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Physical Therapist Vs Physician Assistant
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Can a physical therapist work on a former patient with same condition without a prescription from a doctor- is that within scope of their license?
Depends: Scope of independent practice varies by state. In colorado they could. ...Read more
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
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
Can very mild disc degeneration cause lower back and hip pain? MRI showed very mild disc degeneration and doctor said it was causing pain. However, physical therapist said it was normal and so mild it wouldn't cause pain.
Physical therapists-: -R not MD's. B sure U R Cing a fellowship trained spine orthopedic surgeon. ...Read more
Hard pressure on my feet, feet&leg hurt which doctor (chiropractor, physical therapist, podiatrist, orthopedic, or acupunpuncturist or?)should I see
Any one of the Docs:
Would do, so as to be properly evaluated and Diagnosed and treatment started.
Good Luck. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
Physical therapist said I Have right sided vestibular hypofunction. I also have migraine associated vertigo. The vertigo keeps flailing up.
See neurologist: The best way to get treatment for recurrent vertigo is to see a neurologist. Sometimes ENT physicians can also treat this condition. Try one of these specialists to see if you can get some relief. ...Read more
I have been having blood pulling to my feet can I wear compression stocking. I've also been sedentaryfor 3 months should I see physical therapist?
Go! Go! Go! Go!: Baring any underlying medical conditions or physical limitations, it is to your advantage to get and move. The first step is the hardest but the most important. Set goals and just do it. ...Read more
Physical therapist told me I can't due electrical pulse stuff or heat for fibromyal bc of 10 you old cancer treatment. Y? I'm fine after 10yrs now.
Over reaction?: 33 year old female denied Physical Therapy with devices that emit electromagnetic frequency radiation; apparently by therapist knowledgeable about proven biological effects of these non-ionizing radiations; as reviewed by Karl Maret, M.D.; as seen at Vimeo. Com/87023780. Dr. Maret's excellent review is a "must see" for every medical doctor. ...Read more
I need a protocol for my physical therapist. I had medial epicondylar release \ ulnar nerve decompression. It's a complicated situation. Please help?
Not your job: It is not your job to get a professional a protocol for them to do their job. Especially from strangers on the internet who have not examined you or have any ability to prescribe such treatment. ...Read more
I have osteoporosis (T-score 3.5). My physical therapist advices me to lift heavy weights (20 kg) while bending forward and on my trunk, am I at risk?
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
They have a: Musculoskeletal condition for which medicines alone will not be curative or very helpful. ...Read more
Ask around: It's always good to have a referral by someone you know. You can ask your primary physician. You can also go to the national register of health service providers - the doctors in that directory have gone through rigorous credentialing. ...Read more