Richard Miller, CERT. MDT, PT
Richard is the Director of Physical Therapy of Grossmont Orthopedic Medical Group. He has been a physical therapist since 1993, graduating from Ohio University School of Physical Therapy in Athens, Ohio graduating Magna Cum Laude, BS PT. He also has education as an athletic trainer at Ohio University from 1987 – 1991 while earning his Bachelor’s in Health Science. Richard has a wide range of rehabilitative experience in such settings as collegiate sports, outpatient orthopedic clinics, home health, long-term care, and acute/hospital care.
He worked with athletes early in his career as an athletic trainer rehabilitating a wide range of injuries affecting younger college-age athletes ranging from knee and ankle injuries such as seen in football or basketball to repetitive injuries seen with swimmers and runners. Many of these conditions affect our athletic and younger clients here at Grossmont Orthopedic Physical Therapy.
Acute care rehab taught Richard a caring approach to those with more severe or fragile conditions such as acute hip fracture and multiple injuries from MVA. He learned caution, basic mobility skills and relevant education to patients and their family to improve their quality of life at that challenging time.
He also has extensive experience working with older adults in both long-term care and home care over a cumulative 13 years of practice. Here he learned vestibular rehabilitation including treating BPPV (a common form of vertigo) and fall prevention principles. Fall prevention, balance training and addressing vertigo are common problems seen in folks over 65. Richard integrates this experience with our clientele who may also have these problems in addition to their orthopedic concerns.
He has worked in the outpatient orthopedic rehab setting in a number of clinics since 1994; most recently with GOMG PT since December 2017. He is quite experienced with our common pre- and post-operative therapy for total knee, hip, and shoulder surgeries, ACL reconstruction and rotator cuff repair as well as a wide variety of non-surgical orthopedic pain problems and mobility problems. Richard completed training and received certification (seen as Cert., MDT) from the McKenzie Institute in 2019 and is a member of the McKenzie Institute USA. MDT (or, “McKenzie”) is a classification system assessing/treating neck, back, and extremity problems which complements Richard’s 27 years of clinical experience. This system helps him understand a patient’s problem through a logical analysis of their symptoms and motion through movement. Patient response to these various movements directly guide physical therapy treatment. The concepts of MDT also compliment the treatment of many common disorders seen in our practice.
Richard believes education is integral for empowering patients to understand and manage their condition while reaching a favorable outcome through the physical therapy experience. He is a skilled communicator in bringing therapy, recovery, and expectations of results to his patients in a friendly, plain language style.
We see patients from many different doctors in San Diego and even self-referral (Direct Access) here at GOMG PT. For those sent to physical therapy by our Doctors’ Hanson, Hacker and Dubois this allows for a unique opportunity for direct communication between our physical therapy staff and the GOMG doctors. Subtle details of a challenging case are better received in person with face-to-face dialog and we frequently do this when the need arises.