ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

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!


© 2014 butterflystar


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)