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Physical Therapy Schools

Physical therapists play a significant role in restoring patients' mobility and easing their pain after an accident, surgery, or injury. Many physical therapists work in hospitals with accident victims or those with disabling conditions, such as head injuries, cerebral palsy, arthritis, and more. Other physical therapists work with athletes to help them improve their strength and flexibility or to help them recover after a sports-related accident. Using targeted techniques and exercises, physical therapists work with patients to improve their range of motion, balance, muscle strength, respiration, and posture.

Career Options in Physical Therapy

Because physical therapy treats such a diverse number of problems, those with a degree in the field have numerous venues in which they may put their expertise to work. From rehabilitating accident victims to helping elderly people maintain their physical capabilities, the role of a physical therapist is open and diverse and may include a number of activities, such as:

  • Teaching patients exercises to reduce pain
  • Using cold and hot therapies to deal with sprains and other muscular and joint problems
  • Improving movement for those with physical impairments
  • Teaching patients how to adapt and use prosthetic devices

Depending on their field of expertise, physical therapists may work in a variety of settings, including:

  • Clinics
  • Hospitals
  • Rehabilitation centers
  • Athletic facilities
  • Senior care centers (both inpatient and outpatient)
  • Sport centers
  • Universities and academic centers, for those who have a knack for teaching

Depending on the setting, physical therapists may work closely with physicians or other medical professionals to design an appropriate treatment course, or they may work on their own with patients referred by general practitioners, a common occurrence for minor injuries.


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