What is Physical Therapy?
When I tell someone I am a physical therapist, most people follow up with: “I have seen a personal trainer for years, and they’re great!” While I agree there’s a lot of amazing personal trainers out there, there is quite the distinction between our professions.
Physical therapists must undergo several years of education and training before becoming licensed as a Doctor of Physical Therapy, or DPT. This education prepares us by teaching us anatomy, physiology, biomechanics, kinesiology, psychosocial issues, and a host of pathophysiology classes for conditions we frequently encounter. We also have several months of clinical training with an experienced physical therapist to apply our newly-learned skills in real situations. In order to be licensed as a DPT, we must then take a national board exam, the NPTE, to ensure we have learned all we need to know prior to practicing with patients independently.
So what does this mean to you as a person seeking help from a physical therapist? We as DPTs are human movement experts with tremendous knowledge of how the body works and provide accurate treatments to correct dysfunctions that are interfering with your daily life. We are continually striving to educate ourselves on new and more effective treatments. Much like other healthcare professions, the “best practice” is always changing. We at A. Fox Physical Therapy aim to stay on top of the newest research in our field, and provide the best evidence-based care available to you