Physical & Occupational Therapy

Upstate Rehabilitation at Western Lights
Suite B-100, 4671 Onondaga Blvd
Syracuse, NY 13219
Map & directions
Phone: 315 464-6543
Fax: 315 464-4753
Hours: M, W, F: 8:00am - 4:30pm, Tues & Thurs: 8:00am - 6:00pm Fri: 7:30am - 4pm

Upstate University Hospital Community Campus's Outpatient Physical Therapy services offer patients comprehensive treatment programs designed to maximize each individual's rehabilitation potential.

We are located at 5108 Velasko Road, near the corner of Velasko and McDonald Roads in Syracuse.

We offer easy patient access, free, convenient parking and a pleasant, friendly atmosphere. These characteristics help to enhance patient comfort and promote the healing process.

Patients Are Our First Priority

Appointments for new patients can be within 24 hours, and in most instances, the same day. Our staff treat patients as individuals and tailor treatment programs designed to meet the rehabilitation goal of the patient.

About Our Services

Our comprehensive physical therapy services include treatment programs for:

  • ACL reconstruction
  • Arthritis
  • Balance
  • Bursitis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Hand injuries
  • Inner ear
  • Joint sprains
  • Lower back pain
  • Muscle diseases
  • Muscle strains
  • Neck injuries
  • Nerve injuries
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Post-operative rotator cuff rehabilitation
  • Post-stroke
  • Sports-related injuries
  • Tendonitis
  • Total joint replacement surgery
  • Upper extremity injuries
  • Work-related injuries
  • Weakness and deconditioning

Treatment Programs

The Upstate University Hospital Community Campus's Physical Therapy services offer a wide range of techniques, procedures and equipment options including:

  • Balance training
  • Cardiovascular fitness
  • Eagle strengthening equipment
  • Electronic stimulation
  • Gait training
  • Hand therapy
  • Independent Workout Program
  • Joint mobilization
  • Massage therapy
  • McKenzie Method cervical/lumbar treatment
  • Moist heat and ice
  • Return to work
  • Spinal traction
  • Stretching programs
  • Total joint replacement education and rehabilitation
  • Ultrasound
  • Vestibular Dysfunctioning Program

Occupational Therapy

  • Stroke and head injury rehabilitation including neuromuscular re-education, visual perceptual training
  • Activities of daily living evaluation and training to maximize independence in self care, housekeeping, homemaking
  • Neuromuscular re-education to improve ROM and strength toward "normal" movement
  • Progressive resistive exercises/activities to prepare for independent skills at home and work
  • Sensory integration evaluation and treatment for school-age children and young adult population to "normalize" perception and interaction with the environment as it impacts attention span, ability to follow directions, communicate and interact with others and self control of behavior
  • Cognitive rehabilitation evaluation and treatment to "normalize" information processing
  • Improve ability to communicate with others including reading and writing. Memory remediation, improve ability to follow directions, process information toward return to productive living
  • Cognitive rehabilitation
  • Work hardening involving activity analysis. Graded tasks and simulated work tasks to help prepare clients to return to work environmental modifications
  • Individualized fabrication of orthotic devices to rest, restore and position the upper extremities
  • Arthritic management to prevent and treat joint impairment and pain to enhance daily functioning and pain management including paraffin and moist heat.
  • Modalities used in occupational therapy including neuromuscular electrical simulation, iontophoresis, moist heat, paraffin, Tens

Meet Our Physical and Occupational Therapists

Chris Ross, PT

Chris Ross, PT- Senior Physical Therapist
Bachelor's degree in physical therapy from Daeman College. Extensive training and experience in McKenzie Method and Mulligan Mobilization for spine and extremities. Over 19 years experience including treatment to high school and college athletes.

Katherine Sellers, PT, DPT

Katherine Sellers, PT, DPT - Staff Physical Therapist
Bachelor's degree in biopsychology from Russell Sage College Doctorate degree in physical therapy from Sage Graduate School "I enjoy working with patients with sports-related injuries, patients who have undergone surgical procedures, as well as those with neurological impairments."

Vicki Overend, PTA

Vicki Overend, PTA - Physical Therapist Assistant
Associate degree in the physical therapy assistant program from Onondaga Community College "I am a board-certified PTA and I enjoy the outpatient orthopedic setting. I am well verse in the McKenzie Method for lumbar and cervical spine treatment, as well as treatment of sacro-lliac dysfunction."