If injuries, illnesses or other conditions make it hard to move or function, your provider may recommend physical therapy. Physical therapy, often called ‘PT,’ helps reduce pain, restore your body’s function and prevent disabilities. Our physical therapy department is staffed by full-time therapists and therapy assistants. You don’t have to leave campus for professional care, so it’s easier to follow your treatment plan.
Your first visit
You’ll need a referral from your medical provider to begin physical therapy. You’ll also need an appointment; call (413) 577-5158 weekdays, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
At your first visit, you’ll meet with a physical therapist for an evaluation. You’ll be asked about your pain and any other trouble areas, and do some simple tests. Your therapist may also ask about hobbies or activities you enjoy; these may be part of your treatment. The therapist then creates a treatment plan to help you achieve your goals.
Physical therapists use techniques and tools including:
- deep tissue mobilization;
- ergonomic education;
- mechanical traction;
- neuromuscular electrical stimulation;
- phonophoresis and iontophoresis;
- postural education;
- temporary and permanent orthotics;
- therapeutic exercise;
- transcutaneous electrical neuromuscular stimulation;
- ultrasound; and
Your therapist will explain what’s being used in your care. If you have questions, just ask.
Physical therapy FAQs
Learn more with these FAQs about PT.