What is physical therapy?


Physical therapists are health care professionals who maintain, restore, and improve movement, activity, and health enabling individuals of all ages to have optimal functioning and quality of life. (American Physical Therapy Association, 2011)

Physical therapists are trusted health care professionals with extensive training in diagnosing and treating conditions that limit the body’s ability to move and function. Today’s physical therapists are required to receive specialized training in a variety of sciences and must demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the body’s four major systems – musculoskeletal, neuromuscular, cardiovascular/pulmonary, and integumentary (skin) – in order to meet the minimum requirements for state licensure.

  • Physical therapists help you restore and improve motion to achieve long-term quality of life.
  • Physical therapists can help you improve your mobility and quality of life without surgery or pain medication.
  • In Colorado, you can make an appointment with a physical therapist directly, without a referral.
  • Physical therapists can teach you how to prevent and manage a condition so that you will achieve long-term health benefits.
  • Physical therapy is now a 6 year doctorate degree.

Learn more about physical therapy at Vernon PT & Wellness.