Physical Therapist, otherwise known as physical therapy, is a part of allied health profession, which, by means of physical kinesiology and evidence-based massage, health education, movement, physical therapy, energy diagnosis, muscle stimulation, electrical and electrotherapy. It is also one of the many allied health profession, which, through various practices, assists individuals and their families to recover from a wide variety of conditions. This profession is considered to be an important branch of physical therapy as it not only provides health care services but also educates individuals and families in various areas, such as rehabilitation and physical therapy. With the advent of advanced technological advancements and advanced medical science, physical therapist’s work has become a lot easier and convenient.
A physical therapist works with the physical health of an individual or his family. The purpose of this profession is to provide support, relief and rehabilitation to those who are suffering from various physical conditions. It can help patients who experience a variety of disorders, such as arthritis, back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain, joint pain, stroke, spinal cord injury, diabetic foot ulcers, hip dysplasia, osteoporosis, muscular dystrophy, musculoskeletal disorders,musculoskeletal conditions, musculoskeletal problems, orthopedic conditions, rheumatoid arthritis, septic arthritis, traumatic brain injury, and spinal cord injuries. Physical therapists also serve as a certified fitness specialist. He or she can offer different types of exercise programs to help people regain their health and fitness and improve their physical abilities. They can also assist individuals with mobility related disabilities.
Physical therapists are also skilled in rehabilitation of injured or ill persons. Rehabilitation of injured or ill persons includes physical therapy that can include physical assessment, occupational and speech therapy. Rehabilitation is an intensive care procedure that helps injured or ill persons restore their health and function and to overcome physical disabilities that may have resulted due to trauma or accident. This profession also focuses on educating and informing patients, family members and caregivers about various treatment options and the various health problems that can result from injuries.
Physical therapists have various skills and training in treating the patients with injuries. Physical therapists perform physical assessments, physical interventions, and physical rehabilitation. They use various techniques, such as electrical stimulation, thermal energy analysis, ultrasound analysis, manual manipulation and other techniques to aid the patients in achieving optimal recovery. The physical therapist also uses specialized equipment to provide relief to the patient. Pain management, stretching, stabilization, and manipulation, massaging and traction are some of the techniques that are used in order to improve or increase the strength and mobility of the patient.
Physical therapists also specialize in treating patients who have specific health conditions. They are also trained to treat patients with musculoskeletal disorders. This type of therapy helps in rehabilitating the muscles, tissues, joints and tendons to allow the patient to use them normally. Physical therapist can also help patients with rehabilitation after being treated for any sort of musculoskeletal disorder.
Physical therapists are required to be licensed by the state and/or have received continuing professional education to continue their education. The physical therapist also needs to obtain continuing education credits to keep his/her license active.