Physical Therapists work with people who have a temporary or permanent disability or pain due to injury, disease, old age, accident, or birth defect.
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.