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Table of Contents Foreword Preface 1. History of the Field and Treatment Methods The use of heat and cold. Hydrotherapy. Electrotherapy. Massage and exercise. Physical therapy as a profession. Caring for the disabled. 2. Is Physical Therapy the Field for You? Physical therapy defined. What the job entails. The role of the physical therapist assistant. Things to consider. Personal qualities for success. 3. Education and Training Shadowing a physical therapist. Getting a foot in the door. Formal education. Physical therapist assistant. Scholarships and financial aid. 4. The Nature of the Work Therapist and patient. Patient evaluation. Scientific research in movement. Exercise programs. The "modalities." The physical therapist as an administrator. 5. Places of Employment Where physical therapy happens. Sports medicine. Foreign assignments. Teaching. Research and writing. 6. Getting Started Job hunting. Choosing the right job. Legal and professional requirements. Advancement. American physical therapy association. Personal qualifications. Financial and emotional rewards. Working conditions. Advantages and disadvantages. Conclusion. Appendix A: Accredited Physical Therapy Programs Appendix B: Accredited Physical Therapy Assistant Programs Appendix C: Resources for Additional Information About the Author
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Physical therapy -- Vocational guidance.