physical therapy

noun

Definition of physical therapy

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

called also physiotherapy

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Examples of physical therapy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Infected staff members included those working in physical therapy, occupational therapy and nursing and nursing assistants. Author: Carla K. Johnson And Mike Stobbe, Anchorage Daily News, "Sick staff fueled outbreak in Seattle-area care centers," 19 Mar. 2020 Acquire a foam roller and treat yourself to some physical therapy. Usa Today Life Staff, USA TODAY, "100 things to do while stuck inside due to a pandemic," 16 Mar. 2020 His former attorney previously said the inmate ended up in a wheelchair and went to physical therapy after his release from the jail to learn how to walk again. Adam Ferrise, cleveland, "cleveland.com files against Cuyahoga County in Ohio Court of Claims after denial of records, videos for seven use-of-force cases against inmates," 18 Mar. 2019 When news of his accident spread, the South Florida community responded with some fundraisers to help offset some of the large medical expenses incurred during his stay in the hospital along with future costs of physical therapy. Emmett Hall, sun-sentinel.com, "CrossFit community rallies for lightning strike victim," 5 Dec. 2019 Patricia Fitzgerald studied physical therapy at the University of Missouri and moved to the Kansas City area. CBS News, "Mollie Fitzgerald, "Captain America" actress, charged with stabbing her mother to death," 2 Jan. 2020 Guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend physical therapy as an alternative to opioids for the treatment of chronic pain. WSJ, "Why Physical Therapy for Pain Can Be an Alternative to Opioids," 14 Feb. 2019 However, if the tear is close to where the muscle meets the tendon, healing will be faster and physical therapy can start early and aggressively. Colin Hoobler, oregonlive, "Damian Lillard’s groin injury: How these injuries are treated, what kind of recovery timeline to expect," 13 Feb. 2020 Haluska said Finke will continue his physical therapy on an outpatient basis. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al, "Birmingham police officer released from hospital 1 week after being shot multiple times," 3 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of physical therapy

1919, in the meaning defined above

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29 Mar 2020

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“Physical therapy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/physical%20therapy. Accessed 29 Mar. 2020.

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physical therapy

noun

English Language Learners Definition of physical therapy

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

physical therapy

noun

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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