As of June 2013, the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties had certified 9505 Physical Therapists (PT’s) as Orthopedic Clinical Specialists (OCS). On a more local level, 145 PT’s in Minnesota have been Board certified in Orthopedics. So, what does the OCS really mean for you?
The OCS is really intended to help consumers identify PT’s that have focused their practice more narrowly to specialize in orthopedics. While the OCS is not necessary for therapists to practice in orthopedics, the certification is intended to recognize therapists with advanced knowledge in Orthopedic Physical Therapy. This includes post-operative care for all common, and some uncommon, orthopedic surgeries, as well as identifying those clients that would do best with a conservative, non-surgical approach to manage their musculoskeletal pain or injury.
To get the OCS designation, PT’s must sit for an exam that is focused on current best evidence regarding the examination and treatment of musculoskeletal disorders. For a therapist to qualify for the exam, they must have practiced in orthopedics for a minimum of 2000 hours or have completed an Orthopedic Residency program.
So why the OCS? OSI has a priority to provide the best, most efficient, care possible to our clients. To do that, we recognize the need to develop high quality, specialized, therapists to deliver the highest quality care. The OCS is one way we can ensure that all of our therapists continue to grow and advance their professional skills and help all of our clients to maximize their functional gains and keep you active and healthy!