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physical therapy

the treatment or management of physical disability, malfunction, or pain by exercise, massage, hydrotherapy, etc., without the use of medicines, surgery, or radiation.
the health profession that provides such care.
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physical therapist, noun Unabridged
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  • They swear by the operations, claiming they helped people who had no chance of improvement in physical therapy.
  • With the right medication, the pain and swelling diminished, and she began physical therapy.
  • To alleviate the symptoms of this disease, doctors typically recommend medication and physical therapy.
  • During physical therapy, brain regions near the site of damage do often take on lost functions, but it is a gradual process.
  • By the way, have had countless exams and even physical therapy.
  • Hospitalized for two weeks, got physical therapy and a trial of steroids.
  • The good news is that physical therapy can help many regain lost abilities and even walk again.
  • She receives physical therapy and dental care, and her hair is washed and set twice a week.
  • Eventually, discharged to a nursing home for physical therapy.
  • They sent in truckloads of occupational and physical therapy and emotional support.
British Dictionary definitions for physical therapy

physical therapy

another term for physiotherapy
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physical therapy in Medicine

physical therapy n.
Abbr. PT
The treatment of physical dysfunction or injury by the use of therapeutic exercise and the application of modalities that are intended to restore or facilitate normal function or development. Also called physiatrics, physiotherapy.

physical therapist n.
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