The Physical Therapist uses techniques to assist people with injuries and illness in order to recover movement, reduce pain, get stronger, become more flexible, and better perform daily tasks. Their role is consulting with patients to learn about their physical condition, assessing and interpreting patient evaluations and test results, and developing treatment plans using a variety of treatment techniques. Their responsibilities are advising patients on exercise techniques and in-home treatment options, providing educational information about injury restrictions, ergonomics and ways to support physical health, consulting and collaborating with other healthcare professionals, documenting pa...
I see my patients from 45 minutes to an hour, so I really get to know them, know about their life and it's great to see somebody who comes to me with crutches, very able to walk, very able to move their knee and now is kind of like running a marathon, right? So, you really get to see the patient's progress over the course of time and you are instrumental in doing that.
You are mostly on your feet and you know you are close to the patient and you're moving their different body regions and you are showing them how to squat and how to learn so you have to be physically fit or at least know how to do those things or able to demonstrate those things.
It's a field where you have to really know the science, you have to know the physics, the biomechanics, the anatomy, physiology.
The initial schooling is very similar to medical school and then it gets more rehab focused. Mostly people pick kinesiology because a lot of credits in kinesiology can be used for PT school. You can do 4 years of undergrad, then you do your DPT.
I've been in this field for like over 12 years now and I own my practice. I have worked in a hospital, I have worked at Google as a PT so you know a corporate PT is a great job as well. I have worked with different dance schools doing injury prevention workshops, I have done ergonomic workshops, I have worked in different outpatient facilities in different parts of the US and different parts of the world.
I think it's very dynamic, diverse, and you'll never be bored. Physical therapists have very low rates of burnout. I think it's awesome.