Question for you Americans

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  1. edd91

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    Hi guys :wavey:
    In reading your threads it seems that physical therapists and the idea of physical therapy isnt very popular in the USA, why is this? The vibe that I get is you feel they are glorified personal trainers.
    You guys also often recommend going to a doctor first for diagnosis? Here in Australia a physio is more than able to diagnose an injury
    Do your physios perform manipulations and mobilizations?

    Also, how much does an X-Ray cost you? Is it out of pocket or do most people have insurance?
     
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    I have a feeling the definition of your 'physical therapist' is slightly different to our 'physiotherapist'
    Physios over here have roles in Intensive Care, in the cardiopluminary area, getting people off respirators and stuff, Geriatrics (old people), Occupation Health and Safety (work place safety), Outpatients (putting casts on fractures, reading X-rays etc), muscoskeletal (private practice stuff, spine/muscle injuries; they can manipulate and stuff), Rehab (stroke patients, MS sufferers etc) ...etc.

    In the UK also, they are trialling giving physios who have a certain level of postgraduate education permission to administer certain injections, like joint and nerve injections
     
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    I have health insurance and the way things work is that you go to your primary care provider first. Then the PCP will reccomend you, only way for my insurance to cover anything else, to a specialist. This specialist will then further diagnose your problems and hopefully come up with a solution.
     
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    with my hmo, when i get hurt i go to my doctor and tell him. then he gets me some xrays, tells me my bones arent broken then sends me to a gay physical therapist that tells me not to lift heavy weights and has me do some rehab stretches that i already do on my own. all this costs me 15 bucks per session too. thank god i discovered ART though, which my insurance does NOT pay for. but its well worth the money i've spent so far. the ART guy i see is a real physical therapist, he diagnosed my problems way more accurately than my doctors and hmo therapist and understands that i want to lift weights and even encouraged me to do so in the rehab program he put me on. its been working so far. yea, basically hmo's suck. there are plenty of good private practictioners here in america but usually you gotta pay for them.
     
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