An athlete with an injury; a senior citizen with arthritis; an infant with a birth defect; an individual recovering from a vascular stroke--a diverse group of people, yet each can benefit in some way from physical therapy. Physical therapists are, in basic terms, experts in function and movement of the human body.
East Carolina University physical therapy students are gaining valuable career experience and improving access to care for patients in the East through a new, student-run clinic.
The clinic is operated by ECU faculty in the College of Allied Health Sciences who are licensed physical therapists and experts in evaluating and treating back and neck pain, tendonitis, sprains and strains, sport-specific and running injuries, herniated discs, arthritis and providing post-operative rehabilitation for adults and children. A major initiative of the clinic is to provide a learning environment for ECU physical therapy doctoral students, who observe and treat patients with supervision from licensed physical therapists.