Established in 1979, the Foundation supports the physical therapy profession’s research needs in scientific research, clinical research, and health services research.
The groundbreaking outcomes of the more than 500 physical therapists we have supported over the years have provided evidence of physical therapy’s crucial role in such areas as:
- Recovering from stroke, injury, and accidents;
- Improving mobility for children with cerebral palsy; and
- Offering pain-free movement – in patients with low-back pain.
Today, the need for physical therapy is growing: during our lifetime, eight out of ten people will need physical therapy either to prevent injury or treat persistent illnesses and ailments. The scientific foundation for new treatments and approaches to prevent common injuries and diseases is research. And so the need for physical therapy research is growing as well.
But funding is becoming scarce as foundations and institutions, such as NIH, cut back on financial assistance to researchers.
The Foundation for Physical Therapy will continue to support the many researchers around the country who are now developing new treatments and approaches in so many arenas, such as orthopedics, geriatrics, pediatrics, neurology, chronic conditions, and cardiology.
We invite you to join us as we work together to advance the applications of physical therapy and provide evidence of physical therapy’s enormous impact on recovery, rehabilitation, and retaining an active, healthy life.
Meet our Board of Trustees.
Meet our Staff.
Meet the reviewers currently serving on the Scientific Review Committee.
View our 2011 Form 990.
Read the 2011 Annual Report.