physical therapist

Pronunciation: (FIH-zih-kul THAYR-uh-pist)

A health professional trained to evaluate and treat people who have conditions or injuries that limit their ability to move and do physical activities. Physical therapists use methods such as exercise, massage, hot packs, ice, and electrical stimulation to help strengthen muscles, relieve pain, and improve movement. They also teach exercises to help prevent injury and loss of motion.

Source: NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms

Date last modified: 2012-08-14