Manual therapy, orthopedics and sports therapy requires additional specialization and training beyond simply graduating from physical therapy school. After graduation, most therapists choose an area of practice, taking additional seminar training to advance their clinical skills. True advanced clinical skills are acquired through longer post-graduate programs that involve didactic, as well as clinical mentorship. MTI employees have completed post-graduate programs and are actively teaching and mentoring current program participants throughout the world. Standards for clinical Residency and Fellowships have been set nationally by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists (AAOMPT), and the International Federation of Orthopaedic Manipulative Physical Therapists (IFOMPT).
Our therapists elect to work at MTI and receive an advanced post-graduate degree and Fellowship in orthopaedic manual therapy. After graduating and beginning their physical therapy career, these additional programs involve one to three years of classroom and clinical residency while working a full-time caseload. Having advanced clinical training is not the norm in the industry but is part of our company culture. Our practice model of one-to-one care, having the therapist see only one patient for one hour, allows for ample time for teaching, practice and professional development. This pace of practice and availability of mentorship greatly accelerates the therapist’s skill set well beyond their years of training.
If you are being treated by an MTI physical therapist, you can be assured that you are in the care of a therapist committed to long-term professional education and development, providing the most advanced and evidence-based approach to orthopaedic and sports physical therapy.