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Physical Therapy at Grapevine PT:

Grapevine Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine is dedicated to provide the highest quality Physical Therapy to its clients. Grapevine PT has been a leader in the community for over 28 years. Terry Robinson PT, ATC is regarded as one of the most sought after clinicians in the area.

So what is Physical Therapy? Physical therapy is a health care profession which provides services to individuals to develop, maintain and restore maximum movement and functional ability throughout life or following an injury, illness or surgery.  Physical therapy is concerned with identifying and maximizing quality of life and movement potential within the spheres of promotion, prevention, treatment, intervention, and rehabilitation. This encompasses physical, psychological, emotional, and social well being.  It involves the interaction between physical therapist (PT), physicians, patients/clients, other health professionals, families, care givers, and communities in a process where movement potential is assessed and goals are agreed upon, using knowledge and skills unique to physical therapists.

Who can call themselves a Physical Therapist?

A physical therapist (PT or LPT) is a licensed health care professional, licensed by the state in which they practice in.  They work in  a wide variety of settings such as hospitals, clinics, out-patient rehabilitation clinics, nursing homes, the military or schools. In Texas, they are governed by the Texas State Board of Physical Therapy Examiners  (http://www.ecptote.state.tx.us/). Only those health care professionals who have graduated from an accredited Physical Therapy curriculum and have maintained their active license status can call themselves a "Physical Therapist" or PT. Anyone else who calls themselves a Physical Therapist or say that they do "Physical Therapy" without these standards being met are doing so against state laws.

How can I see a Physical Therapist? 

In the State of Texas, for an individual to see and be treated by a physical therapist, they must have a prescription from their physician.  A prescription for physical therapy is good for 30 days after it is signed by the physician.

Your First Appointment:

Your first therapy visit will include an evaluation by a physical therapist. Your physical therapist will perform an examination to identify current and potential problems. Based on the results of the examination, and considering your specific goals, your physical therapist will design a plan of care to include specific interventions and will propose a timetable to achieve these goals and optimize your function. Your physical therapist will likely provide you with instructions to perform exercises at home to facilitate your recovery.

You should feel comfortable asking your physical therapist any questions regarding your course of care, including specifics regarding interventions and expectations.