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Doctor insights on: Questions To Ask A Physical Therapist About Their Job

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What steps should I take to become a physical therapist?

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?

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?

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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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?

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?

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 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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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?

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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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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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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How do I find a good physical therapist in my town?

GOOGLE FOR: Physical therapist in your area, then go to healthgrades. Com and get a free report on his/her credentials. Word of mouth is also helpful. ...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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What are good ways I can find a good physical therapist?

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

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What does physical therapist and physical therapist assitant do? What's the difference?

What does physical therapist and physical therapist assitant do? What's the difference?

Therapy: The difference is the training and education. They both provide physical therapy services, the assistant is supervised and given instructions on what to do. ...Read more

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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 could a physical therapist help my tfcc injury heal?

How could a physical therapist help my tfcc injury heal?

Wrist exercises: Physical therapists will teach you how to perform safe wrist rotation exercises that can be performed as your injury heals. Http://www. Orthobullets. Com/hand/6047/tfcc-injury, http://www. Toc. Md/exercises_wristhand. Htm ...Read more

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Can you tell me how I could tell if my physical therapist is being too aggressive?

Can you tell me how I could tell if my physical therapist is being too aggressive?

How you feel after: PT. Should help you, not hurt you. If you feel worse for days after the visit, or if you develop bruising afterwards, they are being too aggressive. Muscle soreness after a visit for a day or 2 may be acceptable at first. As you build strength and add flexiblity, it should diminish. ...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