Your body, your decision
| With AMY GOEBBERT, DPT
Tips to finding the right physical therapist
any patients in need of physical therapy may not realize that they have a choice regarding where to seek treatment. Doctors often refer patients to outpatient physical therapy clinics for musculoskeletal injuries, aches and pains, balance deficits and even vestibular issues.
Here are three tips to finding the right physical therapist for you: • Personality is important to note. You want a PT who you can clearly communicate with, one who spends quality time with you and pushes you to achieve your goals. Feel free to interview a PT prior to your first visit to see if you are a match.
• Credentials are equally important. Patients also have a tendency to assume that they have to go to the PT Make sure you have a licensed physical therapist clinic in the doctor’s building or the clinic closest to treating you and the same therapist each visit to home. But there is a wide variety of clinics available ensure quality care. Many PTs can specialize through Doing a little to patients, such as physician-owned clinics, large continuing education in a variety of services and corporate chains and private PT-owned clinics. research before may be board-certified in orthopedics, sports and There are plenty of choices, and choosing the right physical therapist is critical to your recovery. It may be helpful to seek referrals from friends or family members that have had successful outcomes. Wordof-mouth referrals can be a great way to find the right fit. Patients spend a lot of time with their physical therapist – at least one hour per visit, two to three times per week – so making an educated decision about treatment can make all of the difference.
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beginning treatment can lead you to a faster road to recovery and a better overall outcome. — Amy Goebbert
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neurology, to name a few. Always question what the PT’s experience level is when it comes to your specific injury. • Ask what insurances are not only accepted, but in-network with the company. Ask for your benefits to be fully explained to you and in writing before you begin treatment. If your insurance has a high out of pocket cost, ask if there are self-pay rates available. You don’t want to be stuck with a surprise bill. mysuburbanlife.com/magazine
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