Are all physical therapists the same?

All PT must graduate from a credentialed physical therapy program and must pass the National Physical Therapy Examination and be licensed in the state they practice in (you can visit this link to find your PT’s licensure information: While all PTs receive the same basic coursework through their physical therapy education, PTs often develop specialty areas of practice based on their interests, continuing education, mentorship, advanced training, and experiences. Similar to how medical doctors and surgeons often become highly specialized in their specific area of practice, many PTs are also becoming and more and more specialized. Patients often seek second opinions from medical doctors, but it is important to understand that PTs also vary greatly in their skills, training, and experience and that it may be important to seek a second or even third PT opinion depending on your needs.