Never fully assume that every physical therapist is highly competent and knowledgeable.
I speak this as a physical therapist. I have been astounded by the lack of competence that I have seen in some of my licensed co-workers. I have often wondered how some of these therapists passed the licensing exam.
Like any profession, there are good physical therapists and poor physical therapists.
Be aware, too, if you are being seen by an ancillary clinician. If you are being treated by a physical therapy assistant or a physical therapy aide you are not being treated by a high quality of educational background and problem-solving for atypical cases. The distinct advantage of the higher educational level of a licensed physical therapist is the higher cognitive skills in being able to constantly evaluate and treat concurrently. This allows for constant treatment plan adaptation and modification as opposed to a one size fits all approach.
The low number of physical therapy programs in the US also has resulted in an influx of foreign trained individuals who come to the US under work visas. These foreign trained clinicians typically work for clinics to gain experience before sitting for the board exams. Individual skill levels are highly variable.
Bottom Line: speak your mind. Do not accept that "bad" pain is a part of any physical rehabilitation. If you are less than satisfied with a particular therapist, request a new therapist. Do not accept less than the best for you. Know that there are both good/competent professionals and less than good/marginal professionals. Choose and select your physical therapist with care. Change therapists if you do not have a good fit of either personality or skill level.
I always considered that I was a particularly good therapist. I feel it was a natural talent that God gave me. They said. I have seen plenty of less than good physical therapists. Do not accept a professional that is lacking in skill. And do not accept a PT Assistant or PT aid when you need a full fledged licensed physical therapist.
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