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Old June 13th, 2008, 05:12 PM   #1
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This is for a presentation that I am giving at Grand Valley State University. No names etc will be used, I just need a quick opinion, and only the numbers from the results of this 'unofficial' poll will be used bla bla bla, disclosure etc.

anyhow. here is some background information:

Currently in the state of Michigan, you must have a doctors note to attend physical therapy for your a musculo-skeletal, complaint. Basically pain related to movement, or back pain etc. You can however walk into a chiroprators office and get treatment as many of you probably know.

80% of the states in the US you CAN go straight to a PT, just not in Michigan right now.

With your current knowledge of physical therapy and physical therapists (whatever it may be). Would you, if it were available, utilize physical therapy services for joint pain, back pain etc, before visiting your primary physician?

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Old June 13th, 2008, 05:15 PM   #2
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You need to know the root of your problem first before having therapy. I voted doctor.
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You need to know the root of your problem first before having therapy. I voted doctor.
I can undstand the process of wanting to skip the doctor but I agree with the comment above. . . . how do you know what to treat if you don't know what's wrong.

For example a lot of wrong stuff might be going on to cause a "soar" back.
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You need to know the root of your problem first before having therapy. I voted doctor.
x2, unless it's a recurring issue. If it's an ongoing thing, I wouldn't want to have to go to a doctor every time first. If the root cause was unknown, I'd see a doc.

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just for intofmation purposes. Physical therapists also recieve doctorate level training currently. i will add an additional option that reflects that.

Edit, i cannot seem to figure out how to add an option.
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just for intofmation purposes. Physical therapists also recieve doctorate level training currently. i will add an additional option that reflects that.
I have worked with physical therapists in four hospitals, and I worlk with them in several free-standing clinics. I know of NONE that have a doctorate degree.

Almost all of the PTs I know have BA or BS degrees. A few have MA or MS degrees. As before, I know of no practicing PT who has a doctorate degree. I suspect that almost all who do are involved in research, rather than direct provision of clinical services.
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I have worked with physical therapists in four hospitals, and I worlk with them in several free-standing clinics. I know of NONE that have a doctorate degree.

Almost all of the PTs I know have BA or BS degrees. A few have MA or MS degrees. As before, I know of no practicing PT who has a doctorate degree. I suspect that almost all who do are involved in research, rather than direct provision of clinical services.
Current programs are offering doctorate of physical therapy degrees. this is a clinical doctorate similar to the DDS that a dentist receives, and the DC that a chiropractor receives.

there are also transitional doctorate programs for BA/MS physical therapists. however, unfortunately, the response rate is relatively low

additionally, hospital PT's will forever likely be under physician referral, due to obviously physician proximity and concurrent treatment.

Thanks for the responses so far!! My presentation is regarding Physical therapy direct access legislation, and the public perceptions about physical therapists in a setting where they can go out and 'hang a shingle' and see patients.
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