Background/History

The rise of physical therapy can be dated back to the time around World War II when many house wives and women were left at home to treat soldiers and the Polio outbreak. They were in great need given the intensity of the war and the deteriorating effects that Polio comes with. The original association was created in the 1920’s by women and increased to almost 8000 members from the mere 274 original members from 1940 to 1950. Today, there are 213 institutions that offer physical therapy and 309 that offer physical therapy assistant education.