Physical therapy addresses wellness, prevention of injury, and rehabilitation of individuals to restore function and prevent disability following injury, disease or loss of a body part.
Therapeutic interventions include heat, cold, electrical stimulation and traction. In addition, massage may be used in conjunction with positioning, exercise or adaptive equipment to improve circulation, strengthen muscles, promote increased mobility, and train or retrain an individual to perform functional activities.
With an Associate of Science (A.S.) degree in Physical Therapist Assistant Studies from the University of Saint Francis, you will be able to work as a physical therapist assistant under the direction and supervision of a licensed physical therapist. You will have the flexibility to secure a position in a variety of settings, where you will help patients achieve the rehabilitation goals identified in their individual physical therapy plans of care.