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.

Orthopedics


 

Orthopedic PT is the branch of medical science that is concerned with the management of disorders of the musculoskeletal system (muscles, bones, and all of the supporting structures). A PT that specializes in orthopedics has advanced knowledge and skills in the prevention and treatment of injuries to the musculoskeletal system, which includes the bones, joints, spine, muscles, ligaments and remaining soft tissues in the body. Ortho PTs are trained to evaluate musculoskeletal injuries and create specific treatments based on each patient’s individual needs. While there are many different treatments, many include manual therapy and therapeutic exercises.

Common diagnoses treated by OCS are:

  • Bursitis
  • Joint Pain
  • Arthritis
  • Tendinitis
  • Work related injuries
  • Post surgical impairments

 

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