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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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

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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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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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My 18 year old son was having some stomach pain while working out (xc) and the coach sent him to see the school's physical therapist. The pt noticed that my son had a strong heart pulse left of the belly button and suggested that he see a doctor for a po

My 18 year old son was having some stomach pain while working out (xc) and the coach sent him to see the school's physical therapist. The pt noticed that my son had a strong heart pulse left of the belly button and suggested that he see a doctor for a po

Get checked out: Depending on a persons body build, the aorta may be easily felt. A simple test may be an ultrasound to evaluate the size of the aorta or to look for look for problems, such as an aortic dissection (tear in the lining of the aorta). Better to get it checked and find nothing wrong rather than ignoring it and worrying. ...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?

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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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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Are there differences between a physical therapist and a sports physical therapist?

More specialized!: Both therapist recieve the same basic training, but the sports therapist focuses on sports injuries and associated rehabilitation. They are usually part of a team which takes care of athletes, composed of orthopaedic surgeons and athletic trainers. ...Read more

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Physical therapist or chiropracter for back pain?

Physical therapist or chiropracter for back pain?

Both: At our institute we have both. I feel thar formal physical therapy is important. I feel that a well-trained chiropractor can also help. If either makes you feel worse, then I would stop that type of treatment. ...Read more

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