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physical therapy

 

Definition:

  1. treatment of pain, disease, or injury by physical means;
  2. the profession concerned with promotion of health, with prevention of physical disabilities, with evaluation and rehabilitation of persons disabled by pain, disease, or injury, and with treatment by physical therapeutic measures as opposed to medical, surgical, or radiologic measures.

Synonym(s): physiotherapy

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