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Who is the typical physical therapy client/patient?

Troy Taylor, NASM Elite Trainer
Fitness Specialist

The typical physical therapy patient can be anyone that is recovering from an orthopedic injury of some kind. Physical Therapy is a discipline that encompasses many forms or physical rehabilitation as well as many forms of increasing functional capability. You would go to a physical therapist to first rehabilitate an injured area and then would continue while you learn how to correct any dysfunction that may have led to the injury in the first place.

Typical physical therapy clients have suffered an injury that requires special attention from a licensed rehabilitation professional. Most often, physical therapists treat patients such as vehicle accident victims. They are also involved in treatment of individuals with disabling conditions such as low back pain, arthritis, heart disease, fractures, head injuries, and cerebral palsy.

Physical therapists can see anyone from athletes, to infants, to the elderly with mobility issues.

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