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How Do You Choose the Right Physical Therapist?

How Do You Choose the Right Physical Therapist?

How do you choose the right physical therapist for your needs? What steps should you take to ensure you receive the care you require to recover from your injuries? Whether you have suffered a shoulder injury, undergone a knee replacement, lost a limb, or suffered a neck injury, you will likely require physical therapy to recover from your injury. When it comes to the care you need, you must carefully select a physical therapist with the skills, training, and expertise required to treat your specific injury.

Check the License

Statutes require that physical therapists in the state maintain up-to-date licensure. This requires obtaining a degree from a recognized physical therapy program and completion of the licensure exam. If the individual does not have the appropriate education, training, and licensing to secure APTA Board Certification, you should not ask them to treat your shoulder injury, etc.

Get Referrals & Read Reviews

If you have insurance, your insurance provider or attending physician will likely give you a list of in-network physical therapists. However, you are under no obligation to narrow your options to just the names on that list. It is absolutely acceptable and advisable to seek referrals from your physician first, followed by trusted friends, family, etc. Finding an individual who has a good relationship with your physician can be invaluable, as this will facilitate smoother communication, follow-up, and long-term recovery prospects.

It would be best if you chose a physical therapist who has a reliable track record treating your specific injury. Additionally, don't discount the importance of personality. Your physical therapist will guide you toward recovery, so it is important to select an individual whose personality and strategy to motivate you toward healing will encourage rather than discourage you. Likewise, you want to select a clinic that is equipped with the tools and facilities your healing process will require.

Do Your Homework

The more you know about your treatment options, the more selective you can be in finding the right physical therapist. Specifically, an individual with the specialized skills and training you require. Whether you have a shoulder injury or are healing from limb amputation, information is the key that will help you chart the most expedient path to recovery. The APTA offers seven specializations which makes it possible to select a physical therapist with the skills you need, including:

  • Cardiopulmonary
  • Clinical Electrophysiology
  • Geriatric Care
  • Neurology
  • Orthopedics
  • Pediatrics
  • Sports-Related Physical Therapy

What if You Get It Wrong?

It is not uncommon for individuals with a shoulder injury or another injury to decide that their current physical therapist isn't helping them recover. When this happens, it is advisable to find a new individual to take over. However, unless the treatment worsens the injury, it is not advisable to cease therapy until an alternative arrangement can commence.

Finally, don't forget to adhere to your physical therapist's recommendations for exercise, diet, and lifestyle. Adhering to these can significantly improve your recovery prospects regardless of the type of injury.

Contact Brad Pistotnik Law at 1-800-241-BRAD or call us on our local line at 316-684-4400. Brad Pistotnik is a shoulder injury attorney in Kansas. We represent clients in Kansas, Nebraska, Missouri, and Texas. If you can't come to us, a personal injury attorney will come to you. You can call Brad Pistotnik on his cell at 316-706-5020. You can reach Tony Atterbury on his cell at 316-617-9237.