Is physical therapy scientific?
Science asks and answers questions by making observations and performing experiments. It searches for cause and effect relationships in nature. As a science-based practice, physical therapy uses facts, theories and hypotheses, and tests them against available data.
Physical therapy aims at promoting, restoring and maintaining physical health. Physical therapy treatments are formulated after extensive research and observations before being implemented, and the profession is subjected to strict regulation by various governing bodies. Physical therapists have come to rely more and more on evidence-based practice to ensure that outcomes are consistent throughout the profession and are not just the domain of a select few. Physical therapists undergo years of rigorous training before they can become licensed to practice and must have a university degree in physical therapy.
Physical therapists stay abreast of scientific change through continuing education and our profession is on the cutting edge of scientific advances in health care with a great deal of scientific research being conducted and then implemented by physical therapists to ensure we are delivering the most up to date and effective treatments for our patients.
At the beginning of your treatment, your physical therapist sets goals and objectives that are measurable and achievable within the scope of your condition and your needs. There is no guesswork involved as we use scientific based methods of assessment and treatment. Your progress is documented in quantifiable terms at regular intervals. When you visit a physical therapy clinic you are placing yourself in the hands of a trained professional dedicated to making sure you receive not just the best possible care, but the best scientific outcome.
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