Every physical therapist (PT) has training in the basics of therapy, however, it’s their focus after getting the degree that defines the talents of a true physical therapist.
While in school, PT students learn every aspect of therapy, including how to assess and treat neurological conditions like spinal cord injuries, strokes, and multiple sclerosis to orthopedic based injuries like back pain, joint sprains, muscle injuries, or ligament & tendon dysfunctions. PT’s may also treat specific populations like Pediatrics or Geriatrics.
What makes a great physical therapist?
One that strives to continue their education and dial in their talents to the population of patients they target to treat with excellence and care.
In orthopedics, it is important to have the ability to palpate the body and determine the source of the injury. Is the pain at the joint indicating a strain or is the pain over the ligament indicating a possible sprain? When palpating the muscles, does the source of pain come from trigger points (tender hypersensitive points within the muscle) or is the muscle tone (heighten sense of contraction) dysfunctional? The ability to assess the structures involved and determine the underlying musculoskeletal tissue dysfunction is imperative to a good recovery. Certified Physical Therapists who obtain additional training in specific treatments such as Manual Therapy and Dry Needling are better qualified to assess these conditions.
It is equally important that a therapist understands the mechanics of the body. As in, How did the injury occur? All physical therapy evaluations should include assessing the provocative aggravating activities. Does it hurt when you stoop to unload the dishwasher, or when you descend stairs? Assessing the quality of these functional tasks will identify the underlying weakness that can quickly be targeted for recovery.
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At Restore PT, Dr. Kim Scales has a doctorate in physical therapy, thousands of hours of continuing education and two advanced certifications: Manual Therapy and Dry Needling.
Malcolm Gladwell, author of Outliers, has said, “To master any skill, you have to have 10,000 hours of practice This is true for the artist, the musician and the medical professional.”
Dr. Kim has surpassed this mark with over 30 years experience. If you have a musculoskeletal problem… a sore lower back, a stiff neck, bum knee or tweaked shoulder, she is the therapist for you!
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