* * *physical therapy n the treatment of disease by physical and mechanical means (as massage, regulated exercise, water, light, heat, and electricity) called also physiotherapy
* * *1. treatment by physical means. 2. the health profession concerned with the promotion of health, with the prevention of physical disability, with the evaluation and rehabilitation of patients disabled by pain, disease, or injury, and with treatment using physical therapeutic measures as opposed to medical, surgical, or radiologic measures.
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