March 6th Is National Dentist’s Day… But Wait, I’m A Physical Therapist. – Part 1

Dentists aren’t the most popular people in the world, and in many cases, the day of our dental visit usually has us a bit nervous and sometimes anxious.  We would likely rather be someplace else than sitting in a dental chair.  However, when our checkup is done, our teeth are cleaned, the cavities are filled, or the broken tooth is fixed, we appreciate what the dentist has done for us.

For as long as I can remember, the first person I thought of when I developed a toothache was the dentist.  Growing up mom always saw to it that I brushed my teeth, but when a problem arose, I knew a trip to the dentist would be in my immediate future.  This is how it has always been and how it will always be!

Looking at my calendar for next week, I see I’m scheduled for my yearly eye exam this Friday.  I can’t think of anyone better suited than my optometrist to see how my eyes are doing and to adjust that prescription just a tad to bring the world into better focus.  We just had our car serviced because it was making an unsettling noise if the speedometer climbed above 45 mph.  Without giving it a second thought, I contacted our mechanic who always does a great job keeping us on the road when the car alerts us there’s a problem.

Now in my 20th year of practice, I’m realizing that there are a lot of people in this world who have difficulty identifying what type of problem would necessitate a visit to the physical therapist. It’s just not clear enough as in the case with the dentist or the auto mechanic.  Me and my fellow PT’s have an identity problem.  It is my goal to change that.

Please stay tuned for Part 2 of this series where my hope is to provide you with a MUCH better understanding of what problems a physical therapist is best suited to help you with overcoming.

David. E. Ebbecke

After becoming a physical therapist in 1996, David continued his path toward specialization in orthopedics and manual therapy with the University of St. Augustine. He returned to his alma mater in 2004 to receive his doctorate which provided a stronger foundation for the diagnosis and management of musculoskeletal conditions. In 2009, David took ownership of Piedmont Physical Therapy (formerly Mizener, Ebbecke & Associates) from his predecessor, David Mizener who he continues to seek guidance and wisdom from to this day.

Integrating manual therapy with personalized exercises to reinforce efficient movement, David appreciates the science behind what he enjoys doing so much. What the years of practice have taught him, however, is that there is an art to caring for people, and that forging this bond between caregiver and client is what truly makes the rehabilitation process a successful one.
David. E. Ebbecke