Who is Your Physical Therapist?
Most people can tell you who their dentist or even hairdresser is. People build relationships with these professionals. How often do you hear people discuss who their physical therapists are?
Having a PT who knows you and your functional goals can go a long way when dealing with pain, strength/motion loss, and nerve damage from a variety of injuries. PTs provide individualized and hands-on methods to decrease discomfort and movement limitations.
It’s like knowing who to call for a toothache. Who is your physical therapist?
How Can Physical Therapy Help You?
A physical therapists (PT) provides care for people in a variety of settings, including hospitals, private practices, outpatient clinics, home health agencies, schools, sports and fitness facilities, work settings, and nursing homes. PTs diagnose and treat people of all ages, including newborns, children and elderly individuals. They may consult and practice with other health professionals to help you improve your mobility.
The physical therapist assistant (PTA) is a licensed individual who works under the direction and supervision of a PT. The PTA has the knowledge, skills and value-based behaviors needed to help implement interventions prescribed by the PT in a plan of care. PTs and PTAs are the only valid providers of physical therapy services.
Your Physical Therapist and Physical Therapist Assistant Can Help You With:
- Balance Disorders
- Back Pain
- Knee Pain
- Overuse Injuries
- Shoulder Pain
- Sprains, strains, and fractures and much more...
In Ohio, you can see a Physical Therapist Without Referral!
In most states, you can make an appointment with a physical therapist directly, without a physician’s referral. In 2004 Ohio became the 39th state in the nation to authorize physical therapists to evaluate and manage patients without a referral. More information on Direct Access
Find My Physical Therapist
Find a PT allows you to search a national database of physical therapist members of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) for the purpose of finding a physical therapist who is right for you.
Become a PT or PTA
Learn more about the profession of physical therapy and how you can become a physical therapist or physical therapist assistant through the links below.
Injury prevention tips and sample exercises to help reduce your risk of injury are brought to you by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA):
- Backpack Safety
- Foot Health for Runners
- New Moms: Tummy Time Tools
- Snow Shoveling
- Tips for Moms
- Using Walking Aids
- Workplace Wellness
How to Avoid Surgery
PTs can help you avoid painful, invasive and expensive surgery.
For instance, research from the New England Journal of Medicine shows that surgery is no more effective than PT, including medical management, for osteoarthritis of the knee. Additionally, a combination of manual PT and supervised exercise can delay or prevent the need for surgery.
Water walking, swimming and flexibility exercises can help you avoid surgery. Pursuing an exercise program designed by a physical therapist can be one of the best protections from injury and surgery.
Explore the many ways in which a PT can help you improve your mobility [Ref].
Physical therapists are a great alternative to medication and surgery for musculoskeletal pain.
Eliminating Pain Without Medication
Many types of pain and inflammation can be reduced with the help of a PT, including low back pain, which affects up to 80% of Americans during their lifetime. PT that mobilizes the spine along with specific exercises can help alleviate the pain and can have long-lasting effects.
No matter what part of your body hurts, a PT can help you alleviate or manage pain without costly medication or other invasive methods [Ref].
Improving Mobility & Motion
No matter what area of the body ails you – neck, shoulder, back, knee – PTs have an established history of helping individuals improve their quality of life.
A PT can help you improve your quality of life by moving freely again without pain and discomfort and feeling renewed and ready to move on. They can even help you prevent an injury altogether.
Physical therapists understand how the body works and how to get you moving again.
For instance, a study of 1,435 NCAA Division 1 female soccer players demonstrated that those who participated in a physical therapy program had an overall ACL injury rate 41% lower than those who did only a regular warm-up prior to practice.
Because PTs receive specialized training in a variety of sciences – physics, human anatomy, kinesiology (human movement), to name a few– they understand how the body works and how to get you moving again. They know how to manage all four of the body’s major systems – musculoskeletal, neuromuscular, cardiovascular/pulmonary, and integumentary (skin) – to restore and maximize mobility.
Whether you are living with diabetes, recovering from a stroke, a fall or a sports injury, a physical therapist is a trusted health care professional who will work closely with you to evaluate your condition and develop an effective, personalized plan of care. A PT can help you achieve long-term results for many conditions, such as repetitive stress injuries, arthritis, back and neck pain and posture problems [Ref].