Physical Therapist Definition

A physical therapist is a college graduate who, after two to three years of postgraduate education, obtains an advanced degree in Physical Therapy and is a state licensed practitioner. Physical therapists examine patients' medical histories, test and measure strength, range of motion, balance and coordination, posture, muscle performance, respiration, and motor function, in order to develop comprehensive treatment plans. During a course of treatment, physical therapists document the patient's progress and conduct periodic examinations. Other medical specialists frequently refer their patients to a physical therapist for rehabilitation.