What is PT?

Physical therapists are experts in movement.  We study anatomy, physiology, kinesiology, and pathology.  This knowledge helps us to systematically assess and treat injuries or persons who lack mobility due to injury or disease.  We use our hands, knowledge, and experience to help our patients return to functional mobility and prior level of condition after an injury.  Manual treatments may include joint mobilization, neurodynamic mobilization, NDT, RNT, soft tissue techniques and specific exercise prescription.  Specialties of Physical Therapy include Orthopedics (where I practice), Neurology, Women’s Health, Acute Care, Rehab, Home Health, Geriatrics and Pediatrics.  My practice is predominantly Orthopedics, sports related injuries, and wellness programs.

I am a Board Certified Physical Therapist.  This means that in order to practice Physical Therapy, I must be licensed by the state.  In order to become eligible for a license as a Physical Therapist I attended 7 years of college (4 years of undergrad and 3 years to get a professional Doctorate).  In addition I have an Orthopedic Certified Specialist (OCS) certification meaning that I have practiced and specialized in the field of Orthopedics and have taken a rigorous exam through the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA).

Many Physical Therapists have extra credentials in health and wellness to enhance their practice in exercise prescription or manual therapy.  Physical Therapists are required by most states to maintain their continuing education for ongoing advancement in the science of rehabilitation and wellness.  Because of this ongoing drive to become better practitioners PTs are knowledgeable and skilled to help meet the goals of anyone recovering from an injury (from beginning to end).  We are trained thoroughly in the ethics of proper healthcare utilization.   The most important component of our practice is educating the patients so that they can continue to progress their rehabilitation independently as their body continues to change after the acute injury phase. This might include recommendations on community, maintenance programs or performance programs for long-term management and skill progression.

1 thought on “What is PT?”

  1. Jess, did I read correctly that you are in San Fransisco? I like your direction, passion, and ambition. I’m always on the lookout for quality professionals as I continue to build my network. I’ve noticed some interesting topics you’ve posted. When I have more time, I’ll have to come back to read a few.

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