• How Physical Therapists Practice

    Physical therapists and other health care professionals have a shared goal of creating healthier, satisfied patients. They collaborate with other health care professionals to develop treatment plans for patients using the latest research and proven approaches to ensure positive outcomes.

    What can you expect when working with a physical therapist?

    • A physical therapist is an important partner in health care delivery and can work with you to develop an effective plan of care for your patients.
    • A physical therapist provides cost-effective treatment that helps patients achieve improved quality of life.
    • Patients receive quality, personalized care based on evidence and proven interventions.
    • The physical therapist works to ensure your patients are satisfied with their care and will communicate with you about progress/care.
    • In almost every state, individuals can choose to see physical therapists directly without a referral.
    • Physical therapists refer individuals to other health care professionals when a patient's needs are beyond the scope of the physical therapist’s practice or when additional diagnostic tests are needed.
    • Physical therapists often provide direction and supervision to physical therapist assistants whose role in the treatment of patients may include instruction in exercises for mobility, strength, and coordination; gait instruction; and training in activities of daily living.