While they share some common ground, physical therapists and personal trainers differ greatly in terms of the services they provide. In this article, we are going to talk about the difference between a physical therapist and a personal trainer.
A personal trainer works with you to develop exercise (and sometimes diet) routines that best fit your needs. Their ultimate goal is to help you lose weight, get fit, and live a healthy life. A personal trainer is not a medical professional and does not require any medical schooling or licensure. If you are generally healthy, and do not have any existing injuries or conditions, then a personal trainer can help you get into better shape.
While personal trainers and physical therapists both utilize exercise and movement to help people, a physical therapist is better trained to treat specific conditions and injuries. A physical therapist works with you to address any existing injuries or painful conditions you are experiencing. They accomplish this through exercises, stretches, and a variety of other modalities. Physical therapists are medical professionals who undergo years of schooling and training to attain the appropriate licensure. If you are recovering from a surgical procedure or an injury, or you are experiencing pain or decreased mobility due to an existing condition, a physical therapist can help you.
Physical Therapy Clinics in the Twin Cities
The physical therapists at OrthoRehab Specialists have thirty years of experience providing treatment to patients throughout the state of Minnesota. We have existing relationships with more than 600 local providers, and also offer direct access to physical therapy care for patients in Minnesota. Contact us today to set up your appointment with one of our skilled physical rehabilitation specialists. Our primary clinics are located in Edina and Minneapolis, but we work with patients throughout the Twin Cities and surrounding area.
PT of Costa Rican National Soccer Team for 2007 World Cup in Victoria, CAN. Clinical Instructor for University of Minnesota Doctor of Physical Therapy Affiliations