Whether you are recovering from an injury, coping with a mobility issue, or preparing yourself for athletic feats, physical therapists play a crucial role in your care. Selecting the right therapist for your needs is essential for your safety and success. Thus when considering possible candidates, make sure to take into account:
One of the most common mistakes when choosing a physical therapist is to assume that because someone has letters after their name, they have the necessary skills to treat you. In fact, there are a number of different designations for physical therapists, each of which denotes different skills that may or may not be suited to your specific needs. The most common physical therapy credentials include:
The better a therapist is suited to your particular condition, the more quickly and effectively they will be able to heal you. You should thus never select a therapist without first investigating their specialty.
When considering a therapist, ask them upfront how many patients they serve at a time. Many therapists attempt to economize with their clients, treating several patients who have similar needs during the same session. Although there is nothing inherently wrong with this approach, there are tradeoffs between treating multiple patients together and focusing on you alone. On the one hand, sharing a session with other patients may result in a lower bill, and also gives you a chance to engage with people who are going through something similar. On the other hand, it means the treatment will not be tailored to your specific needs, and the therapist may not spend as much time listening to you. Make sure to take these factors into account when determining if a specialist is right for you.
Aides & Assistants
In addition to asking about other customers, see whether your therapist will employ physical therapy assistants or aides during your treatment. If so, ask how heavily they will be involved and what cases they have worked on in the past. Also make sure their role matches their qualifications. Physical therapy assistants are licensed, and thus can perform some of your treatments on their own, though the therapist should still supervise them. Aides are not licensed, and should not directly treat you.
Reger Physical Therapy is committed to providing qualified, effective care suited specifically to your needs. For more information on what to look for in a therapist, visit our website today.