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What is a Physical Therapist?

Updated on October 31, 2014

What is a Physical Therapist?

The physical therapist is a rehabilitation specialist who

helps the patient to return to maximum function. Physical

therapists also will work with individuals to prevent the loss

of mobility by developing fitness and wellness oriented programs

for a healthier and more active lifestyle.They are highly educated

experts in the movement and the function of the human body.

Physical Therapist also work in sports and fitness as well.

What is the goal of a Physical Therapist?

The goal of a physical therapist is to promote the patient's

ability to move, reduce pain, restore function, and prevent disability.

Physical therapy is very important for the patient depending on the

particular needs of the patient, physical therapists may mobilize

a joint, or massage a muscle, to promote proper movement and

function. Physical therapists may use other techniques such as

electrotherapy, ultrasound (high frequency waves that produce heat),

hot packs, and ice in addition to other treatments as well.

What do Physical Therapist need for Certifications

Physical Therapist Degrees at a professional (entry-level), which is two years.

Physical Therapist education programs that offer a two year degree levels.

  • Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) Degree:
  • Master of Physical Therapy (MPT)
  • Master of Science in Physical Therapy (MSPT)

All students must receive a graduate degree from an accredited physical therapist program before taking the national licensure examination that allows them to practice in all 50 states. The degree has to be from CAPTE-accredited physical therapist education program.

Physical Therapists can become board certified specialists in the following areas:

  • Cardiovascular and Pulmonary
  • Clinical Electrophysiology
  • Geriatrics
  • Neurology
  • Sports Physical therapy
  • Women's health

A Great Video on How To Become a Physical Therapist

What is the salary for a Physcial Therapist?

The pay rate for a physcial therapist is estimated at $79,860 per year or $38.39 per hour.

There is an estimated 204,200 jobs currently available and growing.

A Career in physical therapy is a very rewarding career that can work with patients of all ages and all across the country. The job opportunities is amazing in a wide range of locations from hospitals, private practices, outpatient clinics, home health agencies, schools, fitness facilities, and nursing homes.

I hope you enjoyed my research in the Health Career Profession, please check out the other medical careers as well as great hubs on health, nutrition, recipes and so much more!

Have a wonderful and Blessed day!


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