Physical Therapy & Pain Management

About physical Therapy

Physical therapists are experts of movement and commonly referred to as physiotherapists. Our goal is to improve the quality of life of our patients by prescribing exercises and educating our patients about the body, and their pain or injury.

We treat and work with individuals of all ages, to improve their conditions and reach their goals. Not only do we work with patients beyond chronic pain management or injury recovery, but we help our clients become healthier overall, prevent injuries, and achieve fitness goals.

Physical therapy treatments can be implemented in-person and through telehealth or virtual avenues. Teleheath and remote physical therapy solutions can actually allow more opportunities to connect with your physical therapist.

There are many benefits to our physical therapy:

Avoid Drugs And Surgery

Surgery and drugs are too often defaulted to in the healthcare industry. Our country is facing an opioid crisis because of the overuse and over prescribtion of these drugs. While, these drugs have their part in some medical treatment, even the CDC is urging healthcare providers to favor physical therapy as a safer solution for chronic pain or long-term pain.

Surgey is expensive, invasive, and evidence is showing it is not resulting in any more positive outcomes than alternatives. In fact, surgery can make your condition worse or breed grounds for new conditions to come up. Physical therapy is the safest and can be even more effective for certain conditions.

Pain-Free Movement

Pain is very complex and often times there are more factors to it than just something being “physically wrong”. We’ll develop a physical therapy plan to allow you to comfortably move while building appropriate tolerance.

Retain Your Independence

Our goal is to get you moving pain-free and keep you moving! Rest is not the answer. We will provide you with the tools and education in order to feel independent. We will not make you feel dependent on us, physical therapists, in order to feel better. We want you to be confident and comfortable in your body.

Evidence-Based Practice

Our team stays up on the latest research, especially around pain science. We do not implement practices without having evidence to stand behind it.

One-On-One Private Care

The Movement Dr. was founded to provide a more intimate solution, were our undivided attention can be on our patients when we are working with them.

Unfortunately, in many traditional clinic settings, the physical therapists are often working with multiple patients at once, or worse not at all.

Our Physical Therapy Services

The Movement Dr. is a physical therapy clinic that offers in-person and telehealth (or virtual) physical therapy services for any individual seeking to treat an injury, manage their chronic pain, improve their health or achieve their fitness goals. We offer a unique perspective on physical therapy and believe in educating patients about their conditions to provide a lasting solution to improve mindset, increase movement, and reduce pain.

We provide a variety of physical therapy services:


There are many common conditions we see, but we will develop a custom plan based on you as an individual, your pain and/or injury, and your goals.

Common conditions treated with Physical Therapy:

Foot And Ankle Injuries

  • Foot Fracture
  • Foot Tendonitis
  • Foot Neuropathy
  • Foot Drop
  • Foot Pain
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Ankle and High-Ankle Sprain
  • Ankle Fracture
  • Ankle Pain
  • Achilles Tendonitis

Sports Injuries

  • Bursitis
  • Overuse and Repetitive Motion Injuries
  • Running Injuries
  • Tendonitis
  • Muscle Strain/Pulled Muscle
  • Stress Fractures
  • Shin Splints

    Hip Conditions

    • Osteoarthritis
    • Hip Pain
    • Hip Flexor
    • Hip Bursitis
    • Hip Laberal Tear

    Knee Conditions

    • Knee Ligament Injuries (ACL/MCL/LCL/PCL)
    • Knee Meniscus Injuries
    • Patellar Tendonitis
    • Patellofemoral Pain syndrome
    • Knee Bursitis
    • Pes Anserine
    • Knee Pain

    Shoulder Conditions

    • Frozen Shoulder
    • Rotator Cuff
    • Shoulder Instability
    • Shoulder Pain
    • Shoulder Impingement
    • Shoulder AC Joint Issues
    • Biceps Tendonitis
    • Torn Labrums

      Spine Conditions

      • Low Back Pain
      • Herniated Disc/Bulging Disc Issues
      • Nerve Pain
      • Lumbar Spine
      • SI Joint Pain
      • Chronic Back Pain
      • Cervical Spine Conditions
      • Neck Pain

      Elbow Conditions

      • Tennis Elbow
      • Golfer’s Elbow
      • Elbow Ligament Injuries (RCL/UCL)
      • Elbow Pain

      Wrist And Hand Conditions

      • Wrist Sprain
      • Wrist Pain
      • Carpal Tunnel
      • Grip Issues

      We are a cash-based physical therapy clinic, which means you are not bound by your insurance on how you recover, rehabilitate, or reach your goals. In this format, you can make informed decisions about your health care and there is no physician’s referral required. Despite it’s term “cash”, you can pay via, cash, check or card. If you have questions regarding this and insurance reimbursement, contact us and we can discuss.

