patients regain mobility in their lives every day.
The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) defines physical therapists (PTs) as licensed healthcare professionals who diagnose and manage movement dysfunction and enhance physical and functional status in all age populations.
Here are some interesting facts you may not know about physical therapy:
- The profession of Physical Therapy was developed during World War One to treat wounded soldiers.
- The first physical therapists were called “Reconstruction Aides.”
- The first professional organization for physical therapy, the American Women’s Physical Therapeutic Association, was formed in the 1930s. Back then, women dominated the field. The organization later became, and is still known, as the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA).
- The demand for physical therapists skyrocketed during World War Two due to medical advances that saved many lives but created a swell of injured soldiers returning home. The nationwide polio epidemic at this time also increased the demand for physical rehabilitation.
- Trained physical therapy assistants came on to the scene in the 1970s, when the demand for physical therapists outpaced the number of licensed professionals.
- Physical therapy is a broad field that includes orthopedics, post-operative care, neurologic rehabilitation, and pulmonary rehabilitation.
- Physical therapists can also treat vertigo, headaches, dizziness and jaw pain. They help patients recover mobility from stroke, sports injuries and arthritis.
- According to Forbes magazine, physical therapy ranks among the Top 10 “Happiest Jobs.”
- The minimum educational requirement to become a physical therapist is a post-baccalaureate degree from an accredited education program. ONS physical therapists hold doctorate level degrees and many are certified in advanced therapeutic techniques.