• Physical Therapists
  • Health Science
  • Physical therapists, sometimes called PTs, help injured or ill people improve their movement and manage their pain. These therapists are often an important part of rehabilitation and treatment of patients with chronic conditions or injuries.

What do they typically do

  • Review patients' medical history and any referrals or notes from doctors or surgeons
  • Diagnose patients' abnormal movements through observation and by listening to their concerns
  • Set up a plan of care for patients, outlining the patient's goals and the expected outcome of the plan
  • Use exercises, stretching maneuvers, hands-on therapy, and equipment to ease patients' pain, help them increase their mobility, prevent further pain or injury,
  • Test and measure patient's strength and functional capacity, and record data
  • Evaluate and record patient's progress, changing the plan of care and trying new treatments as needed
  • Instruct patient and family in treatment procedures to be continued at home
  • Discharge patient from physical therapy when goals are completed and provide for appropriate follow-up care or referrals

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