If you step into the A.P. Beutel Health Center, walk down the stairs and around the corner, you’ll find the physical therapy clinic – a place where patients not only receive preventative and rehabilitative services, but feel comfortable and confident achieving the goals set for them by our two licensed physical therapists. Physical therapy is a service offered to patients suffering from various conditions or injuries of the joints, muscles, and bones. Upon receiving a referral from a doctor, physical therapists evaluate the patient and formulate a treatment plan, often encompassing mobility, strength, and function restoration, pain reduction, and disability prevention. Improving quality of life, preventing future subsequent injury, and promoting long-term health and physical function are few of the many purposes of physical therapy.
The physical therapy clinic offers modalities such as electrical stimulation, ultrasound, paraffin wax, and cervical/lumbar traction. It is furnished with equipment such as stationary bikes, a Total Gym, and free weights, as well as BOSU balls and other equipment to improve balance & proprioception. Resistance bands, foam rollers, and exercise putty are also available for patients to use.
While the physical therapists treat various sports-related injuries, such as ACL tears and shoulder separations, they also treat injuries that can be prevented with simple modifications to daily activities. Conditions such as lower back pain and cervical pain in students can result from sitting at a desk for hours at a time. Students are encouraged to take frequent study breaks by simply walking around or stretching. Additionally, the physical therapists often provide take-home exercises and stretches for patients to help facilitate the healing process.