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What Are the Differences Between Physio & Physical Therapy? January 9, 2018

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What Are the Differences Between Physio & Physical Therapy?, Manhattan, New York

In the United States, the terms physical therapy and physiotherapy are often used interchangeably. Both offer means of rehabilitating the body, eliminating pain and helping patients achieve their maximum physical potential. While other countries draw a concrete distinction between the two fields, the differences are more subtle in the U.S. — but they do exist. 

Different Concentrations, Combined for Holistic Treatment 

Physiotherapy focuses on the use of exercise, bodily manipulation and mobilization, and rehabilitative approaches. Physical therapy, on the other hand, centers on massage, joint work, and treatment of the fascia — the connective tissues that surround the muscles, bones, organs, and nerves.

In the U.S., professionals who work in these fields train to master both physical therapy and physiotherapy techniques. This allows them to provide comprehensive, holistic treatments tailored to each patient’s needs and lifestyle.

Do You Need Physical Therapy?

physical therapyThe reasons a patient might seek out a PT specialist are diverse. Some might be prescribed treatment by a doctor to speed post-surgical rehabilitation or heal sports injuries, or as a means of dealing with ongoing conditions like arthritis or chronic pain. Others may seek treatment to proactively prevent injury or in the interests of general health and fitness. 

Whatever your needs, it’s important to find a qualified professional. In the U.S., professionals can earn a master’s or doctorate of physical therapy. Before practicing independently, students must get clinical experience working hands-on with patients. They must also pass the National Physical Therapy Examination before they are legally allowed to practice.


For a highly qualified PT professional in New York, NY, look to MVMT Physical Therapy. Dr. Mark Lusk has a Doctorate in Physical Therapy, and he’s further certified as an orthopedic specialist and functional manual therapist. He and his team are dedicated to providing each patient with the one-on-one, attentive care they deserve. Find out more about what you can expect as a new patient online. To request an appointment, call (646) 430-5717 today. 

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