Physical therapists work with people who have been physically disabled by illness or accident or who are born with a handicap. As a member of the health care team, the physical therapist works to develop and deliver appropriate treatment programs for the relief of pain, prevention of deformity, improvement of strength, development of coordination and increase in functional ability. Treatment may involve exercise, in conjunction with the application of heat, cold, water, electricity, ultrasound, traction and/or massage. Their work is often closely coordinated with that of the Occupational Therapist, because both fields involve training patients to improve their motor abilities.
Most physical therapy programs are at the doctoral-level and take about three years to complete. Successful completion of a state-administered national exam is required to obtain licensure.
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