Orthopedic Physical

Therapy Residency

Orthopedics & Sports Medicine – Sugar Land


Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital’s Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency exists to provide physical therapists the opportunity to become advanced practitioners in orthopedic physical therapy, who will continue to contribute to the local and professional community through excellence in evidence-based clinical practice and education. Graduates will be the community leaders in orthopedic rehabilitation, while exemplifying Houston Methodist’s I CARE values of integrity, compassion, accountability, respect and excellence, and supporting the visions of the American Physical Therapy Association.


The Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency is a 12-month program, beginning annually in August, of intense clinical and didactic experiences in a hospital-based outpatient facility focused specifically on orthopedic rehabilitation. As part of the clinical portion of the residency, residents will receive one-on-one mentoring from board-certified specialists in orthopedics and sports, as well as fellowship-trained manual therapists. Residents will also carry a full patient case load to allow for independent development of skills acquired throughout the curriculum. Residents will be exposed to opportunities in the didactic portion of the program that will help significantly advance their areas of clinical orthopedic skills: 
  • Examination
  • Evaluation
  • Diagnosis
  • Prognosis
  • Intervention
  • Prevention
  • Return to Activity
By the completion of the program, residents will be prepared to sit for the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS) Orthopedic Certified Specialist Examination.


  1. Provide an effective learning environment and opportunity to develop advanced clinical skills in managing orthopedic related injuries and pathologies
  2. Teach evidence-based approaches in research and managing orthopedic related injuries and pathologies
  3. Expose residents to a multi-disciplinary approach in managing orthopedic related injuries and pathologies
  4. Provide the necessary content and clinical experiences to prepare the resident to successfully complete the ABPTS Orthopedic Certified Specialist Examination
  5. Develop community leaders in orthopedic rehabilitation who exhibit the highest standards of professionalism




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Contact Us

For more information on the Houston Methodist Sugar Land Physical Therapy Residency Programs, please contact:

Kristine Neelon, Supervisor of Physical Therapy Residency Programs at Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital