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Are there other benefits in being a physical therapy?

I'm a senior at Brennan High school and i am interested in the medical field (Physical therapy) and i would like to know more about the process of becoming a physical therapist. #physical-therapist #physical-therapy #medicine #physical #therapy

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Courtney’s Answer

I can't speak to this as a physical therapist, but I can speak to this as someone who had got to physical therapy and developed a bond with my therapist. I had been in moderately bad car accident and had to do 6 months of PT. During that time, my therapist not only helped me to understand what was happening to my body and how to prevent worse injuries from occurring, she also provided a sounding board for me to explain to her the emotional burdens I was feeling that no one else in my life was able to understand. I was unable to do simple things on my own, such as stand for long periods, drive a car, wash my hair own hair. By understanding how hard it was do not be dependent on myself as an adult, she helped alleviate that burden just enough to make it bearable. She always checked on my mental wellbeing in addition to the physical pangs I was feeling. By the end of my time with her, we had created a bond and understanding, and she knew that she had been my lifeline through the hardest part of my life.

From my friend that are in PT, I know that it's not always a glamorous profession, but you are able to make a real impact in your patients' lives by being empathetic and helping them to take steps to make things better (even if they aren't "fixable" as in my case).

Hope this helps as you start your journey!

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Cara’s Answer

The process of becoming a PT includes receiving your Bachelor's degree, which most people recieve in Kinesiology, Exercise and Sport Science, Allied Heath, or Physiology. Then you will apply to PT school, which is a 3 year program to recieve your Doctor of Physical Therapy degree. It is a total of a 7 year process. The benefits of being a physical therapist is that you are in an ever changing field that is constantly growing and learning. As a PT you will always be needed as the field continues to expand. The other amazing benefit of being a PT is you are in a setting where you get to move around and not sit all day. The most obvious benefit of all, you get to help people. Physical therapists are some of the few health care professionals that really get to spend quality time (30 -60min) with their patients each session (which can be several days a week). You really get to know your patients and see their growth which is incredible!