University Physical Therapy, Hillsborough, moved to Oakdale Village, 115 Oakdale Drive, Suite 8, in late March, expanding into a larger space closer to the bustle of activity and the public eye. For about 27 years, the clinic sat at 400 Millstone Drive. Here’s a look at what the new facility has to offer the community:
What it is: University Physical Therapy puts faculty from UNC’s PT school in the clinic, allowing them to reach a broader spectrum of patients in their limited time outside the classroom and also to teach future physical therapists in hands-on situations.
The building: The new facility features five private treatment rooms and one rehabilitation gym in addition to offices. The bright and open feel emphasizes the clinic’s 3,833 square feet, especially in comparison to the old space, which was about half the size.
The move: University Physical Therapy took the leap to its new Hillsborough location for several reasons. The more prominent spot on Churton Street near Family Medicine, another UNC medical facility, will give the clinic more visibility. A larger space also allows for more patients and, eventually, more therapists, which will help fulfill a mission to better serve the community. The move to the Oakdale Village building, which hadn’t been completed yet, let the therapists customize the space for their needs, such as creating a tile corner of the rehabilitation gym for balance work—complete with dark tiles marking out a 3-meter line used in balance testing—or welding hooks into the ceiling for a strap above a treadmill, which will attach to a harness for patients who fear falling off the machine.
What’s new: Aside from the tiles, University Physical Therapy boasts not only different machines in the gym but also more of them. A TV and Microsoft Xbox Kinect video game console offers patients innovative ways to work on training exercises, such as standing on one foot while trying to catch a ball or navigate a raft downstream. The foot and ankle room has more space for the two therapists who will share the office and even has a door leading outside so patients can test out custom-made orthotics by running along the sidewalk.
How it works: The first visit is an hour long with the first 30 to 45 minutes as an assessment of the problem and the final part focused on explaining various exercises. The patient will then set up one or two follow-up appointments, which typically last 30 minutes. At those visits, the therapist will gauge how the patient is feeling—better, the same or worse—and decide what tweaks to the exercises need to be made, if any, and whether or not to schedule another one.