Physical therapists examine, evaluate, and treat patients who have conditions such as back pain, strokes, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, burns, wounds, osteoporosis, developmental disabilities, and countless other conditions affecting an individual's ability to move freely and without pain.
Physical therapists are evidence-based health care professionals who offer cost-effective treatment that helps improve motion and relieve pain. Highly educated, physical therapists graduating today must have a graduate degree - either a master's or a clinical doctorate from an accredited physical therapy program before taking the national licensure examination that allows them to practice.
For additional information about education, research and practice, contact the American Physical Therapy Association.
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Occupational outlook for PTs, from the U.S. Department of Labor