Physical therapy Q & A
Physical therapy, also known as physiotherapy, is a healthcare profession that specializes in the treatment of physical impairments, disabilities, and pain through the use of therapeutic exercise, manual therapy, and other modalities.
Physical therapists are licensed healthcare professionals who have completed a graduate degree in physical therapy and passed a licensure exam. They work with patients of all ages and with a variety of conditions, including musculoskeletal, neurological, and cardiopulmonary disorders.
The goals of physical therapy are to help patients reduce pain, increase range of motion, improve strength and mobility, and restore function. Physical therapists use a variety of techniques to achieve these goals, including therapeutic exercise, manual therapy, therapeutic modalities such as heat, cold, or electrical stimulation, and assistive devices such as braces, crutches, or wheelchairs.
Physical therapy can be helpful for a wide range of conditions, including sports injuries, back pain, arthritis, stroke, and chronic conditions such as multiple sclerosis or Parkinson’s disease. Physical therapy can also be used to prevent injuries and maintain overall physical health and wellness.