Steps for Choosing a Great Physical Therapist

Steps for Choosing a Great Physical Therapist

June 27, 2018

If you're dealing with physical pain, a lack of mobility or range of motion, or are recovering from a physical injury, then you should strongly consider seeking physical therapy. Physical therapy can help to reduce pain, improve your range of motion, strengthen the area affected by the injury, and increase the rate of recovery. However, if you've never had physical therapy before, then odds are you're wondering how to find a good physical therapist. Not all physical therapists are of the same quality, after all.

Finding a Reputable Physical Therapist

The following are a few tips on how to find a trustworthy and reliable physical therapist that you can depend on:

  1. Ask for a referral - One of the easiest ways to find a good physical therapist is to simply ask your doctor if they have a physical therapist that they recommend. Experienced doctors are more likely to know about different physical therapists that can serve your needs in your area. Of course, you can also ask friends and family if they have been to a physical therapist that they would recommend. Remember, you're not limited to the referral that your doctor provides.
  2. Ask about specializations - When you contact a particular clinic, be sure to ask whether the physical therapists working there have had experience treating your particular problem. While physical therapists go through extensive training and should be able to treat a wide range of physical issues, you may feel more comfortable with a therapist who has some real world experience treating similar issues to the one you have.
  3. Do online research - You can find a lot of information online. For example, you can check customer reviews to make sure that they have a good reputation. You can also look through their website to find out more about the therapist's expertise, experience and education.
  4. Ask about their experience - Newer physical therapists may be just as good as older physical therapists due to the quality of their training. However, you might simply be more comfortable working with a more experienced physical therapist, so be sure to inquire about their experience when you call their clinic.
  5. Speak with the therapist - The physical therapist should be friendly and inquisitive, and should be someone you feel comfortable with.

Use these tips to identify a good physical therapist. For information about our physical therapy clinic, be sure to contact us at Advanced Motion Therapeutic today.