By Derrick Simms, PT, DPT
What Does a Physical Therapist Do?
The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) defines a physical therapist as an expert in movement that utilizes examination to determine an appropriate treatment plan for a variety of physical conditions. Physical Therapists diagnose, educate, perform hands-on techniques, and prescribe exercise to facilitate the return of function.
How Can Physical Therapy Help?
Physical therapy can treat a variety of diagnoses or disorders. Depending on the contributing factors we will find the best way to manage your current needs. Common benefits from therapy include:
- Reduced or Eliminated Pain
- Recovery from Injury
- Improved Mobility and Function
- Avoided Surgical Procedures
- Reduced or Eliminated Dizziness
- Improved Strength and Balance
- Fall Prevention
Do I Need a Referral to Start Therapy?
The state of Iowa is a direct access state, meaning – most insurance companies do not require a physician referral prior to being seen for treatment. If you would like to check your specific insurance benefits to see what would be covered please call our clinic closest to you and ask for a complimentary insurance benefits check.
Free Resources to Utilize:
Register today for Free Online Workshops covering foot, low back, shoulder, knee, neck and arthritis pain.
Read the current and past Kinetic Edge blog articles for more information on specific diagnoses and mobility issues that physical therapy can help treat.
Find out if Physical Therapy is right for you with a Free Injury Screen from one or our movement specialists at a clinic near you. Call 866-588-0230 to schedule today!