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
He or she can recommend a physical therapist or other health professional with experience in your condition.
He referred me to a physical therapist because he suspected that my back pain was caused by a knee problem.
Later, the physical therapist could barely rouse her to do the critical rehab on her brand-new hip.
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