A Day in the Life of a Physical Therapist
My name is Alice and I am a physical therapist who has graduated from The University of Southern Carolina.
I am working for a comapny called the American Physical Therapy Association. I had to have at least 6 years of schooling.
I majored in Biology, Anatomy, and Physiology.
In order to become a physcial therapist I needed to take the National Physical Therapy Exam
On average I make about $74,917.00 per year. Promotions are also something that can come quickly if you are working hard
I work 40 hours a week. Some of my responsibilities are taking care of my patients, and giving them at home exercises to do.
This is job that requires patience, because recovery takes time so it can be a stressful job
I report to my patients' doctors regarding their condition and also the familes of my patients.
No deadlines as a physical therapist, just goals
My day starts off with checking emails and returning phonecalls from my patients. Then I meet with about 5-7 patients a day for about 45 minutes. I try to squeeze a lunch break in if I can.
I also make sure the equipment we have gets cleaned after every use as well as the workout rooms where people have their therapy sessions. It is important to keep the workplace clean.
I do perform evalutations on a lot of patients on a regular basis as well. This has to be done before you start therapy with your patient. You need to figure out what is causing them pain.
After my patients have left feeling better than before, I checked my emails one last time, and make sure everything is cleaned up and where it is supposed to be for tomorrow.
The 6 years of schooling was difficult, and expensive but it was worth it:)