Granted By: Indiana University
Academic Unit: IU School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
Degree(s): Doctor of Physical Therapy
Physical Therapists examine patients, identify primary problems and establish Physical Therapy diagnoses, determine prognosis, plan and implement interventions, modify the treatment plan according to the patient's progress, provide prevention and wellness programs, and consult, educate and perform research and administrative duties in several different environments.
As experts in movement science, Physical Therapists evaluate joint motion, muscle strength, endurance, and functional ability, function of heart and lungs, and developmental activities for patients across the lifespan. After making the diagnosis and determining the prognosis, Physical Therapists use exercise, joint mobilization, cardiovascular endurance training, therapeutic massage, therapeutic electrical modalities, wound debridement, ambulation training, and education on functional activities, relaxation and prevention to help patients achieve their goals.