What is Physical Therapy?
Physical Therapists are health care professionals who maintain, restore, and improve movement, activity, and health enabling individuals of all ages to have optimal function and quality of life. Additionally, pursuing exercise programs designed by a Physical Therapist has been associated with protecting patients against injury and potentially eliminating the need for surgery.
Physical Therapists are a highly effective alternative to prescription medication and surgery for many conditions. Research shows that individuals who receive regular physical therapy treatment experience greater improvement in function and decreased pain intensity. Physical Therapists, within their scope of practice, are extensively qualified to execute comprehensive patient care including examination, diagnosis, and treatment.
Scope of Practice defined by APTA
Physical Therapy, which is limited to the care and services provided by or under the direction and supervision of a Physical Therapist, includes:
- Examining (history, system review and tests and measures) individuals with impairment, functional limitation, and disability or other health-related conditions in order to determine a diagnosis, prognosis, and intervention; tests and measures
- Alleviating impairment and functional limitation by designing, implementing, and modifying therapeutic interventions
- Preventing injury, impairment, functional limitation, and disability, including the promotion and maintenance of health, wellness, fitness, and quality of life in all age populations
- Engaging in consultation, education, and research
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