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

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Dr. Rosalyn Nguyen
Sports Medicine
5 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Rosalyn Nguyen
Dr. Rosalyn Nguyen
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Dr. James Rochester
Family Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Doc vs pt

Sports med doc is a doctor 4 yrs college.
4 yrs med school. Then residency in either orthopedics (5-6 years) then fellowship in sports med 1-2 years. Phys therapist is 5-6 years of school after high school. Doctors diagnose and treat. Therapists treat under direction of doctor (in most cases). Hope that helps

In brief: Doc vs pt

Sports med doc is a doctor 4 yrs college.
4 yrs med school. Then residency in either orthopedics (5-6 years) then fellowship in sports med 1-2 years. Phys therapist is 5-6 years of school after high school. Doctors diagnose and treat. Therapists treat under direction of doctor (in most cases). Hope that helps
Dr. James Rochester
Dr. James Rochester
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Dr. Bernard Bach Jr
Orthopedic Surgery

In brief: The difference.

Sports Medicine physicians sees patients, make a diagnosis, and, if he/she is a surgeon, operates.
Physical therapists see the doctors patients and carry out the appropriate physical therapy, based on the doctors diagnosis.

In brief: The difference.

Sports Medicine physicians sees patients, make a diagnosis, and, if he/she is a surgeon, operates.
Physical therapists see the doctors patients and carry out the appropriate physical therapy, based on the doctors diagnosis.
Dr. Bernard Bach Jr
Dr. Bernard Bach Jr
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