Years of history and education
Doctor of Physical therapy is a versatile and emerging field of medical sciences. It is a professional degree with 5 year program which enables one to become a professionally independent practitioner. It is a program approved by HEC and is equivalent to 17 years of education after completion. Physical Therapy has become most popular among medical fields in past two decade after American Physical therapy Association had announced APTA rules of 2020. By the efforts of APTA bachelor of Physical Therapy have now become Doctor of Physical Therapy, it gave Physical Therapist the authority of independent practice and direct referral. This has raised the status of physical Therapy worldwide and now Physical Therapy is one of the innovative and popular fields.
In Pakistan first School of Physical Therapy was
established in Jinnah Post-graduate Medical Center (JPMC) in 1956 by the Ministry of Health in collaboration with World Health Organization (WHO) as a 2- year diploma program. The status of physical Therapy has been updated over time. In present era HEC and NCRC has launched a mature Physical Therapy Professional degree Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) throughout the country. HEC has devised the Title of the graduate professionals as Dr.XYZ.PT.
Physiotherapy, also known as physical therapy, has its roots in ancient times. The practice of using physical techniques to treat and manage various health conditions can be traced back to early civilizations such as ancient Egypt, China, and Greece. However, the formalization of physiotherapy as a profession began in the late 19th century. The first school of physiotherapy was established in 1896 in Stockholm, Sweden, and it marked the beginning of organized education and training in this field. Since then, physiotherapy has evolved significantly, integrating scientific knowledge and advanced techniques to improve patient care and outcomes.
Introduction to Physiotherapy:
Physiotherapy is a healthcare profession that focuses on improving physical function, movement, and overall well-being. It involves the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of various musculoskeletal, neurological, and cardiopulmonary conditions through a range of physical techniques, exercises, and modalities. Physiotherapists are highly trained healthcare professionals who work closely with individuals of all ages to promote recovery, prevent injury, and enhance performance.
Today, the introduction of physiotherapy has resulted in a well-established profession that plays a crucial role in promoting health, preventing injuries, and rehabilitating individuals with various musculoskeletal, neurological, and cardiopulmonary conditions.