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.

Geriatrics


 

Geriatric PT is the practice of treating patients throughout the normal adult aging process, but is usually focused on the older adult (ages 65 and older). Geriatric Certified Specialists (GCS) are board certified practitioners with advanced clinical knowledge and experience in geriatric PT. These PTs develop individualized treatment programs to help restore mobility, increase function and strength, and reduce pain. 

Common impairments evaluated and treated by GCS are related to the following diagnoses:

  • Arthritis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Hip and knee replacement
  • Balance disorders
  • Incontinence

 

Resources

"Information on Fall Prevention"

 

Quiz

Is your home a safe place or a fall hazard?

  1. Is it difficult for you to get out and off the toilet?
  2. Is there a long reach from the bed to the light?
  3. Are there throw rugs in your hallways?

For more questions and potential solutions to your home hazards check out the complete checklist here.