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PT - How to judge physical therapist?

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,578
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:25 AM in Pain Management
I have experienced physical therapy three times for lower back pain. The first two therapists were good; they set goals, consistently evaluated me, and delivered good service. The third therapist did not perform so well. She did not set goals, did not take the time to understand my condition and spent very little time with me while at therapy. I decided to stop going because I did not want to waste my money.

What is the best way to judge a physical therapist?


  • i think you answered your own question,if she didnt spend much time with you,you were right to stop going to her...
  • on the poor quality of physical therapists I have had and the problem is I tried the two places available and both were less then adequate. The first guy put me at machines and told me to do them. I saw him for 3 minutes before each session. He would never check on me to see if I was doing it correctly or increase anything. That I did on my own, hoping I was doing it safely. The second one I had, made comments about me not being able to do things or that if I had seen her first I wouldn't have needed any surgery. I have a painfully numb foot and she decided that walking on small stones barefoot might reset and wake up the nerves in my foot. That set me back months. I should have said no to that, but then I thought well she has the degree she should know. So where does one go for another choice when there are only 2? Sadly my doctors totally agreed that I could do a better job on my own even though I had no equipment than suffering with either one of my choices.
    I don't think it is that easy of a question and until you have tried several you never know if the one you have is the best one for you.
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