Top Questions Asked By Patients:
What exactly is physical therapy/what does a physical therapist do?
- A physical therapist is an individual who is educated in the field of human anatomy & physiology, biomechanics, and pathology. This specialized knowledge allows physical therapy to be a powerful tool that can positively influence human function and minimize pain. A physical therapist can utilize multiple approaches and techniques to address dysfunction…exercise prescription, manual therapy (soft tissue mobilization, joint mobilization, stretching), balance and stability training, gait analysis, lifting/postural mechanics, to name a few.
Are you licensed? What are your qualifications?
- Yes. I am a licensed PT in the state of Indiana by the Indiana Professional Licensing Agency. My license number is 05009314A. I have been licensed since June of 2007. I received my Doctorate in Physical Therapy (DPT) from the University of Indianapolis. I am also a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). I have had this certification since April of 2006. I also have additional education and certifications in the Functional Movement Systems – The Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA), the Functional Movement Screen (FMS) and the Y Balance Test.
Do I need a prescription for Physical Therapy?
- Yes & No. Prior to July of 2013, in the state of Indiana, a prescription was required by law – it could be issued from: a physician, osteopath, dentist, podiatrist, chiropractor, or psychologist. Indiana joined the other 49 states to offer some form of direct access, where an individual could see a physical therapist without needing to have a referral from another healthcare provider. That said, a script is still the most accepted means to begin working with a physical therapist as far as insurance companies and the full depth/bredth of PT services offered. There is current legislation being considered to expand the overall scope of services, and I’d like to personally say THANK YOU to all of the representatives working to advocate for the profession & to provide others opportunites for physical wellness.
What types of services/treatments do you provide?
- Therapeutic exercise for flexibility and strengthening
- Core Stabilization
- Neuromuscular Re-education
- Sport-specific Rehabilitation
- Functional Movement Screen (FMS)
- Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA)
- Y Balance Testing
- Manual Therapy: Joint mobilizations, Soft Tissue mobilizations, Graston Techniques, Mulligan, Muscle Energy Techniques (MET)
- Return to Sports Testing and Return to Play systems
Are you a good physical therapist?
- Yes, I’m awesome! Seriously though, I do strive to hear my patients out to know where they are coming from and what they want to accomplish. I continue to look at the latest research, as well as use my clinical experience to guide my treatments and exercise prescriptions. There are many fantastic PTs out there, and I am constantly learning from many of them. Along the way, I continue to grow and my patients reap the benefits of that growth.