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About the Physical Therapist

Physical Therapist with PatientThe physical therapist is a health care professional with expertise in the assessment and treatment of movement disorders, who provides therapeutic health care services to individuals in the form of rehabilitative or preventive interventions related to movement dysfunction. As essential participants in the health care delivery system, physical therapists assume leadership roles in rehabilitation, prevention, health maintenance, wellness and fitness, as well as in professional and community organizations. Physical therapists practice in hospitals, outpatient and inpatient clinics, skilled nursing facilities, home care, academia, research centers, schools, hospices, industrial and occupational environments, fitness centers and sports training facilities. They also play important roles in developing standards for physical therapist practice and in developing health care policy to ensure availability, accessibility and optimal delivery of physical therapy services.

APTA logo For more information on the field of physical therapy visit the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Web site.