South Emerson Clinic
PT, Sr Therapist
Ken Johnson grew up in Lima, Ohio. He went to college at Indiana University where he received her Bachelor’s in Physical Therapy in 1997. Ken received a Graduate Certificate in Health Sciences Patient Centered Outcomes in 2006 from Indiana University and numerous other certifications to ensure he is up to date with the most recent research and treatment techniques for treating the wide range of conditions his patients experience.
Ken has practiced in outpatient orthopedic clinics his entire career and enjoys the challenge this setting brings every day. He has experience in treating most conditions that present themselves in an outpatient orthopedic setting including neck pain, shoulder pain, back pain, hip and knee pain, lower extremity and upper extremity overuse syndromes, and foot dysfunction as well as balance and vestibular disorders. He has completed additional training for Graston soft tissue mobilization, dry needling, FMS/SFMA evaluation, and Blankenship WorkEval Functional Evaluation. He has a special interest in cervical and shoulder dysfunction, thoracic outlet syndrome, return to work training, balance training, strengthening, and fall prevention techniques for older adults, and working with athletes to help them return to their sport of choice.
Ken has lived on the south side of Indianapolis since 1997 with his wife. He has four children in high school and college and a pet to help keep him busy. When not at work, he enjoys cycling, watching sporting events, and spending time relaxing with friends and family.
I became a Physical Therapist in order to make connections with people, improve their everyday living, and give them hope and encouragement during a difficult time in their life.
The best part of my job is seeing the joy and excitement on a patient’s face when they are able to accomplish a goal they haven’t been able to do for a long time
Fun fact about me is I accidentally caught a fish in my hair once!
I became an occupational therapist because OTs are taught to approach patient care in a holistic manner, meaning in addition to addressing the specific physical dysfunction(s), we’re also looking at ways an injury or illness affects a patient from a psychological, social, or emotional standpoint. I believe this “whole person” approach allows OTs to create treatment plans that are specific and meaningful to the individual patient, which ultimately results in better overall health outcomes.
The best part of my job is being a part of the patient’s recovery, especially when they get excited about and report, “small victories,” or an improvement in function they’ve achieved/noticed during the course of their treatment. It lets me know we’re on the right track with treatment and it keeps patients engaged/motivated when they can see the benefit of therapy on their overall health.
Outside of work, I enjoy trying new restaurants and types of food and I keep a running list of restaurants/recommendations on my phone. If anyone wants to discuss the food scene in the Indianapolis area, I’m your guy.