Completing a fellowship program is the highest level of clinical training that a physical therapist can receive. Fellowships enable clinicians to become recognized experts in a specialty or subspecialty. Did you know that less than 1% of all licensed physical therapists are fellowship trained, and that four of them are Physical Therapy First employees?
To enter a fellowship program, a clinician must either complete a residency program, be a clinical specialist, or complete a year of pre-fellowship coursework. As a structured educational experience, fellowship programs combine ongoing clinical mentoring with a basis for scientific inquiry and advanced practice. Additionally, the fellowship experience combines opportunities for formal and informal feedback, including mandatory patient practical examinations, with a foundation in coursework that is designed to provide a basis for advanced practice. Fellowship programs are typically structured around the integration of practice, research, and scientific inquiry.
Studies have proven that fellowship trained therapists achieve higher functional status changes in patients, have greater efficiency than non-fellowship trained clinicians, and are more likely to achieve greater patient outcomes.
Residency programs occur after a graduate physical therapist has obtained his or her license to practice. Residency programs advance a therapist’s clinical knowledge and skills, as well as skills in client/patient management.
Residency programs are geared towards recent graduates or new professionals who wish to increase their knowledge in a specialty area. Through the completion of a residency program, therapists can significantly advance their patient-care knowledge by combining ongoing supervision and mentoring to become further developed as advanced practitioners.
A residency program allows a licensed therapist to gain knowledge and skill under the supervision of a more experienced clinical expert, allowing for continued guidance as he or she becomes more competent in the development of his or her psychomotor skills, clinical reasoning, and judgement.
Studies have proven that therapists who have completed residency training are more effective in performing patient examinations and evaluations, and in determining a treatment diagnosis than non-residency trained therapists.
The clinicians at Physical Therapy First are highly trained in the evaluation, treatment, and prevention of orthopedic and sports injuries. We provide care based on the current best evidence and use state-of-the-art rehabilitation equipment to facilitate a rapid recovery for even the most involved patients. We know that getting patients back to their active lifestyles is a top priority, and that physical therapy here at Physical Therapy First is a great first step in the process.
Dry needling is a treatment in which a solid filament needle is inserted into the skin and muscle directly at a myofascial trigger point. A myofascial trigger point consists of multiple contraction knots, which are related to the production and maintenance of the pain cycle.
Over two thirds of people will experience lower back and neck pain in their lifetime, making it one of the most common complaints in the world of physical therapy. We are clinical experts in the evaluation and treatment of spine-related conditions. We understand that a comprehensive treatment plan is about more than just pain relief. We know you have a busy schedule, insurance coverage may be a challenge, and you have to deal with work and family responsibilities. We will work with you and your specific circumstances
Injuries are an unfortunate side effect of sports but they don’t have to sideline you indefinitely. With the application of the latest clinical research, we can work hand-in-hand with your referring physician/surgeon to optimize the recover process so you can reach your full potential.
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