No way. Not me. Count me out!!
To become a licensed physical therapist (or physiotherapist or massage therapist, for that matter) requires a specific knowledge and skill set that I do not possess.
What I can do is work WITH a physical therapist to ensure:
1) I fully understand the injury and its recovery and rehabilitation process.
2) That when it’s time for the client to transition back to me, that my program builds on the physical therapist’s; that our respective programs are the best for our client. For example, I’ve worked with many physiotherapists where this ongoing collaboration works beautifully for all involved.
Bottom line: This is important stuff we’re dealing with here; a person’s physical and mental well-being could suffer horribly and needlessly if treated incorrectly.
As the only physical therapist/personal trainer who answered, I would have to agree with a majority of what you all said!!
The training between a physical therapist and a personal trainer is completely different.
One is regulated, the other is not.
One now requires to earn a Doctorate in Physical Therapy, while the other profession, doesn’t require a college degree.
At the end of the day, knowledge is power, the more you have, the more you can help a client.
I think the question is a bold and daring questions made. It would be similarly comparing are physician assistants as good or better at diagnosing conditions then physicians.
All of the responses are right on the mark, especially Carol’s and Chris’s. It’s a collaborative, team process. In the end it’s not who is necessarily the most qualified, it’s what’s best for the client. Physical therapists are extensively educated in the treatment and training for rehabilitation from injury. A personal trainer, without PT education, does not have that background.
But that’s not the issue. The issue is for the personal trainer to continue on with the PT’s recommendations to provide the highest quality continued training regimen. It requires a clear and comprehensive communication, not a competition.