The Profession of Physical Therapy
"Physical Therapists work towards the restoration of function and the prevention of disability in individuals afflicted with disease, injury, or loss of body parts. Physical therapists evaluate neuromuscular, musculoskeletal, sensorimotor and related cardio-respiratory functions of the patient in a variety of work settings to establish guidelines for treatment. Treatment goals are accomplished by means of therapeutic exercise, functional training techniques, medical massage, mobilization, physical agents (heat, light, electricity and water) and use of specialized medical equipment. Patients are taught to use artificial limbs, braces, ambulatory aids and assistive devices that compensate for physical disabilities".
(College of Health Related Professions1999-2000 Bulletin, SUNY/NY Health Science Center at Brooklyn, p9.)
For further information about the physical therapy profession, contact the American Physical Therapy Association at http://www.apta.org.