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Typical work day for a Physical Therapist?

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I am interesting in becoming a physical therapist and would like to know what a typical work day for a physical therapist looks like. I am not sure if physical therapists generally work with patients or focus more on writing reports. #medicine #physical-therapist

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Dan’s Answer

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I would say that physical therapists generally spend more time with patients than writing reports. That's not to say that you don't do paperwork, of course you do, but the majority of the day is spent working with patients. I personally try to write my notes in between patients or during the course of treatment.


This may not be true for the director of the rehab department in a hospital or a PT in another administrative type of role.


I hope that helps.

It is also very dependent on the type of physical therapy you do. When I worked primarily in out-patient pediatrics, I did much more paperwork than I do now as an inpatient pediatric therapist. Sheila M.
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Eula’s Answer

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I am an Interior Designer, but can you believe I have been a massage therapist for over 20 years. (as a hobby)


You are a doctor of the body. You will see people with many different types of injuries or illnesses that have to do with their mechanical functioning: thus the skeleton and the muscles, tendons and ligaments.
You have to prescribe exercises (treatments) that will help them recover their normal motions.
Then you have to remember each and every person you see and write a report of their condition.


The great satisfaction is that you help people be their full self. physically. People that cannot walk, sit, stand or move, feel very antsy, but after recovery, the bright smiles on their face will tell you you did a good job.
It't their efforts, but your expertise that helps them do that.


Let me know if this answer helped you or if you have anymore. OK?

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