How to Choose the Best Physical Therapist for your Needs

by Admin, May 14, 2014

How to find the best physical therapist is not a simple task. There are many factors that come into play when trying to finding the right Physical Therapist. For example when searching for the best physical therapist in Great Neck, OrthoBalance Physical Therapy will show up in your search engine along with other therapists in the area. While Attilio Pensavalle will take great care of you with his specialty in Balance and Vestibular Therapy, his clinical skills overlap well into the area of orthopaedic manual therapy, while others may not have this level of expertise.

There are many factors to remember when trying to find the best therapist to treat you. Consider the following:

1. Recommendations; from doctors and other patients. Today many doctors and surgeons have an in house PT who sees a majority of their patients.  While this offers a degree of convenience, it is not an object or independent recommendation of the physical therapist or PT facility.  Research is important; friends, online and even a telephone call or on-site visit to the prospective PT provider.

2. Insurance: Without healthcare coverage, any healthcare treatment can be expensive, even PT, if it is not covered by your insurance. Confirm that the physical therapist you have chosen is a provider in your plan; either in-network or out-of-network coverage.

3. Types of treatment needed: Finding the best PT for you will largely depend on what type of treatment you need. One physical therapist may be great in treating a shoulder injury but if you are having problems with balance that won’t make him the best for you.

4. Therapy Style: Some patients need a more hands on approach and will want a PT who focuses on manual therapy. If you suffer from balance or vestibular problems you may search for a therapist who provides Computerized Dynamic Posturography (CDP; a highly advanced technology for evaluation and training) to properly monitor your balance issues.

5. Who is giving you the treatment: Physical therapy should be performed by a NYS licensed physical therapist, or as assigned to a NYS registered PT Assistant by your attending PT [only].  Treatment rendered by others not so authorized by the New York State Department of Education is not only illegal but a risk to your health and safety. Though in some cases this does occur, Medical Doctors, Podiatrists and Chiropractors are not legally qualified to render PT care or supervise PT aides or assistants.

Finding the best physical therapist for you and your needs is not an easy task. Due diligence and research are necessary before you make a PT appointment. You’ll be glad you did as you make a speedy recovery.

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