25 Sep Who Needs Physical Therapy?
What is physical therapy and do you need it?
For those of you who know what physical therapy is — great! But to be honest, most people do not know what physical therapists do –including most medical professionals and physicians.
You may be thinking – they just give people exercises to get stronger, right? Or “My grandma got PT after she broke her hip!”
Physical therapists are skilled medical providers who go through seven years of training, four years of undergraduate studies and three years of graduate studies. Doctoral education includes over 1,000 hours of hands-on clinical education in addition to didactic training. Our clinical doctorate is equivalent to the degrees obtained by dentists, optometrist and chiropractors.
Doctors of physical therapy (DPTs) who pass the National Physical Therapy Exam (board exam) are movement specialists or “Doctors of Movement” who can evaluate, assess, diagnose, treat, and manage any musculoskeletal injuries/ailments. We understand how to use health & wellness principles to prevent injuries and diseases and help you live a healthy lifestyle.
Okay, I know you’re wondering “what EXACTLY can I see a PT for?”
Anything. If you are concerned about anything going on in your health status, a physical therapist is an appropriate person to consult with. Speciality areas of practice include:
- Cardiovascular impairments
- Sports injuries
- Pediatric care
- Pelvic health
- Integumentary/Wound Care
- Geriatric care
- Home Health
- Hand and Upper Extremity
If our patients are experiencing symptoms we cannot help, PTs are trained to recognize pathology outside of our scope and expertise and make referrals accordingly. We work in close coordination with medical professionals across the continuum of care. With the culmination in a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree came the ability to access PT without referral from a medical doctor which has been available in Ohio since 2004.
About the author:
Dr. Jessica Volciak, PT, DPT, ATC, is an orthopedic physical therapist practicing in the outpatient, private practice setting. A 2019 graduate of Slippery Rock University, Dr. Volciak has a background in athletic training and a passion for athletics, having been a dancer through college. Dr. Volciak is participating in a post-doctoral mentorship at Anchor Wellness in Cincinnati, OH under Dr. Sarah Crawford, PT, DPT, COMT, CMTPT. Dr. Volciak is also pursing post-graduate training in orthopedic manual therapy and trigger point dry needling. She is passionate about preventative care and health promotion.
Dr. Volciak can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.