What is a physical therapist? What do they do?

  • Physical therapists (PTs) are state licensed health care professionals who can help patients reduce pain and improve or restore mobility
  • Viewed as “the experts in movement dysfunction”
  • PTs perform an in depth examination on each patient and develop a plan, using treatment techniques to promote the ability to move, reduce pain, restore function, and prevent disability
  • PTs are required to complete a graduate degree (masters or clinical doctorate) and pass a national licensing exam. (96% of colleges/universities now offer the clinical doctorate in PT)

Areas of specialization

  • Orthopedics (joint pain, sprains, fractures, post operative care)
  • Neurology (MS, Alzheimer’s, ALS, post stroke recovery)
  • Cardiology (cardiac rehab post heart attack or cardiac surgery)
  • Vestibular system disorders (dizziness, vertigo, post concussive syndrome)
  • Pediatrics (spina bifida, torticollis, cerebral palsy, developmental delay)
  • Women’s and Men’s Health (urinary incontinence, pre/post partum care, sexual dysfunction)
  • Geriatrics (balance and fall prevention, dementia related disorders)

Where do physical therapists work?

Physical therapists provide care for people of all ages in a variety of settings

  • NICU, ICU, inpatient hospital care, private practices, outpatient clinics, home health, schools, sports and fitness facilities, work/industrial settings, and nursing homes.

Benefits of Physical Therapy

  • Conservative pain reduction without expensive/invasive surgery
  • Reduction in the need for long-term use of prescription medications and their side effects
  • Return to prior level of function (work, leisure, self care activities)
  • Injury prevention and disease management
  • Patient education in safe mobility techniques (lifting, ergonomics, etc)

When to consult with a PT (FAQ)

  • After any musculoskeletal injury… minor or severe
  • Unchanging joint pain or muscular aches
  • Pain or difficulty during work activity, exercise, or sports
  • PTs are trained in screening any injury….and will make the appropriate referral back to your medical doctor if a more significant issue is present


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