Services and Specialties

Performance Plus Physical Therapy in the Greater San Diego Area specializes in the following areas:

  • Orthopedics: This specialty focuses on the treatment of patients with musculoskeletal conditions, such as back pain, neck pain, and arthritis.
  • Sports Medicine: This specialty focuses on the treatment of athletes with injuries or who are looking to improve their performance.
  • Post-Operative Rehabilitation: This specialty focuses on the treatment of patients who have recently undergone surgery.
  • Workplace Injury Rehabilitation: This specialty focuses on the treatment of patients who have been injured at work.
  • Aquatic Therapy: This specialty uses water to provide physical therapy.
  • Women’s Health: This specialty focuses on the treatment of women with a variety of physical conditions, such as pregnancy, postpartum recovery, and incontinence.
  • Pediatric Physical Therapy: This specialty focuses on the treatment of children with a variety of physical conditions, such as cerebral palsy,spina bifida, and muscular dystrophy.
  • Balance and Fall Prevention: This specialty focuses on the treatment of patients who are at risk of falling.
  • Vestibular Rehabilitation: This specialty focuses on the treatment of patients with balance problems caused by vestibular disorders.



Outpatient orthopedic physical therapy is a type of healthcare that helps people recover from injuries and conditions that affect the muscles, bones, and joints. It is typically provided in a clinic setting by a licensed physical therapist.

What can you expect from high-quality outpatient orthopedic physical therapy?

When you go to a high-quality outpatient orthopedic physical therapy clinic, you can expect to receive:

  • A thorough evaluation of your condition
  • A personalized treatment plan
  • One-on-one care from a qualified physical therapist
  • A variety of treatment techniques, such as:
    • Exercise
    • Manual therapy
    • Modalities (such as heat, ice, and ultrasound)
    • Education about your condition and how to manage it

Benefits of high-quality outpatient orthopedic physical therapy

There are many benefits to receiving high-quality outpatient orthopedic physical therapy, including:

  • Reduced pain
  • Improved mobility
  • Increased strength and flexibility
  • Decreased risk of re-injury
  • Improved quality of life

Sports Medicine

If a sports injury has you sidelined, high-quality outpatient sports physical therapy can be your ticket back to the game. It's a collaborative effort between you and a licensed physical therapist to assess your injury, design a personalized treatment plan, and guide you through recovery, all with the goal of getting you back to your favorite sport safely and confidently.

What to Expect:

  • Comprehensive evaluation: Your therapist will delve into your injury history, pain levels, range of motion, and strength to understand the root cause of your pain and limitations.

  • Personalized treatment plan: No two injuries are alike, so your plan will be tailored to your specific needs and goals. Expect a combination of manual therapy, therapeutic exercises, modalities like ultrasound or electrical stimulation, and education on managing your injury and preventing future ones.

  • One-on-one care: Throughout your recovery, you'll receive dedicated attention from your therapist, ensuring you get the most out of each session and have a clear understanding of your progress.

  • Gradual progression: As you heal, your therapist will gradually increase the intensity and complexity of your exercises, ensuring you stay challenged without overdoing it and risking setbacks.

  • Return-to-sport program: The ultimate goal is to get you back to your sport, and your therapist will design a safe and effective program to help you gradually reintroduce sport-specific movements and drills.

Beyond the Physical:

High-quality sports PT goes beyond just treating the physical injury. You can expect your therapist to:

  • Address mental hurdles: Getting injured can be emotionally challenging. Your therapist can provide support and guidance to help you overcome any fear or anxiety you may have about returning to your sport.
  • Educate you on injury prevention: By understanding the mechanics of your injury and how to avoid it in the future, you can significantly reduce your risk of re-injury.
  • Celebrate your wins: Every step in your recovery is a victory, and your therapist will be there to cheer you on and celebrate your progress.

Finding the Right Fit:

When choosing a sports PT clinic, look for one with therapists who have experience treating athletes in your specific sport. Ask about their treatment philosophy and ensure they prioritize your safety and long-term goals.

Remember, recovering from a sports injury is a journey, not a destination. With the right support and guidance from a high-quality outpatient sports PT, you can get back to doing what you love, stronger and more resilient than before.

Post-Operative Rehabilitation

Smooth Sailing Through Recovery: Outpatient Post-Operative PT Explained

Following surgery, the road to recovery often leads to outpatient physical therapy. This crucial step can be daunting, but fear not! It's your chance to regain strength, flexibility, and confidence, paving the way for a smooth return to your regular routine.

