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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Identifying problems early is critical so that the children can get physical therapy or other care to help them manage or lessen the symptoms. Betsy Mckay, WSJ, "Zika’s Long-Term Toll Is Heavy for Children," 7 Aug. 2018 In March, Charlie started physical therapy in the hospital to learn to walk again. Lindsey Vehlewald, SELF, "We Never Got Flu Shots. Then the Flu Almost Killed My Husband," 9 Nov. 2018 Or, the topic of tearing during child birth, says Ryan, who cites France as a country that offers great physical therapy for new moms who experience the all-too common rupture during child birth. Kate Branch, Vogue, "Finally, a Video About Breast Self-Exams You’ll Actually Want to Watch," 2 Aug. 2018 From the Enquirer archives, Kevin Flynn talks about his daily life and undergoing physical therapy to one day walk again. Jason Williams, Cincinnati.com, "PX column: As always, Kevin Flynn keeps his word, rises out of wheelchair at daughter's wedding," 9 July 2018 Similar to providing progress on improvement with a weight loss patient, the test can indicative of progress made by patients undergoing physical therapy or rehabilitation following an injury. Nicole Aimone, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "DXA scanners offer patients a more complete look at bone, fat and muscle mass, especially for weight loss," 20 June 2018 Refusing to be wheelchair bound, Mr. LeNail, 53 years old, embraced a daily regimen of Pilates, physical therapy, swimming and hiking. Jen Murphy, WSJ, "A Rare Disease Won’t Keep This Mountain Man Off the Trails," 15 Dec. 2018 Luca goes to preschool at Juanita Elementary for two hours a day, four days a week, and receives speech therapy, vision therapy, occupational and physical therapy at school. Katherine Long, The Seattle Times, "A Kirkland mother’s anguished phone call brings help she never imagined," 9 Dec. 2018 That includes 11,000 square feet for the locker room and lounge, coaches locker rooms, conference room, office, physical therapy, hydrotherapy, weight room, interview room and laundry, the Bucks said. James B. Nelson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "The Milwaukee Bucks 'campus' at new arena features Giannis-size showers and a therapy tub," 15 May 2018

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1919, in the meaning defined above

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physical therapy

noun

English Language Learners Definition of physical therapy

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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