First and foremost, physical therapists are hands-on healthcare professionals.
As a physical therapist, you will use your education, along with your knowledge of anatomy and the sciences, to help patients and clients recover from injuries and achieve improved function and movement.
You will assess a patient’s biomechanical functioning and provide appropriate therapies; you'll develop specialized stretches and exercises to help your patients overcome pain and increase their range of motion.
Moreover, physical therapists are teachers; you will teach your clients how to take charge of their health in order to achieve a better quality of life. PTs are counselors, too, providing clients with the perspective and motivation they need to keep working toward improved health.
Watch the following video to get a sampling of the wide variety of ways that physical therapists help their patients restore and improve motion to achieve long-term quality of life.