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Physical Therapy

About Physical Therapy

Physical Therapy (PT) is a branch of rehabilitative health that uses specially designed exercises and equipment to help patients regain or improve their physical abilities. Physical therapists diagnose and treat individuals of all ages, from newborns, teens, adults, and people at the end of life. In addition, they also care for people who simply want to become healthier and to prevent future problems.

Physical therapy is a rapidly growing field and is an essential component of today’s healthcare environment. The use of exercises and physical activities help to condition muscles, restore strength, and improve movement. Physical therapists examine each patient and develop a customized treatment plan to improve their ability to move, reduce or manage pain, restore function, and prevent disability. Physical therapy can have a profound effect on people’s lives to include but not limited to achieving fitness goals, regain, or maintain their independence, and lead active lives.

A Physical Therapist is a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT). They are required to go to an Accredited Physical Therapy School for an additional three (3) years after college. To become a physical therapist, they are required to pass multiple Physical Therapy certification exams. In Georgia, they are required to pass both the National Physical Therapy Exam and the Georgia Jurisprudence Assessment Module.

Some of the conditions Physical Therapists Treat are:

  • Sport injuries
  • Neck/back problems
  • Balance concerns
  • Joint pain/replacements/limited range of motion
  • Muscle weakness
  • Difficulty walking
  • Arthritis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Diabetes/Obesity
  • Post-surgical limitations/pain
  • Multiple sclerosis and other neurological disorders
  • Headaches
  • Post-Cancer/COVID/Hospitalization deconditioning