WHAT IS AN ORTHOPAEDIC PT
Orthopaedic Physical Therapists are medical professionals who are trained to examine, evaluate and treat a vast array of musculoskeletal problems in people of all ages. THESE MUSCULOSKELETAL PROBLEMS INCLUDE: BONES, JOINTS, LIGAMENTS, TENDONS, MUSCLES AND NERVES. Orthopaedic Physical Therapists provide services that help restore function, improve mobility, relieve pain and prevent or limit permanent physical disabilities of patients suffering from injuries or diseases of the joints, spine or sport related activities. They restore, maintain, and promote overall fitness and health.
The minimum educational requirement is a post-baccalaureate degree from an accredited education program. While many programs offer a master’s degree, a growing majority of programs offer the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree which all our therapists have earned. All physical therapists are required to take a national examination and be licensed by the state in which they practice. In order to maintain a license in the state of Idaho, a physical therapist must complete 16 hours of continuing education annually.