What Is Physical Therapy?

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Physical Therapy Quizzes & Trivia

This quiz is based off of Chapter 1 of the APTA Guide to Physical Therapist Practice.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    In order for a physical therapist to practice, he/she must be educated at the _____ level and be licensed in the  _______ practiced in.

    • A.

      College, state

    • B.

      High school, state

    • C.

      College, county

    • D.

      High school, county

    Correct Answer
    A. College, state
    Explanation
    To become a physical therapist, one must complete education at the college level and obtain a license in the state they wish to practice in. This is because physical therapy requires specialized knowledge and skills that can only be acquired through higher education. Additionally, each state has its own regulations and standards for licensing healthcare professionals, including physical therapists, to ensure they meet the necessary qualifications and can provide safe and effective care to patients.

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  • 2. 

    List 3 settings in which a physical therapist can practice in?

  • 3. 

    Out of the settings listed in the APTA Guide to Physical Therapy on page 31, which setting do our providers practice under?

    • A.

      Hospices

    • B.

      Industrial, workplace, or other occupational environments

    • C.

      Rehabilitation Facilities

    • D.

      Outpatient clinics or offices

    Correct Answer
    D. Outpatient clinics or offices
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Outpatient clinics or offices. Based on the information provided, the question asks about the setting in which the providers practice. Outpatient clinics or offices are the most suitable setting for physical therapy providers to practice as they typically provide non-residential care and treatment to patients who do not require hospitalization. Hospices, industrial or workplace environments, and rehabilitation facilities may not necessarily be the primary settings for physical therapy practice.

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  • 4. 

    How is physical therapy defined?

  • 5. 

    Physical Therapists have a major role to play in both the provision of primary care and secondary care.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    Physical therapists have a major role to play in both primary care and secondary care. This means that they are involved in providing care to patients at both the initial stages of treatment and throughout the recovery process. In primary care, physical therapists may be the first point of contact for patients seeking treatment for musculoskeletal issues or injuries. They can assess, diagnose, and provide treatment plans for these conditions. In secondary care, physical therapists work alongside other healthcare professionals to provide ongoing rehabilitation and support to patients who have undergone surgery or more intensive medical interventions. Therefore, the statement that physical therapists have a major role in both primary and secondary care is true.

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  • 6. 

    What element of physical therapy is “required prior to the initial intervention and is performed for all patients/clients?”

    • A.

      Examination

    • B.

      Evaluation

    • C.

      Diagnosis

    • D.

      Prognosis

    Correct Answer
    A. Examination
    Explanation
    Examination is the element of physical therapy that is required prior to the initial intervention and is performed for all patients/clients. This process involves gathering information about the patient's medical history, conducting physical tests, and assessing their condition to determine the appropriate course of treatment. It helps the therapist understand the patient's needs, strengths, limitations, and goals, which is crucial in developing an effective treatment plan. Evaluation, diagnosis, and prognosis are also important aspects of physical therapy, but they occur after the examination has been completed.

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  • 7. 

    Tests and measures performed as part of an initial examination are only necessary to:

    • A.

      Confirm or reject a hypothesis about the factors that contribute to making the current level of patient/client function less than optimal

    • B.

      Support the physical therapist’s clinical judgments about appropriate interventions, anticipated goals, and expected outcomes.

    • C.

      Both of the above

    Correct Answer
    C. Both of the above
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Both of the above". Tests and measures performed as part of an initial examination are necessary to confirm or reject a hypothesis about the factors contributing to the patient/client's suboptimal function. They also support the physical therapist's clinical judgments about appropriate interventions, anticipated goals, and expected outcomes.

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  • 8. 

    What two types of information can be gathered from a patient/client history in regards to social/health habits?

    • A.

      Behavioral health risks

    • B.

      Psychological function

    • C.

      Level of physical fitness

    • D.

      Familial health risks

    • E.

      Developmental history

    Correct Answer(s)
    A. Behavioral health risks
    C. Level of physical fitness
    Explanation
    A patient/client history can provide valuable information about a person's behavioral health risks and level of physical fitness. By gathering information about a patient's habits and lifestyle choices, healthcare professionals can assess potential risks such as smoking, excessive alcohol consumption, drug use, or unhealthy eating habits. This information can help in developing appropriate interventions and preventive measures. Additionally, understanding the patient's level of physical fitness can guide healthcare professionals in determining the appropriate treatment plan and exercise recommendations.

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  • 9. 

