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physical therapy

n. Abbr. PT
The treatment of physical dysfunction or injury by the use of therapeutic exercise and the application of modalities, intended to restore or facilitate normal function or development. Also called physiotherapy.

physical therapist n.

physical therapy

(Medicine) another term for physiotherapy

phys′ical ther′apy

the treatment or management of physical disability, malfunction, or pain by physical techniques, as exercise, massage, hydrotherapy, etc.
phys′ical ther′apist, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.physical therapy - therapy that uses physical agents: exercise and massage and other modalitiesphysical therapy - therapy that uses physical agents: exercise and massage and other modalities
therapy - (medicine) the act of caring for someone (as by medication or remedial training etc.); "the quarterback is undergoing treatment for a knee injury"; "he tried every treatment the doctors suggested"; "heat therapy gave the best relief"
modality - a method of therapy that involves physical or electrical therapeutic treatment
rehabilitation - the treatment of physical disabilities by massage and electrotherapy and exercises
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For a real inside look into the practice of physical therapy, the most meaningful sources are patients and the physical therapists themselves.
PHYSICAL THERAPIST ASSISTANTS work under the direction of licensed physical therapists, helping patients with medical problems or health-related conditions like injuries, illnesses and surgeries.
Number of Subjects: Nine physical therapists performed the ankle brachial index on 36 outpatient physical therapy patients who each presented with age > 50 and at least two risk factors for peripheral arterial disease over a three month period.
Economic and clinical forces are transforming the role of physical therapists in hospital inpatient and outpatient settings.
Physical therapists from the US discuss, in 13 chapters, their roles and practice settings; communication with patients and colleagues; laws, policies, and regulations; finance and reimbursement; functions of the major organ systems and common disorders and dysfunctions; therapies and treatments; and special considerations for children and older adults.
Additional resources are being developed to help physical therapists network on this important issue.
New to this second edition is an opening section on foundations, which describes primary care models that put physical therapists at the entry point for selected patient populations.
Private practice physical therapists should have a cancellation rate of less than 15 percent.
In Alaska and in many locations elsewhere, recruitment sources suggest physical therapists and their trained assistants are in demand, with some medical institutions sweetening the pot by offering sign-on bonuses ($10,000 for a two-year commitment, for instance, or $7,500 for a single year) and help with educational loan repayment.
Upon taking my daughter for her visit I was immediately impressed with what was a private practice of four physical therapists and four physical therapy assistants all in practice together.
An utterly invaluable self-treatment aid for anyone who has been given the runaround by the medical establishment while seeking help for pain, and highly recommended for massage and physical therapists seeking to expand their repertoire of healing techniques.
As part of Synergy Performance Health and Fitness Center, Fox sees his patients in office space he shares with physical therapists, personal trainers and a gym.

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