Tips to help your physical therapy journey

The University Health Center Physical Therapy team will work with you through every phase of your healing process. New to physical therapy? Here are some tips to help you through your journey.

  1. Before your appointment
    • Make sure to dress comfortably in workout clothes such as sweatpants, shorts or leggings and a T-shirt. You can wear these clothes to your appointment or bring them with you to change into. Keep in mind that the physical therapist will need to look and touch the treatment area.
  2. Set a goal
    • The physical therapy team wants to work with you toward your goals; not just goals that are essential to daily living such as putting on shoes and socks without pain, but also goals that you may have such as getting back to working out or playing sports without pain. Be open and honest with your therapist about what specific goals you have so that they can lay out the best plan to reach them.
  3. Do your homework
    • To make the most of your physical therapy experience, and have the best chance at reaching your goals, it’s important to perform all home exercises, stretches, and other activities as advised by your physical therapist outside of your appointments. Physical therapy appointments are important to reassess, adjust, and progress your program but what you do outside of PT plays an incredibly vital role in your recovery and progress.

If you’re struggling with coming back from an injury or dealing with chronic pain, our physical therapy team can help you. Although physical therapy is not covered by student fees and will incur a charge, we can submit the cost to private insurance. Financial assistance is available to those who qualify. Visit our physical therapy webpage to learn more or make an appointment by calling 402-472-5000 – a written prescription is required to begin physical therapy at the University Health Center.