Each year the America Physical Therapy Association (APTA) promotes one of the best professions: Physical Therapy. We at Preferred Physical Therapy obviously agree it is the career of choice! We are privileged to serve our community by providing care to those in pain or who are suffering conditions which decrease function. We learn each day from amazing people called patients!
for specific information on this year’s theme: Sports Injury Prevention Across the Lifespan. Whether it's Little League or the Masters, participating in sports helps promote physically active lifestyles. Despite the documented health benefits of physical activity (weight management, cardiovascular endurance, improved muscular function, increased self-esteem, etc.), we know the potential for sports-related injuries exists. Participating in sports the right way is key to avoiding injuries that can sideline you for a significant amount of time.
You can find detailed guides, videos, and tips on symptoms and conditions, ACL repairs, running tips, proper bike fitting, exercise techniques, and much more! Information is also available on how to improve mobility, PT and PTA Careers, & the Impact of Physical Therapy: http://www.apta.org/NPTM/Public/
receive extensive education and training in the body’s musculoskeletal system. This system controls all of our body’s movements, from the blinking of our eyes to jumping over a puddle. Movement is a very complex process involving nerve impulses, muscle contractions, free joint movement and coordination. In general, this sequencing of movement can be referred to as biomechanics.
With their knowledge of normal and abnormal movement patterns, physical therapists are able to analyze and treat biomechanical problems which may occur in the musculoskeletal system. The goal is always to restore, improve or accommodate deficits which may have arisen through an injury or illness.
Education and Training:
Becoming a Physical Therapist requires extensive education and training. A master’s or doctorate degree in Physical Therapy is the typical minimum requirement for entry into the field. Currently, 96% of accredited Physical Therapy programs in the US graduate Doctors of Physical Therapy (DPT).
The American Physical Therapy Association has established a vision for 2020 that all practicing Physical Therapists will be Doctors of Physical Therapy. A Physical Therapist must attend an academic program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education in order to sit for their national exam ("boards").
Physical Therapists treat a wide range of conditions, including: