The field of physical therapy is constantly evolving. Each day we learn more about the human body, and along with those discoveries comes new knowledge of our bodies’ mechanics, functionality and ability to heal. Working in physical therapy is an exciting area of medical practice, with the potential to lead to many more revolutionary breakthroughs in healthcare.
Whether you’re a PT student, new grad or an experienced PT looking to make a career switch, choosing the right PT setting and specialty may seem overwhelming. Even for experienced PT professionals, it’s easy to get caught up in the day-in-day-out crunch of your job and forget that there are more options available to you out there. The variations of practice settings, specialties and diversity of patients in the field of physical therapy are often unrecognized.
Physical therapists must be concerned with not only ending or limiting physical symptoms such as pain and motion issues, but also with the emotional pain, frustrations and depression that those symptoms foster. By using tools and techniques of cognitive and behavioral therapies, experienced physical therapists can help patients deal with behavioral challenges such as fearful anticipation, discouraging thoughts and negative emotions. This helps guide patients through physical therapy with a more positive mindset that wards off emotional suffering subsequent to physical pain and frustration.