Definition of Physical therapy

1. Noun. Therapy that uses physical agents: exercise and massage and other modalities.

Exact synonyms: Physiatrics, Physiotherapy
Generic synonyms: Therapy
Terms within: Modality
Specialized synonyms: Rehabilitation
Derivative terms: Physical Therapist, Physiotherapeutic, Physiotherapist

Definition of Physical therapy

1. Noun. (countable and uncountable) Any of various therapeutic exercises and other activities to treat injury or dysfunction, or such exercises and activities collectively. ¹

2. Noun. The medical discipline dealing with such. ¹

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Medical Definition of Physical therapy

1. A physical therapist is a specialist trained using exercise and physical activities to condition muscles and improve level of activity. Physical therapy is helpful in those with physical debilitating illness (for example stroke). (27 Sep 1997)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Physical Therapy

physical pendulum
physical phenomenon
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physical quantities
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physical sign
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physical therapy (current term)
physical topology
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Literary usage of Physical therapy

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1. Annual Report (1917)
"physical therapy AND X-RAY This department continues active as can be seen by the ... It is our belief that physical therapy has a distinct benefit in the ..."

2. Handbook of Therapy by Oliver Thomas Osborne, Morris Fishbein (1920)
"physical therapy THE LOCAL APPLICATION OF DRY HOT AIR The general practitioner will usually not be able to apply the major elements of physiologic therapy ..."

3. Women-Owned and Home-Based Businesses: Hearing Before the Committee on Small edited by Christopher S. Bond (1999)
"... Women-Owned and Home-Based Businesses Dear Chairman Bond: On behalf of the more than 72000 members of the American physical therapy Association (APTA) I ..."

4. Alternative Medicine: Expanding Medical Horizons by DIANE Publishing Company (1995)
"Philosophy The philosophy of physical therapy is based on an educational model; ... The professional literature of physical therapy that appears in several ..."

5. American Medicine (1920)
"physical therapy The Advantages of physical therapy. —physical therapy, says a writer in the New York Medical Journal (March 22, 1920), has been raised ..."

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