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Can A Physical Therapist Be 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.See 1 more doctor answer
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.See 1 more doctor answer
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.
They have a: Musculoskeletal condition for which medicines alone will not be curative or very helpful.
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.
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.
If the problem is...: ...In the muscle, pr can strengthen it and solve the problem that way.
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.
See below: After getting your college degree you will have to go to a PT or OT school which usually lasts 3 years
Weak knees: Warm up, stretching, strengthening, cool down. Focus on quads & hams, secondarily core & closed chain.
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.
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.See 2 more doctor answers
Referral: See your md.Get a more detailed answer ›
Well...: Suggest you see if your physician believes you have hyperreflexia.See 1 more doctor answer
The physical therapist said that the dowager’s hump was almost like a spinal infusion. What did she mean?
I had an MRI done and was told I have mucosal disease. My physical therapist was not able to go into details. Can you please explain?
Elaborate: That's an unusual diagnosis requiring physical therapy. You need to provide more information.
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.
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.
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