Physical therapists (PTs) are licensed healthcare professionals who can help patients reduce pain and improve or restore mobility - in many cases without surgery and often reducing the need for long-term use of prescription medications.
Physical therapists can teach patients how to prevent or manage their condition to achieve long-term health benefits. PTs examine each individual and develop a plan, using treatment techniques to promote the ability to move, reduce pain, restore function, and prevent disability. In addition, PTs work with individuals to prevent the loss of mobility before it occurs by developing fitness- and wellness-oriented programs for healthier and more active lifestyles.
Physical therapists must receive a degree from an accredited physical therapy program before taking the state licensure examination.
Source: MedlinePlus and American Physical Therapy Association
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- American Physical Therapy Association
- This link goes to the public site of the American Physical Therapy Association. It has excellent information on physical therapy and information about various health conditions.