About the PT profession

Physical therapists (PTs) are movement experts who improve quality of life through prescribed exercise, hands-on care and patient education. PTs diagnose and treat individuals of all ages, from newborns to people at the end of life. 

Many patients have injuries, disabilities or other health conditions that will benefit from physical therapy intervention. Physical therapists also care for people who want to become healthier and prevent future problems; PTs can help these individuals achieve their fitness goals, regain or maintain their independence and lead active lives.

Practice Settings

Physical therapists practice in a wide range of settings:

  • Hospitals and healthcare systems
  • Outpatient clinics
  • Private homes
  • Schools
  • Sports and fitness facilities
  • Workplaces
  • Long-term care facilities and nursing homes
  • Research facilities
  • Academic institutions/organizations

Useful Links

The following links are from the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA):

  • ChoosePT.com, APTA’s official consumer information website
  • PT workforce analysis, APTA’s outlook on the need for PTs through 2030
  • PT moves me, APTA’s student recruitment campaign aimed at those in middle and high school