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Last updated: December 18, 2019

What Does Physiotherapy Mean?

Physiotherapy, or physical therapy, is a physical medicine and rehabilitation specialty. Using mechanical force and movements, it remediates impairments and promotes mobility, function, and quality of life through examination, diagnosis, prognosis, and physical intervention.

This type of therapy should only be performed by qualified and licensed physical therapists or physiotherapists.

Safeopedia Explains Physiotherapy

Physiotherapy is generally recommended to alleviate back pain or sudden injury, to manage long-term medical conditions such as asthma, and to prepare for childbirth or playing sports.

If an employee displays the signs and symptoms of a work-related injury and the treatment is an approved exercise regime by a certified athletic trainer, OSHA considers this therapeutic exercise as a form of physical therapy. In this case, it is considered to be a medical treatment and is recordable in the OSHA 300 log.



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