As part of a healthcare team, physical therapists are sometimes also referred to as physiotherapists and treat patients of all ages. Various techniques are used to provide individualized care for patients in order to facilitate physical intervention and rehabilitation.
In addition to managing pain and improving movement, physical therapists help patients in need. They provide rehabilitation and preventative care to individuals suffering from a variety of illnesses, chronic conditions, and injuries. Physical therapists perform a variety of duties, including reviewing a patient’s medical history and doctor referrals, listening to patient concerns, and evaluating their abilities and movements. In order to ease a patient’s pain, rehabilitate current injuries, and prevent further injury, the medical professionals create customized patient care plans that may include exercises, hands-on therapies, stretching, and equipment. The physical therapist evaluates and documents the progress of the patient and will use that information to modify treatment plans and care as necessary while educating the patient.
Physical therapists must obtain a degree from an accredited program in order to become licensed in the province/state in which they practice. Once they have obtained their degree in physical therapy, physical therapists are able to practice in a wide variety of settings, such as clinics, hospitals, sports facilities, nursing homes, residential homes, schools, fitness facilities, and workplaces. Other healthcare professionals with whom they may work include Family Medicine physicians, Orthopedic Surgeons, General Surgeons, Neurosurgeons, Sports Medicine Specialists, and others.
In certain specialties such as geriatrics, sports medicine, and orthopaedics, physical therapists become board-certified specialists.
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