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Who and What are Physical Therapists

Updated: Feb 13, 2019

Who and What are Physical Therapists


In Physical Therapy there are numerous roles and positions within the clinic that can be a part of your treatment protocol. It may be overwhelming to think, Who is treating me? Are they licensed/certified? What level of Schooling do they have? Well in this blog we will alleviate some of the stress associated with these questions. 


Physical Therapists: The role of a Physical Therapist is to Evaluate and Diagnose your injuries/conditions to help maximize independence within your daily life. Physical Therapists are licensed professionals who have a four year degree as a Masters or even most recently have a Doctorate degree. Upon completion of schooling, a Physical Therapist will take the State Boards for Allied Health. Physical Therapists also can specialize in certain areas such as: Geriatrics, Pediatrics, Orthopedics, and Cardiopulmonary. 


Physical Therapist Assistant: The role of a Physical Therapist Assistant is to perform treatment per Plan of Care from the Supervising Physical Therapist. Physical Therapist Assistant's work very closely with a Supervising Physical Therapist to ensure you receive the best Plan of Care for your injuries/diagnosis. Physical Therapist Assistant's are licensed professionals who have a two year Associates Degree. Upon completion of schooling, Physical Therapist Assistant's also known as PTA's sit and take the State Boards for Allied Health. 


Physical Therapy Aides/Rehab Technicians: Physical Therapy Aides are non licensed support staff who help clean equipment and perform daily maintenance of the clinic under supervision of both the PTA and supervising Physical Therapist. Physical Therapy Aides perform a mixture of both clerical/interpersonal tasks to help with functionality of a Physical Therapy Office.

So Who do I See? In the end it will be the Physical Therapist Assistant or Supervising Physical Therapist that work with you on your daily treatment visits as they are both licensed professionals. Both are great options and most clinics have both as part of their staff. The most important things for you to consider when choosing a provider are: Do I feel comfortable? Am I getting better? Do I enjoy the Treatments? If the answer to these questions are yes, you are in the right hands!

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