According to the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), a physical therapist is a trained and licensed medical professional with experience in diagnosing physical abnormalities, restoring physical function and mobility, maintaining physical function, and promoting physical activity and proper function.
Licensed physical therapists can be found in a range of healthcare settings including outpatient centers, private practices, acute-care hospitals, rehabilitation centers, nursing homes, home health, sports and fitness settings, schools, hospices, occupational settings, government agencies, and research centers.
Today, all Physical Therapists graduate from Doctorate Programs in the United States and must take licensing exams in the states that they are practicing.
Physical Therapists can be generalists or they can specialize in one area of practice that may require additional training. Some examples of areas of specialty practice include:
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