Physical Therapy 2019-01-15T15:23:23+00:00

Physical Therapy

At UAMS, our caring and compassionate physical therapy experts use the latest equipment and developments, providing personalized treatment plans to adults of all ages. We treat a variety of physical conditions requiring rehabilitation, including but not limited to:

Orthopedic therapy: An evidence-based practice to treat the musculoskeletal system after surgery or injury, including muscles, tendons, bones, and ligaments. Our therapists specialize in examining movement patterns, posture, and gait mechanics to evaluate and treat patients both preventively and post-injury. The goal of our orthopedic therapy team is to collaborate with your physician and get you back to what you love to do!

Sports therapy: A specialized approach that is focused on restoring maximum athletic performance and decreasing future injury risk through training and education. This structured program includes cardiovascular, strength, power, and agility training, along with sport-specific activities.

Total joint therapy: Our total joint program at UAMS focuses on a team approach that begins with your pre-operative education session in the Hip and Knee Academy. Following surgery, you will work with our inpatient physical and occupational therapists to prepare you for your discharge home. You will then work with our outpatient physical therapy team to focus on restoring your range of motion, normalizing your gait, and exercise prescription to assist your return to an active lifestyle.

Running injury gait analysis: We use 3D gait analysis by capturing motion from three high-speed, infrared-strobe cameras that deliver three-dimensional views of the runner’s motion. Our therapists can then compare a patient’s data against a worldwide database and collaborate with the orthopedic physician to create an individualized therapy plan. The goal is the get the runner back to pain-free running.

Custom orthotics: If you’ve recently been prescribed an ankle/foot, knee, or hip orthosis by your physician, our physical therapists can fit you for an appropriate orthosis and educate you on proper use and care. Orthotics are continually evolving as more technology becomes available. We have the knowledge to provide traditional and progressive orthotic management with the latest advances in products.

Aquatic therapy: Aquatic physical therapy is completed in a pool. The natural buoyancy of water creates a therapeutic environment that decreases stress on joint structures. Aquatic therapy allows patients to perform activities that they would otherwise not be able to outside of this environment. This can improve function, endurance, flexibility, relaxation, and strength. The ultimate goal is to maximize the patient’s function and to progress to a land-based program.

Physical performance testing and training: We utilize the CSMI Humac Norm to for isokinetic testing to measure your hip, knee, and/or angle strength in a safe and controlled environment. The reporting tools assist therapists and physicians alike in preparing an individualized plan of care to increase your functional performance. It also allows the therapist and physician to get an accurate measurement of the progress you are making in your recovery.

Personalized blood flow restriction (PBFR) therapy: Blood flow restriction therapy does exactly as the name implies; it restricts your blood while you perform physical therapy. This involves placing a device similar to a blood pressure cuff around your arm or leg and lowering your blow flow by a certain percentage. This makes physical exercise much harder with a much smaller impact on your body. The result: faster recovery. Our certified therapists can implement this treatment on post-injury patients to improve recovery time to provide the best outcomes.

Conservative spine care: UAMS’ evidence-based rehabilitation is focused on relieving neck and back pain, which improves your mobility and creates stability for functional activities of daily living, recreation and sports.  The goal of neck and back pain rehabilitation is to help you return to the highest level of function and independence possible while improving the overall quality of life — physically, emotionally and socially.

Dry Needling: Dry Needling is a manual therapy technique within the scope of physical therapy practice. Dry needling involves utilizing small needles accurately placed into muscles to deactivate trigger points, increase flexibility, reduce muscle spasms, and improve muscular related pain symptoms. These treatments can be an important and effective aspect of physical therapy treatments, symptom reduction, and athletic conditioning maintenance.

Pain treatments: If you are experiencing pain that’s so bad it impacts your daily life, our pain management can help. We use evidence-based physical therapy treatments that will help ease your pain, restore function and ultimately improve your quality of life. You will learn to control pain behavior, modify your lifestyle and engage in appropriate physical activities to regain productivity and independence.

Seating and Mobility: Our team of physical and occupational therapists works with you to ensure proper wheelchair positioning to maximizes functional independence and promote good posture, breathing, digestion, and prevention of skin problems. We accomplish this through a comprehensive evaluation including a complete history of your environment, occupational and/or physical therapy evaluation, assessment of current equipment, current diagnosis and prognosis, and functional assessment of your seating and mobility needs.

Women’s and Men’s Health: Our physical therapists believe in caring for the whole person, both physically and emotionally. Our physical therapists promote health and wellness by addressing the special needs of women and men throughout the many phases of their life. We are driven by the goal of helping every person return to a happy and productive life without worrying about pelvic pain, abdominal pain, chronic pain or chronic disease. We offer customized treatment plans in a discrete, comfortable environment with one-on-one treatment by a licensed physical therapist specialized in pelvic floor therapy.

LSVT BIG: Our Physical Therapists certified in LSVT BIG help patients with Parkinson’s Disease improve function and slow motor deterioration. LSVT BIG therapy helps to improve balance, rotation and faster walking with bigger steps for patients with Parkinson’s disease. Our patients with Parkinson’s Disease gradually make smaller movements and have difficulty initiating movement. LSVT BIG translates bigger movements into the real world, everyday activities and empowers people with Parkinson’s disease to re-engage in their meaningful activities.

The clinic also offers transition from rehabilitation to our University Fitness Program.

Clinic Information

Appointments:
501-296-1500

Fax (referrals):
501-320-7913

Direct Clinic Contact Information:

Colonel Glenn Therapy: 501-406-9234

  • Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30–4:30

Autumn Road Therapy: 501-320-7777

  • Hours: Monday-Thursday 7:30–8:00 & Friday 7:30–4:00

Spine Institute Therapy: 501-661-7955

  • Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 – 5:00

Institute On Aging Therapy: 501-526-5770

  • Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00–4:30

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Appointments

The Physical Therapy Clinic is a self-referral clinic. Although UAMS does not require a referral for this clinic, some insurance providers require a referral for specialty care. Please check with your insurance provider prior to requesting an appointment, and contact our office if you need any assistance.

You may request an appointment by calling 501-296-1500 or by having your physician fax a referral to 501-320-7913.

What should I bring to the appointment?

For your first appointment, please bring a photo ID and your insurance card along with a list of any medications you’re taking, including over-the-counter medications. You should also bring any medical records you can provide, including slides or test results from other clinics.

For future appointments, please provide updated medical and insurance information.

How do I request a prescription refill or contact a nurse from the clinic?

Please call your therapist, or you can request prescription refills during your appointment. If you originally filled your prescription at the UAMS Outpatient Pharmacy, you can also refill your prescription online.

Location and Directions

Location: Basement of Jackson T. Stephens Spine Institute

Parking: Parking is available in Parking 3 at the corner of Cedar and Capitol. Valet parking is available in front of the Outpatient Center.

Directions:

  • Go to level 3A in the parking deck and follow signs to Elevator G
  • Take Elevator G to Basement (B)

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