What to Expect:

  • Personalized Roadmap: Your journey begins with a thorough evaluation by a licensed physical therapist. They'll assess your surgical site, strength, range of motion, and any lingering pain to craft a personalized treatment plan tailored to your unique needs and goals.

  • Guiding Your Steps: Your PT will be your partner in recovery, guiding you through each session with a combination of:

    • Therapeutic Exercises: Gentle, targeted exercises will progressively increase your strength, flexibility, and range of motion, promoting healing and preventing complications.
    • Manual Therapy: Skilled hands-on techniques like massage and joint mobilization can ease pain, improve tissue healing, and restore function.
    • Pain Management: Your PT will utilize various modalities like heat, ice, or electrical stimulation to manage pain and discomfort, making your recovery journey more comfortable.
    • Education is Key: You'll gain valuable knowledge about your surgery, recovery process, and proper care techniques to empower you to actively participate in your own healing.

Beyond the Physical:

Outpatient PT goes beyond just physical rehabilitation. Your therapist will also:

  • Address your concerns: Worries about returning to work, daily activities, or even your favorite hobbies are common. Your PT will provide support and guidance, addressing your anxieties and helping you regain confidence.
  • Celebrate your wins: Every milestone, big or small, is a victory. Your PT will be your cheerleader, celebrating your progress and motivating you to keep going.
  • Partner with your doctor: Regular communication with your surgeon is crucial for a smooth recovery. Your PT will work closely with your doctor to ensure your treatment plan aligns with your overall healing process.

Finding the Right Fit:

Choosing the right outpatient PT clinic is key. Look for one with therapists experienced in treating your specific surgery type. Don't hesitate to ask about their treatment philosophy and ensure they prioritize your comfort, safety, and long-term goals.

Remember, recovery is a journey, not a race. With the right support and guidance from a qualified physical therapist, you can navigate the path to a full and successful recovery, feeling stronger and more confident than ever before.

Bonus Tip: Outpatient PT often involves home exercises. Be sure to ask your therapist for clear instructions and modifications to ensure you perform them safely and effectively.

Vestibular Rehabilitation

Feeling dizzy? Experiencing balance issues that make everyday life a challenge? You're not alone, and luckily, there's help! Outpatient Vestibular Rehabilitation Physical Therapy (VRT) can be the key to regaining your equilibrium and reclaiming your confidence.

What is Vestibular Rehabilitation PT?

VRT is a specialized form of physical therapy designed to address dizziness and balance problems caused by inner ear disorders like Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV), Meniere's disease, and vestibular neuritis. It utilizes targeted exercises and techniques to help your brain and body re-learn how to work together to maintain balance.

What to Expect:

  • Comprehensive Assessment: Your journey begins with a thorough evaluation by a VRT-trained physical therapist. They'll assess your symptoms, balance, eye movements, and head positioning to pinpoint the root cause of your dizziness.
  • Personalized Treatment Plan: Based on your unique needs, your therapist will design a customized plan that may include:
    • Canalith Repositioning Maneuvers: These specialized head movements help dislodge tiny calcium crystals causing BPPV, relieving dizziness quickly and effectively.
    • Balance Retraining Exercises: These exercises challenge your balance system in a controlled environment, helping your brain and body adapt and compensate for any vestibular dysfunction.
    • Gaze Stabilization Exercises: These exercises train your eyes to track moving objects smoothly, reducing dizziness associated with head movements.
    • Habituation Techniques: By gradually exposing you to dizzying sensations in a safe setting, your brain can learn to adapt and reduce your symptoms over time.
  • Education and Support: Your VRT therapist will educate you about your condition and provide valuable tips for managing your symptoms at home. They'll also be a source of support and encouragement throughout your recovery journey.

Benefits of VRT:

  • Reduced dizziness and vertigo
  • Improved balance and coordination
  • Decreased fall risk
  • Increased confidence and independence
  • Improved quality of life

Finding the Right Fit:

Look for a VRT clinic with therapists certified in vestibular rehabilitation. Ask about their experience treating your specific condition and ensure you feel comfortable and confident in their approach.


Recovery from vestibular disorders takes time and dedication. Be patient with yourself, follow your therapist's instructions, and celebrate your progress along the way. With the right support and guidance, VRT can help you reclaim your balance and get back to living life to the fullest.

Bonus Tip: Ask your therapist for home exercise modifications to ensure you can safely perform them between sessions.

