Physical Therapist

Patrick Donica

What is a Physical Therapist?

Physical Therapist are highly educated health care professionals who can help patients reduce pain and improve or restore mobility they also teach their patients how to prevent or manage their condition so that they achieve their long term health benefits.

Certifications needed

To practice as a physical therapist in the US, you must earn a physical therapist degree from a CAPTE- accredited physical therapist education program and pass a state licensure exam.

Daily activities

The daily activities for Physical Therapist are examining patients injuries and coming up with a plan in order to get them back to being healthy. They also see patients make them do certain exercises for their injury and make it stronger so they can be healthy again.

Education requirements

Education requirements for a physical therapist include degrees from accredited academic programs in Physical Therapy which normally offer a doctoral degree and take at least 3 years to complete.

Average income and beginning potential

The average income for a Physical Therapist is $80,904 annually and beginning potential in Kansas City is between $76,525-80,010.

Skills necessary

Skills necessary for Physical Therapist include the ability to safely bend, twist, and lift to assist a patient form one surface to another, the ability to apply manually resistance to someones arm or leg during exercise, and the ability to perform CPR.

Where would you work?

Some Physical Therapist work in hospitals but over 70% work in private offices, rehab centers, community health centers, nursing homes, sports facilities, and corporations.

3 fun facts

Physical therapist started during WWI to help injured soldiers

Physical Therapist were called reconstruction aides during WWI

In the late 1970's the demand for Physical Therapist increased schools were unable to turn out Physical Therapist fast enough