What Is Physical Therapy?

What is Physical Therapy?

According to the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), the definition of physical therapy is “movement experts who improve quality of life through prescribed exercise, hands-on care, and patient education.”

We at DRVN Physical Therapy & Wellness believe we are much more than that. As medical providers, we have the privilege of making a profound impact on our patient’s quality of life by providing them with individualized solutions so that they can reach their goals. For some, that may be returning to a specific sport, and others may be as simple as being able to pick up their grandchild. Day in and day out, it’s our responsibility as physical therapists to provide our patients with the best care possible.

As “human movement experts,” we assess how you move through a thorough evaluation process. Based on your medical history and evaluation, we can develop a customized program tailored to each individual and what they are passionate about. Unfortunately, “Physical Therapy” is thought to be something you go to when you are in pain and/or have had surgery. While that is correct, we also work proactively with patients to restore the way they move and work to build functional strength, so they decrease their risk for injury. Most importantly, we constantly communicate with our patients from the initial evaluation, educating them on the what and the why of everything we do.


Written by: Dr. Ryan Butz, PT, DPT, CPT, TPI, SFMA

Dr. Butz is a licensed doctor of physical therapy with over seven years of patient care experience in outpatient orthopedics & sports performance/recovery. Dr. Butz has a background in personal training through the National Strength & Conditioning Association and is certified through Titleist Performance Institute (TPI). Dr. Butz holds multiple degrees in the fields of performance & physical rehabilitation with an emphasis on athletic populations. He provides evidence-based treatments for his patients while incorporating expertise in human movement and performance to help athletes of all ages compete at the highest levels in their sport. He believes in the importance of implementing manual therapy along with therapeutic corrective exercise techniques to help his patients recover faster. He enjoys playing golf, exercising, and staying active within his community. 

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