Columbia Falls native gets folks on their feet again

Print Article

Tyler Ladenburg was born and raised in Columbia Falls. The 2000 graduate played football and basketball for the Wildcats, went on to study exercise science at Montana State University on Bozeman and then received his master’s degree in physical therapy from the University of Montana. His parents, Tom and Carol, grew up here as well.

Once out of college, he had his first job interview with Keith Ori, the co-owner of Orthopedic Rehab.

When Ladenburg was in high school he got a technical foul or two playing basketball. Ori was the referee who gave them to him.

“I had 10 technical fouls in my life,” Ladenburg said with a smile last week. “Nine were from him.”

Ori remembered Ladenburg and didn’t hold the fouls against him — as he got the job and has been a physical therapist for the clinic for the past eight years now and manages the Columbia Falls clinic.

Many Columbia Falls graduates leave town never to return. But Ladenburg said his wife, Cassie, got a job teaching at Ruder Elementary at the same time he was looking for work and things fell into place.

Today the Orthopedic Rehab’s offices on U.S. Highway 2 are busy — Ladenburg sees all sorts of patients, from athletes with recovering from injuries to millworkers with sore backs. On this day, he’s helping Tricia Pajak of Coram recover from ACL surgery after she blew her knee out getting onto her horse.

“You can’t specialize,” Ladenburg said. “We’re like general practitioners.”

The valley also benefits from having good doctors and surgeons available, he said.

With a background in high school sports, Ladenburg said he really likes working with local athletes. He often knows the families and the coaches — he’s on the sidelines ready to help every home football game he can get to.

They also offer dry needle therapy, which releases trigger points in muscles — much like acupuncture.

“It’s a way to get rid of muscular knots,” he said.

Ladenburg and his wife have an 8-year-old daughter, Kamryn and a 6-year-old son, Eli. The kids love to hit the trails in Glacier National Park. Last year they went on a number of excursions, including a trip into the Belly River.

Ladenburg didn’t hike much growing up, but he does now.

“I’ve spent more time in Glacier Park in the past 14 months than I did growing up,” he said.

His advice to people who think they might need physical therapy?

“If you feel like you might need physical therapy, come in,” he said. “Even if we can’t help you right away, we can point you in the right direction.”

Print Article

Read More Local News

Canine creature was in fact, just a wolf

June 19, 2018 at 2:21 pm | Hungry Horse News The canine creature shot in Montana a month ago that captured the curiosity of the nation is indeed a gray wolf, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks confirmed Monday. DNA from the animal, which was sho...

Comments

Read More

Grizzly bear near Carter eats insecticide, dies

June 13, 2018 at 3:40 pm | Hungry Horse News A grizzly bear in north central Montana died Monday after getting into insecticide in an open garage. The sub-adult female bear was about 11 miles northwest of Carter, which is between Fort Benton a...

Comments

Read More

Blowdowns, washouts making backcountry travel challenging

June 13, 2018 at 8:15 am | Hungry Horse News Backcountry travel in the Bob Marshall and wildlands adjacent to it is proving challenging this spring, the Flathead National Forest is saying. An above average snowpack and several winter storms ha...

Comments

Read More

Exchange students enjoy C-Falls experience

June 13, 2018 at 8:15 am | Lake County Leader Jakob Iken and Sebastian Hogvall have enjoyed their time away from home. Since August, Columbia Falls has been home for the pair of exchange students as they have attended high school here while lea...

Comments

Read More

Contact Us

(406) 892-2151
PO BOX 189, 926 Nucleus Avenue
Columbia Falls, MT 59912

©2018 Hungry Horse News Terms of Use Privacy Policy
X
X