Dr. Polka graduated from Loveland High and earned degrees at the university of Northern Colorado (BS Kinesiology) and Slippery Rock University (Doctor of Physical Therapy). As an athlete from a young age, he was always interested in human performance. After rehabilitating a football injury in junior high, he knew he wanted to be a physical therapist.
While developing the One80 Physical Therapy System,
Dr. Polka earned his Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) designation from the National Strength and Conditioning Association and became Board Certified in Orthopedics (OCS) from the American Physical Therapy Association.
A former high school and collegiate athlete
Dr. Polka remains involved with sports by working with a variety of patients including little leaguers, high school All Americans, Division I standouts, and professional athletes. He has had the privilege of being part of the Loveland High Football Sports Medicine team for the last 12 seasons.
Outside the clinic, Dr. Polka spends as much time as possible with his wife and two boys.
Dr. Polka’s favorite activities are coaching his son’s Pop Warner football team, and attending all of their basketball, lacrosse and Tai Kwon Do events.
B,S, Kinesiology, University of Northern Colorado; Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT), Slippery Rock University; Board Certified Orthopedic Specialist (OCS); Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS)
Nick Thurlow, Pt, Dpt
Dr. Thurlow was first introduced to the One80 Physical Therapy System while rehabilitating a high school sports injury with Dr. Polka.
This experience solidified his desire to pursue a career in physical therapy. While attending Colorado State University, he advanced his knowledge of human movement and performance while obtaining a BS in Health and Exercise Science with a Sports Medicine concentration.
Obtaining his Doctorate of Physical Therapy at the University of Colorado allowed Dr. Thurlow to pursue a career as an orthopedic specialist in Denver.
However, he soon became frustrated with conventional treatment approaches and felt restricted by the confines of traditional techniques. By training directly with Dr. Polka, he has mastered the One80 Physical Therapy System allowing him to use these cutting edge techniques with patients of all ages and activity levels.
Outside the clinic, Dr. Thurlow enjoys spending time with his wife and mixed Golden Retriever-Australian Shepherd.
He also enjoys baseball, snowboarding, hiking, and enjoying all that Colorado has to offer.
BS, Health and Exercise Science, Colorado State University; Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT), University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus.
The One80 Difference
During your first visit, you will quickly notice we are the opposite of everything you have tried before. To provide world-class care, One80 Physical Therapy has thrown away the methods and thought processes that have failed patients for so long, and replaced them with our unique system. The core of One80 is the belief that returning you to normal function is the goal, and we can only reach that goal by using a specific thought process and treatment strategy. Here’s how it works:
Because no two patients are the same, we use a functional screen and specific tests to identify the cause of your symptoms.
To eliminate the cause of your problem, we use specific hands on methods followed by functional re-enforcement exercises to re-educate your body. This will eliminate your symptoms today and tomorrow.
At the conclusion of every visit, we will make sure you can do the things you couldn’t do when you arrived. This proves that we have eliminated the root of your symptoms and improved your quality of life. Now you can return to the activities you love, without limitation.
Because the One80 Physical Therapy System is so unique, we spend a large portion of time teaching you how you became injured, and how to reverse that process. We then create an individualized program you can use at home, work or play to avoid repeat visits. Throughout your time at One80, a Doctor of Physical Therapy trained in the One80 System will always work with you one on one. You will never be handed over to an aide, left alone to exercise, or hooked up to a machine.
Quick And Effective Treatments
“My family physician recommended I go to One80 when I injured a foot while training for a half marathon. She told me One80 was different than the conventional PT clinic, with faster rates of returning to a high activity level. I was treated twice right before my race, and I completed the race 10 minutes faster than I’d anticipated. I’ve been very impressed with how quick and effective One80 treatments are, and how few visits are required to solve a problem. I will continue to recommend it to others. Thanks!”
Debbie Campbell, Ft. Collins CO
One Session Success
“I had hip pain, aches, could not walk straight, and had difficulty standing after sitting. My doctor prescribed five visits with his therapy center. I completed all, but none helped. Then, I had an MRI that showed tearing in the gluteus medius and the doctor told me it may never get better. He recommended that I see Dr. Polka. In one session with Dr. Polka, I could walk correctly. I could hardly believe it! He gave me valuable advice about shoes and gave me exercises to do. My personal experience proves that the services and results that One80 offers are not found in normal therapy centers.”
Ann Bunyan, Loveland CO
New Standard For Physical Therapy
“At One80 Physical Therapy, Dr. Rhett Polka has developed a superior level of treatment. As a former college soccer player, I suffered from several knee and ankle injuries. After trying several weeks of traditional treatments (ice, heat, stretching, ultrasound, electrical stimulation, etc.), the pain was still there. I saw Rhett for ONE treatment and was back playing in the national tournament two days later without tape, a brace and, most importantly, without pain. I changed my career path and I am currently studying to become a physical therapist to follow in his footsteps. With treatment this effective and a business model that puts the patient first, Dr. Polka has set a new standard for what physical therapy should be.”
Jason Frei, Laramie WY
Pain Free And Bulletproof
“After years of painful, chronic lower back pain from an old sports injury – and trying just about everything with no success – I found Dr. Rhett Polka. I was quite frankly shocked to find that just a single visit had me feeling pain free and bulletproof again. I am a firm believer in Dr. Polka’s unique therapy and regularly recommend my friends and family to him for everything from migraines to major surgery rehab.”
Cameron Garcia, Windsor CO
Feeling Better In 3 Sessions
“I met with Dr. Polka in 2008 for a lingering knee problem from a snowboarding accident. In three sessions I was feeling better and was given a strengthening and conditioning program to keep my knee in shape. I have the utmost respect for Dr. Polka because he commits himself to continuous learning and is always looking for ways to improve.”
Matt Thompson, Loveland CO
When you visit One80 Physical Therapy, please check all of your expectations and past experiences at the door. Noticeably absent are the various machines and equipment found in traditional clinics. One80’s tools are simple, efficient and effective. Our most effective tools are our hands and the One80 thought process.
We accept the majority of insurances and are preferred providers for: Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Cigna, United HealthCare, UMR, TriCare, Medicare, Automobile Claims, Workman’s Compensation. If you don’t see your plan above, or have questions about a specific plan, please call (970) 593-9300.
Because the One80 Physical Therapy System is so unique, its hard to explain. For that reason, we offer free consultations to all prospective patients.
One80 Physical Therapy Clinics
We offer FREE physical therapy clinics that focus on One80’s cutting edge approach to injury prevention and athletic enhancement. If your club, team, gym, school, or employer. Is interested in a customized presentation on the One80 System, let us know at (970) 593-9300.
We aren’t the best at what we do, we are the only ones that do what we do.
In order to provide world-class care, One80 Physical Therapy has strayed away from the methods and thought processes that have failed patients for so long.
Returning patients to their normal function, quickly, is One80's core goal. We make this possible by thinking first and treating second. To reach our core's full potential, we have built our philosophy on critical thinking, proven scientific fact and evidence-based practice.
The best part of One80’s treatment is the immediate and lasting results: most of our patients need three or fewer visits per injury.