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physical therapy Syllabification: phys·i·cal ther·a·py
Pronunciation: /ˈfizikəl ˈTHerəpē/

Definition of physical therapy in English:


The treatment of disease, injury, or deformity by physical methods such as massage, heat treatment, and exercise rather than by drugs or surgery.
Example sentences
  • He is facing surgery, followed by at least six months of physical therapy.
  • In fact, she's already begun physical therapy.
  • I spent a full month wearing a sling, then began physical therapy.


physical therapist
Example sentences
  • With a staff of 21 people, including doctors, nurses, teachers, physical therapists, and support staff, the village cares for some 70 children and 30 veterans at a time.
  • Also, the rehabilitation department just has eight medical staff including physical therapists, masseurs and rehabilitation nurses.
  • Sometimes intervention by physical therapists and massage therapists helps, sometimes it doesn't, she said.
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