Physical Therapy

Physical therapists (PTs) are health care professionals who diagnose and treat people of all ages who have medical problems or other health-related conditions that limit their abilities to move and perform functional activities in their daily lives.

PTs must have a graduate degree from an accredited physical therapy program before taking the national licensure examination. The minimum educational requirement is a bachelor's degree, yet most educational programs now offer the doctor of physical therapy (DPT) degree.

Physical therapists practice in hospitals, private practices, outpatient clinics, rehabilitation facilities, skilled nursing facilities, homes, education or research centers, schools, hospices, corporate or industrial health centers, athletic facilities and other settings.

How to Choose a Physical Therapist

Make sure that you receive physical therapy from a licensed PT.

Physical therapists are professional health care providers who are licensed by the state in which they practice. If you are receiving physical therapy from a physical therapist assistant, be sure that he or she is supervised by a licensed physical therapist.Ask the physical therapy clinic if they participate with your insurance company and/or will they submit claims on your behalf to your insurance company.

Some policies require co-payments for services and the co-payment will be dependent on if the PT is part of the insurer's provider network. You will also have to meet your deductible.

Source: American Physical Therapy Association

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