What do Physical Therapists do?

What Do Physical Therapists Do?

Physical therapists (PTs) are credentialed professionals who help individuals maintain, restore, and improve movement, activity, and function, thereby enabling optimal performance and enhancing health, well-being, and quality of life. Their services prevent, minimize, and/or eliminate body function and structure impairment, activity limitations, and participation restrictions. Physical therapy (PT) helps individuals of every age who experience a wide variety of symptoms across many body systems. The negative effects from these symptoms impact unique personal and environmental factors that impact a person’s ability to do everyday activities.

PTs play vital roles in today's healthcare environment and are recognized as essential providers of rehabilitation and habilitation, performance enhancement, and prevention and risk-reduction services.

Pediatric Physical therapists provide family-centered, holistic care when working with children who have functional mobility limitations and/or movement disorders. Often goals for children include traditional rehabilitation outcomes such as improved functional mobility, physical activity, and participation in daily activities.

Is there an overlap?

  • Occupational therapist’s address some of the same areas as physical therapy including postural issues, decreased upper body and core strength, reaching across midline, coordination, and reflex integration.
  • Speech Language therapists may treat children with the same diagnosis as PTs but for different reasons. For example, a physical therapist may address a child’s postures to better allow the speech therapist to work on swallowing skills.

Resources: http://www.apta.org/ScopeOfPractice/ https://pediatricapta.org/includes/fact-sheets/pdfs/12%20Role%20and%20Scope%20in%20Fitness%20Health%20Promo.pdf

Please visit the following website for more detailed information on scope of physical therapy in pediatrics: https://pediatricapta.org/includes/fact-sheets/pdfs/12%20Role%20and%20Scope%20in%20Fitness%20Health%20Promo.pdf


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