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Although they make up 29% of the U.S. population, caregivers are often overlooked, but vital, part of someone's health care team. They spend an average of 20 hours a week providing care for a chronically ill, disabled, or aged family member or friend during a given year. The demanding role means that the caregiver is often in need of assistance.

Physical therapists often work with caregivers and see the toll it can take, which can ultimately turn the caregiver into a patient. Getting enough rest and physical activity, and addressing your own aches and pain can help make sure you are able to care for your loved one when they need you. These resources from physical therapists can help you take care of you and offer tips for caring for others.

Physical therapists are movement experts. They improve quality of life through hands-on care, patient education, and prescribed movement. You can contact a physical therapist directly for an evaluation. To find a physical therapist in your area, visit Find a PT.

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