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Kinds Of Physical Therapists

Types of Physical Therapists

Comprehensive Guide on Types of Physical Therapists 

Physical therapy is a way for people to regain their movements, restore their physical function, and restore their well-being. This treatment is provided through physical therapists trained to diagnose and treat many medical conditions. They use various techniques to repair your body, manage pain, and shield damage. 

Different types of physical therapists use their skills to create treatment plans that help you get better fast. Physical therapy can help you identify weak areas at risk of damage. It can help prevent future injuries. It is essential for older people, as they are more at risk of physical problems like lack of balance. 

The specializations available to physical therapists evolve with the field, enabling PTs to concentrate on particular conditions. This article covers the top 10 kinds of physical therapists to accommodate a wide range of patient needs.

There Are Different Types Of Physical Therapist And Specializations

Orthopedic Physical Therapists

Orthopedic physical therapy is instrumental in enhancing significant joints and the musculoskeletal system. It proves helpful, especially post-injury or after surgical intervention. You suffered a fall, an injury from repetitive joint motion, or a sports injury. Orthopedic therapy increases strength and flexibility and helps you stand back again and enjoy life.

Pediatric Physical Therapists

If, due to any injury or congenital condition, a child has physical problems like developmental delays, cerebral palsy, and other birth defects, a pediatric physical therapist comes into action. These specialists, who are one of the different kinds of physical therapists, can also identify and treat limitations in various components that contribute to functional performance: motor skills, strength, posture, flexibility, pace, or rhythm (such as for walking or running), coordination, balance issues (which can be related to dizziness difficulties), and sensory processing concerns. 

Their job is to use age-equivalent specialized testing to examine motor progress. They also offer advice on modifying one’s lifestyle and doing activities at home.

Kinds Of Physical Therapists

Sports Physical Therapists

A sports physical therapist is trained and experienced in managing acute sports injuries — and getting injured athletes back to participation on a field. However, any musculoskeletal condition can be treated by a general physical therapist; he is more than qualified. Sports physical therapists frequently work with a highly active population, ranging from high school athletes to collegiate and professional teams. They create programs that safely advance these athletes to resume playing and working at their peak capacity.

Oncology Physical Therapist

Cancer treatment has various effects on physical health, including decreased range of motion, muscle weakness, and trouble in balance. Cancer patients can improve their condition with oncology physical therapy to regain their bodily function. An oncology physical therapist can help you establish specific goals that are specific to you and decide on a treatment plan that supports your recovery.

Geriatric Physical Therapist

Geriatric physical therapists address the challenges older people face. Older adults become less active as they age, do less physical activity, and experience loss of muscle strength and response time. Geriatric physical therapy focuses more on treating old patients than other therapy options. These therapists help older people build strength and live an active lifestyle.

Vestibular Rehabilitation Therapists

If an injury or condition causes a change in the body’s balance system, Vestibular therapy is given to heal the symptoms associated with these diseases. It usually involves manual head movements and an organized set of exercises aimed at reducing vertigo and lightheadedness, visual issues, imbalance, and falls that typically occur due to these conditions. 

When the vestibular system is damaged, the central nervous system can make up for the inner ears’ diminished functionality. To preserve vestibular balance, the brain essentially learns to rely more heavily on alternate signals from other systems in the body to compensate for the imbalanced signals coming from the vestibular system. With the help of exercise, the symptoms can be reduced, and they can resume normal function. 

Integumentary Physical Therapists

Integumentary wounds or impairments in skin integrity can cause inflammation, pain, edema, and scar formation that leads to significant functional limitations and physical disability. Physical therapists specialized in integumentary systems provide programs or interventions to prevent loss of skin integrity. Managing patients with different skin impairments is essential for better physical therapy practice.

Hand Therapists

Hand therapy is important for patients with problems in the hand region. It helps patients get back to living their productive lives. The therapy process starts with an assessment to figure out the patient’s symptoms. After the assessment is complete, a treatment plan is designed. This plan mentions exercises to perform that would help the patient get rid of their condition.

Military Physical Therapists

In military organizations, some specialized military physical therapists are responsible for treating the soldiers. These therapists asses the condition, make diagnoses, and design programs to heal military personnel.

