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Physical Therapy

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 two full-time physical therapists and a full-time physical therapy assistant. 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 between 8 a.m. and 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 can be part of your treatment plan.

The therapist then creates a treatment plan to help you achieve your goals.

Therapies

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
  • whirlpool.

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.


Avoiding Injury

Of course, it’s always best to avoid injury in the first place. Here are some helpful tips from UHS’ physical therapy staff.

UHS Physical Therapy