Austin Gutierrez Mr. Saluga Honors English 10 14 January, 2014 Physical Therapists When the occupation of “Physical Therapist” or “PT’ is mentioned, most people would think of a professional that works to rehabilitate athletes. This is partially correct because not only do physical therapists work at athletic facilities, but at hospitals, nursing homes, and physician offices as well (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics). Physical therapists work hard and stay on their feet constantly to help someone to the best of their ability (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics). Being a physical therapist is a spectacular job option for those who will focus on their education, licensing, and training to flourish in a job territory that is vastly increasing.
I’ve always want to be something in the medical field since I was younger, but physical therapy never came across my mind until I was told by a friends mom that it was something she could see me being very good at. Ever since then I’ve been interested in it. Physical therapist think of and follow through with treatment plans for people who are injured or have an illness to help them move better, increase their strength, and/or relieve pain. I think I would be a good fit for this job because I enjoy working with people and I am very patient with people.
“Employment of physical therapists is projected to grow 34 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations.” 1 There is three main reasons of what is contributing the growth of the physical therapy profession. The first reasoning of why there will continue to be an demand for physical therapist is the baby boomers is a generation that continues to stay active longer into there life. This can contribute to individuals having pains or increasing the risk of injury at a later age in life. Secondly, there is also an increase of chronic diseases that require the attention of the physical therapist. These conditions include disease such as “diabetes and obesity, have become more prevalent in recent years. More physical therapists will be needed to help these patients maintain their mobility and manage the effects of chronic conditions.”1 Thirdly, Technology has a impact that more surgeries are performed outpatient and requires the physical therapist attention after surgery for proper care and gain of normal activities after surgery. The profession of physical therapy is predicted to continue to grow throughout the
Physical therapy is one of the fastest successful occupations growing in the Unites States of America. It is unlike any other occupation in the medical field. Physical therapists care for patients of all ages who have functional problems and disorders. They work to increase a patient’s mobility, prevent further injury, and stabilize the progress of a patients’ health and wellness. The occupation of physical therapy is a very crucial and highly demanded job and will continue to expand in the future.
Physical therapists work in a variety of settings, from hospitals, to clinics, to home settings (Therapeutic Health Organization, 2012). Physical therapists measure and evaluate a patient’s abilities in areas of speed, mobility, coordination, respiratory endurance, and cardiovascular endurance ("Physical Therapy," n.d.). Physical therapy typically includes an initial examination to find patient’s weaknesses and strengths, a home exercise routine, an exercise routine for at the clinic, and periodic checks in progress ("Physical therapy," n.d.). Arthritis treatment methods include posture and mechanics training, joint protection principles, and energy conservation (Therapeutic Health Organization, 2012). The most common reasons for a patient to seek physical therapy are strokes, arthritis, brain injuries, orthopedic injuries, and multiple sclerosis ("Physical Therapy," n.d.). Physical therapy is an important part of the healing process as it can help to alleviate pain and reduce any scar tissue (Therapeutic Health Organization,
Unlike an Occupational therapist, Physical therapist primarily focuses on movement, functional mobility, and pain management. They help people with functional problems, neurological disorders, injuries related to work and sports, and other conditions. A person with knee problem will be referred to a Physical therapist for pain management, and to prevent the condition from getting worse. Many times an orthopedic doctor will opt to send his patient to Physical Therapy before attempting surgery. When a patient is referred to a Physical therapist it is usually due to a recent injury, or a recent hospitalization. To begin, the Physical therapist will review that patient's medical history. During the initial evaluation, he will diagnose the patient's functional movement status by observing them stand and walk. The Physical therapist will then create a personalized treatment plan. He will use exercises, stretching maneuvers, hands on therapy, and equipment in treating the patient. The goal is to help the patient with pain management, to increase their mobility, and to prevent further injury. The Physical therapist will evaluate and record the patient's improvement. He will also educate the family about expectations and challenges throughout the
When a person suffers an injury whether it be a broken leg, broken arm, a torn ligament or cartilage due to something that happened in a sporting event or in any other activity they were doing in their everyday lives, they need someone to help them help themselves get back to how they were before they suffered the injury. There is always a desire to be able to continue with the sport they were involved in or to continue with their everyday life activities that they were not able to continue with due to the injury. That is when the work of a physical therapist is needed to help reduce the pain of the patient by giving him or her workouts to do so that the person can improve or restore their mobility. There are many things that are involved with the career of a physical therapist that not everyone thinks about which are working with other branches of the medical field. As well, it is a long road to become a physical therapist, which includes the time and money one must invest in educational preparation.
Contrary to popular beliefs, Occupational and Physical Therapy are not the same thing. Indeed they are actually two very different majors. After comparing Texas State University, Texas Tech, and University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio based on my criteria of tuition cost, the strength of each program and distance from home, Texas State would be the best choice in helping me pursue a career in physical therapy. Even though other schools have great programs, Texas State fits me.
As I begin to get older, and my senior year is down to only two years, I have been considering one specific career: physical therapy. This career mainly has physical therapists examine, test, and offer assistance to a person's recovery. In Addition, they assist disabled people with exercise to relieve them from pain or help them recover from injuries. Therefore, they support people so the people that they assist have a chance to recuperate by doing exercises. I have always wanted to have a job where I could improve people's lives and being a physical therapist might be the job I am looking for.
The career I have selected to pursue is a Physical Therapist. The responsibilities of a Physical Therapist are to diagnose and treat people from all ages newborn until the oldest age a person lives that have medical problems or health related conditions that limit their abilities to move and perform functional activities. The scope of practice is very dynamic, educational, evolving and has societal needs which has three components. One component is professional scope of practice which is supported by educational preparation and based on unique body of knowledge. The professional scope of practice also is based on evidence and linked to emerging practice frameworks. Another component is personal, this consists of activities where you are educated