Occupational Health Physical Therapists

Occupational therapy aims to enhance fine motor abilities, including using the hands’ tiny muscles. Fine motor skills are essential for youngster to complete their school work and daily self-care. Teeth brushing, dressing, opening a lunchbox, and eating are examples of self-care activities. Writing, cutting, typing, and sketching are examples of academic tasks.

Choose The Right Types of Physical Therapists 

Physical therapy benefits groups of all ages. Therapists treat orthopedic, neurological, pediatric, and geriatric problems. They are vital in promoting health, healing, and overall well-being. 

Physical therapists contribute distinctive skills and methods to patient care to ensure that patients receive the most suitable and successful therapies for their particular illnesses. To make a more informed decision, you must also consider the physical therapist cost

To avoid permanent damage, you should get in contact with a physical therapist right away if you are experiencing any of these issues. Advanced Medical Group is one of the best solutions for your therapy requirements. With them, you can treat all of your conditions and feel worry-free with different types of physical therapists.

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Fatima Shaik is a board certified internist and cardiologist. She specializes in general cardiology and heart rhythm disorders. She cares for patients at Advanced Medical Group in Jersey City and North Bergen. She also performs procedures at Jersey City Medical Center.

She completed her undergraduate education at NYU and received her MD degree for SUNY Downstate Medical Center. She completed her residency training at Mount Sinai Beth Israel Medical Center and her cardiology fellowship at New York Presbyterian Queens. She went on for advanced training in electrophysiology at Cooper Hospital in Camden, NJ.
She is trained in device implantation, SVT and atrial fibrillation ablations as well as watchman implantations.
She is fluent in English and Hindi.
She is currently accepting new patients.

Reema Parikh, DPT

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Reema Parikh received two bachelor’s degrees from Long Island University and Touro College, and graduated as a Doctor of Physical Therapy from Touro College in 2013. In her early years as a DPT, she received an award for excellence in research and taught a course for the national physical therapy licensing board exam. Dr. Parikh has a passion for helping patients on their health journey; she is experienced in all ages and care of patients, ranging from pediatric care to geriatric care. She has hosted live and virtual workouts for varying levels of physical activity, incorporating mobility and strength segments. Dr. Parikh has furthered her education by receiving certifications in many aspects of physical therapy and holistic care including Nutritional PT, Restorative Yoga, Pilates, and Reiki.

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Aishwarya Parab, PT

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Aishwarya Parab received her Bachelors in Physiotherapy in India in 2015 and furthered her studies at Long Island University where she graduated with her Masters in Exercise Science, Sports, and Nutrition in 2019. She has experience working with various conditions, including herniated disks, spondylolysis, and post-operative mobility issues. Aishwarya has taken courses to expand her knowledge in the physical therapy world, including spinal mobility courses, neuromuscular reeducation courses, and getting a certificate with Revolution in Motion. Aishwarya finds it exceedingly rewarding to build a long-term relationship with her patients and shows commitment towards providing structured and effective healthcare.

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Prajakta Avhad, MD

Pain Management located in Franklin Township, Somerset, NJ & East Brunswick, NJ

About Dr. Avhad
Dr. Prajakta Avhad is double board-certified in Pain Management and Anesthesiology. Dr. Avhad received her M.B.B.S. from MIMER, India, and completed her Surgical internship and Anesthesia residency at Brookdale University Hospital in Brooklyn, New York during which she interned at Memorial Sloan Kettering, St. Luke’s Roosevelt, and Staten Island Hospital.

She then completed her Pain Management Fellowship from Cleveland Clinic Foundation.

Dr. Avhad is a diplomate of the American Board of Anesthesiology and a member of the American Academy of Pain Medicine.

Dr. Avhad has been in practice in Central and South Jersey for more than 12years. She is a caring physician with expertise and experience in treating a spectrum of Pain conditions like chronic back and neck pain, herniated discs/sciatica with minimally invasive interventional procedures.

Dr. Avhad and her family reside in New Jersey. She is an avid gardener active with her kids, dog, and garden if not tending to her broad and exotic orchid collection.

Radhika Patel PA-C

Radhika Patel, PA-C

Physician Assistant located in Jersey City, NJ

About Patel
Graduating summa cum laude from Rutgers University with a BA in Biological Sciences and minor in Spanish, Radhika Patel obtained experiences in outpatient medicine as well as in emergency medical services prior to pursuing a career as a physician assistant. She graduated from the Rutgers University Physician Assistant program with a Master of Science after training in cardiology, internal medicine, and urgent care, among many other fields at various hospitals and private practices throughout the state of New Jersey. She is a proud member of the team at Advanced Garden State Cardiology and looks forward to meeting with patients each day in our Jersey City office.

