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How long does it take to become a physical therapist, or an athletic trainer?

How long does it take to become a physical therapist, or an athletic trainer?

PT: The answer depends on the level of education you decide to complete, and whether you plan on specializing in a particular type of physical therapy. For example, someone who decides to complete general studies in physical therapy and obtain a master's degree and then become licensed will need fewer years of educational training than someone who decides to get their license after a doctorate degree.

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What is the difference between sport physical therapist and an athletic trainer?

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What is the difference between sport physical therapist and an athletic trainer?

Degree and boards: A sports physical therapist is a physical therapist with a focus on sports medicine and athletics. They are typically board certified with an advanced professional degree in physical therapy. An athletic trainer can also be certified, but typically does not have an advanced professional degree. Until recently in California, seeing a physical therapist requires a prescription.

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What's a registered physical therapist?

What's a registered physical therapist?

Licensed to: Usually someone who has been licensed by their state in that profession to practice in their field which in this case entails the musculoskeletal one in terms of rehabilitation after an injury or surgery or guidance in proper exercise and technique for specific conditions or general musculoskeletal health usually guided by a physician.

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Why would someone need to see a physical therapist?

They have a: Musculoskeletal condition for which medicines alone will not be curative or very helpful.

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Can a Physiatrist be a physical therapist?

Can a Physiatrist be a physical therapist?

Yes, but...: A person may be both, but that means more years in school. A physiatrist is a medical doctor (Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, or Physical Medicine), which usually means 4 years in college, 4 more in medical school, and 4 more in physiatry training. A physical therapist is 4-8 years total, depending on the final degree (bachelor's, master's, or doctorate). They can work together as a team.

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How do a physical therapist and a chiropractor differ?

How do a physical therapist and a chiropractor differ?

Treatment plan: A physical therapist treats on referral from a physician. They have clinical practices for neuro-rehabilitation, joint and muscle rehabilitation, cardiac rehabilitation, and other specialties. They may be trained in soft tissue or craniosacral manipulation. Chiropractic physicians treat independently, utilizing x-rays, and manipulation of spinal alignment to treat pain and health conditions.

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What can a physical therapist do about a winged scapula?

If the problem is...: ...In the muscle, pr can strengthen it and solve the problem that way.

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What willit take to become a physical therapist in sports medicine?

What willit take to become a physical therapist in sports medicine?

Masters or PhD: That's a great question. First a pt undergrad degree and lots of experience in sports medicine. Most go on to get a masters or phd in pt as well with some research work. Then intern with an amazing group that will give you experience treating athletes.

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Is it strange that my physical therapist likes to work without shoes?

Is it strange that my physical therapist likes to work without shoes?

HMM: It might be considered a problem in a hospital setting. However, I find that being odd doesn't prevent one from being a really good provider. Some people elect to remain shoeless for the freedom it provides to the feet and toes. If he is shoeless with foot hygiene issues - that would be troubling.

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What number of years of college to be a occupational/physical therapist?

What number of years of college to be a occupational/physical therapist?

See below: After getting your college degree you will have to go to a PT or OT school which usually lasts 3 years

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How to know what exercises would a physical therapist suggest for weak knees?

Weak knees: Warm up, stretching, strengthening, cool down. Focus on quads & hams, secondarily core & closed chain.

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I want to know what is the difference between chiropractor and physical therapist?

I want to know what is the difference between chiropractor and physical therapist?

Many similarities: While there are many similarities, there are also a few differences. In general and without getting into too much detail, chiropractors tend to focus on adjustments and manipulations, while therapists focus more on exercise. Both will do modalities such as massage, ultrasound, muscle stim, etc. There is also difference in the training/schooling between the two.

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Is there a type of physical therapist that deals specifically with sports injuries?

Yes: Just like physicians, some physical therapists specialize in treating athletes. Some therapists utilize certified athletic trainers to assist in the treatment of sports injuries. Most school, college, and pro teams coordinate the care of their athletes using pts and at-cs to treat and prevent injuries. Some add massage, manipulation (osteopathic or chiropractic), and other treatment modalities.

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The physical therapist said that the dowager’s hump was almost like a spinal infusion. What did she mean?

The physical therapist said that the dowager’s hump was almost like a spinal infusion. What did she mean?

Vertebral fracture: Dowager humps is usually cused by a wedge fracture due to osteoporosis in older women producind the back hump known in medicine by the term kyphosis.It can involve one or several vertebraes.

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My physical therapist says he's putting me in the "proper alignment" and now I am having difficulty walking. Advice?

See an osteopath: Don't mean to sound harsh, but have heard this before, and physical therapists are not trained to be chiropractors. Visit an osteopathic physician, get full history and physical exam, and find an appropriate program for your issues.

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Girlfriend been on bed rest since June. No activity at all. She's now ready to get body normal. Will a physical therapist be helpful?

Girlfriend been on bed rest since June. No activity at all. She's now ready to get body normal. Will a physical therapist be helpful?

Yes: A physical therapist would be very helpful slowly increasing her activity and building up het tolerance. Often it is hard when a person gets off bed rest for them to realize how much their muscles have weakened. A physical therapist can help safely strengthen those muscles and get her active again.

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What are the benefits of becoming a physical therapist?

What are the benefits of becoming a physical therapist?

Challenging: Physical therapy is fascinating in that the therapist studies body anatomy and musculoskeletal function; often more intensively than doctors. Most chronic pain syndromes involve injured soft tissues. Physical therapists are in a good position to help doctors diagnose and treat chronic musculoskeletal pain disorders, and this can be very rewarding.