Encyclopedia of Behavioral Medicine

Living Edition
| Editors: Marc Gellman

Physical Therapy

  • Marilyn Moffat
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-6439-6_932-2

Synonyms

Definition

Physical therapy is a health service concerned with identifying and maximizing quality of life and movement potential within the spheres of promotion, prevention, intervention/treatment, habilitation, and rehabilitation. The spheres of practice are aimed at physical, psychological, emotional, and social well-being of a patient/client. Physical therapy involves the interaction between physical therapists and patients/clients, other health professionals, families, caregivers, and communities in a process where movement potential is assessed, goals are agreed upon, and interventions carried out using knowledge and skills unique to physical therapists (World Confederation for Physical Therapy 2011a, b).

Description

Physical therapy is the service provided only by, or under the direction and supervision of, physical therapists to people and populations to develop, maintain, and restore maximum movement and functional...

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References and Further Reading

  1. World Confederation for Physical Therapy. (2007). Description of physical therapy. https://www.wcpt.org/policy/ps-descriptionPT. Accessed 5 Aug 2018.
  2. World Confederation for Physical Therapy. (2011a). Policy statement: Description of physical therapy. https://www.wcpt.org/policy/ps-descriptionPT. Accessed 5 Aug 2018.
  3. World Confederation for Physical Therapy. (2011b). Policy statement: Protection of title. http://www.wcpt.org/sites/wcpt.org/files/files/PS_Protection_Title_Sept2011.pdf. Accessed 5 Aug 2018.

Copyright information

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Physical TherapyNew York UniversityNew YorkUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Douglas P. Gross
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Physical TherapyUniversity of AlbertaEdmontonCanada