General Physical Therapy FAQ

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You have questions.  Aspire Therapy Services has answers to your questions related to physical therapy in general.

If you would like to get answers to questions specific to our practice, please reference our FAQ page.

General Physical Therapy Questions:

What is physical therapy?

  • Physical therapists (PTs) are movement experts who optimize quality of life through prescribed exercise, hands-on care, and patient education.

Does physical therapy work?

  • Yes! Physical therapy is an evidenced-based practice, meaning we structure our interventions and goals based on current research.

How much schooling is required to be a physical therapist?

  • As of 2016, all physical therapists receive a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree from an accredited physical therapist educational program before taking the national licensure exam that allows them to practice.

Are physical therapist doctors?

  • Physical therapists are not medical doctors.

Can physical therapists write prescriptions?

  • No, physical therapists cannot write prescriptions.

Do I need a referral to receive physical therapy?

  • Most states have direct access for physical therapy treatment, meaning a PT does not require a referral from a physician in order to provide treatment. Ohio is a direct access state.

Therapy For The Following Diagnoses


  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Muscular Dystrophies
  • Down Syndrome
  • Torticollis
  • Toe Walking
  • Motor Skill Delays
  • Spina Bifida
  • Hypotonia
  • Hypermobility Syndrome
  • Stroke & Hemiplegia
  • Neuromuscular Disorders

Our physical therapy services are not limited to the diabilities listed above.  We do also provide physical therapy services for adults.

1 in 6 People In KY, OH, and IN Have A Disability

According to the University of New Hampshire’s Institute of Disability’s 2017 Disability Statics Annual Report.

Nation-Wide Disability Statistics

The following statistics are for the United States alone.  Cerebral Palsy is the most common childhood disability.

764 Thousand

Live with CP

500 Thousand

Living with CP are under 18

8 to 12 Thousand

Infants are Born with CP Each Year

2 Million


8.1 Million

Visually Impaired

1 in 5


2.2 Million

Have Seizures & Epilepsy

19.9 Million

Motor Skilled Impaired

7.6 Million

Auditory Impaired

*Statistics above are credited to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the Epilepsy Foundation, and the National Institute of Health

Lisa working with disabled adults at May We Help in Cincinnati, OH.About Lisa

Lisa Davison is the Physical Therapist on staff and owner of Aspire Therapy Services.

Lisa has over 20 years of experience in the pediatric clinical field.

When she isn’t at home with her family in Cincinnati, you just might find her in a under-developed country volunteering her expertise to those in need.  Ecuador and Santo Domingo are a couple of her favorite places to volunteer her time and knowledge.

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