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What is a physical-therapist's job? The primary purpose of a PT, is to restore patients' physical mobility. As part of a team, a physical therapist works with healthcare professionals. They provide treatment for clients who have mobility impairments, such as those with disabilities or injuries. Patients with acute or chronic pain, disability, and injury can often be helped by physical therapy. You can see for more information.

What does a physical therapist do for patients? The Physical Therapist works with a Physician to offer therapy programs for patients.

A doctor can refer patients to a PT if necessary. The PT must stay active in the type and duration therapy prescribed. Physical therapists undergo specialized training, and are under the direct supervision of physicians. They must work together to assess the client's needs and conditions.

To be a PT you need to have a post-baccalaureate qualification from an approved physical therapy program. Every state regulates physical therapy. To be eligible for licensure, you must pass the national and state examinations. To become licensed, most physical therapists have to have completed two years of intensive education and training. Not only are there different licensing requirements, but continuing education and training is required for new medical developments.

There are currently eight clinical specializations available to physical therapists. These areas include pediatrics, geriatrics and cardiology as well as neurology, orthopedic, integumentary (sports), and neurophysiology. A specific area of specialty in physical therapist can open up new job possibilities, prestige in the clinical and community setting, and promotion for those who have completed the specialization process.

A PT is usually employed in hospitals, nursing home, out-patient clinics, or private offices with special equipment. They work according to the severity and nature a patient's medical condition. A PT can be contacted on a regular or temporary basis. Other health care professionals include dentists, teachers, doctors, social workers and occupational therapists. PTs may also consult with other professionals such as nurses, physicians, educators, dentists, teachers, dentists and audiologists.