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Physical Therapists, Orthopedic Degrees, Physical Therapy Schools


Physical Therapists provide services that help restore function, improve mobility, relieve pain, and prevent or limit permanent physical disabilities of patients suffering from injuries or disease.  A Licensed Physical Therapist will develop a training or rehabilitation program for a patient that involves exercise and often, dietary adjustments as well.  Some Physical Therapists work one-on-one with patients; in the case of a severe injury sometimes on a daily basis when therapy begins.  All Therapists must be licensed and must have completed an educational program in the field; in most cases a master’s degree.


Physical Therapists restore, maintain, and promote overall fitness and health. Their patients include accident victims and individuals with disabling conditions such as low-back pain, arthritis, heart disease, fractures, head injuries, and cerebral palsy. 


A Licensed Physical Therapist Assistant works as an assistant to the Therapist, often performing the physical duties that accompany a therapy session: putting the patient through the program that the Therapist has designed.  The Assistant must have completed an Associate’s degree in the field and obtained licensure.


Degrees and Certificates for Physical Therapists


  • Associates in Physical Therapy
  • Masters/Doctorate in Physical Therapy
  • Bachelors in Life Sciences
  • State Licensure


Median Salaries for Physical Therapists


Physical Therapist


Physical Therapist Assistant


Home Care Physical Therapist


Nursing Home Physical Therapist


Nursing Home Physical Therapist Asst.




Source: U.S. Dept. of Labor &

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