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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According to the GoFundMe page, Jaclyn has been hospitalized since July 22 and is in intensive physical therapy twice per day at Alberta Children’s Hospital. Alexandria Hein, Fox News, "Girl, 2, left partially paralyzed after freak accident with drinking glass," 28 Aug. 2018 But rates insurers pay for occupational or physical therapy are highly variable. Stephanie O'neill, Washington Post, "Father’s And Son’s Injuries Lead To The Mother Of All Therapy Bills," 29 June 2018 Previously, the program capped coverage after $2,010 worth of occupational therapy and another $2,010 for speech-language therapy and physical therapy combined. Philly.com, "Senate GOP and Democrats join to fund children's health, opioid care, mental health, NIH research and more," 8 Feb. 2018 Previously, the program capped coverage after $2,010 worth of occupational therapy and another $2,010 for speech-language therapy and physical therapy combined. NBC News, "Bipartisan Senate Budget Deal Boosts Health Programs," 8 Feb. 2018 Gronski emphasizes that there's no time limit for postpartum physical therapy. Rochaun Meadows-fernandez, Good Housekeeping, "4 Reasons New Moms Should Try Postpartum Physical Therapy," 13 Nov. 2017 First, study subjects were given about two months of intense physical therapy and training, to make sure that alone wouldn’t restore function. Carolyn Y. Johnson, The Seattle Times, "Paralyzed people are beginning to walk with a new kind of therapy," 24 Sep. 2018 While Josiah will have to undergo speech and physical therapy, both he and his friend Javier are expected to fully recover. Caitlin Wolper, Teen Vogue, "What Happens When You Get Struck by Lightening," 15 Aug. 2018 The four-week intensive outpatient program at NICoE, which included art therapy, psychiatry, and physical therapy, began in 2010. Mary Bernard, Philly.com, "For soldiers with traumatic brain injuries, art can be healing," 3 July 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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