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What made you specialize in Physical Therapy?

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Zach’s Answer

Ever since high school I have been interested in helping people while also be interested in exercise science. I was deciding between athletic trainer and physical therapy. My brother is a athletic trainer who traveled a lot which can be a problem if I decided to have a family one day. Athletic trainers need 6 years of schooling after high school. This was a red flag especially considering physical therapist only need 7 years of schooling after high school. I first got introduced to physical therapy when I was in high school and had knee pain from playing basketball. The physical therapist who was treating me had similar interest like myself. As I worked with him more I learned more information about how and what it takes to be a physical therapist. I knew from talking with him it would be a lot of work along with planning before getting into college. Forward ahead 6 years and I'm in PTA school while also completing my bachelors.
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Aleksi’s Answer

The main reason I wanted to be a physical therapist was because I wanted to help others. Physical therapy is rewarding because you help individuals reach their goals and overcome obstacles. It is a profession which has many opportunities and allows you to use your creativity to help patients. Physical therapists can work in a variety of settings including clinics, hospitals, schools, industrial, and nursing homes. There are specialities such as pediatrics ( working with children), geriatrics (working with elderly), orthopedics, neurology, and sports. As a physical therapist you also get to be part of a larger healthcare team that may include doctors, nurses, occupational therapists, speech therapists and athletic trainers.


Another reason why I wanted to become a physical therapist is because I have always been fascinated with anatomy and how the human body works. As a physical therapist you have to have extensive knowledge about anatomy and physiology and how each of the joints, bones, muscles, ligaments, tendons, organs and nerves function together. Physical therapy was the perfect combination for me to combine my passion for helping others along with my interest in anatomy and physiology.

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Haylee’s Answer

One of the main reasons I decided to embark on the path of physical therapy was because I realized the difference that I could make in somebody's life. Physical therapy can help people in so many ways, whether they have a traumatic injury, low back pain, low range of motion, surgery, etc. Any of these things can lower the quality of daily life for an individual and it is amazing what a physical therapist can do in order to restore their optimal function so that they are able to live their best life. I also happen to be a very dedicated and motivating individual, which is needed for a physical therapist to help patients reach their goals and overcome obstacles. Not only is it an extremely rewarding job, but there are endless possibilities in the field of physical therapy as well. As a physical therapist, you can work with just children, traumatic brain injuries, outpatient rehab, military, geriatrics, and you can specialize in areas of the body such as the feet, hands, vestibular, etc.
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Bailey’s Answer

I am not a physical therapist, but I am going to school to be a Physical Therapy Assistant. However not the same degree, but treatment for patients is very similar, or a lot of the time the same. My original plan years ago was to become a physical therapist. Looking back, I would have taken the PTA route in the very beginning had I known the complexity and time a PT degree takes and how competitive schools are for the program. PTA programs are much more manageable, at least for me, financially and timewise.
As a young girl, I developed what was called Perthes Disease. This disease caused my hips to "dissolve" and then grow back over the course of about 2 years. During this time, I went through a few years of physical therapy to get back to walking and being a normal child. Those therapists I encountered set my mind to wanting to become a physical therapist or a physical therapy assistant.
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Linda’s Answer

For me I knew it was a field with endless opportunities throughout my lifespan. Being a physical therapist is a career that can lead you to work in areas you never knew you could as well as provide care to thousands of people to help them recover, restore, prevent and improve their lives.
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