Physical Therapy and Athletic Training

Our physical therapists (PTs) and athletic trainers (ATCs) are highly qualified, licensed healthcare professionals who treat people of all ages and abilities, helping them to improve and maintain function and quality of life. As movement experts, we provide comprehensive rehabilitation to enable students to overcome pain, dysfunction and disability. Our staff work with students on a one-on-one basis to determine all of the factors involved in an injury or disability, whether it’s related to overuse syndromes, postural imbalances, trauma, athletic injuries, acute or chronic pain, or managing pre- or post-surgical rehabilitation. We work collaboratively with all members of a patient’s healthcare team, including UHC physicians, to ensure excellent communication and follow through, and develop an individualized treatment plan to meet each patient’s treatment goals.

Referrals

A referral is not required to receive treatment. However, we highly recommend that you get an in-house referral for our services to maximize your potential for insurance reimbursement (even if you have a referral from an outside medical provider). Additionally, your insurance company may require a referral or pre-authorization before you begin treatment. Please contact your insurance company directly for more information. To get a referral, call 541-346-2770 to set up an appointment with a sports medicine doctor or a nurse practitioner in the University Health Center.

Acute Care vs. Ongoing Rehabilitation

  • Acute care is short-term (often same-day) treatment meant to reduce pain and stabilize an injury.
  • Ongoing rehabilitation is longer-term, usually lasting for weeks or months. It is meant to systematically and progressively reduce pain and improve function that is compromised by an injury or other medical condition. Function might include strength, flexibility, balance, coordination, sensation, and comfort.

UHC offers both acute care and ongoing rehabilitation in our Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine Clinic. We have brief, same-day treatment slots available for acute care. You can come see us directly; however, if your injury is serious, we will work with our medical staff to establish a diagnosis before treatment.

Ongoing rehabilitation is offered on a scheduled basis. During your initial appointment, you will receive a complete evaluation and initial treatment for a flat fee of $75. The cost of follow-up treatment varies according to the length and complexity of your session. If you have concerns about the cost of care, please let us know prior to your appointment; we can often create a customized treatment plan that will help address your financial needs. Areas of expertise for our clinical staff include:

  • Manual therapy
  • Therapeutic and functional exercise
  • Sports specific training
  • Postural re-education
  • Post-surgical rehabilitation
  • Trigger point release
  • Myofascial release
  • Muscle energy techniques
  • Strain-counterstrain
  • Gait analysis
  • Custom orthotics fabrication
  • Taping
  • Bracing
  • Modalities (pain and inflammatory reducing treatments)
  • Joint dysfunction—spine (back and neck), pelvis, hip, knee, ankle, shoulder, elbow, wrist, fingers, and toes
  • Concussion and injury screening
  • Neurodynamics
  • Proprioceptive training
  • Instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM)

Preparing for Your Appointment

A standard physical therapy and sports medicine appointment is 45 minutes. Your session may be shorter or longer according to your specific needs. Wear comfortable exercise clothing, such as a T-shirt, shorts and sneakers. Depending on your condition, you may be asked to change into a gown or shorts for proper evaluation and treatment. If you are being evaluated for running or orthotics, please bring athletic shoes.

Initial evaluations and re-evaluations for physical therapy and sports medicine cost $75, which includes any treatment you receive during that session. Charges for follow-up appointments will vary according to the length and complexity of each appointment (approximately $25 per 15 minutes of treatment).  Your provider may issue you supplies to assist with your recovery, which may or may not be covered by your insurance. It is your responsibility to contact your insurance company to determine the extent of your coverage. Please speak with your provider if you have any questions or concerns regarding the cost of care.

If you cannot keep your appointment, please call us as soon as possible. We realize that sometimes emergencies come up and your plans may change. When you call, we will help you reschedule your appointment.  Giving us as much notice as possible helps us to better serve you and our other patients. Should you cancel a session with less than 24 hours notice or fail to show up for a scheduled appointment, you will be charged a no show or late cancellation fee of $30. Please cancel your appointment if you are ill.

Physical therapy and athletic training is open Monday through Friday, with some closures during term breaks. We are located on the second floor of the health center. To make an appointment call 541-346-4401 or stop by the clinic.