Interview with Florence Kendall:
1. What does your average day look like?
I come in, look at my scheduled patients for the day and begin making a plan on what exercises I will do with them that day. After that I begin accepting patients, teach them the exercises and begin making a plan for the patient that they can do at home. These plans can include medication, but usually just involve different exercises.
2. What is your favorite thing about your career?
I just enjoy being able to help people that need the help and love watching them improve over time and eventually when they no longer need my help.
3. Is there anything you dislike about your career?
Yes, I feel really bad when ever the patient cries because some of the exercises do involve pain, but I keep them going because it’s the only way they will get better.
4. How many patients do you treat daily?
Well, it depends on the day, but usually it averages around 12 patients.
5. What is your average patient like?
They are usually very appreciative of my work. Usually they are elderly men or women but occasionally I treat the young adult and sometimes even children.
6. Do you prescribe medication or exercises more?
Definitely exercises, I don’t like prescribing medication unless it is absolutely necessary.
7. What would you recommend to someone pursuing the field?
Really pay attention in college because in this field you use almost everything you learn on a daily basis.
Career Report – Physical Therapist
Physical therapists are healthcare professionals who diagnose medical problems, illnesses and injuries that prohibit movement. They will examine patients and develop a plan using treatment techniques to promote movement, reduce pain, restore motion, and prevent disability. Physical therapists will work with the patient while they are in for an appointment and assign exercises for the patient to complete at home. They create plans that will prevent loss of movement by using fitness and wellness oriented programs. Physical therapists will also use interventions that include therapeutic exercises, functional training, manual therapy techniques, and normal equipment. Some injuries that physical therapists see include back and neck injuries, sprains/strains and fractures, arthritis, burns, amputations, strokes, multiple sclerosis, conditions such as cerebral palsy and spina bifida, and injuries related to work and sports. Many physical therapists work with a physical therapist assistant that is always under their supervision. This allows the physical therapist to keep his skills fresh because he could be correcting the physical therapist assistant. Physical therapists also work with several other professionals including physicians, dentists, nurses, educators, social workers, occupational therapists, speech-language pathologists, and audiologists. In many cases physical therapists have a good working environment. They work in hospitals, outpatient clinics, and private practice offices. However their job can be physically demanding at times and may have to stoop kneel, crouch, lift and stand for many hours straight. They may also have to lift heavy equipment and patients. Physical therapists usually always have a forty-hour workweek. All physical therapists are required to have a post-baccalaureate degree from an accredited program. However expanding how much education a person has can allow for a higher salary and allow for the person to do different things. A masters degree in physical therapy would take two and half years of full time school extra. Many physical therapists continue their schooling and go after a doctoral degree which takes another three years. Many physical therapists get their Ph.D. to allow them to prescribe drugs to their patients. Physical therapists also must graduate...