Seniors recovering from hip-replacement surgery, newborns with birth defects, athletes with injuries, young adults with brain disorders: All of these people have trouble using their muscles. And they can all improve with the help of physical therapists (PTs).
These health professionals use exercises, heat, cold, and other techniques to get their patients moving again. They also teach them how to get around using crutches, wheelchairs, and other devices. As a PT, you’ll do more than devise a treatment plan -- you’ll serve as teacher, coach, and confidant, too.
PTs prevent and treat conditions that limit a person's ability to move and function.
You’ll need a passing score on a state licensure exam to work as a PT.
Interested in helping others and a clear communicator. Teaching and explaining is a big part of the job. Being physically strong will help, too.
Physical therapy techniques range from the age-old art of massage to high-tech tools like ultrasound, which uses high-frequency sound waves to heat muscles.