What does a Physical Therapist do? trainer

A Physical Therapist is a health professional with at least a 4-year degree that specializes in the evaluation and treatment of various diagnoses that limit physical functioning. A Physical Therapist evaluates components of movement including:

  • Strength
  • Range of motion
  • Flexibility
  • Balance
  • Posture
  • Body mechanics
  • Coordination
  • Endurance
  • General mobility (walking, stair climbing, getting in and out of bed or chairs)

After evaluation, the Physical Therapist will develop a treatment program unique to each individual to help decrease deficits and restore function.

A Physical Therapist may work in a variety of settings:

  • A clinic treating sports and orthopedic injuries
  • A clinic that specializes in workplace injuries
  • A hospital treating patients who have had surgeries, illnesses, strokes or other neurological events that limit function
  • A school working with children who have neurological or orthopedic disabilities
  • A facility that helps people return home after illness or injury
  • An inpatient rehabilitation facility that provides intensive therapy to individuals who need improved function before they return home after a serious illness or injury
  • In a patient's home, working with many of the conditions listed above with people who cannot travel outside of their homes

Important components of every treatment program include:

  • Education about the cause of the problem
  • Instruction in exercises to improve function
  • Patient participation. Compliance and participation by each patient is crucial to the success of the therapy program.

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