How to Choose an Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapist

(OCS and SCS board certified physical therapists' knowledge in managing musculoskeletal conditions compared to general physicl therapists and various physician specialties. See Question 6 for more information about this chart.) It is important that you to make a well-informed decision regarding your physical therapy. While you may be referred to a specific physical therapist, clinic, or company by another health care professional, the choice of where to attend is always yours. Orthopedic manual physical therapy is not a commodity or standardized treatment like a medication or an injection; it is a highly individualized profession. Levels of education and skill vary greatly between physical t

"Do I Need an MRI or X-ray Before Physical Therapy?"

Some wonder if they should get an X-Ray or MRI before beginning physical therapy so they'll know what's wrong first. Others can't understand how orthopedic manual physical therapy can help them when their imaging reveals "something wrong" inside their body - a bulging disk, arthritis, degenerative disc disease, a pinched nerve, and so on. Both lines of reasoning are logical. However, understanding the limitations of imaging may help. While the technology is quite impressive, and it certainly has its place in health care, no form of imaging (X-rays, MRIs, CT scans, etc) has the ability to correlate the picture to the pain. In other words, imaging cannot tell you why you hurt. Therefore, it is

An Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapist Explains How Pain Works

What is Pain? As featured on What is Pain? Pain is an unpleasant sensory experience generated by an individual’s unique pain neural signature that may be activated either spontaneously or when a stimulus is perceived as a threat. Why Learn About Pain? Erroneous ideas about pain abound among patients and health care providers alike. If you are seeking relief from pain, understanding pain is a very important step on your way to recovery. If you are an orthopedic manual physical therapist or other health care provider who treats patients in pain, you owe it to your patients to 1) have a correct understanding of pain and 2) be able to explain it accurately i

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