This comprehensive text provides a thorough and realistic overview of both the profession and the practice of physical therapy. The first half of the book introduces readers to key aspects of a career in physical therapy, such as physical therapy roles, practice settings, the APTA, and laws, policies, and regulations. The second half describes the practice of physical therapy, detailing the functions, disorders, and therapies of the major organ systems. Visually appealing, this text includes both classic photos that illustrate the history of the profession, as well as practical photos that demonstrate current physical therapy procedures.
Table of Contents
Part 1 - Profession 1. Physical Therapy: Definition and Development 2. Roles and Characteristics of Physical Therapists 3. The Physical Therapist Assistant 4. Communication in Physical Therapy in the 21st Century 5. Laws, Regulations, and Policies 6. Financing and Reimbursing Health Care in Physical Therapy 7. Current Issues: Physical Therapy in Evolution 8. American Physical Therapy Association Part 2 - Practice 9. Physical Therapy for Musculoskeletal Conditions 10. Therapy for Neuromuscular Conditions 11. Physical Therapy in Cardiovascular/Pulmonary Conditions 12. Physical Therapy for Integumentary Conditions 13. Physical Therapy for Pediatric Conditions 14. Physical Therapy for the Older Adult Glossary