5 Reasons Why You Should Consider a Job in Physical Therapy

Many physical therapists love the work they do every day because it gives them the ability to give back to their communities. Other therapists are motivated to see the smile on their patient's face as they accomplish something or reach a goal they weren’t sure they could meet. Whether you’re interested in learning about what a physical therapist’s role is in the healthcare system or trying to decide if physical therapy is right for you, here are five reasons why you should consider a job as a physical therapist or a physical therapist assistant:

1. You’re making a difference every single day in the lives of your patients.

Physical therapists are movement experts, so they’re helping people every day to reduce pain and limitations. There are so many ways in which a physical therapist can change the life of a patient. Whether it’s helping an athlete get back to their sport, building up a grandparent’s confidence to play with their grandchild, or giving someone the tools they need to manage their chronic pain, physical therapists are always working towards reaching movement or function goals with their patients. Each day they’ll see patients in all stages of the recovery process and help them from their evaluation to their discharge.

2. The job market is booming for physical therapists and physical therapist assistants.

Did you know the need for physical therapists is jumping 21% over the next eight years? The growth for physical therapist assistants is on an even higher trend at 30%. This is a significant growth partially due to the need for physical therapy and increased access to care. While people are staying active at older ages, physical therapists are needed to help patients create and optimize their exercise routines, empower them with the tools to stay pain-free in their day-to-day lives, and help them recover as they sustain injuries or manage chronic conditions.

3. You can choose which setting you’re interested in.

With physical therapy being the key to a wide variety of movement-related conditions and injuries, there are also many different settings in which physical therapists can care for their patients. In fact, there are five settings where physical therapists can choose to work: home care, hospital, nursing home, inpatient rehab, and outpatient clinics. Each setting is different in terms of the types of patients and diagnoses they treat as well as how long PTs work with the patient. One of the benefits of choosing a career in physical therapy is that you can find the setting that works best for your goals, interest, schedule, and location! And if you decide that one setting isn’t for you, there are many in-demand jobs in all settings.

Performance Physical Therapy is an outpatient setting that treats a wide variety of patients. Our physical therapists and physical therapist assistants work with patients who are affected by pain, sustained an injury, are looking to optimize their exercise routine, preparing for surgery, and more. Using different treatment modalities like trigger point dry needling, blood flow restriction therapy, weight training, and the mind-body connection, our physical therapists empower our community to feel better, move faster, and live fully.

4. There are many specialties within physical therapy.

Another benefit of a career in physical therapy is that it can evolve with your passions. There are many areas for a PT to specialize in, including pediatrics, orthopedics, pelvic health, running, and more! As you develop in your career, you can embark on those specialty pathways. Since you’ll be working with many different types of patients, you’ll learn what you love to treat and find ways to specialize in those areas, whether through board certification, a fellowship, or more professional development. Research is consistently pointing in the direction of physical therapy as the solution to movement-based issues, so you’ll have the opportunity to either widen your caseload to many different diagnoses or narrow it to a specific field. With the ability to find a specialty (or add another specialty), there is essentially no chance for you to feel bored or stale in your career.

In addition to the various specialty pathways in physical therapy, there are many treatment modalities for a physical therapist to learn. Between dry needling, blood flow restriction therapy, and cupping, opportunities to expand knowledge and provide the best care for patients are never in short supply.

5. You improve the general health and wellness of your patients.

Research supports the idea that sleep, nutrition, and lifestyle choices impact the recovery experience. Physical therapists understand this and work with their patients to create a lifestyle supporting active recovery. During your experience with patients, you’ll be helping them understand how their sleep patterns, nutritional choices, mental health, and many other facets of their overall health and wellness work together to help them recover faster. Not only will you be helping patients get back to their favorite activities, but you’re providing them with the knowledge to keep them healthy and pain-free.

Working at Performance Physical Therapy

Performance Physical Therapy is a dynamic group of physical therapists and assistants who combine their passions with their profession. If you’re interested in working for Performance Physical Therapy, please let us know what you’re looking for in your career. And if you’re looking for an outpatient clinic for a clinical rotation, apply here!

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