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Physical therapy means treatment with physical agents Physical therapy provides services that help restore function improve mobility relieve pain and prevent or limit permanent disabilities of patients that suffer from injuries or disease Therapists restore maintain and promote overall fitness and health Their patients consist of accident victims and people with disabling conditions such as low back pain arthritis heart disease fractures and head injuries Physical therapy is often called the cornerstone of rehabilitation because the long road back from injury or disease begins with physical therapy treatments to relieve pain and restore function Being a physical therapist is a hard job to partake but with enough effort one can accomplish anything Physical Therapists practice in hospitals clinics and private offices that have special facilities They can also treat patients in hospital rooms homes or schools Most physical therapists work 40 hours a week with some evenings and weekends Therapists strive to improve their own coordination and their sense of rhythm movement and balance since the job involves helping patients with impaired functions Most therapists also have strong hands endurance stamina and a high energy level The job also requires a lot of kneeling crouching and standing for a long period of time Therapists also have to move heavy equipment lift patients or help them turn stand or walk Dealing with people demands good vocabulary and the ability to speak and write clearly A therapist has to direct patients teach families instruct nursing school classes and most of all report on a patients progress to doctors A life of a therapist is usually busy to the point of being hectic and decision making is a constant and ongoing responsibility Over years the number of physical therapists have increases and more graduates have moved into the labor force Physical therapy is expected to one of the fastest growing occupations through the year 2006 as the demand for physical therapy services grow A vast
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