      If you are experiencing any chronic pain or going through an injury, The Movement Dr. can help you understand your pain, the recovery process, and get you back to your pain-free independence.

      Our Approach To Physical Therapy

      “Rethink Your Rehab”

      At The Movement Dr. we are here to provide lasting results for our physical therapy patients and athletes.

      Unfortunately, society has been fed a lie that pain equals injury from the healthcare industry and evidence shows us different. Pain has multiple factors, and biological reasons, or something being physically “wrong” is only a small portion of those factors. Your mindset, your knowledge, what your physician has said, and what you have read on Google will all influence your pain.

      We take all variables and factors into account when evaluating someones injury and/or pain. During an evaluation with one of our physical therapists, you will go through an education process, learning about pain and injury from an evidence-based approach.

      You will receive one-on-one time with us in hour-long sessions to reach your rehabilitation goals.

      Once we have tied your story together and gone through the education process, so that you understand your injury and/or pain, then together we will form your rehabiliation plan that includes our movement and evidence-based approach to improve your pain and give you lasting results.

      We believe in building a treatment plan that allows you to retain your independence and resilience. With our approach you will not have a constant need for care and will result in fewer visits and a faster recovery.

      By modifying movement and slowly integrating exercises back into your routine, we can slowly adapt you to the increased and specific activity while subsequently reducing your pain.

      We do not poke or massage or use other manual therapies for the sake of making our patients “feel good”, as evidence shows these methods DO NOT provide REAL lasting results. Many providers use these gimmicky practices to line their pockets, as they know patients will become dependent on the feel goods and never get better so they unneccessarily keep coming back.

      We will provide you with the tools and the knowledge where you do not need to physically be in the clinic with us for your rehabilitation process. We can remotely work with you, evaluate your progress, make adjustments, provide new tools or exercises, check-in, watch you via video, educate you, and more all remotely.

      “Thank you CJ for helping me get rid of my back pain I have had for the last couple of years! He is very knowledgeable when it comes to rehab. I highly recommend him to anyone who is currently dealing with an injury or for anyone who is looking to improve their athletic performance!”

      -Nick Unger

      “I tore the labrum in my right shoulder. After laying off overhead activity, getting a steroid shot, and completing Physical Therapy, I was still very limited in the gym just the same and had daily pain. I felt surgery was my only option in the long run to get back to doing everything I love. That was the path I was being lead down and believing, although I still wasn’t 100% sold.

      Then I heard about and reached out to CJ, thinking it was worth a shot, and I am so grateful I did! I already felt hopeful after our very first meeting due to his optimism and confidence that I COULD get back to doing everything I wanted WITHOUT surgery. One month in working with CJ and complete 180 – I canceled my surgery. I am already improving and have less pain on a daily basis! It had been 3 months of no overhead activity or pull-ups, and one month in I’m doing banded pull-ups and overhead pressing with little to no pain! CJ’s non-traditional model and mindset has helped me have a different perspective altogether.

      Now I feel silly for even considering surgery. I wish I would’ve connected with CJ sooner, but I am super stoked about the progress already and excited about what’s to come!”

      -Abby Moore

      “CJ understands performance and rehab far beyond what your average rehab provider does. If you’re serious about being at your best, he’s the guy to see.”

      -Zachary Long

      “CJ is always helpful and very knowledgeable. He pushes you to achieve things you didn’t think you could.”

      -Carla Gilmore

      “CJ is committed to each of his clients. He tailors every session to fit us. He is knowledgeable and always professional. We have been working together on my wellness journey for over 5 years. My goal is to be fit at whatever age I happen to be. Currently, I’m 52 and we are working on a better, more healthy me. I confidently recommend Dr. CJ DePalma.”

      -Anita Webb

      CJ is the Steve Irwin of PT. He loves and believes in what he does, it shows. He will give you one on one undivided attention until you reach your goals. Be ready to work, he is. But you’ll thank him later. I’d give him an extra star if they had one here. This guy cares??

      -Rich Viggiano

      “The most effective physical therapy I’ve ever had. In my experience, a family doctor will first tell you to stop being active and “rest” for several weeks before a follow-up appointment where the Dr may then schedule an x-ray or an orthopedic referral. Once you’ve bounced around to several doctor offices, you may be given a referral to a PT who’s simultaneously seeing other patients and who gives you set exercises based off of a pre-made worksheet that’s a cookie-cutter fix to whatever diagnosed problem you may have. The Movement Dr doesn’t seem to have a cookie-cutter worksheet approach, but spends adequate one-on-one time with you to determine the problem, and to best figure out the most efficient means of correcting the problem. I can say that, without a doubt, The Movement Dr provided the most productive and thorough physical therapy sessions this 38-year-old avid athlete as have ever received. I highly recommend The Movement Dr for anyone. He’s knowledgeable, engaged, thorough and I’d even say that he has a meticulous eye for movement. I’d give him 10 stars if Google didn’t limit me to only 5.”

