Physical Therapy Essay Examples

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During my freshman year of college, I determined that I wanted to pursue a career as a physical therapist. As an Athletic Training major, I learned that I loved helping athletes with rehabilitation and realized I wanted to be able to help a wider range of patients. Once I decided that I wanted to become a physical therapist, I began observation hours. In total, I have completed 117 hours in four different physical therapy settings over the past three years. The first location where I performed observation hours was an outpatient clinic, Glastonbury Physical Therapy. A wide variety of patients of all ages are seen at this clinic. I viewed the physical therapists working with patients recovering from surgeries, injuries, a patient with cerebral palsy, and many older patients with back pain and radiculopathy. I loved going in for observation hours, and tried to fit in as many hours as I could. Completing the 75 hours at this facility over the course of summer, winter and spring breaks during my sophomore year of college solidified my resolve to become a physical therapist. The summer before my junior year of college, I observed at two other physical therapy settings. The first was at a hospital observing with their inpatient physical therapist. Between my Athletic Training…show more content…
While there were many differences between each setting, there were also several commonalities. In all settings, the physical therapists provided care that was professional and skilled. They worked collaboratively with other healthcare professionals to provide the best care possible for each of their patients. They strived to establish rapport and trust with each patient. Each of the settings I observed provided me with insights to the field of physical therapy and convinced me that this career is the right choice for

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