Physical Therapy And The Medical Field

1624 WordsApr 17, 20157 Pages
Imagine what it would be like not having the ability to physically maneuver around, sit or stand painlessly without the assistance of a licensed medical professional. Whether you were born with a debilitating medical condition or a physical disability occurred due to an accident or aging, there is someone that can help treat these conditions. Physical Therapists! Physical Therapy is a very rewarding and vital profession in the medical field. The average of all occupations is 11%; According to The Bureau of Labor Statistics, Physical Therapy’s projected job outlook in the years 2012-2022 is projected to triple 36%. (Summary Occupational Outlook Handbook) .There are many specialty areas in the field of Physical Therapy but the most common…show more content…
(Physical Therapy Medicine Net) A Day in the Life of a Physical Therapist Since career paths and daily routines vary there is no “typical day” for a physical therapist. Like other health care professions, a Physical Therapists job can be very demanding not only in the work load but the physical requirements as well. Physical Therapists practice in a variety of settings and facilities. Majority of physical therapists work full time, 40 hours a week, which may include some weekends, evenings and possibly even holidays. On average, a Physical Therapist may see 8-12 patients a day with treatment ranging from 20 minutes to an hour. A typical day of physical therapists usually requires examination of patient, diagnosis of physical disability, and creation/implementation/adjustment of a plan of care. This position requires PTs to be physically equipped with handling the tasks that include occasionally lifting patients, kneeling and being on their feet for long periods at a time. At the end of the day, they conclude their paperwork of the activities involved with each patient during their session which is very detailed; this usually takes up 20% -30% of the work day. (A Day in the Life of a … Physical Therapist) Advantages of a Career in Physical Therapy: • Make a Difference • Great Job Opportunities • Excellent Salaries • Wide Variety
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