July 20, 2017ProRehab In The News

Congratulations to Our New Board Certified OCS and SCS Specialists!

ProRehab Physical Therapy is proud to announce that two of their physical therapists, John Hardy and Brandy Hirsch, have earned the professional designation of Orthopaedic Certified Specialist (OCS) and Sports Certified Specialist (SCS), respectively.

The OCS and SCS Board Certifications are granted by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA)’s American Board of Physical Therapy Specialists (ABPTS) and involve rigorous application and examination processes. Roughly 6.5% of the physical therapists in the United States are Board Certified in a specialty. Only 3.9% of therapists in the United States are Orthopaedic Clinical Specialists and less than 2% hold their Sports Certified Specialist certification.

The advanced clinical knowledge and skill set that comes with a Board Certification allows therapists to better treat the patients in their specialty and keeps them up-to-date with cutting edge research and technology. The OCS certification focuses on evidence-based practice, orthopedic injury examination, treatment, and medical interventions. According to a 2000 Hart & Dobrzykowski study, physical therapists with the OCS certification are more efficient than those without. Their patients require fewer visits, at less cost per visit, and noted improved outcomes over the period of care.

The SCS certification concentrates on acute and critical sports injury treatment and sports injury prevention and wellness. Dr. Hirsch is the only practicing female Sports Certified Specialist in Kentucky.

“On behalf of the ProRehab team, our sincere congratulations to Drs. Hardy and Hirsch on becoming Board Certified Specialists,” said David Boyce,  “We’re very proud of the hard work they put in to become board certified specialists and appreciate the passion for their profession that this hard work reflects. We look forward to seeing how their patients benefit from their expertise!”

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