A physical therapist job description includes helping patients reduce pain and to restore movement through exercise and stretching. If you've been injured in an accident or maybe have broken a bone or hurt your back, then you may have worked with a physical therapist to improve your range of motion or to just get back to health. If you suffer with cerebral palsy or other chronic condition like arthritis, then your mobility or your range of motion might be limited. A physical therapist can help you with stretching and exercises specifically adjusted to fit your needs. Cerebral palsy can make muscles tight and hard to move, but with regular stretching and range of motion exercises, movement can be a bit easier. Sometimes, these can be done at home, but the physical therapist will give you instructions about how often to do them and will make sure that you are doing them correctly. If this sounds like a profession that is intriguing to you and a job that seems exciting, then maybe you should consider becoming a physical therapist.
If you are interested in becoming a physical therapist, then you need to find the physical therapist schools in your area that you can afford and prepare you the best. Programs may begin with a bachelor degree and then more study is required to receive a Master or Doctoral degree. Some offer a combination bachelor and master degree. It is important when selecting physical therapist schools that they are accredited and offer classes and clinical experiences that will prepare you well for the national and state exams. You should check to see what the requirements for licensure are in your state. After you pass the initial exams, physical therapists are also required to continue their education by attending classes and workshops for continuing education credits. These continuing education credits are needed to keep your license current and in good standing. These classes are important to keep up with the latest medical advances, treatment trends and to review key pieces of knowledge for success. It may even be in your first physical therapist job description that you must complete a certain number of continuing education credits to remain in that job.
Work as a physical therapist is rewarding. You can help people to feel better and to be more functional in their lives. Many physical therapists work in hospitals, clinics or doctor offices and some even work in a specific specialty area like arthritis treatment. With courses like anatomy and physiology and the manifestations of disease, the physical therapist understands how to create the perfect treatment plan tailored for you. Evaluating strength, range of motion and other aspects of your health and well being such as posture and respiration come into play when creating the plan. With all of that information, a determination of your ability to be independent and to get back to your normal lifestyle habits and work can be made. This total picture makes it possible for the physical therapist able to support your healing. Many times, the full treatment of a patient involves more than just one professional. Doctors, occupational therapists and specialists like rheumatologists often work with a physical therapist and comprise a treatment team aimed at addressing all of the medical and lifestyle goals for each patient.
This profession has a faster than average growth expected in the next decade and the job outlook seems promising, so if the physical therapist job description seems like a good fit for you, then it may be time to search for the right school or program and begin applying today.