How to Select a Physical Therapist

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Mar 08

If you’re looking for a physical therapist to assist you through your pain, there are a few things you should consider before making your selection. Ask yourself these three questions when deciding how to select a physical therapist for your care. Remember that asking important questions now can save you from headaches later on.

Do you feel heard and understood?

If you don’t know what to expect with physical therapy, it is especially important to find a partner in your treatment, care and recovery. At Above and Beyond Physical Therapy, the foundation of our mission is centered around enhancing the lives of our patients, as well as their families. We care about our patients and it’s our namesake.

Does the office specialize in your condition?

In addition to finding a partner in your care, you’ll also want to inquire about any specialties he or she might have, just as you might when seeking out any other type of medical specialist. For example, if you’re looking into therapy to treat a problem with your spine, back or knee, you might want to find a therapist who has extensive experience addressing these specific parts of the body. Ask candidates to discuss their experience with your particular condition as well as any special certifications they have.

Does the office have a team whose combined experience can help you?

With this information in hand, you can turn your attention to aspects that can affect day-to-day treatment. Ask your potential therapist about whether you’ll be seeing the same person or team every time you come in for treatment. Often, it is more comfortable for patients to stick with the same therapist throughout their course of treatment. Many physical therapists rely on physical therapy assistants or aides to provide complementary care, so it may be a good idea to meet these members of the team as well.

If you’re nervous about asking all of these questions, write them down and take them with you. After all, you are your own best advocate and it’s up to you to remain involved with your treatment.

Keep in mind that treating issues through physical therapy is often most effective when your physical therapist becomes a partner in your health. At Above and Beyond Physical Therapy, we are committed to walking alongside you each step of the way to your recovery. Contact us today.


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