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What is Physical Therapy?

The treatment of disease, injury, or deformity by physical methods such as massage, heat treatment, and exercise rather than by drugs or surgery.

Who are physical therapists?

highly-educated, licensed health care professionals who can help patients reduce pain and improve or restore mobility - in many cases without expensive surgery and often reducing the need for long-term use of prescription medications and their side effects.

What is the deciding factor to becoming a physical therapist?

Why I Chose a Career in Physical Therapy
Physical Therapist - A Day in the Life

Types of physical therapy


Orthopedic therapy is the most commonly available form of physical therapy. This physical therapy treats injuries to the muscles, bones and other tissue in the body. People needing this type of therapy could have been injured while working or playing sports.

Wound Care

Physical therapists can perform treatments that help with wound care. This type of physical therapy involves making sure the body is getting enough blood and oxygen to a wound. This includes necrotic wounds, chronic wounds and wounds that are not healing after surgery.


Children have different needs when it comes to physical therapy. Pediatric therapists specialize in treating children of all ages who have problems with movement, strength or coordination.


Anyone who has undergone a serious cardiopulmonary event like a heart attack could need to see a cardiopulmonary physical therapist. This is often necessary because the heart could be in a weakened state after recovery.


Vestibular physical therapists primarily help people who have sustained damage to the mechanisms of the inner ear. This affects balance and coordination. The therapy uses a number of manual techniques in order to help people start to compensate for the new signals being received from the inner ear.


A number of problems can start to affect a person because of age. Geriatric physical therapy specializes in helping individuals overcome some of the common issues that form later in life. This includes reduced mobility due to arthritis, weakened bones and muscles due to osteoporosis and difficulty moving after surgery to replace or repair joints. Each treatment routine is different depending on the individual and the extent of the problems. Effective geriatric therapy can allow older people to live more active and fulfilling lives with less pain.


Decongestive physical therapy deals mainly with patients who have edema or problems with the lymph nodes. These individuals accumulate fluids in parts of the body like the arms and legs. Decongestive therapists can drain these fluids when they become too painful or problematic.


Any individual who has neurological issues can benefit from specialized physical therapy. Unlike other therapies that focus on specific bone or muscle injuries, neurological therapists focus on the brain and the body. People suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, healing after a traumatic brain injury or recovering from a stroke are all potential candidates for this type of therapy.

Kansas City CARE clinic

The Kansas City CARE Clinic is an integral part of the health care delivery system in the Kansas City community. As it was formed to do in 1971, the Clinic provides basic health care services to people who cannot afford them and to those challenged with access to care. The Clinic helps keep the uninsured and underinsured healthy!

APTA Volunteer Groups

Interested applicants for national volunteer groups should complete the volunteer interest profile to be eligible for all volunteer opportunities as they become available throughout the year. Please look for announcements regarding these volunteer opportunities in PT in Motion: News Now, component newsletters, and other communication channels. To apply for an open position, update your profile, select "Apply for Current Vacancies," and answer questions to indicate how you'd be an asset to the group.


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