Welcome to ReQuest Physical Therapy
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When you need physical therapy, you have the right to choose where you go. If you are tired of being a number and ready for a physical therapy team that’s proud to offer special services not found in any other practice in the Gainesville area, ReQuest Physical Therapy is your choice.
We offer a variety of additional premier services to make your time at ReQuest as pleasant as possible, including discounts for cash/self-pay patients, flexible payment schedules, and same-day appointments. We also accept patients without a physician’s referral, so you can begin treatments more quickly and without the hassle of extra paperwork.
Since 1988, over 75,000 Floridians have chosen ReQuest. With two convenient locations in Gainesville, and Newberry (Tioga Center), our unique blend of advanced therapy techniques and personal, hands-on care has helped people of all ages and from all walks of life overcome pain and loss of function that go along with many health conditions or injuries. Our friendly staff welcomes you to visit one of our locations, request an appointment online or call (352) 373-2116 to get started.
Our Gainesville location is open Monday - Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and on Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon. Our Newberry/Tioga location is open Monday - Friday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- Arthritis and Aquatic Center
- Back and Neck Pain Program
- Cancer Fatigue and Recovery
- Running Program
- Postsurgical Rehabilitation
- Sports Medicine Programs
- Hand Therapy
- Massage Therapy
- Adolescent/Teen Weight Loss
- Adult Weight Loss
Hydrotherapy, also known as aquatic or water therapy, is giving millions of patients a new lease on life. They are returning to their daily activities thanks to ReQuest Physical Therapy and Gainesville Health & Fitness' Aquatic Center. With a variety of specially designed pools and varying temperatures, ReQuest therapists are providing therapeutic, personalized exercise solutions for osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, neurological disorders and low back pain.
We can increase range of motion, mobility, overall conditioning, and ability to function in daily living. Where there was once only pain, dependence, and dysfunction, there can be less pain, independence, and a joyful return to the activities of daily living. There can be less stiffness in your joints and more energy and stamina in your life. Hydrotherapy is more than just hope. It’s a clinically proven, safe, effective approach for treating arthritis and other conditions that affect human muscles, bones, and joints.
ReQuest Physical Therapy offers a world class back and spine care program that was founded in 1988. Researched at the University of Florida, the MedX Cervical and Lumbar Spine Therapy System has delivered exceptional results for back pain sufferers by allowing them to avoid surgery. In addition, several members of our physical therapy staff have special training and certification in the use of the MedX system. We also use exercise, massage therapy, and manual manipulation techniques. There are many causes of back pain, including:
- Injury or strain (from overwork or reconditioning)
- Osteoarthritis (excess wear and tear on discs from aging)
- Ruptured discs (herniation of spinal disc)
- Spinal stenosis (narrowing of spinal canal)
- Diffuse idiopathic skeletal hyperostosis (stiffening of ligaments)
- Ankylosing spondylitis (inflammation leading to spinal fusion)
Clinical research studies show that intensive rehabilitation for serious back problems may be just as effective as invasive surgery. Another advantage is that rehab costs half as much as surgery.
Designed to address cancer-related fatigue, malaise, or weakness by stimulating metabolic changes. This program also includes exercise and nutrition counseling as needed. It includes hands-on treatment for tissue fibrosis for improved mobility and range of motion, and massage therapy to reduce pain in the joints and muscles. Plus, lymphedema treatment specialists address the cause and symptoms of a compromised (often by radiation therapy) lymphatic system using special drainage and therapeutic massage techniques.
Our massage therapy reduces musculoskeletal-related pain, with proven therapeutic massage techniques. Our therapists work with all kinds of cancer patients, specializing in women with breast cancer. We can help you whether you have been treated for cancer or are currently in a cancer treatment program. We’ll be with you, giving you one-on-one care and encouragement every step of the way.
The therapists of ReQuest Physical Therapy know how to analyze your run using video analysis and then work to identify unique dysfunctions that could contribute to, or have caused an injury. Our team of experts will then develop a treatment plan tailored just for you to help you reach your running goals safely.
Who can benefit from a running biomechanical evaluation?
- Anyone with an old or new running-related injury
- Anyone from the beginner triathlete to the elite runner/triathlete
- All runners or triathletes who want to maximize training and reduce their risk for injury
If you currently have a muscle, joint, or tissue problem related to a running injury, your physician can refer you to us immediately for treatment. Just make sure the Running Program is listed on your prescription.
When many people think of physical therapy, their mind most often goes to postsurgical rehabilitation. Developed to help patients regain strength and function after a surgical procedure, a successful recovery starts with outstanding therapy. At ReQuest Physical Therapy, we provide advanced postsurgical care that is customized to your needs. Conveniently located in Gainesville, and Newberry at Tioga Center, our team of experts is ready to provide care from head to toe—and for a variety of surgical interventions—from unique to the most common, including care for:
- Total joint replacement (knee, shoulder and hip)
- Fractures (hip or other areas)
- Debilitating disease or illness
After weeks of healing, muscles, joints, and tissues will have to be stretched and exercised for maximum use. Get the most from your therapy and enjoy the added benefit of our unique programs and perks that stretch across the lifespan.
At ReQuest Physical Therapy, we have solutions for sports injuries. With comprehensive programs to satisfy every sports recovery need, our sports medicine experts know what it takes to get the experienced athlete and the weekend warrior back on the field or in the game.
