Physical Therapists Help Improve Your Quality of Life:

Looking at their physical, psychological, emotional and social well-being, physical therapists help people optimize their quality of life. They work in the health spheres of promotion, prevention, treatment/intervention, habilitation and rehabilitation. Physical therapists provide services that develop, maintain and restore people’s maximum movement and functional ability. These health care professionals can help people at any stage of life, when movement and function are threatened by environmental factors, aging, injury, diseases, disorders, or medical conditions.

Physical therapists are experts trained in the evaluation and treatment of musculoskeletal dysfunction. They are trained specifically to improve movement and function, relieve pain, and expand movement potential. Physical therapy treatment is indicated in situations where pain impairs function, in recovering from an injury or surgery, and in recovering from a disease process or illness. Physical therapists also teach adaptive and physical coping skills in dealing with impaired function from a disease, injury or illness.

Helping individuals return to their prior level of functioning is the goal of a customized physical therapy program. The PTP ( physical therapy program) can help individuals return to their prior level of functioning, and encourage activities and lifestyle changes that can help prevent further injury and improve overall health and well being. Since it is considered a conservative approach to managing problems, primary care doctors often refer patients to physical therapy at the first sign of a problem. PTP helps people of all ages who have medical conditions, illnesses or injuries that limit their regular ability to move and function.

During several years of training, physical therapists study areas such as biology, anatomy, cellular histology, physiology, exercise physiology, biomechanics, kinesiology, neuroscience, pharmacology, pathology, behavioral sciences, cardiovascular and pulmonary, endocrine and metabolic, and musculoskeletal studies. Some of the fields physical therapists can specialize in are cardiovascular and pulmonary health, clinical electrophysiology, health for older people and neurology. Orthopedics, pediatrics, sports physical therapy, and women's health are all specialties in which physical therapists may also be found.

Educating patients and their families about what to expect from the recovery process is a critical part of this job. Physical therapists oversee the work of physical therapy aides and assistants, and work on a team of health care professionals. They work in clinics, hospitals, home health care, and nursing homes, and may specialize in areas like pediatrics or sports medicine. Lifting and moving people and heavy objects are all part of the day’s work. To enter this career, health care workers need a Doctorate of Physical Therapy, and a state-issued license.