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Orthopedic Doctor Vs 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 moreSee 5 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Many : Both are therapists (not physicians) that work to improve overall function in different ways. Occupational therapist work primarily to improve functional activities such as bathing or dressing. The physical therapists tent to treat physical problems affecting mobility (walking). There are many more differences and overlap between what they do (too long to detail here). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
PT program: Physical therapy would involve a programs or range of motion, and strengthening. The therapist would probably focus on the quadriceps (a thigh muscle) and especially on the vastus medial;is (part of the quadriceps). The therapist might also show you taping that can be used to offer a bit of adde stability to the patella. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No right answer: There really is no right answer for this question. While an orthopedists and physiatrists training may vary, both doctors are able to obtain the latest information on the most effective treatments. Physiatrists are not surgeons. 99% of back pain problems do not require surgery in my opinion and the track record for back surgery for back pain is not great. However, either specialist can help. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
See below: I have worked with many pts in my career. The are in general terrific people who are dedicated to help their patients regain their mobility. For a hip fracture you will begin by learning how to stand again, regain your balance, walk then strengthen your hip. People usually progress from a walker to a cane and then hopefully no assistive device. ...Read more
Cervical rediculopathy diagnosis, advised to follow up with specialist. Better to see an orthopedic surgeon, a neurologist, or let MRI results guide?
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
Options for treating: Orthopedist is a surgeon who has the option of surgical care to help or cure the patient. A physiatrist or physical medicine doctor uses non surgical treatments and therapy to help or cure the patient. Both commonly deal with muscular skeletal disorders. Rehabilitation refers to recovery from surgery , trauma, or a disease process through multiple modalities. ...Read more
I need help finding a medical doctor not a chiropractor, to help us brace and do physical therapy with our daughter vs jumping to surgery forscoliosis?
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
What spine md evaluates harrington rod pt (poor surgical candidate) for increasing leg weakness? Physiatrist , orthopod, neurosurgeon? Xrays best?
See below: Pt referrals are usually for injury rehab, aid in developmental delay, or aid for increased or decreased muscle tone. ...Read more
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