How to Find a Good Physical Therapist
If you have never experienced physical therapy in the past, the first time can indeed be full of questions. And the first and most important might be: how do I pick a physical therapist? Although there are no hard or fast rules in picking a physical therapist, there are points you must review so you can make the right choice.
The following are pointers that can lead you to the right physical therapist:
1. Consult with your doctor.
Some doctors work with physical therapists when caring patients who require physical rehabilitation. Over time, they notice certain physical therapists being more effective communicators compared to the others, therapists that impressed patients like to rave about, or even therapists who are consistent in producing good results. So don’t be shy to for recommendations from your physician.
If there are reasons that keep you from getting a doctor’s recommendations, try asking your valued friends, co-workers or neighbors for referrals. Physical therapy has become a quite common treatment nowadays.
3.Choose a specialist if possible.
When calling a clinic, ask whether they have clinicians who specialize in your type of injury. Therapists are trained for a wide variety of problems, but a specialist provides assurance that someone with focused knowledge and abilities can meet your most unique needs.
4.Inquire about licensing and certification.
There are therapy techniques that require special certification, and what’s great is that it’s easy to know whether or not a therapist possesses the certification or certifications needed for your particular condition – search for them on them on American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties website. To know whether someone has a license, check with the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy.
5. Make a special request if you have to.
If you have a special request that you would like to make before picking a clinic, let them know. For instance, if you want to be treated by an experienced therapist instead of someone who just got their license, be transparent but still polite.
6.Trust your instincts.
Aside from strong clinical skills, you’d like a physical therapist who is attentive to your needs. They will ask ask questions and sincerely want to know your answers, because they know how important this is in creating an effective treatment plan. And there is no harm in wanting a therapist whose personality meshes with yours. In fact, you may even heal faster this way. Because you will be spending a good amount of time together, you should choose someone you are completely comfortable around.