Physical therapists (PTs) assist in the prevention and treatment of illness and injury in order to promote the optimal physical functioning of more than 100,000 people every day in the United States. They are able to diagnose and manage movement dysfunctions, restore and promote physical function, and make a positive difference in the quality of people’s lives.
PTs take a personal approach to assisting others with injury or illness. They can assist patients to walk again, relieve pain, drive a car, dress or bathe, or return to a leisure or sporting activity. Physical therapy is a dynamic and rewarding profession with a well-established scientific and theoretical base.
PTs are a highly respected member of the health care team. They work with many other health care providers such as physicians, occupational therapists, rehabilitation nurses, dentists, psychologists, social workers and speech-language pathologists. They work with patients of all ages, races, religions and ethnic backgrounds.
Graduates with an entry-level degree in physical therapy may work in a variety of areas including orthopedics, sports, neurology, pediatrics, women’s health, aquatics, cardiopulmonary, education, acute care and geriatrics. PTs may later choose to receive specialist certification in certain areas.