Physiotherapy or physical therapy is a form of physical care and rehabilitation and healthcare professionals practicing this form of health care are called physiotherapists, often known as in brief as PTs.

Physiotherapists often diagnose and treat patients of all ages who have physical medical conditions that limit their abilities to move and perform functional activities efficiently. Physiotherapists when discussed will examine the patient concerned and then develop a plan of treatment to treat the ability to move, relief pain, restore functional movements and often times even prevent disabilities.

Physiotherapists also work with patients to prevent the loss of movements even before it occurs by health and wellness programs for healthier and more active lifestyles, especially among the more elderly population of the society. These health professionals play very important roles where functional movements of individuals are threatened or caused by the aging process, diseases and injuries.

The science of physiotherapy is focused on maximizing the quality of life and movement potential by preventive treatment or intervention and rehabilitation. This will include covering the physical wellness, psychological, emotional and social well being of the patient concerned. Most physiotherapists also work closely with other healthcare and medical professionals such as doctors and orthopedic surgeons.

Just like medical doctor specialists, physiotherapies also have their own specialties such as in geriatrics, cardiopulmonary, neurology, orthopedic and even pediatrics just to name a few specialties. Because of the wide array of treatments they can provide, physiotherapists can and do work in a wide range of settings such as in hospitals, private clinics, schools, sports clubs and gyms.

The recovery and relief from pain or conditionsrought about by physiotherapy treatment may not be immediate but the effect can be seen in the longer term. Treatments are not merely symptomatic but also address the root cause of a problem. Patient's recovery rate varies from individual to individual. Those have minor injuries may recover faster, but those people whose conditions are serious may take a longer time to recover or not at all depending on how chronic is the condition.

In the treatment process under a physiotherapist, the attitudes and beliefs of the patients also stipulate an important part in the recovery to better health and mobility. Patients must believe and trust that the physiotherapist can help them to gain their health. Listening to the physio's advice, proper self-care management and proper follow up treatments is the key to recovery. Both the patient and physiotherapist must work well together for any treatment to be successful.