5 Physical Therapy Settings to Explore Before Applying to PT School

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When you’re planning to apply to physical therapy school, you may or may not have an idea of what you’d like to do once you actually become a PT. Sure, there are plenty of articles out there reminding you of what a great profession physical therapy is, and they’re mostly right! But the majority of the media paints the same picture of what a physical therapist is: a smiling, perky young lad or lady, absently stretching a faceless leg.

The reality is that the physical therapy profession is so much more than stretching people’s legs in a generic outpatient orthopedic setting. (Outpatient ortho is what those pictures represent, by the way, but the pics don’t come close to representing the actual excitement of clinic life). A PT can help to improve the functions—and the lives—of everyone from children with developmental disabilities to active older adults. Physical therapists work in schools, adult day care facilities, gyms, and nursing homes, and they treat people with everything from sprained ankles to acute heart conditions.

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Specialties and Practice Settings as a Physical Therapist

What is physical therapy?
Chances are, you’ve heard of physical therapy (PT). Perhaps you have even attended physical therapy as a patient. Maybe a friend or family member has had physical therapy in the past. But if pressed, you might not know how to describe or define physical therapy. That’s no surprise; physical therapy is such a large profession, with so many practice options and settings, that it can be tough to describe what PT truly is at its core!

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So You Want to Leave Patient Care: Now What?

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Are you experiencing clinician burnout? Do you bring your patients’ emotional and physical burdens home with you every night? Yet, do you stay in patient care because you don’t know what else to do?
It’s OK. You’re certainly not alone! I was there once, and I’m here to tell that you have other options. Here are some tips to make those options into realities.
The first thing you need to do is take some important self-inventory steps.

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