If you are searching for a physical therapy clinic in Baltimore, there are several things you may be interested in knowing to aid in your search for the right clinic for you. Physical therapy is a practice which mainly handles disabilities or impairments of normal function-- often concerning itself with proper mobility and overall proper function of the physical frame.
Physical Therapy is most often practiced by chiropractors and physical therapists. Both types of professionals may see patients in private practice, in a group practice or in a hospital setting. You may be suprised to learn that most chiropractors in Maryland are licensed to practice physical therapy. From a historical standpoint, chiropractors were licensed and practicing physical therapy many years before physical therapists could get licensed to practice in Maryland.
In present time, you may wonder how a chiropractor and a physical therapist may differ in regard to practice. There are some general comments that can be made on this, but factually, you would actually have to look into exactly how any one individual chiropractor or physical therapist practices to really know this data for sure. In general, most chiropractors focus on spinal or spinal related problems, and are often considered the experts in managing conservative spinal problems. However, some chiropractors focus on sports injuries, which definitely include shoulders, elbows, wrists, hips,knees, ankles and feet.
In my experience, physical therapists can have either a general practice, where they may treat patients with injuries or problems in any of the muscles or joints of the body. Other physical therapists may focus or specialize in certain kinds of injuries or parts of the body. Again, asking questions of the practice you are considering should shed light on how the individual therapist may practice.
While both chiropractors and physical therapists can work with your medical doctor, you are able to walk into the office of a chiropractor for a consultation or to seek treatment without a referral. This is not the case with most physical therapy practices. So, if you are considering physical therapy, look into this point.
Another aspect to consider is insurance coverage. Although this is important, remember that insurance coverage should not dictate the care you receive, your health care needs should. To find out whether the provider you are considering takes your insurance, the best thing to do is call the office and inquire. Provider manuals can often be outdated or contain mistakes.
When considering a visit to a chiropractor or physical therapist, it's important to realize that the care most often utilized by these types of providers involves some form of rehabilitation. This is good because you will actually be fixing what is found to be wrong with your body. But it is also important to understand that actually fixing something through rehab requires repeated visits to the facility or clinic. So, it's important to find someplace to go which is conveniently located.
Last but not least, what is most important is that you are comfortable with the provider that you choose and that you get the help you need. In most cases, determining whether or not you are comfortable, may take one or two visits to the office. And knowing that you are on the right track and getting the care you need is most often recognized within the first few weeks of care.
If you are interested in finding out about the physical therapy provided to patients at Living Wellness Chiropractic, give our office a call 443-524-6600. We would be happy to set you up with an initial appointment for a consultation.