What is physical therapy?
Physical therapy (or PT) is a healthcare service used to relieve pain, prevent injuries, and improve quality of life. Physical therapy need is often determined through medical history and physical examination. Treatment plans include manual therapy (such as massage), functional strength training, and exercise programs that help cardiovascular and pulmonary health.
Physical therapists (or PT), are the healthcare professionals responsible for administering this kind of care. They have specialized orthopedic, musculoskeletal, and neurological training. Physical therapists must earn a Doctor of Physical Therapy (or DPT) degree from an accredited university.
Physical therapist assistants (or PTAs) provide physical therapy services under the direction of a physical therapist. PTAs must graduate from a Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE)-accredited educational program and pass a national exam to receive licensure.
The American Physical Therapy Association (or APTA) is the professional organization that supports physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, and physical therapy students. Sesame’s network of top-reviewed physical therapists makes finding a quality, fully licensed clinician at an affordable price easier than ever.