Physical therapy (also known as physiotherapy) is a health care profession concerned with the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of some pathological conditions and disability through physical means. Physical Therapists practice in a broad range of inpatient, outpatient, and community-based settings including: hospitals, rehabilitation centers, outpatient clinics, community health centers; sports, fitness and athletic facilities; research institutions; pediatric centers, schools, colleges and universities. Physical therapists work with patients who are disabled by illness or accident or were born with a congenital disability; they evaluate neuromuscular, musculoskeletal, sensory motor and related cardiovascular, integumentary and respiratory functions of the patient. Evaluation includes performing and interpreting tests to determine the degree of impairment of relevant aspects such as muscle strength, motor development, functional capacity or respiratory and circulatory efficiency. The treatment given by physical therapists includes exercises for increasing strength, endurance, coordination and range of motion; stimuli to facilitate motor activity and learning; the application of physical agents such as heat, cold, electricity and water, instruction in activities of daily living and the use of assistive devices, motivate and instruct the patient, his/ her family and others who might help him /her through treatment and recovery period.
The Physical therapy & Rehabilitation program at Al-Quds University has been established within the beginning of the academic year 1999 /2000.