What is PT

Physical therapy is a dynamic profession with an established theoretical and scientific base and widespread clinical applications in the restoration, maintenance, and promotion of optimal physical function.  For more than 750,000
people every day in the United States, physical therapists:

  • Diagnose and manage movement dysfunction and enhance physical and functional abilities.
  • Restore, maintain, and promote not only optimal physical function but optimal wellness and fitness and optimal
    quality of life as it relates to movement and health.
  • Prevent the onset, symptoms, and progression of impairments, functional limitations, and disabilities that may result from diseases, disorders, conditions, or injuries.  The terms “physical therapy” and “physiotherapy,” and the  terms “physical therapist” and “physiotherapist,” are synonymous.  As essential participants in the health care delivery system, physical therapists assume leadership roles in rehabilitation; in prevention, health maintenance, and programs that promote health, wellness, and fitness; and in professional and community organizations.

Dr. Lorri A. Lankiewicz, DPT, MPT, AT, PC 
is a 2006 Summa Cum Laude graduate of Slippery Rock University with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy, a 1994 Magna Cum Laude graduate of the Duquesne University Rangos School of Health Sciences with a Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy and a 1990 Cum Laude Graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Health Sciences with a Bachelor’s Degree in Athletic Training/Sports Medicine.  Lorri also completed a Certificate as a designated Professional Life and Business coach in 2002.