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Physical therapists are fully licensed health care professionals, and only a physical therapist can provide physical therapy. Physical therapists are also considered movement experts. The job of a physical therapist is to improve your mobility, motion, strength, flexibility, coordination, and reduce your pain in order to help restore your function and get you back to your favorite sports, activities, and improve your quality of life. Physical therapists are trained to work with patients who have acute or chronic injuries or conditions. This graph shows the knowledge and skill of physical therapists in musculoskeletal examination compared to their physician peers.
Surgery and medication are useful tools in the field of medicine. However, they may not be the best solution for every patient. Recent research suggests that treatment by a physical therapist is often an equally effective and cheaper alternative to surgery and prescription medication for numerous conditions ranging from Meniscus Tears, Back Pain, Knee Arthritis, Rotator Cuff Tears and Others.
Physical therapists rely on in clinic treatments as well patient education and home exercise programs to help accelerate your recovery. Unlike most health care professions physical therapists can help patients learn how to manage their condition at home. Patients can continue to take an active part in their health by seeing a physical therapist even if they are not injured. Just as you would visit your dentist, eye doctor, or primary care physician for a regular checkup, a physical therapist can help improve your long-term health by identifying poor movement patterns and bad habits to stop an injury before it occurs.