A great physical therapist must be paired with a great clinical setting. You cannot have one and not the other. You have some great physical therapists that are unable to deliver the highest level of care because of time constraints and high numbers. The following is a few key things to look for when calling around for care.
Top questions to ask:
- How long has your physical therapist been practicing?
- How many patients does your physical therapist schedule per hour? 2=great, 3 is good, 4 is a factory.
- Is your physical therapist Board Certified?
- Are you being treated by a licensed physical therapist?
- Will I be treated by the same physical therapist each visit?
- Does your physical therapist treat every possible condition from a patient who had a stroke to one following surgery after a spinal fusion. In my experience physical therapists who specialize in certain select areas simple get better results over time. “Jack of all trades.. Master of none!”
This doesn’t guarantee success but hedges your chances of better care. Most of my patients come from either Wyckoff or Ridgewood, NJ. In these areas you have lots of physical therapists to choose from. So be selective, ask a few questions and stop by a few clinics prior to starting. More tips to come on getting the best physical therapy care in upcoming posts!