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    University Physical Therapy is THE choice for outstanding sports rehabilitation, physical therapy and occupational therapy services. With our eight locations in Blacksburg, West Blacksburg, Christiansburg, Dublin, Pearisburg, Radford, Roanoke & Salem, Virginia, we are conveniently located throughout the New River Valley.

    The staff at University Physical Therapy has two main objectives:

    1. We strive to provide quality physical therapy services with the best possible outcomes for our patients.
    2. We are committed to providing consistent effective coverage and services to competitive and recreational athletes.

    University Physical Therapy is unique in the New River Valley


    • We offer extended hours of treatment for greater convenience
    • We promote independence and control throughout the patient’s time in physical therapy
    • We believe strongly in educating the patient to prevent further injury
    • We offer individualized plans of care to get you back faster
    • We specialize in caring for most musculoskeletal injuries, especially the unique injuries that occur in athletics
    • A hands-on approach to assessment and treatment of certain kinds of physical conditions
    • We offer appointment times for initial evaluations typically between 24-48 hours of calling

    University Physical Therapy has opened several locations throughout the New River Valley to offer the best care and convenience possible to our neighbors in the surrounding areas.

    Our Philosophy

    Our philosophy is to provide the highest quality therapy through personalized care and education.  We support creative and individualized therapeutic planning, education and intervention.  Our personalized approach ensures patient comprehension and enhances proper treatment progression to maximize patient wellness.

    Insurances We Accept

    University Physical Therapy is continuously adding new health plans.  Please call one of our offices and inquire if your plan is not listed.  Insurances not listed may be accepted on a case-by-case basis.

    • Aetna
    • Anthem
    • Anthem Health Keepers
    • Cigna (case by case)
    • Mamsi
    • Medicaid
    • Medicare
    • Motor Vehicle Accidents
    • Southern Health
    • TriCare
    • Worker’s Compensation


    MikeGoforthMike Goforth, MS, ATC, Owner

    Michael W. Goforth, MS, ATC has been with University Physical Therapy since 2000 in the capacity of equity owner and consultant.  Goforth is also the head athletic trainer for Virginia Tech Football and Associate Athletic Director for Sports Medicine where he oversees a staff of 11 Certified Athletic Trainers, 10 graduate assistants and nearly 60 students and interns.

    In addition, Goforth works closely with team physicians, team chiropractor, nutritionist, sport psychologist and a host of other specialists.

    Goforth came to Virginia Tech in 1998 from Hamilton Medical Center where he directed the Sports Medicine Outreach program as well as the Bradley Wellness Center.  Prior to that, he was the Director of Sports Medicine at Tusculum College where he was involved in industrial medicine, high school outreach, in-house physical therapy services as well as caring for the Pioneer athletes involved in 13 sports.

    Michael graduated from East Tennessee State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Athletic Training.  He received his Masters in Sports Administration from Virginia Tech and is pursuing a Doctorate degree in Health Education.

    Goforth takes great pride in the training he has received while in college from two of the all-time great athletic trainers, Jerry Robertson (ETSU) and Eddie Ferrell (VT)

    “I have been blessed to have studied under two great athletic trainers who were even better gentlemen.  The experience and knowledge I gained from those two are immeasurable and I am forever indebted.” – Mike Goforth

    In addition to his busy professional life, Goforth is married to his wife Tracy and has two sons; Ethan and Luke.  Both boys are very active in baseball, football, wrestling and basketball.  Goforth’s favorite activities include coaching youth baseball, caring  for the local baseball fields and any outdoor activities with his family.

    TylerBowersockTyler Bowersock, DPT, CSCS, Owner

    Tyler Bowersock, DPT, CSCS, joined the University Physical Therapy team in 2010 opening the Roanoke clinic and the Salem clinic shortly thereafter. As the director of the Roanoke clinic, Tyler treats a diverse patient population ranging from high school athletes to elderly men and women eager to maintain a high quality of life. Tyler and his enthusiastic team of health and administrative professionals work together to help serve the needs of the community.

    Tyler has worked as a physical therapist since earning his doctorate degree from Ohio University in 2006. There he gained valuable experiences such as working on NIH studies in the motor control lab studying low back pain and ACL tears in female athletes.

