Physical therapists are health care professionals who screen and treat individuals of all ages who have medical problems or other health-related conditions that limit their abilities to move and perform functional activities in their daily lives. PTs will develop a plan to promote the ability to move, reduce pain, restore function, and prevent disability. In addition, PTs work with individuals to prevent the loss of mobility before it occurs by developing fitness- and wellness-oriented programs for healthier and more active lifestyles.
Faculty and students in the Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science are actively involved in the JayDoc Free Clinic, the Rehabilitation and Wellness Clinic and the Silver City Health Center, providing much-needed clinical services to the local community.
The Rehabilitation and Wellness Clinic provides physical and mental health care services to address the needs of our patients through a focus on wellness and quality of life. Committed to treating the whole person and not just the disease process, the clinic offers a multidisciplinary team that understands life is different after a medical diagnosis.
The clinic is a great opportunity for KU students in physical therapy, occupational therapy and psychology to engage in integrated learning experiences. Students learn to critically evaluate a patient and prescribe an intervention in a clinical setting under the supervision of a licensed therapists. Visit the clinic website for more information.
A PT student volunteer using a goniometer to measure a patient’s knee extension.
The JayDoc Free Clinic serves individuals without insurance, as well as those who have government or primary insurance coverage. Services are designed to promote wellness and injury prevention through health education and direct treatment. This student-run clinic is supervised by a licensed physical therapist and organized by the students of the KU physical therapy program. Linda Denney, PT, serves as the director of physical therapy services.
A visit to the JayDoc Free Clinic includes the following:
Initial evaluation to assess the patient’s needs
Integration of treatment, education and a home program specific to the patient’s needs
Option/recommendation of a follow-up visit
The JayDoc Free Clinic provides physical therapy services one night, every 2 weeks. Patients are scheduled after receipt of the physician referral; however walk-ins are welcome. Progress reports and initial evaluation documentation are sent to the referring physician to ensure ongoing communication.
Determining the severity of an injury is a large part of a physical therapist's daily routine. Here, a PT student volunteer performs a neurodynamic test to better understand her patient's symptoms.
Physical therapy services are provided for orthopedic injuries, neurological conditions, brace and wheelchair fitting, gait and balance deviations and consultations in wellness, fitness and wound care. Diagnoses include (but are not limited to): low back pain, neck pain, shoulder, knee and ankle pain, wrist and hand injuries, stroke and cardiopulmonary conditions, metabolic conditions and overuse syndromes. Advice is provided for conditioning exercise, edema and wound management.
The JayDoc Free Clinic is a great atmosphere for PT students to critically evaluate a patient and prescribe an intervention in a clinical setting under the supervision of a licensed physical therapist. By providing free services to individuals in need, the students gain a sense of pride and confidence while helping those in their own community. JayDoc physical therapy is truly ‘helping others help themselves’.
More information: JayDocFreeClinic.org
Resources and additional information: SilverCityHealthCenter.org
KU HealthPartners, Inc.
The Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science operates its clinical relationships through KU HealthPartners, Inc., clinical enterprise operated by the University of Kansas School of Nursing and School of Health Professions. Organized as a 501 (c)(3) corporation, KU Health Partners is the faculty practice plan and sole entity for which managed care contracts are held regarding professional advanced practice nursing and allied health services provided by faculty of the two schools.
KU Health Partners, Inc. offers to the Greater Kansas City area the opportunity for direct access to professional advanced practice nursing and allied health services. In addition to basic primary care services, KU Health Partners, Inc. has a unique focus on health promotion and optimal human functioning which is holistically provided and client-centered. A strong commitment exists to provide evidence-based care and to measuring and promoting positive client outcomes.