Welcome to Northern Lights Physical Therapy


orthopedics | sports medicine

Northern Lights Physical Therapy is an outpatient physical therapy clinic, in Bismarck, ND,  that specializes in orthopedic rehabilitation and sports injuries for individuals of all ages and activity levels.  Having prompt, appropriate treatment can contribute to a faster recovery.  The therapists at Northern Lights Physical Therapy are dedicated to providing the highest quality of personalized care to assist you with returning to work, play and life as quickly as possible.

As a consumer you have a choice as to where you receive your outpatient therapy.  We would be grateful for the opportunity to assist in your recovery.

We accept most insurance including Medicare & Worker’s Comp.


If you are experiencing pain let the licensed medical professionals at Northern Lights Physical Therapy take a look. Call our clinic to schedule your free injury screening today.

*Not applicable to patients in federal or state funded programs, such as Medicare and Medicaid.
* Screenings are consultations and do not involve a physical therapy evaluation or treatment.

We Also Offer:

  • Evaluations Within 24-48 hrs
  • Flexible Scheduling
  • Personalized Care with Treatment Tailored For Each Patient
  • Licensed Therapists
  • Specialized Treatment Programs
  • Friendly and Open Environment
  • Convenient Location with Easy Access and Parking

Please contact our office at (701) 223-8717 with any questions or to schedule an appointment.

Charity Iverson Harstad, PT, DPT, Clinic Director


Additional programs are available. Contact us for information on additional or specialty programs you may need.

Orthopedic Care

Neck Pain & Head Aches
Low Back/Spine Conditions
Surgical Repairs/Reconstruction
Manual Therapy

Sports Medicine

Injury Assessment, Treatment, Education & Prevention
Athletic Training Outreach
Knee, Shoulder, Foot and Ankle Rehab
Overhead Athlete (Throwing Injuries)
Endurance Training
Dartfish Video Analysis

Worker's Compensation / Rehabilitation

Work Rehabilitation
Work Conditioning/Hardening
Ergonomic Analysis

Specialty Programs

Balance/Fall Prevention
Cancer Related Fatigue Program
Manual Therapy and Massage Techniques
Vestibular Rehabilitation
TMJ Dysfunction
Running/Walking Gait Analysis (including video analysis)


Patient Forms

For your convenience, you may print and complete these forms prior to your first visit.

New Patient Registration Form Packet

Functional Outcome Questionnaires

Please fill out the appropriate survey prior to your first visit.

Arm, Shoulder and/or Hand Pain
Low Back Pain
Lower Extremity Pain
Neck Disability

Monthly Newsletter

Physician Use

Prescription Form
This copy may be faxed, mailed or hand delivered to the clinic. DO NOT EMAIL PRESCRIPTION.


For Additional Questions Please Contact Us

Can I choose where I want to have therapy?

Yes. The choice of where you receive therapy is always yours. While the majority of our patients come to us by physician referral/recommendation, many clients request to see us due to our strong clinical reputation in the community.

Do I need a physician referral to receive therapy?

We operate in a direct access state where, if your insurance plan authorizes self-referral to physical therapy, a physician referral is not necessary for you to be seen by a licensed therapist. Please check with your insurance though as many health insurance plans require a physician’s referral for therapy to be covered. We also offer treatments, services or products that do NOT require a referral and are available on a self-pay basis.

Does your facility accept my insurance?

We participate in the majority of major health insurance plans including Medicare and Worker’s Compensation. Please contact us prior to your first visit to see if we participate with your specific health plan.

Does your facility submit claims to my insurance company?

As a service to our patients, we will gladly file claims with your insurance company on your behalf. In order to appropriately submit these claims, we will need to obtain a copy of your insurance identification card to ensure that we have the necessary information.

Your First Visit:

Your therapist will conduct an evaluation of your condition lasting between 60-90 minutes. The evaluation is necessary to create a program designed specifically to address your needs for a maximum recovery.

What do I bring on my first visit?

– Referral slip from your medical doctor
– Your medical insurance card
– Your ID
– If you are getting therapy as a result of a worker’s compensation claim or an automobile accident, you will also need to bring your claim information, including claim number.

Please arrive 15 minutes early on your first visit to fill out any necessary paperwork.

What do I wear?

We recommend comfortable clothing such as sweatpants or shorts, a T-shirt or tank-top and sneakers.

How long is each visit?

Each visit will last 60 – 90 minutes on average. Times vary due to the treatment and exercises being performed.

How often do I go to treatment?

The regularity of your visits will be determined after your initial evaluation, but most patients have 3 visits each week scheduled.


Northern Lights Physical Therapy

Located in the Pinehurst Shopping Center
911 West Interstate Avenue, Suite 12 Bldg 3
Bismarck, ND 58503
T:  (701) 223-8717
F:  (701) 255-3957

Monday – Friday 8:30am – 5:30pm
Early and Late Appointments Available

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