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physical therapy

noun

medical : the treatment of a disease or an injury of the muscles or joints with massage, exercises, heat, etc.

Full Definition of PHYSICAL THERAPY

:  the treatment of disease, injury, or disability by physical and mechanical means (as massage, regulated exercise, water, light, heat, and electricity)
physical therapist noun

First Known Use of PHYSICAL THERAPY

1922

physical therapy

noun    (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of PHYSICAL THERAPY

:  therapy for the preservation, enhancement, or restoration of movement and physical function impaired or threatened by disability, injury, or disease that utilizes therapeutic exercise, physical modalities (as massage and electrotherapy), assistive devices, and patient education and training—called also physiotherapy

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