physical therapy: Meaning and Definition of

phys'ical ther'apy

Pronunciation: [key]
  1. the treatment or management of physical disability, malfunction, or pain by exercise, massage, hydrotherapy, etc., without the use of medicines, surgery, or radiation.
  2. the health profession that provides such care.
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