Questions about some joint moves.
In most cases, physical therapists' (PTs) relationships with colleagues in other health care disciplines are excellent. Sometimes, however, situations arise that place us in the uncomfortable position of having to balance our fiduciary obligation and concern for our patient with our professional respect for other health care professionals who also are serving that patient. Consider the following scenario.
Pop Goes the Prosthetic
Jim has been a solo private practitioner for more than 20 years. He practices in a small town, but it is located within a large metropolitan area, so his patients and clients have many choices for physical therapy. Jim is proud that he has many longtime patrons from larger towns and cities in the area. He has established strong relationships with many area physicians, to whom he refers patients and who, likewise, refer patients to him.