What is Physical Therapy?

  • The Physical Therapy Profession

    Physical therapy is a dynamic profession with an established theoretical and scientific base and widespread clinical applications in the restoration, maintenance, and promotion of optimal physical function.

    Physical Therapists:

    • Diagnose and manage movement dysfunction and enhance physical and functional abilities.
    • Restore, maintain, and promote not only optimal physical function but optimal wellness and fitness and optimal quality of life as it relates to movement and health.
    • Prevent the onset, symptoms, and progression of impairments, functional limitations, and disabilities that may result from diseases, disorders, conditions, or injuries.


    American Physical Therapy Association