CARY – At 13, Deb Gulbrandson took it upon herself to learn how to do a back handspring. This resulted in an elbow injury that landed her in a cast for two weeks. Gulbrandson quickly realized that she was no gymnast and wondered why her arm still hung at such an awkward angle after the cast was removed.
Nearly 50 years later, that curiosity still drives Gulbrandson in what she has made her lifelong career.
“There wasn’t much in the way of women’s sports or post care after an injury back then,” Gulbrandson said.
A physical therapist for 37 years, Gulbrandson, along with husband Gil, owns Cary Physical Therapy which specializes in one-on-one physical therapy, patient education and injury prevention. Cary Physical Therapy celebrates its 20th anniversary in September and Gulbrandson credits the commitment of her staff to the business’s longevity.
“We’re experts in our field. We’re detectives,” Gulbrandson said. “We find out why a patient is experiencing certain issues and equip them with the proper tools and instruction to prevent or improve their situation.”
Equipped with certified staff, professional therapy equipment and a passion for health and wellness, Gulbrandson’s team offers more than just your standard care. Cary Physical Therapy also offers industrial rehab for the treatment and prevention of injuries that can happen in the workplace, therapeutic Pilates and a new program for osteoporosis management.
Patient care does not end when they leave Cary Physical Therapy. Patients are provided with at-home workout plans and three months of free equipment use at the facility once they graduate from physical therapy. Cary Physical Therapy also offers free osteoporosis screenings and entry assessment for new and returning patients.
Gil Gulbrandson conveniently located Gulbrandson Orthotics and Prosthetics across the hall from Cary Physical Therapy. Should a patient require further support, Gulbrandson can fit them for custom braces and prosthetics to aid in their recovery.
The Gulbrandsons said they plan to continue traveling to host seminars as well as remain constant fixtures in the daily happenings of their businesses.
“We want to be the best physical therapy clinic under one roof,” Gulbrandson said. “We want to be a resource to the community and help our patients through all phases of health and fitness through their lifespan.”