Physical Therapist

A physical therapist helps patients regain or maintain physical functions that have been damaged or threatened by disease or injury. A physical therapist (PT) in a military hospital often treats patients who have suffered severe combat injuries such as the loss of limbs, so they help these patients learn to move and function using prosthetic limbs, wheelchairs, or other devices. A PT in a sports medicine clinic might handle surgically repaired knees or injured backs most of the time, helping the patient to regain strength and mobility. Some PTs specialize in treating victims of spinal cord injuries. PTs also help relieve pain by applying heat, cold, electrical stimulation, ultrasound, massage, and other treatments. In addition to knowing the science, PTs must be skilled at motivating patients and constantly assessing their physical and emotional condition. You will need to earn a degree in physical therapy, preferably a Master’s, and pass a licensing exam.

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