Today is World Physical Therapy Day! World Physical Therapy Day is a yearly event that promotes physical therapy’s contribution to global health and recognizes crucial role the profession makes to keep people well, mobile and independent.

You’re likely aware that physical therapists can treat a variety of conditions from neck, back, and shoulder pain to carpal tunnel syndrome and Achilles tendinitis, but that’s not all we can do. In honor of World Physical Therapy Day, we’re sharing a few things you may not have known about our profession.

Intensive Education and Clinical Expertise

Physical therapists apply evidence-based research and proven techniques to help get you back to life quickly and effectively. Not just anyone is qualified to practice physical therapy, either. All physical therapists are required to receive a graduate degree – either a master’s degree or a clinical doctorate — from an accredited physical therapist program before taking the national licensure examination that allows them to practice and state licensure is required in each state in which a physical therapist practices. We are trusted health care professionals with extensive clinical experience who examine, diagnose, and then prevent or treat conditions that limit the body’s ability to move and function in daily life.

Each member of the Confluent Health team staff completes a minimum of 40 continuing education hours annually to stay at the top of the field, and many are involved in Residency, Fellowship, and Certification programs.

Professional, Compassionate Care

In most states, you can make an appointment with a physical therapist without a physician’s referral. Although we work closely with outpatient practices, physical therapists can provide care for people in a variety of settings, including hospitals, private practices, home health agencies, schools, sports and fitness facilities, work settings, and nursing homes.

Physical Therapists can diagnose and treat people of all ages, and will work in conjunction with your doctors to help you improve your mobility. Physical therapists are musculoskeletal experts who treat a wide variety of symptoms and conditions, often while reducing the cost of care and avoiding costly surgeries and addictive prescription drugs.