Physical Therapy

The Student Health Center’s outpatient physical therapy facility has recently tripled in size, which allows us to offer the full array of services and high standard of care that you would find in any physical therapy practice today. Physical therapy can help you improve your mobility and quality of life, in many cases without surgery or prescription drugs. Physical therapists can teach you either to prevent or manage musculoskeletal injuries, acute or chronic pain, limited motion, or weakness so that you will receive long-term health benefits.

The Student Health Center’s three physical therapists were required to complete graduate degrees from accredited physical therapist programs before taking the national licensure examination that allows them to practice.  In June 2012, Robbye Brooks, P.T. and Donna Rich, P.T. became certified orthopedic clinical specialists in physical therapy. The Orthopedic Clinical Specialist* (OCS) is designated to those therapists who have successfully passed and became board certified clinical specialists as recognized by the American Physical Therapy Association.  Currently, only 7655 therapists in the United States who hold this distinction and 149 in the state North Carolina.

In addition to orthopedic patients, Alison Maskell, PT, will now also be treating women with pelvic floor dysfunction. Some common diagnoses she will treat include: pelvic pain, vaginismus, vulvodynia, and urinary incontinence.

*Specialization is the process by which a physical therapist builds on a broad base of professional education and practice to develop a greater depth of knowledge and skills related to orthopedic practice. Clinical specialization in physical therapy responds to a specific area of patient need and requires knowledge, skill, and experience exceeding that of the physical therapist at entry to the profession and unique to the specialized area of practice.

Common problems that bring students to physical therapy include:

  • Neck and back pain
  • Sports-related injuries
  • Care after surgery
  • Repetitive motion injuries

If you are a student and you have a prescription less than 30 days old, you are eligible for physical therapy services. We will bill each visit to your student account. The University-sponsored health insurance plan covers 100% of the cost of physical therapy, but visit maximums still apply. Other insurance plans will reimburse you according to their out-of-network fees. Check with your insurance carrier for reimbursement information.

What to Expect
Your physical therapist will examine you and develop a plan of care using a variety of treatment techniques that can help you move, reduce pain, restore function, and prevent disability. Your physical therapist can also help you prevent the loss of mobility and motion by developing a fitness- and wellness-oriented program tailored to your specific needs.

At your first visit, your physical therapist will evaluate you. He or she will identify the problem area(s) and determine a specific treatment program. An initial evaluation usually takes 60 minutes. Your physical therapist will schedule follow-up visits of approximately 30 minutes as appropriate. Please wear or bring clothing to each session that will allow us to examine and treat your injured area. We ask that you please call us at 919-513-3260 to make your initial appointment, but you may schedule subsequent appointments via HealthWeb.

Common Injuries that Physical Therapy Can Help

  • Sprain, strain or fracture of ankle or knee
  • Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) Reconstruction
  • Neck
  • Back
  • Shoulder
  • Dislocation
  • Surgery
  • Wrist and Hand Repetitive Use
  • Other fractures, sprains or strains
  • Plantar Fasciitis

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