Find A Therapist
Find a therapist, and finding the right therapist are two totally different things. When your doctor gives you a referral you should always consider your options because he is only giving you his opinion. Chances are he’s never been to this therapist he’s never been treated by him. He is simply giving you what he feels to be the best therapist that he knows of.
Just like anything else in the medical field you should always consider a second opinion, do your research, search Google for nearby places, search keywords like “neurology” or “traumatic brain injury” or “torn meniscus” with a long key like “in (your city)”. Then get on their website and look at the clinic. What’s their primary population? Do they treat sports injuries, spine, geriatric, orthopedic, etc.
There are plenty of patients that come from us saying “I haven’t benefitted from physical therapy in the past so why would I now?” Often times when I ask where they’ve been for physical therapy, they’ve never seen a true specialist. Think of it this way, if your motor goes up on your car you wouldn’t go to Jiffy Lube to have it serviced, you would need to find a specialist somebody that could replace the motor.
Physical therapy is much like this, therapists have niches that they specialize in. If you feel that a specific therapist is not right for you, then make a change. As you can imagine finding the right therapist for the job can be difficult.
To give you an example we had one patient that came from a clinic in a neighboring city. The patient was six months old and suffering from severe torticollis with plagiocephaly. The mother would take her daughter to physical therapy once a week and often questioned whether it was worth it or not because she didn’t see any results.
Her mother would contemplate whether or not she should take her daughter to physical therapy that day. All it seemed like the therapist did was play with the baby, and maybe they were right.
This particular therapist that was treating this infant was a new grad and had never seen anybody with torticollis. After this experience, she was referred to our clinic and within a couple weeks the torticollis was resolved and within a couple more months the plagiocephaly had resolved. Now I’m not saying this to put down the other therapists/clinic or to talk our clinic up.
What I really want to get across, is that every clinic specializes in a population. And for you to get the proper therapy it is important for you to do your research and make sure that the clinic is suitable for you.