When Physical Therapy Can Help
3 Ways to Choose a Physical Therapist
Find healing help with these tips from Susan Sigward, PhD, of the University of Southern California.
- Get sporty. Pick a clinic that's geared to athletes, even if you consider yourself an average exerciser. This will ensure that your therapist understands your fitness goals.
- Look at the letters. Does the clinic have a sports certified specialist (SCS) or an orthopedic clinical specialist (OCS)? These certifications require extra training in the treatment of sports injuries.
- Do a background check. Ask how frequently your therapist deals with injuries like yours. If the answer is rarely, request someone with more experience.
Originally published in FITNESS magazine, January 2010.
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