Physical Therapy and Therapeutic Massage
Phone: 706-542-8634 for appointments, questions, or referrals
Monday - Friday, 8 am- 5 pm
Closed from 12:00 noon - 1 pm
The Physical Therapy Clinic is located on the first floor of the University Health Center.
Services are available to UGA students, their spouses, and domestic partners.
The Physical Therapy Clinic at UHC provides comprehensive, one-on-one physical therapy and rehabilitation. Our licensed physical therapists are experienced in assessing and treating a wide range of injuries and chronic conditions. We consider the big picture of how the body functions as an integrated whole. We not only assess the area of pain, but all the factors that may be contributing to someone’s pain or problem.
Our clinicians are highly skilled in assessing problems and treating them using various modalities including manual therapy (joint and soft tissue mobilization/manipulation) and exercise/movement therapies. We are committed to receiving extensive training and continuing education in the most current information and techniques to best treat your condition.
We feel our individualized approach, commitment to one-on-one care, and comprehensive training and experience make us the best choice for physical therapy care for UGA students. Our philosophy is to return an individual to his/her highest level of function in the quickest and safest fashion.
Appointments are necessary. Initial appointments can only be made in person or on the phone. After that, follow-up appointments can be made in person, by phone or online.
If necessary, cancel or reschedule your appointment by 24 hours on the preceding business day to avoid a $30 missed-appointment charge.
1. What do Physical Therapists do?
Assess movement disorders, evaluate bone, ligaments, tendons, and nerves and other tissues to see how they affect movement. While many patients seek treatment for pain related complaints, some seek out physical therapy to learn how to move and function more efficiently. Physical Therapy can be beneficial for anything that limits someone in his/her ability to function in his/her normal environment. Our philosophy is to return to an individual his/her highest level of function in the quickest and safest fashion.
3. What do I need to do before making an appointment?
A prescription or referral to physical therapy IS REQUIRED. A prescription can be obtained from a UHC clinician, your private physician, or a specialist in the community. This prescription must be filled within 30 days of the date it was written. The Physical Therapy department can help coordinate this prescription or referral if you would like assistance.
4. How do I make an appointment?
Appointments may be scheduled by calling 706-542-8634, online using the UHC Patient Portal, and in person.
5. What is the procedure for scheduling follow-up appointments?
It is recommended that you schedule your future appointments at the end of each Physical Therapy session to make sure you will be able to be seen at a day and time that is most convenient for you.
6. What is your cancellation policy?
We ask that patients cancel/reschedule appointments 24 business hours in advance.
When you are scheduled for a treatment session, the time is reserved especially for you. When you cancel without timely/proper notification or if you do not show up for your scheduled session it makes it difficult for us to maintain a consistent schedule for our therapists and for those patients who are on our waiting list wanting to be scheduled.
We value all of our patients and we hope you will understand that in the interest of fairness it is important to have advance notice of cancellations so that those spots may be used by other patients. Thank you for your understanding. If you need to cancel an appointment, please call us ASAP so we have the opportunity to offer your appointment to another patient.
There is a $30 charge for late cancellations and missed appointments.
7. What do I need to bring with me to my initial visit?
Wear appropriate clothing (i.e. exercise clothes, tennis shoes, etc). If we are seeing you for a neck/upper back/shoulder issue, a tank top is preferable. If we are seeing you for a hip/knee/ankle issue, please wear shorts.
Please bring your current insurance card, your recent (within 30 days) prescription or referral for PT, and any other information that you think might be helpful to the therapist.
8. What should I expect in my initial evaluation?
The physical therapist will review your information and ask you questions about your problem or injury. We will evaluate your whole body as well as your problem area. An examination of the problem area will take place to assess your movement and mobility, strength, flexibility, and other signs such as muscle and joint tightness and pain. This will help the therapist to determine what factors are leading, and/or contributing to your problems and develop a treatment plan specifically for you. You will also receive treatment at this first visit.
10. How many treatment sessions will I need?
Frequency of treatment varies. You may be seen once to three times a week for 6-8 weeks, or you may be seen for one to two visits total. You and your therapist will determine what is best for you in your rehabilitation.
At each visit, the physical therapist will provide treatment to you, discuss your progress with you, and provide direction for your continued improvement. You will be encouraged to ask questions and participate as much as you would like. When you have improved and have made sufficient progress, the therapist will discharge you from care and inform your doctor of your progress.
You and your PT will make decisions as a team regarding what types of treatment will be best for you, what types of interventions will be most helpful for you to do on your own outside of PT, and how often and long you need to attend skilled PT. Please freely communicate your wishes, comments, etc., and ask questions so you can better understand and be a part of your care and physical rehabilitation.
11. What are some of the typical types of treatment?
Therapeutic Exercise; Manual Therapy including joint, soft-tissue, and spinal mobilization; Neuromuscular Re-education; Sport Specific Training; Electrical Stimulation and TENS; Ultrasound; Iontophoresis; Ice; Moist Heat; Paraffin; Taping/Splinting; Workspace Adaptation and Equipment Recommendation; Dry Needling; and Orthotics
12. How much does Physical Therapy cost?
All students as well as spouses and domestic partners of students are eligible for services regardless of what type of health insurance they have or whether they have health insurance at all. Our clinic’s mission as a whole is to be the leading providers of physical therapy and massage therapy services by offering high quality, individualized, integrative and accessible care through treatment and education. In comparison to other clinics in the area, our visit costs are on average about 50% less. Although there can be some variance on costs, typically an Initial Visit costs is about $130 and follow-up appointments are about $99. Please note that this price is are charges PRIOR to your health insurance factoring in. Patients with health insurance that covers some or all of the visit costs generally pay a small percentage of their total bill or a small co-pay.
13. Will my insurance cover my Physical Therapy visits?
Every student has the option of where they would like to undergo Physical Therapy. It is VERY important to contact your insurance company PRIOR to your first appointment about your specific coverage. Call your insurance company via the phone number on the card, explain you have been prescribed Physical Therapy and that there is a clinic here on campus. Then ask what percentage or amount they will cover if you receive Physical Therapy here at the UHC.
Please note: Many health insurance companies have begun requiring pre-certification for Physical Therapy services, so YOU (as the patient) are responsible for contacting your health insurance company to verify Physical Therapy benefits and if Pre-Certification is needed before continual treatment. Failure to obtain Pre-Certification, if needed, can result in penalization from your insurance company. This means your insurance company is not responsible for paying the incurred charges. Any charges not covered by health insurance are the patient’s responsibility to pay.
*Prices are the same for “Fees Paid” and “Non-Fees Paid”*
12"x6” (short/wide) = $10.00
36"x3” (long/half-width) = $15.00
36"x4” (long/narrow) = $16.00
36"x6” (long/wide) = $26.00
36"x6” (soft) = $38.00
BANDS: Black (Ext. Heavy) / Blue (Heavy) / Green (Med.) / Red (Light) / Yellow (Ext. Light) = $6.00
TUBING: Blue (Heavy) / Green (Medium) / Red (Light) = $6.00
$6.00 OR 2 for $10.00
$80.00 (FP) / $105.00 (NFP)
$43.00 (FP) / $50.00 (NFP)
Pre-Visit Questionnaire (to be completed in the UHC Patient Portal PRIOR to your scheduled initial visit)