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 Alphabet Soup of Physical Therapy Designations


A PT is trained in the musculoskeletal system, treating the source of the injury and educating the employee on how to prevent re-injury. Physical therapists all have medical training in the treatment of injuries. However, there are wide variations in skill levels. 


The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) oversees the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialist (ABPTS) and certifies the most common type of work comp physical therapist - the Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS). They are:


Certified Hand Specialist

Doctor of Physical Therapy

Geriatric Certified Specialist

Neurologic Certified Specialist

Orthopedic Certified Specialist

Pediatric Certified Specialist

Licensed Physical Therapist

Women's Health Certified Specialist


A common workers compensation claims physical therapist designation is FAAOMT or FAAOMPT for PT "Fellows" who earn certification by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists (AAOMPT). Then you have the Certified Hand Therapist (CHT).


There is the DPT for Doctor of Physical Therapy, a three-year degree post-baccalaureate endorsed by the APTA. In the end a PT's name could look like this: Leslie Doe, OCS, FAAOMT, CHT, DPT. Other more advanced designations look like:


AAOMPT  American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapist

APTA Member of the American Physical Therapy Association

FAAOMPT Fellow of American Academy of Manual Physical Therapists

FAPTA Fellow of the American Physical Therapy Association

FSBPT Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy

NARA  National Association of Rehabilitation Providers (rare and may not see patients. 

Every year a debate in work comp crops up about whether or not employers derive a benefit from the "exclusive remedy." Read on.
Do the facts surrounding the employee's injuries meet the definition of an 'accident'? Find out what does and does not. 

An injury is an injury. The goal is always to get back to pain-free as quickly as possible, but read about non work-related comorbidities that could be standing in recovery's way. 

Some say that the technological trends have negatively affected the art of investigation for injury claims. What and how is it so different than 30 years ago?
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For 20 years, the National Workers' Compensation and Disability Conference & Expo has been the industry's leading training event. And this year's event is taking it to the next level - making it the best ever! November 7-9th 2012.

For the first time in almost 40 years, multiple efforts are underway to modernize the federal workers' compensation system. The 2012 event kicks off with an Opening Keynote dedicated to the future, explaining how the various reform proposals would affect the federal workers' comp landscape and giving you the tools necessary to handle the changes coming your way. November 7-9th 2012. 
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