Physical Therapy Clinics
A physical therapy clinic typically has at least one Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) on staff, who diagnose conditions and injuries and develop a plan of care. The number of DPTs depends on the size of the clinic and the number of patients seen on a daily basis. These physicians are experts in the musculoskeletal system and have specialized training to read diagnostic images. They typically have a four-year bachelor's degree, a clinical doctorate in physical therapy, and have passed a national licensure exam. The physical therapist will evaluate your condition and develop a treatment plan that will be customized to your needs. They can work on injuries in any part of your body, including your neck, knees, and ankles. Depending on your condition, your physical therapist may also treat conditions related to vestibular function, which can lead to dizziness and vertigo. They can also help you improve your posture and balance, which are crucial for good health. While most physical therapy clinics are private, some have open-access online consultation options. These allow you to get a virtual consultation, as well as message their staff online. You can also request to speak with a specific therapist at a time that works best for you.