Physical therapy is for people who are recovering from an accident or illness. This video highlights the need for a physical therapist. Physical therapists work with adults and children.
They help manage the pain and movement of those who have had injuries, illness, strokes, and amputations.
The physical therapist obtains the required information from the doctor, as well as consults the patient about their medical history. The goals and expectations of treatment and recovery are explained to the patient and their family. Each patient then receives their own customized recovery plan which includes exercises, massages, and hands-on therapy provided by the physical therapist. Progress is tracked and monitored throughout the course of the treatment.
The physical therapist then assesses the range of movement, mobility, strength, and balance of the patient. Where needed, they will teach the patient to use specialized equipment such as prosthetics. Physical therapists work in hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, and home health care.
To become a physical therapist, you need the required doctorate as well as the license to practice. Physical therapists have a fulfilling career in assisting people to regain control over their lives and giving them a fresh start.