In this guest column, UTMB Health physical therapists Rhonda Kurtz, Kristin Schulte and Jeanne Smith wrote about the importance of physical therapy. “Many people have been affected by a physical therapist, either directly or indirectly. Maybe you have suffered an injury and required strengthening and retraining to return to work or to play a sport. Perhaps a parent or loved one has suffered a stroke or a heart attack and required extensive rehabilitation to return home. Maybe you have a child with special needs who required help to progress through normal childhood development. Perhaps you have chronic pain due to poor body mechanics or imbalanced muscular alignment. All of these conditions would benefit from physical therapy. There are numerous other ways in which physical therapy can impact your life. Physical therapists’ scope of practice is extensive and continues to grow as we learn more from research and gain access to new techniques and instruments.”