Physical Therapy

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Patient Eligibility

  • University of Nebraska-Lincoln students
  • University of Nebraska-Lincoln faculty and staff
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Hours of Service

Monday through Friday: 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday: Closed

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Services Covered By Student Fees

  • A brief discussion with a physical therapy team member about the benefits of their services (Physical therapy evaluation and treatment is not covered.)

Comprehensive Physical Therapy to Get Your Life Back to Normal

Don’t suffer through those aches and pains. Let the University Health Center Physical Therapy team help! We offer evaluation, treatment and rehabilitation of injuries and conditions affecting muscles, bones and joints. We provide excellent patient care and individualized treatments focused on returning you to a high quality of life and success in daily activities.

Our physical therapy team will work with you to determine the best treatment plan to help you achieve your goals. Potential treatment methods could include:

  • Aquatic therapy
  • Cupping
  • Dry needling
  • Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM)
  • Individualized exercises stretches
  • Kinesio taping
  • Manual therapy (e.g., joint mobilization, soft tissue mobilization)
  • Mechanical traction
  • Neuromuscular re-education
  • Modalities (e.g., ultrasound, electrical stimulation, iontophoresis, heat or ice therapy)

We treat:

  • Back and neck pain
  • Chronic dysfunction
  • Joint and muscle aches
  • Motor vehicle injuries
  • Muscle tension headaches
  • Post-surgical rehabilitation
  • Repetitive strain injuries
  • Sports injuries
  • Orthopaedics
  • Work-related injuries

Appointments

Physical therapy services are available to UNL students, faculty and staff from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday by appointment only. Call 402-472-5000 to schedule

A written prescription is required to begin physical therapy at the health center. This order can come from a University Health Center or non-University Health Center medical professional. We accept orders from doctors, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, dentists and chiropractors. Orders are valid for up to 60 days from the date written.

Cost

Student fees cover a brief discussion with a physical therapy team member about the benefits of our services. This does not include a personal evaluation or treatment. All other visits will incur a charge. To determine how much your visit will cost, we recommend contacting your health insurance provider for coverage information. Patients are responsible for any charges not covered by insurance.

Learn more about billing and insurance.

What to Expect At Your First Visit

Each treatment is tailored for each patient. Every individual and injury/pain is unique, so there is not a one-size-fits-all approach to treatment. In general, this is what you can expect:

    At your first appointment, a physical therapist will perform a complete physical exam that includes an evaluation of your strength, balance, posture, flexibility and range of motion. She or he will also go over your health history. This visit helps you and your physical therapists determine the best treatment plan to achieve your goals. Expect this appointment to last about an hour.

    Your treatment will continue in the form of follow-up visits with a member of our physical therapy team. The number of visits you will need depends on your needs and progress. During these follow-up visits, a staff member will provide care in alignment with your treatment plan and goals. You will also receive a home exercise program in the form of stretches or exercises to complete outside of therapy as part of your regular routine.

Meet Our Staff

Kelsey Gaston

Kelsey Gaston, PT, DPT

Licensed Physical Therapist

B.S., Exercise Science, Concordia University, Nebraska
Doctor of Physical Therapy, Creighton University

Experienced in: General orthopedics, sports medicine, injury prevention, health and wellness promotion, dry needling, and Postural Restoration (PRI)

Kelsey enjoys spending time with friends and family, camping, fishing, hunting, kayaking and working out. She grew up in rural northeast Nebraska and enjoys visiting family and friends there often.

Kelsey Richters

Kelsey Richters, PT, DPT

Licensed Physical Therapist

B.S., Exercise Science, Truman State University
Doctor of Physical Therapy, University of Central Arkansas

Experienced in: General orthopedics, geriatrics, sports medicine, injury prevention and health and wellness promotion

Kelsey enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, running, biking, kayaking, hiking and being active. Kelsey loves photography, doing craft projects and watching Making It, The Office and Stranger Things.

Jenny Meints

Jenny Meints, PTA

Licensed Physical Therapist Assistant

Physical Therapist Assistant Program, Missouri Western State University

Experienced in: Outpatient care, general orthopedics and sports rehab

Jenny enjoys health and fitness and appreciates helping others improve their health and fitness at the same time. Jenny grew up in rural Nebraska and enjoys helping on the farm. She also loves photography, working out and spending time with her family and friends.

Jess Nelson

Jessica Nelson

PT/OT and PAT REG Technician

Jessica comes to Lincoln after a year of coaching junior college softball in Liberal, Kansas. Prior to coaching, Jessica played softball for three years at Saint Gregory's University in Oklahoma, where she earned her Bachelor's in English. She competed at the University of Nebraska-Omaha for her senior season where she began a Master's program in Health Behaviors. Jessica is from Lewisville, Texas and is the middle child of two sisters. She is currently applying to Occupational Therapy schools in hopes of completing a Doctorate in OT. Outside of work, she enjoys writing, health and wellness, and spending time with friends and family.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the cost of physical therapy services?

This will depend on your injury, treatment plan and the team member providing care. It is recommended you contact your insurance company to determine what they will cover.

How many appointments will I need?

Your physical therapist will determine appointment frequency based on your concerns and the treatment plan recommended for your situation. It’s important to schedule appointments as directed to build on your progress. Failure to schedule appointments as directed may result in a lack of improvement.

I’m enrolled in the university’s student insurance plan. What portion of my treatment will be covered?

In most cases, UnitedHealthcare StudentResources covers 100 percent of the cost of physical therapy treatment received at the University Health Center. Some restrictions may apply. If you have questions about the university's plan, please consult the student insurance advocate.