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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. ...Read more

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

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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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 ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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What steps should I take to become a physical therapist?

School: You will need to attend a college that offers a degree in physical therapy. There are many such schools, search online.
You can also obtain a masters degree and doctorate level training in physical therapy.
It's a good field, you will be helping many people. ...Read more

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What does a cardiopulmonary physical therapist do?

Most likely: Assist with cardiac rehabilitation, such as after a severe heart attack or failure, or open heart surgery. Thanks for trusting in HealthTap. ...Read more

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How to know if my physical therapist is being too aggressive?

PT should not hurt: Hard to answer the ?,. No pain, no gain may be correct post joint surgery to recover range of motion and prevent contractures, but balance and gait training should not hurt, or make you worse. Discuss this with your therapist for better explanation. ...Read more

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Can a physical therapist pop my hip back in place?

Less dramatic : A physical therapist can perform mobilizations and manipulations to optimize joint alignment. This combined with a good core strengthening program can help maintain results. The hip joint does not truly pop out of place, but tendons often snap over the bones making it feel like it is "out.". ...Read more

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How to get a prescription for a physical therapist?

How to get a prescription for a physical therapist?

I am not sure how: this is accomplished in Pakistan. However, in the United States - one usually sees their physician or a specialist (such as orthopedic surgeon) and that individual writes a prescription or a consult for that service. ...Read more

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What does a physical therapist do to help with incontinence?

Muscle strengthening: Urinary incontinence can be secondary to pelvic muscle weakness especially in pregnancy related incontinence. Physical therapist can hep you teach kegel's exercises which if done properly have been shown to improve symptoms of urinary incontinence. ...Read more

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What does a physical therapist do for the overactive bladder?

What does a physical therapist do for the overactive bladder?

May help voiding: Physical therapy of the pelvic floor is often used in patients that have voiding dysfunction and to help retrain the bladder to reduce over activity ...Read more

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What's the difference between an orthopedic and a physical therapist?

What's the difference between an orthopedic and a physical therapist?

Different training: An orthopedic surgeon is trained in disease of the joints and bones. A physical therapist is usually not a physician. Physicians trained in that area are physical medicine specialists. The last to field are involved in the rehabilitation of patients with many diseases. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a sports therapist and a physical therapist?

Depends: I am not sure what a sports therapist is. My guess is that there is a sports medicine provider, who is usually a fellowship trained md or do (physician). The other option would be a physical therapy is further specialized to work with sportsmen. He is essentially a physical therapist who has special interest in and focus on sport related injuries. ...Read more