      -Joshua Owens

      “I came to CJ with acute lower back pain. He did not waste any time in running me through a movement test to diagnose the issue. After explaining to me what was going on, he gave me a simple and thoughtfully designed plan to return to full health. He periodically checked in on me even after we stopped having appointments. As a former collegiate athlete, I can confidently say that his understanding of pain and injuries far surpasses any doctor/physical therapist that I have worked with in the past.”

      -Justin Pagila

      “CJ helped put my teen athlete on the path to game play absent of the usual knee pain and overuse injuries common in youth soccer.”

      -Gregory Baker

      “He is one of the most knowledgeable doctors you will find. Dr. DePalma will customize your therapy to get you back to 100%. Trust the process!”

      -Harrison Whitehead

      “Easy to work with, patient, and helpful! Highly recommend!”

      -Patrick Waters

      “I developed lower back pain after squatting too heavy too soon. Just a couple months after seeing The Movement Dr. and following the plan he laid out for me, my low back pain is gone and I’m squatting pain-free.”

      -Christopher Weaver

      “I had broken the 5th metacarpal of my left hand, which controls the rotation of my pinky finger. After surgery, CJ worked with me for several weeks. From barely moving it to being able to make a fist, CJ did an extraordinary job; you can’t even tell it was ever affected. Thanks, CJ!”

      -Katie Reeves

      “Over a year ago, I started having constant and immense shoulder/neck pain. I had an MRI done but it didn’t show anything conclusive and was told it was an impingement and to have physical therapy. Luckily, The Movement Dr. CJ DePalma was a resident Coach and Physical Therapist at my CrossFit gym. I had been working out for over six years and had never been in pain or injured before, so I was a little freaked out and scared. I think mostly, I was scared that I’d never be able to do what I loved (CrossFit) anymore without pain. But CJ stayed with me, encouraged me to stay positive, and helped me get through and over the pain. We modified movements when needed but I kept on moving. I am very grateful to him for his knowledge, advice, and help. I couldn’t have gotten through it without him. Thanks, Doc!”

      -Bridget Granse

      “I have gone to The Movement Dr. for three separate issues. One for a sprained wrist, one for a sprained ankle, and the most important one to me was lower back pain due to my job.

      I suffered from lower back pain for 3 years before going to the Movement DR and I thought that was just going to be my life from now on. Waking up in pain, and having my legs go numb.

      CJ worked with me to modify workouts and exercises to help me strengthen the affected areas. Thanks to the information and hands-on application I haven’t had any back pain since 2017.”


      “Super knowledgeable and tailored for athletes and just an overall cool dude. Highly recommend ?”

      -Dane Goodwin

      “CJ was great to work with! I was having issues with patellar tendinitis in both my knees and he put a detailed plan in place to help me get better. I was able to continue training while rehabbing, which was very important to me. Not only did he help me with my knee issues; but he also coached me up on lifts, gymnastic movements, and workout strategies. If you’re an athlete having some issues, I highly recommend giving CJ a call!”

      -Ryan Ware

      “The BEST in the area! His approach on recovery is so real and attainable. It enables every client to reach their goals. Thank you, Dr CJ!!! Also, he is amazing with my kids!”

      -Dawn Hamil

      TMD Physical Therapists

      Dr. Kaley Kania, PT, CF-L2

      Dr. CJ DePalma, PT, CSCS, CF-L1

      Our Physical Therapy Clinic LocationS & Service Areas

      Pensacola, FL Physical Therapy

      The Movement Dr. physical therapy clinic is located in Pensacola, FL. We serve our patients in-person at this clinic location. Book now, if you are interested in an in-person physical therapy evaluation at the Pensacola physical therapy clinic.

      The Movement Dr. Pensacola Physical Therapy Clinic Contact Information:

      Dr. CJ DePalma, PT, CSCS, CF-L1

      Phone: (407) 883-9945


      Address: 3355 Copter Rd #1, Pensacola, FL 32514

      Telehealth Physical Therapy

      We also offer virtual physical therapy and remote rehabilitation. We’ve worked with clients remotely since the inception of The Movement Dr. and have seen incredible results. Our methodology allows for an effective and successful telemedicine treatment plan. We have worked with clients all around the world in this remote format.

      Telehealth Physical Therapy Main Contact Information:

      Dr. CJ DePalma, PT, CSCS, CF-L1

      Phone: (407) 883-9945



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