Between 20 and 50 million people worldwide are injured in traffic accidents every year. Some people are lucky enough to walk away with minor injuries that heal rather quickly. Others are left to struggle with a lifelong disability as a result of the accident.
Others fall somewhere in the middle. Their injuries are severe enough to require help from a physical therapist. But their chances of recovery are very good.
Have you recently found yourself in this category? Have you been injured in a car accident and now you’re on the hunt for the best physical therapist to help you manage the pain and heal your injuries?
Here’s how to choose the best physical therapist for you.
1. License and Expertise
The first thing on our list to check is if the physical therapist you are considering has their license to practice. Physical therapists have to have a degree from a recognized physical therapy program. Plus, they should have passed a national exam to receive their license.
You also want to ensure that the therapist has experience with your type of injury. Some injuries, like whiplash or a broken bone, are very common and most physical therapists will know what to do with them.
Others are more specific and may require specialized treatment and care. If your injury falls into this category, be sure that your therapist knows what to do to help you.
2. Therapy Philosophy
There are many different techniques that therapists can use to provide care. Some techniques are active, some are passive. While passive techniques can be good at the beginning, you’ll get the most benefit from active ones. Find out how your therapist plans to use the two types.
There are also a number of different modalities that therapists can employ. These may include manual therapy, ultrasound, mechanical traction, and neuromuscular re-education.
Talk with your potential therapist about what they plan to use for your individualized treatment plan. Rely on their expertise but also be aware of what you would prefer and feel comfortable with.
Depending on the type and severity of your injury, you may be spending a lot of time with your physical therapist. It’s a good idea to interview potential therapists to see if you feel that you click with them. As with any type of care, it’s always best that you feel comfortable with the professional providing it.
Also, if you are going to a clinic, find out if you’ll be seeing the same therapist for each visit. Notes in a chart a great, but you will always receive the best and most consistent care from the same person.
Whether we like it or not, money is always a factor to consider. First, find out what treatment (and how many visits) your insurance covers. Then, find out if your prospective therapist accepts your insurance.
You may have to pay something out of pocket and it’s best to know up front what your expenses will be.
The Best Physical Therapist for You
There are many talented physical therapists out there helping people every day. However, not every therapist is suited for every patient. By checking out these 4 factors, you can find the best physical therapist for your situation.
If you’re on the hunt for a physical therapist, be sure to contact us today. We’d love to help you get back to feeling like yourself!