Studies have indicated that genetic factors influence many, if not most of the diseases commonly encountered in PT practice.
Genes appear to influence not only risk for disease, but also progression, outcomes and response to rehabilitation interventions.
If you are interested in this topic, engage with APTA's Frontiers in Rehabilitation, Science and Technology Council.
Apr 19, 2019 / Article
Many conditions and impairments encountered by PTs have genetic underpinnings, including diseases such as stroke, arthritis, diabetes, heart disease, and cancer to name a few.
Apr 17, 2017 / Article
In his Mary McMillan Lecture from 2017, Richard Shields, PT, PhD, FAPTA, uses the term "precision physical therapy" in his discussion of how movement is an important regulator of genetic and epigenetic factors influencing the health.
Additional Genetics in Physical Therapy Content
Nov 18, 2019 / Review
Researchers believe humans possess muscle activation "signatures" that are as unique to each individual as fingerprints or iris structure.
Apr 1, 2019 / Feature
Physical therapists are playing key roles in innovative rehabilitation technologies.
Nov 13, 2018 / Interview
A discussion about physical therapy and the genomic era.
Dec 1, 2017 / Feature
How is technology altering physical therapist practice? APTA's new FiRST Council provides some insight.