Physical therapy can help anyone—at any age— regain mobility, improve movement, and even avoid invasive procedures or prescription drugs.
The Power of Physical Therapy
How does PT work? Physical therapists (PTs) are experts in human movement and rehabilitation. They are essential members of any health care team. Physical therapist assistants (PTAs) are trained to collaborate with PTs to provide therapeutic treatments and interventions.
PTs are unique because they are medical experts in the human “movement system” – which involves the cardiovascular, pulmonary, endocrine, and nervous systems, as well as the skin, muscles and bones – all of which interacts to move our bodies.
PTs evaluate and diagnose issues with the human movement system, and provide an integrated plan of care for the best possible prognosis in preventive medicine, recovery, rehabilitation, and treatment for people with chronic conditions, illnesses or injuries.
Where do PTs practice? PTs provide critical and even life-saving techniques in a variety of health care settings, from hospital ICUs and nursing homes, to schools and sports fields—and even in patients’ homes via telehealth or onsite visits.
Physical therapy can:
Help you avoid surgery—or help you recover from surgery.
Prevent injury to the ligaments, tendons and muscles.
Treat chronic pain without the use of medication.
Help infants and children develop healthy motor skills, and improve play, eating and sleeping.
Restore mobility and prevent loss of mobility before it occurs.
Assist seniors in maintaining health, wellness and independence by reducing fall risks, and by improving bone health, flexibility, muscle strength and cardiovascular health.
Did you know?
PTs are required to:
Earn a 4-year bachelor’s degree
Complete a 3-year clinical Doctorate in physical therapy
Pass a national licensure exam
Complete continuing education requirements determined by the state. In Florida, for example, PTs must complete 24 hours of continuing education every two years.
Learn even more about what physical therapy can do for you and find your PT today.