physical therapy


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

Nearby words

  1. physical mixture,
  2. physical optics,
  3. physical pendulum,
  4. physical science,
  5. physical sign,
  6. physicalism,
  7. physicalistic,
  8. physicality,
  9. physicalize,
  10. physically

Origin of physical therapy

First recorded in 1920–25

Related formsphysical therapist, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for physical therapy

physical therapy


another term for physiotherapy
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Medicine definitions for physical therapy

physical therapy


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
Related formsphysical therapist n.

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