Selecting a physical therapist
We have been telling you a lot about the wonderful ways that physical therapy can help you combat illness and injury and return to your prior level of functioning. You now decide to take the plunge and see a physical therapist, but where do you start? How do you choose a therapist that will put you back on the road to optimum health?
You can speak to someone who has been to a physical therapist and came back pleased with the results, or you ask your doctor for a referral. He/she will have a list of physical therapists to whom he refers patients. Note however that you do not need a doctor referral to see a physical therapist.
First impressions are usually lasting. You can tell a lot about what your relationship with your therapist is going to be from that initial meeting. A physical therapist should be interested in you and your activities and listen carefully to what you have to say. He/she should outline the treatment options are available and help you choose the one that fits your needs and goals. Most of all, does your physical therapist should be knowledgeable about your particular problem.
Physical therapists are university-trained professionals who help people with movement disorders, however many of them have undergone additional training in other areas. Some of them may specialize in sports rehabilitation, women's conditions, massage therapy, myofascial release and many others. By asking the right questions you can choose the right therapist for the job.
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