety and comfort of both the caregiver and patient during mobility tasks


Frequently Asked Questions

How long do Physical Therapy evaluations typically take?

Comprehensive Physical Therapy evaluations highly depend on the nature of the problem being addressed.  However, most initial visits take 45-60 minutes.

What happens during a Physical Therapy evaluation?

The Therapist will evaluate what is bothering you most, perform some physical testing to best assess your issue, develop a treatment plan and begin a treatment program to help you feel better as soon as possible.

How frequently will I need to come to Physical Therapy?

Again, this is highly dependent on the nature of your injury or issue.  Most often plans of care are 1-2 visits/ week.  Some conditions can be alleviated in just a couple of weeks while others can take longer.

Will Physical Therapy hurt?

The majority of patients will feel less pain at the end of each session.  While it is the goal of every physical therapist to provide the most comfortable care for every patient, some treatment techniques can be uncomfortable.  When this is the case the physical therapist will always utilize every resource available to eliminate that pain prior to ending the session.