Physical Therapy Subject Guide
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Physical Therapy Journals: A list of select top journals in physical therapy like Physical Therapy*.
Since research topics can be in found in many different disciplines and in a huge number of journals, it’s usually best to use a database like one on the PT Databases page to search for articles. Still, it can be useful to know which are some of the most important journals in a field. Look for other journals in Find a Journal*.
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Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation* “A scientific journal including articles written by professionals in the related fields of rehabilitation medicine” (From publisher).
Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery* “JBJS has been the most valued source of information for orthopaedic surgeons and researchers for over 125 years and is the gold standard in peer-reviewed scientific information in the field.” (From publisher).
Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy (JOSPT)* “JOSPT publishes scientifically rigorous, clinically relevant content for physical therapists and others in the health care community to advance musculoskeletal and sports-related practice” (From publisher).
Physical Therapy* “Articles, review articles, book reviews, product reviews and commentary focusing on the evolution and expansion of scientific and professional knowledge related to physical therapy” (From publisher).