Physical therapy (also known as physiotherapy) is an applied science profession concerned with the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of diseases and disability through physical means. It also focuses on methods of evaluating functions of body systems and on the selection and application of appropriate therapeutic interventions to relieve pain, eliminate impairment, maintain, improve or restore functions and prevent dysfunction. Advancement in the medical field and awareness of disability preventions has increased the role of physical therapy in healthcare.
The program educates practitioners who will meet the challenges of a dynamic healthcare environment and supports scholarly activities that bridge science and clinical practice. Physical therapy curriculum at NIU includes theoretical, practical, and clinical and research courses to prepare graduates to function in a variety of settings in the field of physical therapy. The major hallmarks of studying physical therapy at NIU are the experienced basic and clinical science faculty and a well-developed network of clinical training facilities offering the best physical therapy services by highly competent clinicians for more than three decades at Fatima Memorial Hospital, Hijaz Hospital and Khair-un-Nisa Hospital.
Physical therapists work in a variety of settings including Hospitals, Rehabilitation centers, Special schools, Sports Teams, Private Clinics, Home Healthcare Agencies and Medical Colleges teaching Physical Therapy.