Women's Health

Women's health is multifaceted, and sometimes, physical issues can arise that impact our daily lives and overall well-being. Fortunately, outpatient Women's Health Physical Therapy (WHPT) can be a transformative journey, empowering you to regain control and rediscover your confidence.

What is WHPT?

WHPT is a specialized form of physical therapy tailored to address the unique needs and challenges women face throughout their lives. From pre- and post-natal care to pelvic floor dysfunction and menopausal symptoms, WHPT offers a safe and effective approach to managing a wide range of concerns.

What to Expect:

  • Empathetic and Understanding Environment: WHPT clinics prioritize a comfortable and supportive atmosphere where you can openly discuss your concerns without judgment.
  • Comprehensive Assessment: Your journey begins with a detailed evaluation by a WHPT-trained physical therapist. They'll delve into your medical history, symptoms, and lifestyle to understand your specific needs and goals.
  • Personalized Treatment Plan: Based on your assessment, your therapist will create a customized plan that may include:
    • Pelvic Floor Muscle Training: Exercises to strengthen and tighten the pelvic floor muscles can address incontinence, pain during intercourse, and pelvic organ prolapse.
    • Manual Therapy: Gentle techniques like massage and mobilization can ease pain, improve flexibility, and promote healing in the pelvic region.
    • Biofeedback: This technology can help you visualize and control your pelvic floor muscle activity, improving function and reducing symptoms.
    • Education and Self-Management Tools: You'll gain valuable knowledge about your condition and learn techniques to manage your symptoms at home, empowering you to take control of your well-being.

Benefits of WHPT:

  • Improved pelvic floor function
  • Reduced pain and discomfort
  • Enhanced bladder and bowel control
  • Increased sexual satisfaction
  • Improved body awareness and confidence
  • Reduced risk of future complications

Finding the Right Fit:

Look for a WHPT clinic with therapists certified in women's health and pelvic floor therapy. Ask about their experience treating your specific condition and ensure you feel comfortable and confident in their approach.


WHPT is an investment in your physical and emotional well-being. Be patient with yourself, commit to your treatment plan, and celebrate your progress along the way. With the right support and guidance, you can reclaim your confidence and experience the joy of improved women's health.

Bonus Tip: Don't hesitate to ask your therapist for modifications to exercises for home practice to ensure you can perform them safely and effectively.

Aquatic Therapy

Feeling the weight of an injury or chronic condition dragging you down? Outpatient aquatic physical therapy might be the refreshing change of pace you need! This unique therapy uses the buoyancy and resistance of water to create a supportive and effective environment for healing and rehabilitation.

What is aquatic physical therapy?

Aquatic PT harnesses the therapeutic properties of water to address a variety of musculoskeletal and neurological conditions. The warm, buoyant environment reduces stress on your joints and muscles, allowing you to move more freely and comfortably than you might on land. This makes it ideal for people with:

  • Orthopedic injuries: sprains, strains, fractures, post-surgical recovery
  • Neurological conditions: stroke, spinal cord injuries, Parkinson's disease
  • Chronic pain: arthritis, fibromyalgia, chronic pain syndromes
  • Balance and gait issues: balance disorders, fall prevention

What to expect:

  • Warm welcome: Aquatic PT clinics are designed for comfort and relaxation. Expect a warm pool, changing facilities, and a welcoming atmosphere.
  • Personalized plan: Your therapist will conduct a thorough evaluation to understand your specific needs and goals. They'll then design a personalized treatment plan that may include:
    • Exercises: From gentle stretches to strengthening exercises, your therapist will guide you through movements designed to improve your range of motion, strength, and flexibility.
    • Hydrotherapy techniques: Whirlpool baths, underwater treadmills, and jets can provide targeted pain relief and muscle relaxation.
    • Balance and gait training: The buoyancy of water can help you relearn balance and coordination in a safe and supported environment.
  • Fun and engaging: Aquatic PT sessions can be surprisingly fun! Forget the monotony of land-based exercises; enjoy the playful nature of water while getting a great workout.

Benefits of aquatic PT:

  • Reduced pain and inflammation: The buoyancy of water takes the pressure off your joints and muscles, offering pain relief and promoting healing.
  • Improved range of motion and flexibility: Water's resistance provides gentle support while you move, helping you regain lost range of motion and improve flexibility.
  • Strengthened muscles: Aquatic exercises target different muscle groups, building strength and endurance in a low-impact way.
  • Enhanced balance and coordination: The unpredictable nature of water challenges your balance system, leading to improved stability and coordination.
  • Psychological benefits: The relaxing and soothing environment of the pool can reduce stress and anxiety, promoting overall well-being.

