What is a Physical Therapist?

In general, a physical therapist is a highly educated, licensed healthcare professional that provides physical therapy services.  They specialize in reducing pain and improving/restoring mobility. Physical Therapy is primarily concerned with identifying and maximizing quality of life and movement in the promotion, prevention, treatment/intervention and rehabilitation of an individual.  Research and advances in technology are continuously providing new evidence and tools for physical therapists to use to assist patients with reaching their goals.

 

Physical therapists (PTs) teach patients how to decrease their pain, rehabilitate impairments, improve their level of function and prevent reoccurrence. PTs evaluate each individual and develop a plan utilizing different treatment techniques.  Each patient’s individual goals are incorporated into the plan.

 

Physical therapy generally includes: manual therapy, therapeutic exercise, neuroreducation, modalities and a home exercise program.

 

There are many different kind of physical therapists.  Physical therapists at Denver Back Pain Specialists and Infinity Physical Therapy and Sports Rehabilitation specialize in the treatment of the spine, as well as, other orthopedic related conditions.

 

Additional information about physical therapy can be found at www.apta.org