Physical therapy and rehabilitation, or Physiology, is a discipline that helps individuals to develop, maintain and restore maximum body movement and physical function. It aims to increase and restore functional ability and quality of life for people with physical impairments or congenital disabilities. Physical therapy helps patients avoid injury, pain, or future injury. It can be applied at any age. The ultimate goal of physical therapy is to improve health and quality of life.
Physical therapists begin treatment by performing an evaluation that usually includes a physical exam. Based on this information, they create a treatment plan, monitor progress, and provide hands-on support for the exercises the patient must do. In addition to clinical practice, other activities covered by the physical therapy profession include research, education, consultation and management. Physical therapy is provided as primary care or alongside or in conjunction with other medical services.