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physical therapy

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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.
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Origin of physical therapy

First recorded in 1920–25
Related formsphysical therapist, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for physical therapy

physical therapy

noun
  1. another term for physiotherapy
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physical therapy in Medicine

physical therapy

n.
  1. 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.physiatrics physiotherapy
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Related formsphysical therapist n.
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