physical therapy

noun
1.
the treatment or management of physical disability, malfunction, or pain by exercise, massage, hydrotherapy, etc., without the use of medicines, surgery, or radiation.
2.
the health profession that provides such care.

Origin:
1920–25

physical therapist, noun
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physical therapy
 
n
another term for physiotherapy

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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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Example sentences
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.
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