Physical Therapist

Physical Therapist

Physical therapy is a branch of rehabilitative health that deals with the treatment consisting of exercising exact parts of the body such as the back, legs, arms, hands or neck in an effort to make stronger, regain range of motion, re-learn movement and/or restore the musculoskeletal system to recover function. The people who assist them are called physical therapists.

Physical therapists offer services that assist restore function, improve mobility, and relieve pain. They restore, preserve, and promote overall fitness and health. Their patients include accident victims and persons with disabling circumstances such as low-back pain, arthritis, heart disease, fractures, head injuries, and cerebral palsy.

How to become physical therapist

To become a physical therapist, a bachelor's or master's degree is required, including several science courses, principally biology, chemistry, and physics and then begin specialized courses, including biomechanics, neuroanatomy, human growth and development, symptoms of illness, examination techniques, and therapeutic procedures, in addition Physical therapists need to pass a NPTE licensure exam before they can practice.

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Nature of the work

Physical Therapists help patients restore bodily functions, avoid permanent disability, and relieve pain after an injury or disease. Therapy can contain work and massage to increase energy, coordination, and range of motion. Therapists also perform traction and heat, cold, light, and water treatments. They also educate patients to apply prosthetic and othotic appliances.

Treatment habitually includes exercise for patients who have been immobilized and not have flexibility, muscle, or endurance. Physical therapists encourage patients to utilize their own muscles to increase their flexibility and range of motion before finally advancing to other exercises that develop strength, balance, coordination, and endurance. The objective is to develop how an individual acts at work and at home.

Where do physical therapists work?

Physical therapists can work in hospitals, nursing homes, rehabilitation centers, schools, and physicians' offices.


Physical Therapists in the United States earn $61,088. In North America you may see salaries varying anywhere from $24,000 to $60,000 a year.