Physical Therapy

  • Kathye E. Light
  • Marie A. Reilly
  • Martha Clendenin
Part of the Human Brain Function book series (HBFA)


Physical therapists are licensed health-care professionals who are involved actively in the assessment and treatment of clients with neurologic disorders, as well as clients with other types of movement dysfunction. The physical therapy profession is characterized by high academic standards for both admission and completion of the educational program and licensure. The profession is guided by the American Physical Therapy Association’s defined Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice, as well as by state licensure laws outlining the scope of practice. The national association that represents physical therapists in the United States is the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), which is also supported by state and district physical therapy associations. The Neurology Section is a specialty component of the APTA with the particular focus on neurologic dysfunction. The mission statement of the Neurology Section reads, “Our mission is to provide a forum for physical therapists, physical therapy assistants, and students having a common interest in neurologic injury and disease. We are committed to prevention and treatment of impairment and disability and minimizing societal barriers to function” (APTA Neurology Section, 1994). The Neurology Section of the APTA offers board certification, via credentialing and testing, for physical therapists to become Neurology Certified Specialists. Other specialty sections, including Pediatrics, Geriatrics, and Electrotherapy, are also relevant to the practice of physical therapy with clients having neurologic dysfunction.


Physical Therapy Physical Therapist Functional Independence Measure Berg Balance Scale Movement Dysfunction 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kathye E. Light
    • 1
  • Marie A. Reilly
    • 2
  • Martha Clendenin
    • 3
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Physical Therapy, Health Science CenterUniversity of Florida, College of Health ProfessionsGainesvilleUSA
  2. 2.Department of Allied Health Sciences, Division of Physical TherapyUniversity of North Carolina at Chapel HillChapel HillUSA
  3. 3.Physical Therapy ProgramNova Southeastern UniversityFort LauderdaleUSA
  4. 4.Science CenterGainesvilleUSA

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