Physical therapists provide care to people of all ages who have functional problems resulting from back and neck injuries; sprains, strains, and fractures; arthritis; amputations; stroke; birth conditions, such as cerebral palsy; injuries related to work and sports; and other conditions.
Physical therapists are trained to use a variety of different techniques—sometimes called modalities—to care for their patients. These techniques include applying heat and cold, hands-on stimulation or massage, and using assistive and adaptive devices and equipment.
The work of physical therapists varies with the type of patients they serve. For example, a patient suffering from loss of mobility due to Parkinson’s disease needs different care than an athlete recovering from an injury. Some physical therapists specialize in one type of care, such as pediatrics (treating children) or sports physical therapy.
Physical therapists work as part of a healthcare team, overseeing the
work of physical therapist assistants and aides and consulting with
physicians and surgeons and
other specialists. Physical therapists also work at preventing loss of
mobility by developing fitness- and wellness-oriented programs to encourage
healthier and more active lifestyles..
Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition
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