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:

  • Arthritis
  • Balance Disorders
  • Back Pain
  • Knee Pain
  • Osteoporosis
  • Overuse Injuries
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Stroke
  • 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.

Clinical Electrophysiology and Wound Management

Clinical Electrophysiology and Wound Management encompasses the examination, evaluation and intervention of patients with abnormal neural or muscular function or comprised skin integrity. Physical therapists use clinical electrophysiology to get a more accurate picture of nerve and muscular function to promote the optimal treatment and function of their patients. They also utilize electrotherapy techniques to promote range of motion, muscular strength, and pain modulation. Wound management physical therapists and physical therapist assistants use a variety of interventions to help promote appropriate wound healing.  Clinical Electrophysiology and Wound Management Specialists are identified by the initials ECS.

Impairments evaluated and treated by ECS are commonly related to the following diagnoses:

  • Burns
  • Frost bite
  • Gangrene
  • Neuromuscular Disorders (ex. Stroke, spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury)

Resources

Link to the Clinical Electrophysiology and Wound Management specialty website: http://www.aptasce-wm.org/index.htm

 

Who's Your Wound Management PT?

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. Click on the link to search for a PT, by specialty, in your area today!