Physical therapists working in the hospital teach patients mobility skills needed to become functionally independent. An individualized program is developed and discussed with each patient and with family members as appropriate. The plan includes a list of goals tailored to the strength and movement needs of the patient. Therapists help patients achieve these goals in a variety of ways including mat exercises, wheelchair instruction, and the use of parallel bars or other devices for gait training. The family is instructed in these techniques so that they will be prepared to help the patient achieve maximal independence at home and in the community.

Our outpatient physical therapy staff are skilled in treating a variety of orthopaedic conditions including, sprains, strains, tendonitis, bursitis, and contusions, as well as neurological conditions including spinal cord injuries, strokes and head injuries.

Volunteer Opportunities for Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy

UC Davis Health offers volunteer opportunities for students interested in the fields of Occupational Therapy or Physical Therapy. These opportunities are coordinated through the UC Davis Health Volunteer Services. UC Davis Health Volunteer Services can be contacted at 916-734-2401. Volunteers may observe Occupational or Physical Therapy treatments and evaluations. Students can observe Occupational Therapists, Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants (COTAs), Physical Therapists or Physical Therapy Assistants (PTAs) in the following settings: Outpatient, Inpatient Rehabilitation or Acute Care. Some volunteer duties may include: observing patient exercises/treatments and manual therapy techniques, assisting with computer exercise programs, filing, photocopying or cleaning. Volunteers typically work up to 4 hours per week up to 50 hours total. This placements is an opportunity for the volunteer to observe and learn rather than to participate in a structured and formal classroom experience.

Clinical Affiliation Opportunities for Occupational Therapy Students and Physical Therapy Students

UC Davis Health offers clinical affiliation opportunities for students currently enrolled in accredited programs in the United States for Occupational Therapy, Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant, Physical Therapy and Physical Therapy Assistant. In order for a student from a program to be eligible for a clinical affiliation at UC Davis Health, contacts between individual programs and UC Davis Health are required. To discuss potential clinical affiliations/ contracts, each school should contact the following clinical student coordinators:

Physical Therapy:
Kurt Steen, PT, CCCE

Occupational Therapy:
Jacinto Yamzon, OTR/L, Field Work Coordinator