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Given the fact that physical therapy treats such a wide range of ailments and conditions it would seem logical that there are many specialties within the area of physical therapy. The specialties are well known in the medical community but not necessarily to the public. The most common physical therapies are orthopedic, geriatric, neurological, cardiovascular, pulmonary rehabilitation, and pediatric. The descriptions for each specialty will aid you in determining what specialty is most appropriate for you.
Physical therapists are licensed health care professionals who have earned a master’s or doctorate degree in physical therapy. Physical therapists provide their services in hospitals, out patient facilities, schools, rehabilitation clinics, and home care centers. Physical therapists work to rehabilitate people who have sustained an injury, birth defect, disease, or other pathological process that has interfered with the proper functioning and alignment of the musculoskeletal system. The physical therapist works directly with the patient thorough a series of exercise and other physical therapy methods to rehabilitate the patient. Physical therapists focus on pain relief, healing, and restoring function and movement to the afflicted area. Just as doctors do, physical therapists devote their entire professional career to rehabilitating their patients and preventing injuries. Typically physical therapists are well versed in other associated areas such as diet and wellness.
Physical therapy sessions are customized to each patient therefore it is difficult to estimate the length of time that it will take to reach your goals until you meet with the physical therapist to discuss your condition. The length of time the therapy will take also depends on the condition that the therapy is healing. As physical therapy is prescribed for a wide range of conditions and ailments, the length of time can range from as short as a few months to a year.