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Physical therapist

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Definition

noun, plural: physical therapists

An allied health professional in the field of physical therapy, and trained to promote and improve level of physical activity through implementing biomechics (kinesiology), manual therapy, exercise therapy, and electrotherapy


Supplement

A physical therapist (also called physiotherapist) is a specialist in physical therapy. Physical therapy is a field that makes use of kinesiology, manual therapy, exercise therapy, and electrotherapy to help patients with physical debilitating illness. It applies exercise and physical activities to condition the muscles and improve their level of activity.

A physical therapist would assist the patient in doing specific exercises and therapy as prescribed to the patient's condition. Some of the devices used are sound waves, assistive devices, prostheses, orthoses, etc.

Physical therapists can work on different settings, e.g. private clinics, outpatient clinics, health and wellness clinics, rehabilitation facilities, extended care facilities, private homes, hospices, fitness centers, and sports training facilities. They may also provide training services at schools and educational institutions. They may also be involved in research, conducting studies relevant to the field. They may also be involved in medical-legal field as consultants or experts in physical therapy.

There are several areas to specialize: Cardiovascular and pulmonary rehabilitation, Clinical electrophysiology, geriatrics, neurology, orthopedic, pediatrics, palliative care, and pain management.


Synonym(s):

  • physiotherapist

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