    A physical therapist cannot conclude from the history and systems review that further examination and intervention are not required.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    A physical therapist cannot conclude from the history and systems review that further examination and intervention are not required. This statement is false because the history and systems review is just one part of the assessment process. It provides important information about the patient's medical history, symptoms, and overall health, but it is not sufficient on its own to determine whether further examination and intervention are necessary. The physical therapist needs to conduct a thorough physical examination and possibly order additional tests or consultations to make a comprehensive assessment and develop an appropriate treatment plan.

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  • 10. 

    Fill in the blank: “_____ consists of statements that specify the anticipated goals and the expected outcomes, predicted level of optimal improvement, specific interventions to be used, and proposed duration and frequency of the interventions that are required to reach the anticipated goals and expected outcomes.”

    Correct Answer
    plan of care
    poc
    Explanation
    A plan of care (POC) consists of statements that specify the anticipated goals and the expected outcomes, predicted level of optimal improvement, specific interventions to be used, and proposed duration and frequency of the interventions that are required to reach the anticipated goals and expected outcomes.

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  • 11. 

    A plan of care includes anticipated discharge plans for a patient.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    A plan of care is a comprehensive outline that includes all the necessary steps and interventions required for a patient's treatment and recovery. Anticipated discharge plans are an integral part of this plan as they outline the expected timeline and arrangements for the patient's release from the healthcare facility. These plans include details such as follow-up appointments, medication instructions, home care requirements, and any necessary referrals or consultations. Therefore, it can be concluded that a plan of care does include anticipated discharge plans for a patient.

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  • 12. 

    Communication is defined as the working together of all parties involved with the patient/client.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    Communication is not defined as the working together of all parties involved with the patient/client. While communication is an essential aspect of working together, it is not the sole definition. Communication refers to the exchange of information, ideas, and emotions between individuals or groups. It involves the process of sending and receiving messages through various channels such as verbal, nonverbal, and written means. Working together involves collaboration, cooperation, and coordination among all parties involved, but it is not synonymous with communication. Therefore, the correct answer is False.

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  • 13. 

    What are two indications for re-examination?

    • A.

      New clinical findings

    • B.

      Failure to respond to physical therapy interventions

    • C.

      The therapist has completed five progress notes for a patient

    Correct Answer(s)
    A. New clinical findings
    B. Failure to respond to physical therapy interventions
    Explanation
    The two indications for re-examination are new clinical findings and failure to respond to physical therapy interventions. New clinical findings suggest a change in the patient's condition, which may require a re-evaluation of their treatment plan. Failure to respond to physical therapy interventions indicates that the current approach is not effective, and a re-examination is necessary to determine alternative strategies. The completion of five progress notes by the therapist is not an indication for re-examination as it does not provide any information about the patient's condition or treatment response.

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  • 14. 

    A visit consists of all physical therapy services provided in what time period?

    • A.

      12 hours

    • B.

      24 hours

    • C.

      1 hour

    • D.

      0.5 hours

    Correct Answer
    B. 24 hours
    Explanation
    A visit consists of all physical therapy services provided in a time period of 24 hours. This means that within a 24-hour period, all the necessary physical therapy services will be provided to the patient.

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  • 15. 

    “____is the process of ending physical therapy services that have been provided during a single episode of care, when the anticipated goals and expected outcomes have been achieved.”

    Correct Answer
    discharge
    Explanation
    Discharge refers to the process of ending physical therapy services after a single episode of care, once the anticipated goals and expected outcomes have been achieved. This typically occurs when the patient has made sufficient progress and no longer requires further treatment or therapy.

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  • 16. 

    Check all that apply: Discontinuation is the process of terminating physical therapy when:

    • A.

      The patient declines to continue therapy

    • B.

      The patient is no longer progressing, according to the patient, but has not communicated this to the therapist and is still attending appointments.

    • C.

      The patient is no longer benefiting from services, according to the therapist.

    Correct Answer(s)
    A. The patient declines to continue therapy
    C. The patient is no longer benefiting from services, according to the therapist.
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "The patient declines to continue therapy" and "The patient is no longer benefiting from services, according to the therapist." These options accurately describe situations in which discontinuation of physical therapy may occur. If the patient expresses a desire to stop therapy, it is appropriate to discontinue. Additionally, if the therapist determines that the patient is no longer benefiting from the services, it is also appropriate to discontinue. The second option, where the patient is no longer progressing but has not communicated this to the therapist, does not provide enough information to make a decision on discontinuation.

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  • 17. 

    A physical therapist assistant can practice in a clinic as long as he/she is supervised by a physical therapist and is in accordance with all APTA guidelines and standards.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    A physical therapist assistant can practice in a clinic as long as they are supervised by a physical therapist and follow all guidelines and standards set by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). This means that the assistant must work under the direct guidance and oversight of a licensed physical therapist and adhere to the regulations and protocols established by the APTA.

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