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.

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What are the benefits of becoming a physical therapist?

Challenging. Physical therapy is fascinating in that the therapist studies body anatomy and musculoskeletal function; often more intensively than doctors. Most chronic pain syndromes involve injured soft tissues. Physical therapists are in a good position to help doctors diagnose and treat chronic musculoskeletal pain disorders, and this can be very rewarding. Read more...

How does a physical therapist help you use a prosthesis?

Balance. You will learn to walk and balance with a prosthesis. Since the prosthesis is an extension of the stump it takes getting used to. Read more...
Multiple ways. A good PT will help the person by teaching them how to put on the prosthesis appropriately, learning to identify and troubleshoot prosthesis fit problems and help re-learn walking with the device. Their role is crucial in Amputee Rehabilitation. Read more...

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...

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...

Will a physical therapist have access to a patient's medical history?

Not all do. Pt centers affiliated with hospitals or clinics that use an interconnected, shared electronic system (presuming electronic medical records) may have access, but there are many independent pt centers and they usually do not have access. Access is usually on a 'need to know' basis and should be hippa (privacy) compliant. Read more...

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...

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...

How much does a physical therapist make per hour?

DEPENDS ON HOW. Many patients an hour they see. Nowhere close to the $300-500 an hour lawyers make but more than a teacher or policeman or fire fighter... Ain't that a shame? Read more...