Physical therapy is a branch of the allied healthcare profession in which the skilled physical therapist utilizes multiple treatment approaches geared towards maintaining functional mobility in daily life. These treatment approaches may include manual therapy techniques, therapeutic exercise, gait training, activities of daily living training and even home safety. Physical therapy can reduce healthcare costs on a yearly basis, as physical therapists are able to evaluate, diagnose and treat multiple musculoskeletal, orthopedic and neurological conditions.
The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) describes physical therapists abilities to:
“Diagnose and manage movement dysfunction and enhance physical and functional abilities”
“Restore, maintain and promote not only optimal physical function but optimal wellness and fitness and optimal quality of life as it relates to movement and health”
“Prevent the onset, symptoms and progression of impairments, functional limitations and disabilities that may result from diseases, disorders, conditions or injuries”