Doctor of Physical Therapy is not a new profession, some sort of physical therapy practice even existed in Europe from 1500 to 1700s. The physical Therapy profession is also not part of alternative medicine but it is part of the modern medical system which is developed by the father of western medicine Hippocrates. In the developed world Physical therapy education is advanced up to doctorate level. With the growth in the number of medical institutions comes a greater responsibility of producing high-quality, skilled and dynamic physical therapists that would compete at international levels. This modern era of information high ways and digital age calls for today's physical therapists to be well versed not just in the science of physical medicine and rehabilitation but also to exhibit a well-rounded personality with a sound focus on communication skills, research and development. Learning how to learn and seek council when needed, are two important factors that help determine success for a student. In many instances attaining the medical degree may be an end goal while in my opinion, it is just a stepping stone towards serving mankind and leaping beyond one's capabilities.
Physical therapy is a health care profession primarily concerned with the remediation of impairments, disabilities, promotion of mobility, functional ability, quality of life and movement potential through:
Physical Therapy is a branch of rehabilitative medicine aimed at helping patients maintain, recover or improve their physical abilities. Physical Therapists work with patients whose movements may be impaired due to aging, disease, environmental factors, or sporting hazards, a physical therapist seeks to identify and maximize quality of life and movement potential through prevention, intervention (treatment), promotion, habilitation and rehabilitation.
Physical therapy is not an alternative therapy. It is clinical health science. Physical therapists study medical science subjects, including anatomy, neurosciences and physiology to acquire the health education needed for the prevention, diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation, etc., of patients with physical problems. The physical therapist works in the hospital, GP (general practice, primary care medicine) practices, and the community.
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