Physical therapists are an important part in the rehabilitation and treatment process of patients with illnesses or injuries. Physical therapist, also called PTs, provide services that help patients that have injuries or are ill improve their movement, restore function and relieve pain while preventing or limiting any permanent physical disabilities. Physical therapy is a career with a bright employment outlook because it is an important component in the healthcare industry.
One of the benefits of becoming a physical therapist is the ability to work in a variety of settings including hospitals, private offices, outpatient clinics, home health agencies, schools, sports/fitness facilities and more. Patients of physical therapy include accident victims and individuals with disabling conditions such as fractures, cerebral palsy, arthritis or back pain.
The standard procedures for PTs usually begins by conducting tests to measure areas like strength, range of motion, coordination, balance, postures and motor function, in order to identify any problems. From the initial examination, PTs will then determine the individual’s diagnosis and plan of care. The final part of the plan is when the PTs determine the individual’s ability to be independent and healed after an injury or illness.
The demand for physical therapy services is high and projected to grow by 34 percent by 2024, which is much faster than the overall average for occupations. This growth comes largely from aging baby boomers, who are remaining active later in their lives. Physical therapists also are needed to treat individuals with mobility stemming from diabetes, obesity or other chronic conditions.
In order to pursue a career as a physical therapist, you must obtain a master’s (MPT, MSPT, MS) or doctoral (DPT) degree from an accredited program. Once you obtain your degree, you must then pass a state- administered national exam. Some states licensing boards may have additional requirements, before you can officially practice. Choosing to pursue a career in physical therapy is a great path for individuals who are strong communicators. Strong interpersonal communication skills are important for physical therapist, in order to establish good relationships with clients. A PT must also be compassionate, patient and a good listener.
If you are currently looking for a per diem, contract or temp-to-hire physical therapist position, search our available jobs, apply online or call us at 800-879-4471 to speak with one of our experienced Therapy Staffing Specialists.