By the term neurology the first thing came in your mind will be our nervous system. After that you will think about the severe injuries related to topic. So, muscles, nerves and body movement and function related things come under this topic. The person who treats is neurologic specialist.
Who is Neurologic Physical Therapist?
The person who treats the dis-functioning of the body and neuromuscular system of our body is therapist. He or She treats the patient without any surgery, instead by teaching some physical exercises and physical activities. However, it seems easy to be a therapist but it is difficult. Because he or she have to detect the problem just by seeing and touching the patient.
Neurologic Specialist Certification
The American Physical Therapy Association establish the specialist program in 1978. Specialization is the process by which a physical therapist builds on a broad base of professional education and practice to develop a greater depth of knowledge and skills related to neurologic clinical practice. Clinical specialization in physical therapy requires knowledge, skill, and experience exceeding that of the physical therapist at entry to the profession and unique to the specialized area of practice. The specialist certification program was established to provide formal recognition for physical therapists with advanced clinical knowledge, experience, and skills in practice and to assist consumers and the health care community in identifying these physical therapists.
Eligibility to Get Specialist License
- Completed over 2,000 hours of neurologic clinical practice while working with individuals who have dysfunction.
- Demonstrated competency in the following areas: Patient Care (examination, evaluation, diagnosis, prognosis, intervention), Patient Education, Interpretation of Research, Administration, Consultation.
- Passed the Neurologic Clinical Specialist Examination.
- Obtained certification in Neurologic Physical Therapy by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS).
Neurologic Council Responsibilities
The Neurologic Specialty Council oversees and defines specialty practice. In collaboration with the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialists (ABPTS), they are responsible for the multi-step process of specialty exam development. They play an integral role in the recertification process of neurologic specialists by defining standards and reviewing applications and have a key role in the development of the new Maintenance of Specialty Certification (MOSC) program. This team also reviews and updates the Description of Specialty Practice every 10 years.