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Physical therapy

Physical therapy uses exercise and manual methods to improve one's ability to move and function. Physical therapists help people of all ages.

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When you are recovering from an accident, injury, surgery or cancer treatment your doctor may refer you to a physical therapist to help you heal. Physical therapy is used to treat people of all ages who have pain or difficulty moving.

Source: Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute
Reviewed by: Karl J. Sandin, MD, MPH, Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute

First published: 5/1/2010
Last reviewed: 6/1/2010