What is a physical therapist?
Physical therapists are medical professionals with a bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree in physical therapy. They work in a variety of inpatient and outpatient settings and treat patients of all ages with musculoskeletal injuries and illness. They treat functional impairments resulting from many forms of injuries and illnesses-from TMJ to sprained ankles and everything in between. Their goal is to return the patient to the highest possible level of function, relieve pain, and promote recovery.
Spine and Sport’s physical therapists are Medicare-certified, licensed by the American Physical Therapy Board of California and governed by a strict ethical code of conduct.
What services do they provide?
Physical therapists perform a comprehensive patient evaluation and then design a treatment plan that specifically addresses problem areas. Physical therapy treatments may include manual therapy (hands-on); stretching and strengthening exercises; balance training activities; and therapeutic exercise in water (pool therapy).
Therapists also spend a great deal of time showing you how to do exercises and how to use your body properly to gain strength and mobility and to prevent further injury.
As a patient, what can I do to assure the best possible outcome?
First, recognize that you play the most important role in your own recovery. We encourage patients to act as full partners with their therapist in the treatment process. Comply with your in-clinic therapy schedule; follow through on your home exercise programs; and communicate often and completely with your therapist regarding any problems or concerns you may experience. Physical therapy is an active process that requires your full commitment and interaction with your therapist. Ask questions and be receptive to suggestions regarding exercise, lifestyle changes and adjustments or modifications of your daily activities.
We will provide objective measurements to track progress and continually educate you regarding your condition.
Have fun and remember: The smallest changes in life can sometimes make the biggest difference.
If I am injured on the job where should I turn for help?
First, immediately notify your employer. They will guide you to a physician and a Medical Provider Network (MPN) who specializes in work-related injuries. Ask if physical therapy would be helpful in treating your injury. It is important to be sure you see a physical therapist who is experienced in treating injured workers. The therapist will have a better understanding of how you were hurt, how the workers compensation system operates, and what it takes to treat your injury and get you back to work in the shortest amount of time.
We are providers and registered with many MPNs.
Where can you look up your Physical Therapist license to make sure everything is current?
You can go to www.ptbc.ca.gov.
What should I wear to my Physical Therapy visit?
Wear lose-fitting comfortable clothes. Please wear shorts if we need to examine the lower extremities. Wear a sleeve-less shirt if we need to examine your shoulder. Please wear appropriate workout shoes. No sandals please.
How long does each session last?
Your first visit will involve a thorough history and evaluation to assure that our therapists gather all the information needed to design an effective treatment plan. Please schedule at least 1 hour to 1½ hours. Once you have completed your evaluation, your normal session will be about an hour.
What do I need to bring to my first visit?
Bring your physician’s prescription for therapy and your insurance cards or paperwork. Following your first visit, your therapist will communicate with you and your physician regarding your treatment plan.