Physical Therapy Equal Access CLinic FREE PHYSICAL THERAPY SERVICES

The Physical Therapy Equal Access Clinic (PT EAC) offers pro bono physical therapy evaluation and treatments for individuals with orthopaedic and neurological diagnoses, especially those with limited insurance coverage. The PT EAC is currently only operating through telehealth appointments scheduled between 4-8pm every Thursday night (excluding University breaks and holidays).

Our Mission

To provide high quality, pro bono physical therapy services to the medically underserved in the Gainesville community. The UF PT EAC serves as a vehicle for Doctor of Physical Therapy students to engage patient problems early in the curriculum, to foster a spirit of humanity and community service, and to develop clinical skills in a peer learning environment.

Professor explaining an exercise to a group of DPT students

Who We Are

We are students of UF’s Doctor of Physical Therapy program. We provide treatment under the supervision and guidance of local, licensed Physical Therapists.

“The goal as a professional is to love what you do and to pledge to give back to the community which supports you.” -Christina Link, DPT Student

What We Do

UF Physical Therapy Equal Access Clinic offers free physical therapy services to people unable to afford treatment elsewhere. At this time we are only scheduling telehealth appointments every Thursday from 4 – 8 pm (excluding University breaks and holidays) due to COVID-19. No referral is needed. We provide physical therapy evaluation and treatment, and follow-up treatment visits. If other medical management is necessary, we work with the Equal Access Network for further screening and evaluation.

Visit the APTA ChoosePT website for more information on what PTs do.

COVID-19 Information

We are here for you. Learn more about our current services, Telehealth, and general COVID information.

UF Health Screen Test and Protect graphic about social distancing

Schedule an Appointment

***Due to COVID-19, the PT EAC is currently only operating through telehealth appointments scheduled between 4-8 p.m. every Thursday night (excluding University breaks and holidays).***

Please schedule your appointment here.

Normal hours (excluding UF breaks and holidays): Thursday 6-8 p.m. **No one is onsite outside of clinic hours**

These services are available to anyone seeking treatment, and no insurance is needed. Please email ufpteac@gmail.com if you have any questions.

Telehealth available: Telehealth Outreach – For rehab and activity promotion, please email ufpteac@gmail.com

Helpful Links

We are here for you. Learn more about our current services, Telehealth, and general COVID information.

Contact Information

Please contact us at ufpteac@gmail.com or (352) 888-4950 for more information. You can also find us on Facebook here.

Services Offered

Orthopedic physical therapy focuses on improving  the function of your muscles, bones, joints, tendons, and ligaments. Learn more about how our services can help you.

Orthopedic Services

Why would you seek Orthopedic Physical Therapy?

When your muscles, bones, joints, tendons, and ligaments are not working properly, it hurts to move. You can’t do what you enjoy and your life could be defined by:

  • Pain
  • Weakness
  • Swelling
  • Stiffness
  • Immobility

Orthopedic physical therapy treatment is focused on helping you build up your strength, flexibility, and range of motion to get you back on your feet and enjoying life again.

Here are some of the conditions we can help you with:

Lower Body Pain: Hips, Knees, Ankles, Feet

KNEE CONDITIONS

  • ACL tear
  • Knee pain
  • Meniscus tear
  • Knee replacement

HIP CONDITIONS

  • Hip bursitis
  • Hip pain

FOOT AND ANKLE CONDITIONS

  • Achilles tendon injuries
  • Ankle sprain
  • Plantar fasciitis

Upper Body Pain: Shoulder, Elbow, Wrists, Hands

ARM, WRIST AND HAND CONDITIONS

  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Golfer’s elbow
  • Tennis elbow
  • Wrist pain

 SHOULDER CONDITIONS

  • Clavicle fracture
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Rotator cuff tear

Back Pain: Neck, Middle Back, Low Back

  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Herniated disc
  • Lower back pain
  • Scoliosis
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Torn disc

Additional Equal Access Clinics

Learn more about other Equal Access Clinics Services offered by the University of Florida.

Community REACH

University of Florida Doctor of Physical Therapy students participate in community engagement activities across the curriculum, providing valuable rehabilitation, injury prevention and wellness service. Students develop clinical leadership skills through peer learning while contributing to community needs. Learn more about each REACH group below.

Gator Balance

The Gator Balance promotes fall prevention and wellness while connecting residents with available healthcare in their community through regular participation in balance screening events and patient education.

Learn more at the Gator Balance website.


GaiTOR Challenge

Students assist participants with goals to encourage activity and wellness through walking in a peaceful, relaxed setting. GaiTOR Challenge hosts three season events during the fall, spring, and summer semesters.

Learn more at the GaiTOR Challenge website.


Children on the Go

Children on the Go (COTG) works with children with cognitive and physical disabilities through adaptive gymnastics to enhance social interaction, adjust to sensory demands, and practice motor coordination at Balance 180 Gym, a non-profit gymnastics facility.

Learn more at the COTG website.

Location

map view of CVS location

The CVS located 1621 SW 13th St, Gainesville, FL 32608, which is right across from Steak ‘n Shake.

Driving Directions

  • From Archer Road, head east to 13th Street
  • Turn right on 13th Street
  • Head to the intersection of 13th and 16th
  • The clinic is located above the CVS.

Parking

Park in the CVS parking lot in the section behind the building away from the main entrance off 13th Street.

The entrance to the clinic is off of 13th Street, across from Steak ‘n Shake. If there is not a greeter at the door, please ring the bell in the call box to be admitted.

Annotated location of where the CVS is located. The parking is located behind the CVS by the side where Subway is located, and the entrance is on the side of the CVS building across from Steak n Shake.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need an appointment?

No. We treat on a first-come-first-serve basis. Please arrive by 7pm to ensure we have enough time to treat you properly.

How do I pay for treatment?

You don’t! We are a free clinic, which means you do not need to show proof of any insurance.

Do I need a referral?

Not for the first 30 days. Referral is needed after 4 weeks

In Florida, patients can be treated by a physical therapist without a referral for up to 30 days. After this time, however, you will need a referral from a physician, nurse practitioner, or other licensed medical professional. If you do not have a regular doctor, we suggest you begin trying to find a doctor if your treatment will take more than 30 days. We have information available on how to get set up with a doctor.

Who do we treat?

We are a general physical therapy clinic. We treat everyone in need of therapy, recent injury, postsurgical, preventative care, etc. We are not a specialty clinic, however, we will do our best to provide you the best possible care. Unfortunately, due to special oversight requirements, we are not able to treat pediatric patients. If you believe you have a special consideration we need to be aware about: Please contact us at ufpteac@gmail.com or (352) 888-4950.

*The map below shows the location of the Department of Physical Therapy building, please refer to the above location section for instructions and map to the PT EAC.*