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Dr. Robert Coats II Dr. Coats II
Orthopedic Surgery
19 years in practice
University of Toledo College of Medicine
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What is the difference between an orthopedic doctor and a physical therapist?

What is the difference between an orthopedic doctor and a physical therapist?

Only one is a doctor: An orthopaedic surgeon is a doctor, has completed 5 years of residency training, after medical school. Some orthopaedic surgeons complete fellowships in specific areas of orthopaedics which may take a year or more to complete. That's at least 9 years of training after undergrad, most of which is focused on musculoskeletal care. We right the orders for treatment and the therapist do the treatment. ...Read more

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Dr. Tariq Niazi Dr. Niazi
Orthopedic Surgery
39 years in practice
University of Peshawar, Khyber Medical College
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Dr. David Hardin Dr. Hardin
Wound care
32 years in practice
University of Illinois College of Medicine
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Can a rehab doc delegate wound care to a physical therapist?

Can a rehab doc delegate wound care to a physical therapist?

He can : A physiatrist (rehab doc) can refer wound care but as a physiatrist and wound specialist i would prefer they refer to wound care unless they know the wound skills themselves and give orders other than "eval and treat" to the therapist. ...Read more

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Dr. Mark Weston Dr. Weston
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
27 years in practice
University of Nebraska College of Medicine
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How can I train to be a sports or orthopedic physical therapist?

College: Apply to pt school very competive often harder to get into than med school 3years pt school after4year degree good luck ask to shadow a therapist. ...Read more

Dr. Blake Miller Dr. Miller
Orthopedic Surgery
9 years in practice
Des Moines University College of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery
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Can an orthopedic physician be a physical therapist?

Can an orthopedic physician be a physical therapist?

They can: These are two different disciplines and the schooling is different. An orthopedic surgeon can be a physical therapist only if they went to physical therapy post-graduate training, but the process to become an orthopedic surgeon does not give you the proper training to be a physical therapist. ...Read more

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Dr. Silviu Pasniciuc Dr. Pasniciuc
Internal Medicine
23 years in practice
University of Medicine and Pharmacy 'Carol Davila'
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How can you be a orthopedic physician after being a physical therapist?

How can you be a orthopedic physician after being a physical therapist?

Medical school: Medical school followed by residency is the usual path. The specialty is competitive and it may take few attempts to get into an orthopedic residency/ fellowship. ...Read more

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Dr. Thomas Namey Dr. Namey
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
44 years in practice
Washington University School of Medicine
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What doctor recommend exercises would a physical therapist suggest for weak knees?

What doctor recommend exercises would a physical therapist suggest for weak knees?

Mild exercise!: Start out slow. Avoid high impact activities. Walking, swimming, elliptical trainer, bicycling all fill the bill. Exercise at only 60% of your maximal heart rate. And get your doctor, who is aware of your medical history, to clear you for exercise! good luck! ...Read more

Dr. Scott Keith Dr. Keith
Podiatry
40 years in practice
University of Illinois College of Medicine
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I believe I may have tendonitis, is it best to see a medical doctor or physical therapist?

I believe I may have tendonitis, is it best to see a medical doctor or physical therapist?

It all depends.: One would need to know more about the "tendinitis". Inflammation caused by an injury would probably be best evaluated by a physician first. In all likely hood, he will direct you to a physical therapist if necessary. I would be okay if a patient sought treatment from a therapist for inflammation of a non-traumatic origination. Mild inflammation can easily be treated with NSAID, ice and /or heat. ...Read more

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Dr. William A Biermann Dr. Biermann
Internal Medicine - Oncology
42 years in practice
Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University
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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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Dr. Rosalyn Nguyen Dr. Nguyen
Sports Medicine
12 years in practice
Stanford University School of Medicine
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What the difference between sports medicine physician and a physical therapist?

What the difference between sports medicine physician and a physical therapist?

Prescribing..: A sports medicine physician had graduated from 4 years of medical school, 3-5 years of residency, 1-2 years of fellowship, and has an md or do degree who can order studies, prescribe pt, prescribe medications, etc. A physical therapist is skilled in hands on physical treatment. If a physical therapist is on health tap they can further comment on the educational duration and background. ...Read more

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Dr. Jonathan Kirschner Dr. Kirschner
Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine
12 years in practice
State University of New York Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine
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Which the difference between sports medicine physician and a physical therapist?

Which the difference between sports medicine physician and a physical therapist?

One Is a doctor: Sports medicine physicians are md or do and have, on average, gone to 4 years of med school, 4-5 years of residency and one year of fellowship. They have the ability to diagnose, treat, perform injections, provide manual therapy, prescribe medication and perform surgery. Physical therapists help with rehab by doing/teaching exercises, manual therapy, modalities, but usually require an rx from md. ...Read more

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Dr. Kim Fagan Dr. Fagan
Sports Medicine
30 years in practice
University of Alabama School of Medicine
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Please explain to me the difference between a sports medicine physician and a physical therapist.?

