physical therapy

noun
Updated on: 6 Nov 2017

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

physical therapist

noun

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First Known Use of physical therapy

1919


PHYSICAL THERAPY Defined for English Language Learners

physical therapy

noun

Definition of physical therapy for English Language Learners

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


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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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