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Education of Physical Therapists in Family Health

  • By: Elena McKeogh Spearing
  • In: Encyclopedia of Family Health
  • Edited by: Martha Craft-Rosenberg & Shelley-Rae Pehler
  • Subject:Family Health, Family Policy, Family Law

Physical therapists are experts in the field of movement and mobility and provide services to those who have changes in their physical function due to injury, illness, or other causes. Physical therapists undergo specialized training to practice in a variety of settings, including hospitals, outpatient clinics, school health centers, athletic facilities, and occupational environments. When an individual undergoes changes in his or her function, it impacts the whole family unit. For example, an injured father may not be able to work and provide for his family. Similarly, an elderly person may need to rely on his or her children for support. A family is influenced by the illness of their child and may need to rely on extended family to help. Therefore, a physical therapist ...

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