    Previously Tyler earned an undergraduate degree from the University of Dayton in Exercise Science. Also during his time as a student-athlete at Dayton, Tyler earned four league championships and served as captain his senior year leading the Flyers to a mid-major National Championship.

    Tyler maintains his Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist Certification helping him stay on top of cutting edge training for developing and preventing injuries in athletes and also continuing to compete himself. He continues to push his physical limits by completing 24-hour adventure races and half and full distance Ironman triathlons.

    Tyler resides in Roanoke with his wife Allison and son, TJ. They are a fitness oriented family willing to climb mountains in the Blue Ridge or compete on the greenways. They are known to place in local races earning them the nickname of the Bowersock Dynasty.

    “Don’t count the days, make the days count!” – Tyler Bowersock


    Additional programs are available. Contact us for information on additional or specialty programs you may need.

    Orthopedic Care

    Neck & Head Aches
    Low Back/Spine Conditions
    Pre & Post Surgical Rehabilitation
    Surgical Repairs/Reconstruction

    Sports Medicine

    Injury Assessment, Treatment, Education & Prevention
    Athletic Training Outreach
    Gait Analysis
    Knee, Shoulder, Foot and Ankle Rehab
    Overhead Athlete (Throwing Injuries)
    Sports Performance Enhancement
    Personal Training
    Endurance Training

    Worker's Compensation / Rehabilitation

    Work Rehabilitation
    Functional Capacity Evaluations
    Post-Offer Employment Testing
    Work Conditioning
    Ergonomic Analysis

    Neurological Rehab

    Spinal Cord Injury
    Head Injury

    Hand and Occupational Therapy (Blacksburg & Dublin)

    Fine Motor Training
    Tendon Injuries
    Nerve Compression Injuries

    Specialty Programs

    Vestibular Rehabilitation
    Balance and Fall Prevention
    Cancer Related Fatigue
    Patient Education

    Treatments Offered

    Manual Therapy
    Joint Mobilization
    Customized Exercise Program
    Isokinetic Testing
    Electrical Stimulation


    Patient Forms

    For your convenience, you may print and complete these forms prior to your first visit.

    New Patient Registration Form Packet

    Functional Outcome Questionnaires

    Please fill out the appropriate survey prior to your first visit.

    Arm, Shoulder and/or Hand Pain
    Low Back Pain
    Lower Extremity Pain
    Neck Disability

    Monthly Newsletter

    Physician Use

    Prescription Form
    This copy may be faxed, mailed or hand delivered to the clinic. DO NOT EMAIL PRESCRIPTION.


    For Additional Questions Please Contact Us At Any of Our Eight Locations

    What is physical therapy?

    Physical Therapy (PT) is the treatment of disorders with physical agents and methods such as therapeutic exercises, mobilization, electrical and light modalities to assist in rehabilitating patients and restoring normal function after illness or injury.

    Physical therapy is a necessary tool to bring a patient back to their full, physical potential. Physical therapy care focuses primarily on the rehabilitation of motor skills, range of motion, strength, flexibility, balance and coordination. Physical therapy also focuses on teaching preventative measures to patients in order to prevent further injury and pain.

    What types of physical therapy are there?

    Physical therapists can address a number of different needs. Specialized treatments include:

    Manual Therapy
    Therapeutic Exercise
    Spine Care & Rehabilitation
    Sports Related Injuries & Conditions
    Pain Management
    Post-Surgical Rehabilitation
    Post MVA (Motor Vehicle Accident) Rehab
    Work Related Injuries & Evaluations (i.e. FCE’s)
    Cancer Related Fatigue
    Balance & Fall Prevention
    and many others…

    Who is a physical therapist?

    A Physical Therapist is a person who is licensed in the examination, testing and treatment of persons with pain and loss of function. A licensed physical therapist will have graduated from an accredited physical therapy school and passed state licensure.

    Who is a physical therapist assistant?

    A Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) is a licensed professional who works under the direction of a physical therapist. PTA’s consult with their supervising therapists on the process of the patient’s program, helping ensure the highest degree of recovery possible.

    Can I choose where I want to have therapy?

    Yes. The choice of where you receive therapy is always yours. While the majority of our patients come to us by physician referral/recommendation, many clients request to see us due to our strong clinical reputation in the community.

    Do I need a physician referral to receive therapy?

    Yes. A physician referral is required by your health insurance plan for you to be seen by a licensed therapist. We also offer treatments, services and/or products that do NOT require a referral and are available on a self pay basis.

