1. PHYSICAL THERAPISTS HAVE DOCTORATE DEGREES
Physical therapy is not limited to massage, there is a great deal of evaluation and diagnosing that requires proper education. When physical therapy originally became recognized as a profession, one required a bachelor’s degree to practice. In the 1990s programs transitioned to a Master of Science degree, and now in the 21st century the profession has advanced to the doctoral level. To become a physical therapy assistant, an associate degree is required. A physical therapy assistant helps the physical therapist in the treatment of patients but does not perform evaluation techniques.
2. THERE ARE NUMEROUS TYPES OF PHYSICAL THERAPY
Like any other form of healthcare, there are several specialties that address different types of injuries and focus on specific areas or parts of the body. Some of the areas of specialty in physical therapy The Smith Clinic offers include:
Orthopedic and sports rehab
Cardiovascular and pulmonary
Pre- and post-operative care
For a full list of treatments we offer, visit our "What We Treat" page HERE.
3. PHYSICAL THERAPY IS BOTH REHABILITATIVE AND PREVENTATIVE MEDICINE
Physical therapy provides treatment to relieve pain and restore muscle and joint function, which includes education of patients in home programs to self-rehabilitate conditions. In addition, The Smith Clinic for Physical Therapy instructs patients in behavioral modification and prevention strategies to avoid recurrence or onset of new conditions.
For more information about physical therapy and all the services our clinic has to offer, visit our Services page HERE or call us at 901.756.1650 to schedule a consultation.