Finding the right fit:

Look for a clinic with certified aquatic physical therapists who have experience treating your specific condition. Ask about their pool facilities and treatment philosophies to ensure you feel comfortable and confident in their approach.


Aquatic PT is a collaborative journey. Be open to trying new things, communicate your needs and concerns with your therapist, and celebrate your progress along the way. With the right support and guidance, you can dive into recovery and emerge feeling stronger, healthier, and more confident than ever before.

Bonus tip: Don't forget your swimsuit and a towel! Most clinics provide any necessary equipment, but feel free to bring your own if you prefer.

In addition to these specialties, Performance Plus Physical Therapy also offers a variety of other services, such as:

  • Pain Management: Physical therapists at Performance Plus Physical Therapy can help you manage your pain through a variety of techniques, such as stretching, strengthening, and manual therapy.
  • Telehealth: This service allows you to connect with a physical therapist remotely.

Common Conditions We Treat Include:

Back Pain & Sciatica
Balance & Gait Training
Balance Disorders
Cardiovascular Deconditioning
Chronic Pain
Disc Herniation
Elbow, Wrist & Hand Pain
Fall Prevention
Foot & Ankle Pain

Hip & Knee Pain
Low Back Pain
Motor Vehicle Injuries
Multiple Sclerosis
Neck Pain
Neurological Disorders
Parkinson’s Disease (PD)
Pelvic Floor Dysfunction
Pelvic Pain
Post Stroke (CVA)
Post-Surgical Rehab
Pre-Surgical Rehab
Shoulder Impingement

Shoulder Pain
Sports Injury
TMJ Dysfunction
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
Urinary Frequency
Vestibular Rehabilitation
Women’s Health
Work Injury

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Did you know Performance Plus Physical Therapy also specializes in Neurologic and Vestibular Rehabilitation? Here are some specialty diagnoses and syndromes we can treat.

  • Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV)
  • Post Concussion Syndrome
  • Meniere’s Disease
  • Vestibular Hypofuction
  • Dizziness/Imbalance

We Also Offer Aquatic Therapy!

We offer aquatic therapy in one of our 2 conveniently located indoor pools heated to 86 degrees.

Aqua Therapy in Chula Vista and South Bay San Diego

As the leading aquatic therapy provider in the South Bay, Performance Plus Physical Therapy combines 86-degree water, the decreased gravitational loads and the resistance of the water as well as the expertise of our specially trained aquatic Physical Therapists to provide highly effective, individualized water therapy to a variety of patients.

During your thorough initial evaluation, a Doctor of Physical Therapy will determine if aquatic therapy may be an effective supplement to your land-based therapy.

Exercising in water allows for:

  • A non-impact environment allowing for joint distraction and relief of joint pain and inflammation
  • An increase in joint and muscle flexibility
  • The warmth of the water massages and relieves muscle pain and spasms.
  • A quicker recovery as water therapy can often be started sooner than land therapy
  • A resistive and cardiovascular work out

Aquatic Therapy may be beneficial for individuals with the following conditions:

  • Arthritis or joint related pathologies of the spine including disc herniations, degenerative disc or joint disease and spinal stenosis
  • Post-operative care including joint replacements, shoulder surgery, fracture repairs and spinal surgeries.
  • Muscle spasms and strains/joint sprains
  • Neurological conditions including stroke and traumatic brain injury
  • Return to running or sport

How are we different at Performance Plus Physical Therapy?

Hands On




At Performance Plus Physical Therapy (PPPT), we believe the key to a successful patient care experience is genuine care and compassionate listening. To truly examine and uncover the root cause of pain, dysfunction, weakness, stiffness, immobility, or any other physical symptom – it’s important to understand a person’s story, their journey, their life style, and their motivations.

While we specialize in orthopedics, sports medicine, post-surgical rehabilitation, and are fluent in techniques such as soft tissue mobilization, joint mobilization, trigger point release, therapeutic exercise, neuromuscular facilitation, and many other clinical approaches – there is one thing we feel is universal to the human experience when receiving care as a patient.

No one cares how much you know, until they know how much you care.
Theodore Roosevelt

South Bay's Provider of Choice for Physical Therapy