What your PCP doesn't know about Physical Therapy (short list)
1. We are specialists in our field. Yes, we know much more than your PCP when it comes to rehabilitating musculoskeletal and Neuromuscular disorders.
2. Most of us have Doctoral degrees. That means we are highest level experts in our field and function within our scope of practice. We actually treat the problem, instead of referring to unnecessary special testing which doesn't alter the treatment process and in some cases delays it.
3. Our therapeutic techniques are evidence based. Again, please don't tell us how to do our job.
4. We have direct access and can make our own diagnosis. "Back pain" is not a diagnosis. Leave it to the professionals (us).
5. We do not require direction unless it is post surgical and the surgeon prefers his or her specific protocol.