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 first and foremost might be: how can I choose a good physical therapist? Though there are no definitive rules for picking a physical therapist, you will do well to go over some issues before making your 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. Through time, they see that some physical therapists communicate better than the rest, therapists that are often mentioned by patients who rave about them over and over, or even therapists who have consistently positive results. So don’t be shy to for recommendations from your physician.
If you are unable to get recommendations from your doctor, you can ask your trusted friends, neighbors or colleagues who may have worked with or heard of a good therapist. Many people go through or have gone through physical therapy nowadays.
3.Choose a specialist if possible.
Ask a prospective clinic whether they have clinicians who specialize in treating your particular type of injury. Therapists treat an entire range of issues, but having a specialist assures you that someone having advanced knowledge and skills will be around to meet your specific needs.
4.Ask 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 if a therapist is licensed, you can approach the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy.
5.Don’t be shy to make a special request.
If there’s a special request that you want to make before choosing a clinic, tell them. If you would rather be treated by an experienced therapist instead of a newly licensed one, for instance, see if they can make arrangements.
6. Listen to your gut.
Besides having strong clinical skills, a good physical therapist will ask questions and listen well. They will ask questions and be sincere enough to find the answers, knowing this will help them create a more effective treatment plan. And there is nothing wrong about seeking a therapist with whom you share a personal connection. In fact, your healing may even come easier like this. Because you will be spending a good amount of time together, you should choose someone you are completely comfortable around.