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Physical Therapy

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Article 1: Physical Therapy 

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 Article 1: Physical Therapy 

The physical therapy department is much broader than just rehabilitation. Physical therapy treatment is provided under the care of a physical therapist, also known as a physiotherapist. The physical therapist is responsible for diagnosis, assessment and treatment of disease or disability. The conditions physical therapists manage are musculoskeletal, cardio-pulmonary, integumentary and neurological conditions. Rehabilitation spans all four of these categories. Treatment may involve patient education, physiotherapeutic techniques, and assisting devices.

  • Musculoskeletal physiotherapy uses a variety of techniques to treat heart and lung diseases such as asthma, cystic fibrosis and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD.)
  • Integumentary physiotherapy deals primarily with treatment of the skin. This may include care of wounds, bandages, and scar reduction
  • Neurological physiotherapy use exercise to help improve motor function.

Outside of the hospital, physical therapists work in home daycare centers, schools, clinics, nursing care centers, rehabilitation centers and for athletic clubs.

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