About Physical Therapy
Physical therapists are partners throughout your journey to restoring and improving motion so that you can function at your personal best. They are trusted health care professionals with extensive clinical experience who examine, diagnose and then prevent or treat conditions that limit the body's ability to move and function in daily life. Your physical therapist and physical therapist assistant can help you to prevent loss of mobility, reduce pain, restore function, prevent disability and improve quality of life with treatment techniques and fitness/wellness-oriented programs tailored to your specific needs.
Blending science with inspiration, your physical therapist will teach you how to prevent or manage a health condition and help motivate you during your treatment so you can function optimally and move toward your life goals. Your physical therapist will work with you to help you understand your body so you will achieve lifelong health benefits.
Physical therapists apply research and proven techniques to help people get back in motion. All physical therapists are required to receive a graduate degree, either a masters or a clinical doctorate, from an accredited physical therapist program before taking the national licensure examination that allows them to practice. State licensure is required in each state in which a physical therapist practices. In Minnesota, you can make an appointment with a Physical Therapist directly, without a physician's referral. Physical therapists are often assisted in the clinic by physical therapist assistants, who are trained to provide treatment in collaboration with the physical therapist. All physical therapist assistants earn an associate of applied science from an accredited program and are licensed in almost all states, including Minnesota.
Physical therapists provide care for people in a variety of settings, including hospitals, private practices, outpatient clinics, home health agencies, schools, sports and fitness facilities, work settings, and nursing homes. They diagnose and treat people of all ages, including newborns, children, adults and elderly individuals.
If you are looking for a possible alternative to surgery, pain medication, or improving overall health and wellness consider partnering with a physical therapist.