What is a board certified clinical specialist (OCS)?
Just as there are many areas of medicine that physicians can specialize in (neurology, cardiology, nephrology, orthopedics, dermatology, etc.), the American Physical Therapy Association has established 7 specialty areas in which physical therapists can be board certified. Only 10% of the physical therapists in the U.S. are Board Certified in a specialty, which requires demonstrated experience in the specialty field and a passing score on an extensive written exam.
When you are looking for someone with true knowledge in orthopedic physical therapy, you want someone Board Certified as an Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS). These specialists have advanced training, and must have completed at least 2,000 hours working specifically with orthopedic conditions. They know the biomechanics of sport, exercise physiology, and all special test to accurately identify and address orthopedic issues.
3DPT has Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialists.
For more information on Board Certification from the American Physical Therapy Association please click on the following link: