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Re: [physical_therapists_in_business] Femur injury, PT how to choose one?!

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  • Don Kelly
    Start with the American Physical Therapy Association Website at www.apta.org There you can look up specialists in orthopedics, they would be best suited to
    Message 1 of 4 , Jul 25, 2004
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      Start with the American Physical Therapy Association Website at www.apta.org There you can look up specialists in orthopedics, they would be best suited to help you. Your surgeon should also be able to recommend at least one PT clinic that they trust in your area, if not more. It is difficult to chose a facility as there are so many in most areas. Friends, family and MD references are the best way to find the best. The evaluate and treat is very common and usually means that the MD has confidence in PTs to know what to do with you after they evaluate you. If you don't feel comfortable with your PT, go somewhere else. Let them explain themselves to you and educate you on what is ahead of you. If they don't explain things, find someone who does. Good Luck!
      Are you from Jersey?
      Don PT, OCS
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      Subject: [physical_therapists_in_business] Femur injury, PT how to choose one?!

      Hello,

      There are dozens of PT's and Pt groups in the immediate area. How is
      a client (me) supposed to figure out if any of the PT's are better
      suited to help evaluate our injury than any other? It is a
      meaningful business question.

      Calling them, all say the same blathering GARBAGE "... of course we
      can help evaluate that...." but none of them mention any type of
      specialty or method they would use to treat same...

      The injury appears to be weakness and scar tissue buildup.. that's
      inhibiting usage and my range of motion, to a meaningful degree. The
      Surgeon's script reads simply evaluate & strengthen.. in short
      appears simple, very boring stuff.

      I had a dual femur fracture which was repaired with a rod & two pins
      nearly two years ago very high up... now it hurts more than it ever
      did immeidately after surgery.

      This is a PT business question..

      Can any members here offer suggestions how a normal peron
      distinguishes the particular skills or "bent" of one group of
      individual PT from another...

      Or is it all random and unimportant, and it won't matter one bit to
      our recovery... its an insignifigant injury anyway... <ssi>

      Thoughts?

      Jeff (Windwarrior@...)




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    • Evelyn Capdevila
      Well, I would 1st recommend that you ask your friends or relatives if they know of any PT s who they would recommend. Also, ask your doctor who he/she would
      Message 2 of 4 , Jul 25, 2004
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        Well, I would 1st recommend that you ask your friends or relatives if they know of any PT's who they would recommend.  Also, ask your doctor who he/she would recommend or who he/she works with on a regular basis.  As far as specialties...there are some therapists that do get certified or specialized in certain fields.  And you can always ask for that.  In your case since it is an orthopedic injury, you could ask for a OCS (orthopedic certified specialist).  However, I will say that just because a PT is not certified that does not make him/her any less qualified to treat you.  All physical therapys programs have extensive coursework and practicals (internships) in many areas such as neurology and especially orthopedics.  Remember that physical therapists treat injuries and/or disabilities and try to return that person to their "normal" function. 

        windwarriornj <Windwarrior@...> wrote:
        Hello,

        There are dozens of PT's and Pt groups in the immediate area. How is
        a client (me) supposed to figure out if any of the PT's are better
        suited to help evaluate our injury than any other? It is a
        meaningful business question.

        Calling them, all say the same blathering GARBAGE "... of course we
        can help evaluate that...." but none of them mention any type of
        specialty or method they would use to treat same...

        The injury appears to be weakness and scar tissue buildup.. that's
        inhibiting usage and my range of motion, to a meaningful degree. The
        Surgeon's script reads simply evaluate & strengthen.. in short
        appears simple, very boring stuff.

        I had a dual femur fracture which was repaired with a rod & two pins
        nearly two years ago very high up... now it hurts more than it ever
        did immeidately after surgery.

        This is a PT business question..

        Can any members here offer suggestions how a normal peron
        distinguishes the particular skills or "bent" of one group of
        individual PT from another...

        Or is it all random and unimportant, and it won't matter one bit to
        our recovery... its an insignifigant injury anyway... <ssi>

        Thoughts?

        Jeff (Windwarrior@...)




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      • RSGPT
        Jeff, A couple suggestions. You could ask your physician to recommend a particular clinic or therapist or even ask his front office people which clinic they
        Message 3 of 4 , Jul 27, 2004
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          Jeff,

          A couple suggestions. You could ask your physician to recommend a
          particular clinic or therapist or even ask his front office people
          which clinic they have had good experiences with all around meaning
          their front desk people and the therapist.

          As far as the therapist goes, one who has specialty certification
          such as a manual therapy and or an orthopdic specialty (you'll see
          OCS after their PT designation)might be a place to narrow the pool
          down so to speak. Check the clinics to see if they have a website
          and to look up the staff for their bios. Ask to speak to one of the
          therapists. If you live in a major metro area, their may be a
          college with a PT school...you could call the school and ask for a
          local therapist with an exceptional reputation. Once you narrow your
          choices down, stop by their office and ask for a tour or to speak
          with one of the therapists.

          If you are in Ohio, I could help you directly with recommendation
          especially if you are in Toledo, Cleveland or Cincinnati. Let me
          know what state you are in. You might also try posting this question
          on PTmanager list serve.

          As far as the surgeons script goes...most are boring and generic.
          That's why you are getting the referral to a therapist since the
          surgeon doesn't need to operate, at least not yet...so...you go to a
          therapist and we get the opportunity to do our thing. You could see
          20 different therapists and get 20 different approaches. PT is an
          art and science.

          Seems silly don't it...we can put a man on the moon but these
          seemingly simple aches and pains are not so simple after all
          especially when the body is that much more complicated than the space
          shuttle?

          Hope this helps. Good luck,

          Sincerely,
          Ryan S. Gephart, PT, CSCS

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          physical_therapists_in_business@yahoogroups.com, "windwarriornj"
          <Windwarrior@M...> wrote:
          > Hello,
          >
          > There are dozens of PT's and Pt groups in the immediate area. How
          is
          > a client (me) supposed to figure out if any of the PT's are better
          > suited to help evaluate our injury than any other? It is a
          > meaningful business question.
          >
          > Calling them, all say the same blathering GARBAGE "... of course we
          > can help evaluate that...." but none of them mention any type of
          > specialty or method they would use to treat same...
          >
          > The injury appears to be weakness and scar tissue buildup.. that's
          > inhibiting usage and my range of motion, to a meaningful degree.
          The
          > Surgeon's script reads simply evaluate & strengthen.. in short
          > appears simple, very boring stuff.
          >
          > I had a dual femur fracture which was repaired with a rod & two
          pins
          > nearly two years ago very high up... now it hurts more than it ever
          > did immeidately after surgery.
          >
          > This is a PT business question..
          >
          > Can any members here offer suggestions how a normal peron
          > distinguishes the particular skills or "bent" of one group of
          > individual PT from another...
          >
          > Or is it all random and unimportant, and it won't matter one bit to
          > our recovery... its an insignifigant injury anyway... <ssi>
          >
          > Thoughts?
          >
          > Jeff (Windwarrior@M...)
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