In keeping with recent growth and advancement of Physical Therapy professional in the world and especially in the United States of The America, Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) curriculum is developed to prepare Physical Therapists for the independent practice in Pakistan, by emphasizing area such as differential diagnosis, applied pharmacology, diagnostic imaging, health care prevention and practice manager.
However, with the increased recognition of Physical Therapist’s skills in diagnosing, treating and preventing illness and injuries has necessitated the profession to re-evaluate its goals for the future and move toward more autonomy in patient care.
According to America Physical Therapy association (APTA) “the vision for the future of the Physical Therapy profession is that by year 2020 Physical Therapy, treatment will be provided by Physical Therapists holding Doctor’s degree in Physical therapy, recognized by consumer and other health care professions as practitioners of choice to whom consumer have direct access for the diagnosis of, intervention for, and prevention of impairment, functional limitation and disabilities related to movement, function and health.
Since there is general trend of Physical Therapists to seek employment and admission for further studies in United States of America, it has become necessary to bring the courses of study in Pakistan at par. The program will also meet the requirement for independent practice in home land.
Physical therapists (PTs) are health care professionals who diagnose and treat individuals of all ages, from newborns to the very oldest, who have medical problems or other health-related conditions that limit their abilities to move and perform functional activities in their daily lives. PTs examine each individual and develop a plan using treatment techniques to promote the ability to move, reduce pain, restore function, and prevent disability. In addition, PTs work with individuals to prevent the loss of mobility before it occurs by developing fitness- and wellness-oriented programs for healthier and more active lifestyles.
Physical therapists provide care for people in a variety of settings, including hospitals, private practices, outpatient clinics, home health agencies, schools, sports and fitness facilities, work settings, and nursing homes. State licensure is required in each state in which a physical therapist practices.
Physical therapy is a dynamic profession with an established theoretical and scientific base and widespread clinical applications in the restoration, maintenance, and promotion of optimal physical function. For more than 750,000 people every day in the United States, physical therapists:
As clinicians, physical therapists engage in an examination process that includes:
To establish diagnoses, prognoses, and plans of care, physical therapists perform evaluations, synthesizing the examination data and determining whether the problems to be addressed are within the scope of physical therapist practice. Based on their judgments about diagnoses and prognoses and based on patient/client goals, physical therapists:
Physical therapy can be provided only by qualified physical therapists (PTs) or by physical therapist assistants (PTAs) working under the supervision of a physical therapist.