Physical Therapy Services

Physical therapy (PT) is a type of treatment provided when health issues make it hard for a person to move around and do routine, everyday activities including those that build motor skills and improve strength, posture, and balance. It may relieve pain, help, improve or restore physical function, and improve fitness. A physician may prescribe PT for long-term problems such as arthritis or COPD. PT can be used alone or with other treatments. Physical therapy is a major component of UAB Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Services. PT services may be provided at home, in office or clinic, or as part of a hospitalization. PT almost always includes exercise, such as stretching, core exercises, weight lifting, and walking. Licensed physical therapists may use manual therapy, education, and techniques such as heat, cold, water, ultrasound, and electrical stimulation. Patients typically may be taught an exercise program to continue at home. 


Related Conditions

This procedure may be used to treat or diagnose several different conditions. We have listed some of these conditions below for your convenience. Please note that this is not a comprehensive list and may vary depending on your specific diagnosis.


UAB is an active participant in research and clinical trials for Physical Therapy. We encourage you to speak to your physician about research and clinical trial options and browse the link below for more information on clinical trials at

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