How to Find a Physical Therapist

By: Kenneth Toby

Physical therapists can help if you have been injured in an accident. Whether you were involved in a slip & fall, a car accident, if you are post- surgery patient, or if you have a debilitating illness such as a stroke, then physical therapy will be your primary solution to recovery. Your doctor will prescribe physical therapy for you, and then will instruct you to find your own physical therapist.

What is a Physical Therapist?

A physical therapist is a licensed professional who works in conjunction with a medical doctor, or a pain management doctor to restore the patient's muscle strength, coordination, and body motion. In order to become a physical therapist, you must obtain a bachelor's degree, and then must past a state license exam in the state that you choose to work.

What Do Physical Therapists Do?

Physical therapists work in conjunction with no-fault doctors, as the physical therapist is person who handles the day to day care of the patients. Physical therapists will use strength and conditioning exercises, cold pads to prevent swelling, and heat stimulation to loosen tight muscles. Physical therapists also play an important role for pre-op and post-op patients. Pain Management doctors may order a physical therapist to work on a patient in order to prevent the need for an operation. If the physical therapist can strengthen the muscles around the joint such as a knee or shoulder, then sometimes an operation can be prevented. In a post-operation setting the most vital role of rehabilitating the patient lies with the physical therapist. They will use a variety of exercises to strengthen muscles in conjunction with heat and cold therapy. They may also use elastic bands, weights, bicycles, whirl pools, and swimming pools. This is known as hydrotherapy.

In New York City a lot of physical therapists work in a clinic setting under one roof along with an acupuncturist, chiropractor, and a pain management doctor. Physical therapists also work in hospitals, and stand-alone clinics as well. Some may also pay house visits.

What is the best way to find a
Physical Therapist?

The best way to find a physical therapist is through your local search engine such as Google, Yahoo, and Bing. Thousands of physical therapists advertise on the internet. Just type physical therapist and your city, town or zip code, ex: physical therapy staten island, or physical therapy 10456. You may have a friend who had a good experience at an office and he/she can tell you where to go. A car insurance company is another great source. Some companies do have a list of doctors and can refer you to one. Your family doctor may be your best source. He may have a colleague he can refer you to. It is very important to make sure the clinic you choose can handle your type of case. If you had knee or shoulder surgery they will need to have the proper equipment, such as weights and stationary bikes. It is also important to ask if the physical therapist can take your particular insurance. All insurance companies are not created equal. Some physical therapists cannot take a patient because they do not accept the patient's insurance company.

Physical Therapists are Critical in Patient's Recovery

Physical therapists are critical to a patients' recovery, especially accident victims and stroke sufferers. Patients who suffer from restrictive movement must work their muscles every day to increase muscle strength and range of motion. This is why physical therapy is crucial to a patient's recovery.

The Physical Therapist's Location is Very Important

The location of your physical therapy clinic is very important. This factor is very critical and should not to be overlooked. Most people will probably treat between a few weeks to a few months. Going for therapy two to three times a week can be a grind and if the office is not close to you – you will not want to go for your treatment. The office should be within a
mile or two from your home if possible. You want find a place that has easy access and is comfortable for you.

The important factors are:

· Choose an office that is close to your house or

· Find a physical therapist through a search engine (Google, Bing, Yahoo), insurance company, family doctor, or friend.

· Make sure they have the facilities that can handle your type of case such
as weight room, whirl pool, ect…

· Ask if they accept your insurance

If you follow these principles, then you will have great success in finding the right physical therapist for you.

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Kenneth Toby is a writer for New York Medical Services, A progressive physical therapy blog dedicated to providing articles and videos for personal injury victims. To read more articles go to

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