From body mechanics to conditioning and strengthening programs, we help injured athletes get back to the activities they love quickly and safely. If you are a competitive athlete, we have intensive training programs to help you excel in your sport while reducing your risk of injury. In fact, our staff has extensive experience working with professional and collegiate-level athletic teams. ReQuest is the physical therapy department of choice when recovery matters most.
Some of the most common sports injuries will require intensive therapy to regain full function. From torn ACL ligaments, to back injuries and broken bones, we see it, and we treat it all with a plan that is tailored to your needs and goals.
We are proud to have a certified hand therapist on staff to evaluate and treat conditions of the hand, wrist, and arms with a unique, tailored plan of care. Our therapist also works with patients after surgery, assisting with the fabrication of splints, providing scar management, and controlling postoperative swelling. Patients who may benefit from hand therapy include those with:
-Sprains, strains, or lacerations involving ligaments or tendons
-Fractures of the arm, wrist, or finger bones
-Nerve compression problems (like carpal tunnel syndrome)
-Osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis
-Tendonitis (such as tennis elbow)
Therapeutic massage helps ease pain, increase flexibility, and prevent injury as muscles heal. Relaxation massage helps to boost stress-busting endorphins so you can sleep, play, and work better each day.
In some cases, your massage may even be covered by your insurance. If your insurance does not cover massage therapy, you can still enjoy the many physical and mental benefits of massage with our reasonable rates, flexible payment plans, and choice of session lengths.
Full session, approximately 55 minutes: $70
Half session, approximately 25 mintues: $35
We offer four of the most popular types of massage to help people from all walks of life—from the seasoned athlete to the expectant mother and everyone in between.
-Deep tissue massage
We offer two programs that are a fun, positive way for kids to take control of their health. “KidsRCool” is designed for our youngest participants between the ages of 6-10 while “Better Lifestyles 4 Teens” is designed for ages 11-17.
If your child or a child you care about is overweight or obese, take advantage of our effective, medically based weight-loss programs. Our programs use an effective combination of behavior modification, nutrition education, counseling, and modest regular exercise – a combination proven to produce favorable results. Kids gain valuable self-esteem and boost their activity, all while shedding unnecessary pounds.
Recent statistics show that children’s body mass index (BMI) is associated with their parents’ BMI. Children’s eating and activity patterns closely mirror their parents. Now, you can help every member of your family:
-Reach their healthiest body weight and BMI
-Increase their energy levels
-Increase strength and stamina for sports
-Decrease their risk of disease
-Improve their function and reduce pain
-Improve their appearance, self-esteem, and outlook on life
The Physician’s Choice for Weight Loss program offered by ReQuest Physical Therapy is more than just “diet and exercise.” Highly regarded for its success, and developed by our own Jeff Gilliam, PT, PhD, this unique program combines daily aerobic exercise with food journaling to help participants see first-hand how much they are moving and what they are eating. Jeff and his team have helped thousands of people from all walks of life discover the pleasures that come from reaching a healthy body weight.
What’s more, we are located inside the award-winning Gainesville Health & Fitness. Being here provides participants with access to every conceivable piece of aerobic and strength training equipment, plus sports courts, full-service childcare, group exercise, aerobics and spin classes, and personal training.
Best of all, these programs are covered by most health insurance plans, especially when weight problems trigger common orthopedic complications such as joint pain or back pain. But if your insurance doesn’t cover the program, don’t worry. We’ll work with you on a flexible payment plan that works for you. Program classes are 4-6 weeks in length. Participants should come dressed in active clothing and be prepared to move and have fun.
Read what our patients have to say!
"Very helpful and spend the necessary time to figure out what is going on with you and they work with you to accomplish your goals."
"Loved the help I got with PT for my shoulder issues. Thanks, Jeff!"
"They are all awesome!"
"Great for getting back in shape!!!!!!"
"Great people, always friendly!"
"They were awesome! Fixed my problem right away! Highly recommend them!"
"Great group of people to have work with you on whatever you need help with. They are truly caring and compassionate people."
"ReQuest Physical Therapy is a full service center found paired with Gainesville Health & Fitness Gym. Whatever your issue, ReQuest can meet your need with physical therapy experts in their fields. They are never too busy to help you. After an initial eval where they lay out and explain the plan for your individual needs, they explain each step along the way. Whether you are recovering from surgery or injury, need to lose weight or need soft tissue work with massage, it's all there. After you have moved through the program, you get two sessions with a personal trainer at Gainesville Health & Fitness. I love them!"
"Those therapists are awesome."
"I have used ReQuest PT for almost 20 years and highly recommend them! They have a great atmosphere to overcome your aches and pains with cutting edge techniques, great therapists and friendly service."
"Love this place! They are professional, very knowledgeable and work hard to help you through a difficult time of healing."
"Thomas has been an important part of my pre and post Marathon training. During training for my first marathon, I developed severe high hamstring pain. Through concentrated massage therapy, he not only found the source of my pain, but helped relieve it so I could get back to running higher mileage and complete The Chicago Marathon in a respectable time. In addition he helped eliminate my lower back pain in about 3 weeks. I continue to see Thomas regularly. His knowledge and expertise will help keep my muscles in running condition!"
"Great, caring people. Great place."
"Loved it! I relocated to NJ from Gainesville in 2008, but returned to have physical therapy after hip replacement surgery. I chose ReQuest Physical Therapy to do my rehab because I remembered the high standards they have from previous experiences. So glad I did it! My mobilty & flexibility have increased tremendously! TYLER & JOHANNA, you guys rock man!"