The profession of Physical Therapist
Physical therapy is a growing profession with an undeniable theoretical and scientific base and widespread clinical applications in the maintenance, restoration, and promotion of optimal physical capacity.
The common task of a physical therapist:
Diagnose and control movement dysfunction and improve physical and functional capabilities.
Rebuild, keep, and improve not only optimal physical capacity but optimal fitness and wellness and optimal condition of life as it relates to mobility and health.
Prevent the onset, symptoms, and progression of disabilities, functional limitations, and impairments that may result from diseases, disorders, conditions, or injuries.
The name physiotherapy and physical therapy and the terms physiotherapist and physical therapist, are synonymous.
As essential participants in the health care delivery system, physical therapists assume leadership roles in rehabilitation; in prevention, health maintenance, and programs that promote health, wellness, and fitness; and in professional and community organizations. Physical therapists also play important roles both in developing standards for physical therapist practice and in improving health care policy to ensure availability, accessibility, and optimal delivery of health care services. Physical therapy is covered by federal, state, and private insurance plans. Physical therapists services have a positive impact on health-related quality of life.