Physical therapists work in the USA and are the American equivalent of a Physiotherapist. They help restore function, improve mobility, relieve pain, and prevent or limit permanent physical disabilities of patients suffering from injuries or disease.
Who do Physical Therapists treat?
Physical therapists patients include accident victims and individuals with disabling conditions such as low-back pain, arthritis, heart disease, fractures, head injuries, and cerebral palsy as well as sports related conditions. Some physical therapists treat a wide range of ailments and others specialize for example in sports medicine.
What treatment techniques does a Physical Therapist use?
Physical therapists use a variety of treatments including therapeutic use of hands, exercise programs, ultrasound and electrical stimulation.
Where do Physical Therapists work?
Physical therapists practice in hospitals, clinics, and private offices, or they treat patients in their own homes, or in schools.
What training does a Physical Therapist do?
A physical therapist has completed an accredited four-to-six-year college program or if educated in a foreign country has met the educational requirements in physical therapy, including studies in biology, basic medical sciences, and clinical experience. In addition, some states require physical therapists to have passed the national physical therapy examination and an examination on the laws and regulations governing the practice of physical therapy.
How can I get treated by a Physical Therapist?
Physical therapists will often need diagnosis from a licensed health care professional who is authorized by his or her license to diagnose (i.e. physicians, dentists, podiatrists, chiropractors, etc.). Although a physical therapist may evaluate a patient without a diagnosis, one is required prior to the physical therapist providing any treatment. Once you have a diagnosis, the physical therapist will implement a personalized treatment plan.