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What is physical therapy? 

Hello Friends,

Today, I am going to discuss what is physical therapy. Physical therapy means helping or treating patients who have physical deformities, bone injury, muscle injury, back or spine problem, resulting any illness disability, ageing, nerve injury, movement difficulty by physical exercise, heat therapy, massage therapy, and who does this treatment called physiotherapist. It is a health care profession. Physiotherapist generally works at Hospitals, Clinics, Rehab Center and or self-employed.

Physical therapy helps relieve in muscle pain, bone issues, musculoskeletal issues, movement, and help with our illness related disabilities.

Physical therapist treats the patient with the help of physical movement, exercise, heat therapy, massage, and sometimes with the help of tools or machines.

Orthopedic Physiotherapy is the most common professionals but there are different types of job professional in this field. Orthopedic physiotherapist generally treats the patient who has difficulty with movement, bone or muscle related injury or issues.

A physical therapist has a big role in our health related issue on present time because we face off lot of accidents in our life, so we need quick recovery from those accidents or injury with the help of physical therapy.

Physiotherapist at work
Physiotherapist at work

  • Orthopedic.
  • Occupational Therapy.
  • Acupuncture.
  • Hand Therapy.
  • Manual Therapy.
  • Cardiothoracic.
  • Pediatric.
  • Podiatric.
  • Sports.
  • Neurology.

Doctor of Physical Therapy is a qualifying degree in physical therapy. Whenever physical therapist completed his/her BPT (Bachelor of Physical Therapy) and MPT (Master of Physical Therapy) they are eligible for this degree in USA but in UK after working many years in multiple rehabilitation they got their doctor of physical therapy degree. In multiple country there are multiple eligible criteria to get a doctor of physical therapy degree.

In India whenever you completed your BPT and MPT degree you should be qualified the license or register test for doctor degree in physical therapy.

In USA there are more stages to be a physiotherapist first of all you have to complete your Bachelor degree in health care field then you have to complete a Doctor of Physical Therapy Program then meet your state license then complete your residency (optional) then finally you get your Board Certification. It is a long process but profitable health care profession.

Doctor of physical therapy requirements (Eligibility)

If you are completed your 12th grade from PCB (Physics, Chemistry, Biology) stream with 50% marks then you are eligible for BPT (Bachelor of Physical Therapy). This course has 4 years duration after that you have to complete 6 months clinical internship then you started working as a physical therapist. A Bachelor of physical therapist should to complete Master of Physical Therapy (MPT) and internship to hold or get a Doctor degree of physical therapy. Most of the colleges provide placement so you have no concern about jobs or placement. It is very demanding job. 

Otherwise you can complete a 3-year course of DPT (Diploma in Physical Therapy) then you started your carrier as a physiotherapist.  You can also complete a 2 year course of MPT (Masters in Physical Therapy) then you achieve a better opportunity. During this course they have to learn about human anatomy, bones, muscles, nervous systems, musculoskeletal systems and different type of tools uses during treatment.

In USA there are many institutions who provide Bachelor Degree of physical therapy. Colleges in USA and Fees

Best physical therapy schools in California

Treating Patient
Physical therapist assistant salary

Salary ranges for fresher 5000 to 30000 k per month in India and if you 10 to 15 years experience in this field then you earn up to 50,000 to 1,00000 per month. If physiotherapist work as a self-employed then they earn more based on their knowledge and experience.

In USA, they are working and earning on per hour basis. They earn averagely $35,51 per hour.
The average salary of a physiotherapist in the World is $28-29

The physical therapist treat the patient on a different way like heat therapy, exercise, massage therapy or help with tools, physically, etc. They used different type of tools or machine as needed. 


Physical therapist can open a center but it is too expensive. Government also provides loan for this purpose. So, physiotherapist works as a self-employed too.

Physiotherapy is very responsible job and if you have caring nature and have interest in treat or help people with care, skills and knowledge then you can choose this profession.

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