Enrique D Chappilliquen Lucio, PA-C

Enrique Chappilliquen, PA-C

Physician Assistant located in Union City, NJ & Jersey City, NJ

About Dr. Chappilliquen
Graduated from Mercy College Physician Assistant Program with a Masters of Science in Physician Assistant Studies, Enrique has extensive experience in the medical field for more than 6 years.

He has clinical experience and training in internal medicine, cardiology, general and vascular surgery, hematology, oncology, and emergency medicine. He joined Dr. Richard’s practice in October of 2016. Since then, he has been a dedicated medical provider working in the Union City office and the Hematology/Oncology office in Jersey City as well.

As a Hispanic, he proudly serves his community with passion and devotion. Being able to communicate fluently with his patients allows him the opportunity to provide excellent medical care to the Hispanic community in Union City and Jersey City. Also, sharing the same language, culture, and values as his patients allows him to connect at a personal level with his patients. Enrique continues to develop his knowledge and skills constantly to continue satisfying the needs of his patients.

Dr Christopher Samaniego, DPM

Christopher Samaniego, DPM

Podiatrist located in Jersey City, NJ, Union City, NJ, and West New York, NJ

Christopher Samaniego, DPM, is originally from Freehold, New Jersey. He attended college at Messiah College, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude with a degree in Biology. He earned his podiatric medical degree from Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine in Philadelphia, PA and completed his surgical residency training at Detroit Medical Center in Detroit, MI. 

Dr. Samaniego provides comprehensive foot and ankle care at Advanced Medical Group in Jersey City, Union City, and West New York. His specialized surgical training includes

  • Bunion
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  • Diabetic foot care
  • Fungal nail care
  • Plantar fasciitis, tendinitis, orthotics
  • Gout, warts, neuroma care
  • Flat feet and high arched feet
  • Foot and ankle trauma
  • Adult and paediatric foot conditions
  • Arthritis of the foot and ankle
  • Arthroscopy, joint replacement, minimally invasive techniques

Samaniego is a member of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons and the American Podiatric Medical Association. He keeps up to date on the latest surgical techniques and available technology in foot and ankle care.

Prior to joining Advanced Medical Group, Samaniego studied public healthcare in Zambia and assisted in providing care to the local community. He has also presented research at the annual meeting of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons. Samaniego achieved the highest rank of Eagle Scout through the Boy Scouts of America and volunteered with Troop 454 for scouts with special needs and the Freehold Public Library. In his free time, Samaniego volunteers with his local church community service and youth programs.

Samaniego resides in Jersey City, NJ and maintains his health by cycling and interval training several times a week. He explains, “Healthy doctors inspire healthy patients. I follow the same advice I give my patients, and I read constantly to become a better physician every day. I encourage my patients to ask questions and learn about the cause of their symptoms. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”

Dr. Merwin Richard, MD. A cardiologist

Merwin Richard, MD

Cardiologist located in Jersey City, NJ & Union City, NJ

As an established board-certified internist and cardiologist, Merwin Richard, MD, has a reputation for helping patients with the most complex of health conditions. He cares for patients at Advanced Medical Group in West New York, Jersey City, and Union City, New Jersey.

Richard began his undergraduate education in medicine at Stanley Medical College in India. He earned his doctor of medicine degree from Tamil Nadu Dr. M.G.R. Medical University before relocating to New York City.

After completing both his internship and internal medicine residency through the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Dr. Richard went through advanced fellowship training. He completed a cardiovascular fellowship at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, then went on to finish a second fellowship in interventional cardiology through Mount Sinai School of Medicine (now Icahn).


Throughout his career, Richard has stayed involved in numerous research projects and previously served as a professor at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (now Rutgers University). Richard went on to become the director of the first cardiac catheterization and interventional laboratory in Jersey City and has extensive training in vein treatments.

To ensure he continues staying up to date with the latest research and techniques, Richard maintains his board memberships. He’s board certified through the American Board of Internal Medicine in cardiovascular disease and interventional cardiology.

Being fluent in English,  Spanish, and Tamil gives Richard the opportunity to communicate with patients from diverse cultural backgrounds. Richard is currently accepting new patients.