Physical & Occupational Therapy

Second Floor
1350 Walton Way
Augusta, GA 30901

University’s Physical and Occupational Therapy departments provide a full continuum of care for newborns, children and adults.

Physical Therapy (PT)

Physical Therapy is dedicated to the rehabilitation of physical dysfunction and the prevention of disability following disease or injury. The goal of physical therapists is to promote optimal human health by restoring function and assisting the patient to return to the highest level of independence possible.

Following a referral to Physical Therapy by a physician, a physical therapist performs a comprehensive initial evaluation, develops a plan of treatment, and establishes realistic goals. The patient and family members are instructed in exercise programs and participate in performing functional activities. Physical therapists most commonly provide treatment for patients with the following disabilities or dysfunctions: strokes, spinal cord injuries, sports or musculoskeletal injuries, orthopedic or cardiac surgery, arthritis, amputation, cancer, open wounds, general deconditioning and children with neuromuscular or developmental problems.

The physical therapy team includes licensed physical therapists, licensed physical therapy assistants and physical therapy aided.

Occupational Therapy (OT)

Occupational Therapy works with individuals whose activities of daily living are disrupted or impaired by developmental deficits, the aging process, physical injury, illness or psychological disability. Occupational therapists’ training stresses the need to identify problems that hamper a person’s normal day to day tasks, “Occupations” such as feeding, dressing, bathing, cooking, work tasks or leisure skills. Therapists evaluate a client's motion, strength, coordination, sensation, swelling, pain level, endurance, safety awareness, cognitive skills and balance, and determine a treatment plan that will improve any limited areas.

The goal is to help patients regain lost function or overcome disability by learning adaptive skills. Therapy focuses on goal-oriented functional activities and exercises, which may include strengthening, coordination, range-of-motion exercises and provision of splints. Occupational Therapy is staffed with registered occupational therapists.

Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy work as a close team with the many health providers throughout the University system to provide quality care to patients. Evaluation and treatment for both services require a physician’s order.

Services are provided to inpatients throughout the hospital. Outpatient services are available in the PT/OT clinic at University Hospital. Programs available through PT and OT offer treatment for lymphedema and vestibular disorders.

Since 1985 the Work Performance Center has helped injured workers get back on the job. Prevention, work evaluation and rehabilitation are all part of the Work Performance Center’s goal which is to get injured employees back to work. The Center, as a part of University Hospital’s Occupational Therapy Department, also offers injury prevention and job safety education, physical demand assessment, work conditioning and pre-employment screenings.

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Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; Inpatient coverage is provided on a daily basis based on the patient’s plan of care.