Please explain to me the difference between a sports medicine physician and a physical therapist.?

Physician is a M.D.: A sports medicine physician completes medical school or osteopathic school, an internship/ residency and additional fellowship training in sports medicine. A physical therapist attends physical therapy school following college which is, like medical school, highly competitive. Some will continue training to receive their doctorate in physical therapy. Both are essential to the care of athletes. ...Read more

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Dr. Rosalyn Nguyen Dr. Nguyen
Sports Medicine
12 years in practice
Stanford University School of Medicine
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What's the difference between a sports medicine physician and a sports-centered physical therapist?

What's the difference between a sports medicine physician and a sports-centered physical therapist?

Different training: A sports medicine physician completed medical school (4 years), residency (3-5 years), and sports medicine fellowship (1-2 years) and is a doctor who can order tests, prescribe medications, prescribe physical therapy, some give injections, some are surgeons. A physical therapist treats patients with hands on treatments. ...Read more

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Dr. David Chrisman Dr. Chrisman
Dentistry - Cosmetic
29 years in practice
University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry
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Who should I see for scoliosis? Chiropractor? Physical therapist? Orthopedic specialist?

Who should I see for scoliosis? Chiropractor? Physical therapist? Orthopedic specialist?

Structural problem: Most scoliosis problems that I have seen originate from three load bearing areas. The TMJ can cause postural avoidance of pain/airway going down the body, the hips both ascending/descending issues, and feet problems ascending up the body. Everything is connected. You could have a single problem or several overlapping. You may need to see several specialist to get diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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Dr. Brandon Hawkins Dr. Hawkins
Podiatry
16 years in practice
George Washington University Medical School
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Is a physical therapist the correct doctor to see for flat feet and over pronation in child? If not what is the correct doctor to see?

Is a physical therapist the correct doctor to see for flat feet and over pronation in child? If not what is the correct doctor to see?

Flat feet : Actually the best person to see for flat feet is a podiatrist. Flat feet can be a result a various pathologies and most times this can be corrected with an orthotic but sometimes when the pathology is to great surgery may need to be performed. I recommend seeing a podiatrist. ...Read more

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Dr. Ario Kiarash Dr. Kiarash
Orthopedic Surgery
23 years in practice
George Washington University Medical School
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Should I consider seeing an ortopedic dr? I've had constant burning pain in my butt after sitting for a while. Seen chiro and physical therapist alread

Should I consider seeing an ortopedic dr? I've had constant burning pain in my butt after sitting for a while. Seen chiro and physical therapist alread

Nerve pain: Your pain may be due to nerve entrapment in the lower part of your spine. Seeing your arthropod may help determine the level or levels involved and the treatment necessary. ...Read more

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Dr. Keith Baldwin Dr. Baldwin
Orthopedic Surgery - Pediatric
11 years in practice
University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
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Dr. Joel Cooperman Dr. Cooperman
Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine
42 years in practice
A. T. Still University Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine
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Dr. Howard Fox Dr. Fox
Podiatry
38 years in practice
New York College of Podiatric Medicine
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Should i go to an orthopeadic surgeon and/or a physical therapist? I'm a 15 year old girl and i skateboard quite often and usually when i skate i end up landing on my left ankle in awkward positions and sprain or roll my ankle all the time. Most of the ti

Should i go to an orthopeadic surgeon and/or a physical therapist? I'm a 15 year old girl and i skateboard quite often and usually when i skate i end up landing on my left ankle in awkward positions and sprain or roll my ankle all the time. Most of the ti

I : I agree with your physical therapist in that you should definitely have your ankle x-rayed. If you're 15, chances are you still have active growth plates in your ankle bones, and growth plates are extremely fragile, much more so than "adult" bone, and are fractured much more easily than "adult" bone. Being that ankle ligaments in a 15 year old are exceedingly strong, and active growth plates are exceedingly weak, any injury would fracture a growth plate well before any ligament can get sprained or even torn. So an x-ray is a must, and you should stay off your foot until you know exactly what's going on down there. I disagree with your physical therapist in that you should get physical therapy regardless of your diagnosis, though. If you have a fracture, the last thing you should do is put your ankle through physical therapy. It needs rest, and perhaps even a cast. Most growth plate fractures are minor and heal quickly, and there is usually no need for a course of physical therapy afterward. Some growth plate injuries (rarely) are very significant, and can even stop the further growth of the bone. Treatment following such a severe injury would most definitely benefit from a course of physical therapy, after the initial healing is over. I would recommend you either seek the services of a podiatrist or a foot & ankle orthopedist. Good luck! ...Read more