The physical therapist will evaluate and develop a plan of care that will help restore lost strength, mobility, coordination and balance. They work with you and your family to ensure the goals of the plan are met and outcomes are optimal. Therapeutic exercise and functional training are the cornerstone to physical therapy. Physical therapist use a variety of tools and techniques, including hands-on treatment to build muscle mass, improve bone density and increase stamina. Improving physical fitness can lead to improvement in quality of life to stay mobile and independent.