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3 Ways to Choose a Physical Therapist

Find healing help with these tips from Susan Sigward, PhD, of the University of Southern California.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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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roxyjones7 wrote:

Great article. I read a blog post about the history of physical therapy and it is really what sparked me to get going!

8/18/2014 02:12:14 PM Report Abuse
jleavitt84 wrote:

I have a friend that his been going to rehab for the last few months. He was really nervous about it too because he didn't know what to expect. After a few sessions he really started to enjoy it and he started liking his trainer. He is now almost done and he is so glad that he did it.

2/21/2014 04:16:56 PM Report Abuse
ealexander321 wrote:

My doctor diagnosed me with back strain, sent me to PT(physical therapy). PT said doctors always put that down and rely on them to figure out what is really the problem. 1st they said- strain of the sack the encases the spinal cord, then that it was trigger points (tight muscles). He used his thumb and pressed hard on my lower back where it hurt. Unfortunately it appears I actually had a bulging disc and they popped it and caused paralysis. I had to have surgery. Too bad couldn't get MRI 1st.

5/13/2010 03:00:11 PM Report Abuse
mcanna wrote:

Great article! As an under 30 year old woman, who also had hip surgery, PT has been a godsend. Even prior to surgery, going to PT helped out with pain. The PT's that I have seen have been are, for the most part, active individuals who understand that you want to get back to activity and feel better, in a different way than a doctor does.

5/11/2010 10:46:58 AM Report Abuse
deadicateddee wrote:

FYI, not only the elderly have hip replacements, one year ago at 38 I had a total hip replacement. I'm guessing that was just a 'play on words'...

2/25/2010 08:34:11 PM Report Abuse

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