What is Physical Therapy?

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Physical Therapy is a branch of rehabilitative health that uses forms of skilled manual interventions, exercise, equipment and education, specifically designed to assist people to either regain or improve their physical abilities. Physical therapy helps to restore a person’s best ability to function through minimizing physical impairment, disability-related congenital and acquired conditions and functional limitations. A physical therapist is an expert in the way a person’s body works and moves, and they help people meet the challenges they face related to an injury, or illness; assist in helping people regain functional independence and return to a full life at home and in their community. Physical Therapists work with the patients doctor and other members of a health care team to design a therapy program that focuses on meeting that person’s recovery goals.