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PostSubject: 2. What is Physical Therapy?   Sat Mar 06, 2010 1:14 pm

What is Physical Therapy?
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Essentially, it is a medical profession where you treat various injuries, pain, and disorders in the musculoskeletal system. However, physical therapy can technically be defined as: "The health profession that treats pain in muscles, nerves, joints, and bones with exercise, electrical stimulation, hydrotherapy, and the use of massage, heat, cold, and electrical devices."

It is indeed a challenging field. You must possess above average communication skills, yet also have the knowledge to be able to diagnose, and treat injuries at levels varying from mundane to very severe. You must also be familiar with all of the equipment you will have to use depending on your specialization.

Some of the most common branches of physical therapy are:
We'll go into the details of the branches later, or if you want to go directly to it, the names link to their individual sections. For now, we'll talk about some of the general requirements to practice physical therapy.

In order to practice physical therapy in the United States, all 50 states require that you have a license. Getting one is trickier than one might expect. Good grades in high school are crucial as there is a heavy competition for jobs once you reach the college level, and eventually leave to find your career.

In the next section we'll talk about some personal qualifications you may want to have.
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