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.
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