    Does your facility submit claims to my insurance company?

    Insurance coverage differs with each carrier. Most will pay for a significant percentage of your treatment. As a courtesy, we will call your insurer to give you an idea of your coverage. We encourage you to also call your insurer to confirm the coverage and benefits we quoted. Some physical therapists provide certain treatments that are NOT covered by insurance, but are available on a cash payment basis. If this is an available option for your treatment, we will inform you in advance.

    Your First Visit:

    On your first visit to the clinic, your therapist will conduct an evaluation of your problem. This process usually lasts between 60-90 minutes. The evaluation is necessary to create a program designed specifically to address your needs for a full recovery.

    What do I bring on my first visit?

    On your first visity you will need to bring a few things. You will need to bring the referral slip from your doctor. You will also need to bring your insurance cards and a Photo I.D. If you are getting therapy as a result of a worker’s compensation claim or an automobile accident, you will also need to bring your claim information, including claim number. Please make sure to arrive 15 minutes early on your first visit to fill out any necessary paperwork.

    What do I wear?

    You want to be as comfortable as possible when you go in for your appointment. Most therapists will recommend that you come in sweatpants or shorts, a T-shirt or tank-top and sneakers.

    How long is each visit?

    After your first visit, subsequent visits will be 60-90 minutes on average. Times often vary due to the treatment and exercises being performed.

    How often do I go to treatment?

    The regularity of your visits will be determined after your initial evaluation, but most patients have 2-3 visits each week scheduled. You can also continue your treatments at home using information provided by your therapist.

    When will I see results?

    Most patients will notice a difference by the 2nd or 3rd visit. Obviously, everyone is different and response times to treatment may vary. If you feel that you are not progressing on schedule, please consult your therapist and express your concerns.

    Did you know?

    Modern day physical therapy was developed in London in the 1890’s
    Many physical therapy clinics have athletic trainers on staff
    Your therapist works closely with your doctor to ensure your treatment is “just what the doctor ordered.”


    University Physical Therapy:

    825 Davis Street, Suite B
    Blacksburg, VA 24060 
    T: 540-552-5100
    F: 540-552-5700

    Monday & Wednesday 7:00 – 5:30
    Tuesday & Thursday 8:00 – 6:00
    Friday 7:30 – 12:30

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    University Physical Therapy:
    Blacksburg – West

    920 Plantation Road #100
    Blacksburg, VA 24060 
    T: 540-951-0742
    F: 540-951-0743

    Monday 8:00-7:00
    Tues, Wed, Thurs 8:00 – 6:00
    Friday 9:00-4:00

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    University Physical Therapy:

    115 Akers Farm Road, Suite 1
    Christiansburg , VA 24073  
    T: 540-381-9100
    F: 540-381-9102

    Monday & Wednesday 9:00-6:00
    Tuesday & Thursday 7:00-4:00
    Friday 9:00-5:00

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    University Physical Therapy:

    5255 Alexander Rd.
    Dublin, VA 24084 
    T: (540) 307-4249
    F: (540) 674-4094

    Mon, Wed, Fri 8:00am – 5:00pm
    Tue & Thurs 10:00am – 7:00pm

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    University Physical Therapy:

    154 Kinter Way, Suite A
    Pearisburg, VA 24134 
    T: 540-921-5200
    F: 540-921-5100

    Monday & Wednesday 9:00-6:30
    Tuesday 8:00-4:30
    Thursday 8:00 – 5:30
    Friday 8:00-2:30

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    University Physical Therapy:

    600-A East Main Street
    Radford, VA 24141 
    T: 540-633-0413
    F: 540-633-0416

    Mon, Wed & Thurs 8:00 – 6:00 
    Tue & Fri 9:00 – 4:00

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    University Physical Therapy:

    4600 Brambleton Ave., Suite B
    Roanoke, VA 24018 
    T: 540-774-0729
    F: 540-774-0862

    Monday – Wednesday – Friday 9:00 – 6:00
    Tuesday & Thursday 7:00 – 4:00

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    University Physical Therapy:

    2119 Apperson Drive
    Salem, VA 24153 
    T: 540-685-0168
    F: 540-685-0169

    Mon, Tue, Thurs 9:00 – 6:00 
    Wed & Fri 7:00 – 4:00p

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