What is Physical Therapy?
In an editorial that appeared in PT Magazine in October 1999, the publisher remarked: "Physical Therapists are good people to know. They're educated in understanding the interaction of all your body parts. Their hands-on approach begins with examination, diagnosis, and treatment of the immediate problem. Then they teach you how to take care of yourself by showing you how to do exercises and how to use your body properly to gain strength and mobility and prevent recurring injury. You'll find them advising on proper posture and body motion in the work place, treating injuries, consulting on fitness, and administering physical therapy in the home. Today physical therapists provide help for every part of the body to everyone from infants to the elderly - more than 1 million people everyday!"
That columnist hit it right on, and yet only scraped the surface.
The essence of Physical Therapy
Although the use of certain techniques of physical therapy goes back to ancient times, the modern profession of physical therapy developed in the twentieth century, in the wake of World War I. The very first modern American physical therapists were trained to work with soldiers returning from the war, and several groups of "reconstruction aides," as they were then called, actually were sent to military hospitals in France to institute early rehabilitation with wounded veterans.
Today's physical therapist is a direct descendant of these brave women (and a few men). Physical therapists now practice in a wide variety of settings, with patients from all age groups. Many people are familiar with physical therapists' work helping patients with orthopedic problems, such as low back pain or knee surgeries, to reduce pain and regain function. Others may be aware of the treatment that physical therapists provide to assist patients recovering from a stroke in learning to use their limbs and walk again. If you are old enough to remember the mid-century polio epidemics, you might be aware of the important role that physical therapists played in helping people with this disease minimize or overcome its paralyzing effects. Each of these recollections captures the essence of physical therapists. In today's health care system, physical therapists are the experts in the examination and treatment of musculoskeletal and neuromuscular problems that affect peoples' abilities to move the way they want and function as well as they want in their daily lives.
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A construction worker with an injured back...a senior citizen with arthritis...an infant with a birth defect...an Olympic athlete...a person who has a stroke...a child with a disability...a pregnant woman...an over stressed business executive...a diverse group of people, yet each can benefit in some way from physical therapy.
Physical therapists have the rewarding opportunity to make a positive difference in the quality of people's lives. Their work involves extensive contact with people-with both patients and other health care professionals.
Physical therapy takes a personal and direct approach to meeting an individual's health needs and wants, whether a patient's goal is walking independently or breaking a high-jump record. Along with the patient and other health care practitioners, the physical therapist shares the hard work and commitment needed to accomplish each individual patient's goals.
For people with health problems resulting from injury or disease, the physical therapist assists in the recovery process to make them stronger, relieve their pain, and help them to regain use of an affected limb or to relearn such activities of daily living as walking, dressing, or bathing. Because recovery does not end for patients as soon as they are out of the physical therapist's direct care, physical therapists must teach patients and their families what to do so that healing continues through self-care at home.
Physical therapists also seek to keep people well and safe from injury. They do this by teaching the importance of fitness and showing people how to avoid hurting their bodies at work or play. By designing and supervising individualized conditioning programs, physical therapists promote optimal physical performance and help health-conscious people to increase their overall fitness level and muscular strength and endurance.
Goals & Objectives
The Physical Therapy education is a five year program leading to the degree of Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy. The main objective is to provide the country with Physical Therapists who are scientifically competent to render the services of their profession in modern health care.
To meet this objective, integrated and sequential courses of study shall be planned, utilizing didactic and laboratory practice and clinical practicum.
The specific objectives of the curricula in Physical Therapy are:
- To provide the students with the knowledge and ability to acquire skills essential to the practice of Physical Therapy.
- To enable the student to practice legal, ethico-moral, social responsibilities/ accountabilities.
- To encourage the students to cultivate caring attitude towards his patients and attitudes conducive to good interpersonal relationship with others.
- To produce a professional who will assume responsibilities for his personal and professional growth.
- Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy
The Institute of Allied Medical Services
2600 Legarda Street, Sampaloc, Manila, Philippines
Tel. No. 734-7371 to 79 local 217