What does a Physical Therapist do?
Physical therapists apply research and proven techniques to help people get back in motion. All physical therapists are required to receive a graduate degree – either a master’s degree or a clinical doctorate — from an accredited physical therapist program before taking the national licensure examination that allows them to practice. State licensure is required in each state in which a physical therapist practices. They are trusted health care professionals with extensive clinical experience who examine, diagnose, and then prevent or treat conditions that limit the body’s ability to move and function in daily life.
More and more physical therapists are now graduating with a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree. More than 92% of the 210 accredited academic institutions nationwide offering professional physical therapist education programs now offer the DPT degree – and more than 75% of all 2008 PT graduates hold a DPT degree.
Physical therapists provide care for people in a variety of settings, including hospitals, private practices, outpatient clinics, home health agencies, schools, sports and fitness facilities, work settings, and nursing homes.
Physical therapists diagnose and treat people of all ages, including newborns, children, and elderly individuals. They may consult and practice with other health professionals to help you improve your mobility.
In the state of Florida, through Direct Access, you can scheudle an appointment with a Physical Therapist without the referral of another physician.
What does a Physical Therapist treat?
- Back Pain
- Knee Pain
- Overuse Injuries
- Shoulder Pain
- Sprains, strains, and fractures
- And much more
What can I expect from my Physical Therapist?
Blending science with inspiration, your physical therapist will teach you how to prevent or manage a health condition and help motivate you during your treatment so you can function optimally. Your physical therapist will work with you to help you understand your body so you will achieve long-term health benefits.
Your physical therapist will examine you and develop a plan of care using a variety of treatment techniques that help you move, reduce pain, restore function, and prevent disability. Your physical therapist can also help you prevent loss of mobility and motion by developing a fitness- and wellness-oriented program tailored to your specific needs. Your physical therapist may choose to team with a physical therapist assistant (PTA), an educated and licensed clinician working under the direction and supervision of the physical therapist, for components of your care.
Physical therapists and PTAs are your partners throughout your journey to restoring and maintaining motion so that you can function at your personal best.
Will my insurance cover this?
As long as your treatment is a covered benefit under your plan, is medically necessary and you are making documented progress, your insurance company should cover. (Benefits are verified before your treatment starts and we encourage our patients to verify this also.)
Do I need a prescription from my physician?
In most cases it is best to have a prescription from your physician unless you wish to self pay for your services. Florida is a direct access state, which means you may see a Physical Therapist for 21 days and be self pay without a prescription. Call the office for further details.