First things first, what exactly is an orthopedic clinical specialist, and how does this certification differ from a standard physical therapist? We’re glad you asked. 

An orthopedic clinical specialist is a type of physical therapist who has been certified by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties for their expertise in the field of orthopedics. This is one of the highest designations a physical therapist can receive, which means you benefit from not only the expertise but also the passion that comes along with someone who has been designated an orthopedic clinical specialist. 

But there are actual benefits to working with an orthopedic clinical specialist over a physical therapist, such as:

  1. You are receiving expert-level care. 

Everyone likes to say that their care is “expert level,” but an orthopedic clinical specialist is an actual expert in the field of orthopedics. This designation requires 2,000 hours of professional experience in orthopedics and/or a successful residency program in orthopedics, as well as the successful completion of a certification exam from the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties. 

  1. There is an emphasis on education. 

An orthopedic clinical specialist has received significant training in the field of orthopedics, which means you can receive a significant amount of education about your condition and treatment. Not only will you learn about how to treat your condition with physical therapy modalities, but also what type of lifestyle changes could help prevent future flare-ups of your condition. These lifestyle changes could include posture training, workplace and ergonomic assessments, etc. 

  1. Continuing education courses are required.

Like any other physical therapist, an orthopedic clinical specialist is required to take so many hours of continuing education courses in order to maintain their certification. These courses have to be approved by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties, which means you can rest assured that your treatment is in line with the most current methodologies of physical therapy. 

Find orthopedic clinical specialists to help with your injury at Performance PT

At Performance PT in El Paso, Texas, we have a team of certified orthopedic clinical specialists ready to help you find relief from your chronic pain or injury symptoms. Contact us today to schedule an appointment or a free screening to learn more about how we can help you take the next step toward holistic health.