Physical therapy is a well-known and popular profession, but a lot of people don’t fully understand what these healthcare professionals do – and don’t do. We want to dispel some common months about the field of physical therapy to help paint a better picture of what this amazing profession is all about.

Anyone can do physical therapy
A big misconception about physical therapy is that they just dole out random exercises, throw on some ice, and hook you up to electrical stimulation, and that constitutes a session. The fact of the matter is, these are just minor components of what physical therapists have in their arsenal to use to help you. Physical therapists are truly movement specialists who can identify movement dysfunctions and complete an entire treatment plan to fix those issues – and having this level of expertise requires a doctoral-level education and tons of experience. At Symmetry Physical Therapy, we pride ourselves on using every possible tool we have to customize a plan of care that is truly tailor-made for you.

I should only go to physical therapy when I’m hurt
It’s definitely a limited view of physical therapists to think that their skills are only needed when someone is hurt. But only seeing a PT when you’re injured cuts out a major component of the kind of care PTs can offer – maybe you want to make sure your running form is the best it can be, improve your overhead squat, throw a baseball faster, or make sure you’re doing everything you can to prevent injuries during your marathon training. A physical therapist can help you with all of the above, and prevention of injury is a huge mantra here at Symmetry.

You need a physician’s referral to see a physical therapist
Nope. You can simply pick up the phone and call us to schedule an appointment – no prescription or referral necessary.

Physical therapists are personal trainers
It’s important to remember that physical therapists and personal trainers are two entirely different types of professionals. Some physical therapists are also personal trainers, but the distinction is important. Personal trainers are fitness professionals who develop and implement fitness programs for clients. They are certified to do this but do not have any educational or licensure requirements. Physical therapists are healthcare professionals who diagnose and treat people with medical problems, injuries, illnesses, or health conditions that limit their abilities to move and live their lives. They are educated at the doctoral-level and must pass the National Physical Therapy Examination, resulting in licensure by state. Both professions are beneficial in their own ways, but remember, they are different!

Let us break down any misconceptions you have about physical therapy at Symmetry Physical Therapy in Downtown Miami. Call us today at 305.331.2277 to come in and see what we’re all about.

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