Physical Therapists

Common Questions About Physical Therapists

What is a physical therapist?

A physical therapist, commonly referred to as a PT, is a healthcare professional licensed to practice physical therapy. Physical Therapists can evaluate and treat patients with a variety of conditions and injuries. PT’s are trained to recognize when patients need the attention of a supervising doctor or specialist. 

Northwest Orthopaedic Specialists utilizes physical therapists as part of the medical team to assist in post-surgical rehabilitation, as well as non-surgical rehabilitation of orthopedic conditions and/or injuries, such as back pain, whiplash, sprains, and strains, etc. 

How do doctors and PTs work together?

The relationship between a physical therapist and his or her supervising doctor is characterized by mutual trust and respect; they function as a team in providing quality orthopedic care from beginning to end of a patient's rehabilitation. 

Physical therapists are colleagues of doctors. They work together to ensure access to quality healthcare in a cost-effective and timely manner. Their training includes anatomy, pathophysiology, and physical examination and treatment. This training is followed by clinical rotations. A physical therapist is a graduate of an accredited PT program and is authorized by the state or credentialed by the federal government to practice physical therapy.

What can I expect when I see a PT at Northwest Orthopaedic Specialists?

  • Initial Exam
  • Follow-Up Care
    • Therapeutic exercises specifically tailored to your condition
    • Manual therapy techniques 
    • Education in posture, body mechanic training, and proper movement techniques
  • Development of Home Exercise Program

Will my insurance pay for me to see a PT?

It is customary for insurance to cover services rendered by physical therapists. We recommend checking with your insurance company to understand your physical therapy coverage.