Physical therapy is a health care specialty involved with evaluating, diagnosing, and treating disorders of the neuromusculoskeletal system. The ultimate goal of physical therapy is to restore maximal functional independence to each individual patient. To achieve this goal, physical therapists use treatments such as hands-on manual therapy, exercise, neuromuscular re-education, extensive patient education, and modalities such as heat, cold, and electrotherapy.
At USC Physical Therapy Associates, physical therapy is provided by clinicians who are doctorally trained and licensed , have board certifications in several specialty areas such as orthopaedics and neurology, and are engaged in teaching and research at the Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy. Physical therapists evaluate, diagnose, and manage the physical therapy treatment plan, customizing it to each individual’s needs.