Profession


In Physical Therapy, You Can Make A Difference!!!

A factory worker with an injured back...an elderly individual with arthritis...a recreational or elite athlete...an individual who has had a stroke...a child or adult with a disability...an individual who works all day at a computer workstation...a middle aged adult who is experiencing shoulder pain...an individual recovering from surgery...an elderly person living in a nursing home...a diverse group of people, yet each can benefit from physical therapy.

When individuals are recovering from injury or disease, the physical therapist evaluates and directs the recovery process to relieve pain, make them stronger, and help them to regain use of an affected limb. Physical therapists also teach patients and their families what to do so that healing continues through self-care at home.

Physical therapists have an opportunity to make a positive difference in people's quality of life. Their work often involves direct contact with people—with patients and other health care professionals.

Physical therapists also promote wellness and injury prevention. They teach the importance of personal fitness and explain how to prevent injury at work or at play.

Physical therapy attempts to meet an individual’s health goals, whether a patient’s goal is walking without assistance or running a marathon. A physical therapist is an integral part of the health care team that makes these goals a reality.


A Variety of Responsibilities and Settings

Physical therapists are part of the health care team. They work with other health care providers, such as physicians, occupational therapists, nurses, dentists, psychologists, social workers, podiatrists, and speech pathologists and audiologists.

Physical therapists many be self employed or work as an employee in many health care setting including hospitals, rehabilitation centers, community health centers, nursing homes, home health agencies, corporate or industrial health centers, sports facilities, research institutions, schools, pediatric centers, and colleges and universities.

Text Modified from the American Physical Therapy Website (www.apta.org)


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