A Physical Therapy expert witness testifies on the use of physical therapy to restore function, improve movement, and manage pain. Physical Therapy also known as Physiotherapy or “PT,” is the directed application of gentle force to improve the function and mobility of the musculoskeletal system. The work is performed by Physical Therapists, specialists trained in the art and science of examining, diagnosing, and treating problems related to the performance of physical activities. Physical Therapists utilize various treatment modalities including exercise, manual manipulation, traction, assistive devices, therapeutic massage, thermal treatments, and ultrasound. This differs from Occupational Therapists who help patients improve their ability to perform day-to-day functional tasks or work. In other words, while PTs help to restore function, OTs work on improving a patient’s adaptation to work or home following injury or illness.
To become a Physical Therapist, one must first complete an undergraduate degree before spending 3 additional years to acquire a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree. PT specialists work in hospitals, rehabilitation centers, and private clinics, and often specialize in a particular area such as Neurological Rehabilitation, Orthopedics, Sports, Cardiovascular Rehabilitation, Vestibular Rehabilitation, or Pediatrics. Many Physical Therapists also work with Physical Therapy Assistants (PTA) who serve under their direct supervision in providing patient care.
A Physical Therapy expert witness may be called to analyze the standard of care for Physical Therapy treatment. If an allegation of negligence arises, specialists from Orthopedic Surgery or other medical fields will typically address issues of causation and harm.
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Given the scope of Physical Therapy practice, a top-tier certified Physical Therapy expert witness is an invaluable asset in complex issues. To secure a hand-selected Physical Therapist expert who is ready to work with you, please contact Elite Medical Experts and speak with a physician or nurse on Elite’s experienced Case Strategy Team today.