It Takes Courage
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A high school athlete, an elderly stoke victim, a middle aged man with chronic neck pain, a paraplegic, a man who recently experience a heart attack, a child with developmental delays ... a seemingly diverse group of individuals with no common bond, however, all can benefit from physical therapy. Physical therapy is a medical specialty that involves the examination and treatment of patients with physical disabilities. A physical therapist's primary purpose is the promotion of optimal human health and function, through the application of scientific principles to prevent, access and treat movement dysfunction. The interventions used by a physical therapist to achieve these goals are physical and focus on the musculoskeletal, neuromuscular, cardiopulmonary, and integumentary systems. These interventions often include the use of physical agents, manual therapy and therapeutic exercise. Due to the diversity of individuals who can benefit from physical therapy and the variety of therapeutic interventions available, physical therapists practice in a wide variety of settings. Physical therapy is considered by many health care practitioners to be one of the newest and oldest branches of medicine practiced in the United States.