PT Settings

Acute Care Hospital
Physical therapy is provided to individuals that are admitted to a hospital for short term patient care for reasons such as illness, surgery, accident, or recovery from a trauma. The goal in this setting is to discharge the person as soon as they are medically stable and have a safe place to go.
Rehabilitation/Sub Acute Rehabilitation
Use this category for both types of settings described below:
Rehabilitation Hospital
Physical therapy is provided to individuals that are admitted to a facility or rehabilitation unit with the goal of providing intense therapy to improve the person’s ability to care for themselves (typically three hours or more per day).
Sub-Acute Rehabilitation
Physical therapy is provided to individuals that are admitted to a special hospital that provides medical and/or rehabilitation care. The rehabilitation is less intense (typically less than three hours per day).
Extended Care Facility /Nursing Home/Skilled Nursing Facility
Physical therapy is provided to individuals that are admitted to a facility that typically cares for elderly patients and provides long-term nursing care, rehabilitation, and other services.
Free-Standing PT or Hospital Outpatient Clinic (also known as a Private Practice)
(also known as a Private Practice) – In this common physical therapy setting, individuals visit a physical therapist in a clinic, office, or other healthcare facility primarily to address musculoskeletal (orthopedic) and neuromuscular injuries or impairments.
School/Pre-school
Physical therapy services are provided within an educational environment, including pre-school, elementary, or secondary education (high school and vocational) facilities.
Wellness/Prevention/Fitness
Physical therapy services are provided to individuals with a focus on wellness. This approach to healthcare emphasizes preventing illness and injury and promoting healthy lifestyle, as opposed to emphasizing treatment of diseases.
Industrial/Occupational Health
Physical therapy services are provided to individuals primarily to help them return to work or for the purpose of enhancing employee health, improving safety, and increasing productivity in the workplace.
Home Health
Physical therapy services are provided to individuals in a home setting rather than in a medical facility.


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