Allied Health Professional Finalist: Derek Lagemann

Allied Health Professional Finalist: Derek Lagemann
Derek Lagemann of Physical Therapy Institute

As co-owner of the Physical Therapy Institute, Derek Lagemann, doctor of physical therapy, works to evaluate, treat and rehabilitate acute and chronic injuries, with professional interests that include orthopedic care with an emphasis on spinal rehabilitation.

He works with all patient populations, including a range of athletes, professional and amateur, in the sports of baseball, basketball, volleyball, swimming and running.

Lagemann’s interest in the field revolves around using the art and science of physical therapy to initiate and enhance tissue healing in order to improve patients’ quality of life. It is rewarding to Lagemann to improve lives by decreasing pain and discomfort and increasing function through strengthening, mobility, stability and balance in all stages of life.

Lagemann earned his bachelor’s in physical therapy at Maryvale University in 2001 and his doctorate at Ola Grimsby Institute in 2004. In addition to treatment, Lagemann manages and cross-trains all physical therapists in order for the Physical Therapy Institute to maintain the highest level of patient care.

With locations in Little Rock, Sherwood and Maumelle, Physical Therapy Institute service areas include physical, occupational and speech therapy as well as personal training. It is Lagemann’s ambition to develop the institute into the premier facility of its kind in central Arkansas and to advance the physical therapy profession within the medical community.

Lagemann regularly keeps up with new techniques and research in the physical therapy field. While working with athletes and local sports teams of all levels he facilitates injury prevention while keeping his clients informed on developments in the competitive arena as they pertain to treatment and training.

Working with the insurance companies is the most challenging part of his job, Lagemann says, but the work is rewarding.

One of his more memorable experiences was working with a woman diagnosed with the bone growth disorder Achondroplasia. Over a period of years and after several limb-lengthening surgeries, she has become an Achondroplasia advocate, Lagemann says.

Married with three children, Lagemann tries to focus on his own physical fitness, when he is not busy coaching or cheering for his kids in their own sports, that is.

Lagemann is a clinical instructor for many of the physical therapy doctorate programs in the state and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists.