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Pennsylvania physical therapists,
sometimes referred to simply as Pennsylvania PTs, are healthcare professionals who diagnose
and treat individuals of all ages, developing a plan using treatment techniques
to promote the ability to move, reduce pain, restore function, and prevent
disability. Physical therapists also 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. A Pennsylvania physical therapist provides
care to people of all ages who have functional problems resulting from injuries,
sprains/strains and fractures, and injuries related to work and sports. Pennsylvania physical therapy is concerned with identifying and maximizing quality of life and
movement potential within the spheres of promotion, prevention,
treatment/intervention, habilitation and rehabilitation.
Physical Therapists and Physical Therapy
Pennsylvania physical therapists sometimes referred to as simply PTs, are healthcare professionals who diagnose and treat individuals of all ages, from newborns to the very oldest, who have medical problems or other health-related conditions, illnesses, or injuries that limits their abilities to move and perform functional activities as well as they would like in their daily lives. Physical therapists 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 provide care to people of all ages who have
functional problems resulting from, for example, back and neck injuries,
sprains/strains and fractures, arthritis, burns, amputations, stroke, multiple
sclerosis, conditions such as cerebral palsy and spina bifida, and injuries
related to work and sports. Physical therapy care and services are provided by
physical therapists and physical therapist assistants who work under the
direction and supervision of a physical therapist. Physical therapists evaluate
and diagnose movement dysfunction and use interventions to treat
patient/clients. Interventions may include therapeutic exercise, functional
training, manual therapy techniques, assistive and adaptive devices and
equipment, and physical agents and electrotherapeutic modalities.
Physical therapists often consult and practice with a variety of other professionals, such as physicians, dentists, nurses, educators, social workers, occupational therapists, speech-language pathologists, and audiologists.1
Physical therapy or physiotherapy, often abbreviated PT,
Physical therapists provide services to individuals and populations to develop,
maintain and restore maximum movement and functional ability throughout the
lifespan. This includes providing services in circumstances where movement and
function are threatened by aging, injury, disease or environmental factors.
Functional movement is central to what it means to be healthy. Physical therapy
is concerned with identifying and maximizing quality of life and movement
potential within the spheres of promotion, prevention, treatment/intervention,
habilitation and rehabilitation. 2
1 Physical Therapists Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor
2 Physical Therapy Article on Wikipedia.org
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