Physical therapy, often abbreviated PT, is the art and science of physical care and rehabilitation. It is a primary healthcare profession, with physical therapists providing services to individuals to develop, maintain and restore maximum movement and functional ability throughout the lifespan.
Physical Therapy includes providing services in circumstances where movement and function are threatened by aging, injury, disease or environmental factors. Functional movement is central to what it means to be healthy. Physical therapy is concerned with identifying and maximizing quality of life and movement potential within the spheres of promotion, prevention, treatment/intervention, habilitation and rehabilitation. This encompasses physical, psychological, emotional, and social well being.