Physical therapy has its roots in Afghanistan in the early 1980′s, through the establishment of the Physical therapy School of Kabul (PSK). This has now changed to the Physical Therapy Institute (PTI), and from its start to the present, the physical therapy profession has undergone considerable changes, most recently through the upgrading of the two-year curriculum to three years.
The Afghan Association for Physical Therapy (AAPT) was established in 1998 as a step toward supporting the needs of the Afghan people, through promoting the physical therapy profession and quality physical therapy services. In 2007 the Association became a member of the World Confederation of Physical Therapy, whereby AAPT now strives to follow international standards in the aim of supporting the physical therapists in Afghanistan, and promoting the profession as part of general health-care services available to all Afghans who will benefit from physical therapy expertise. During 2008 particular emphasis has been placed on strengthening the profession and with the support and dedication of Afghan physical therapists, the Association can continue to strive towards the important goal of improving the physical therapy profession in Afghanistan.