Orthopedics: A Career In Physical Therapy

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As people age, the body deteriorates resulting in pain and diseases. Thousands of accidents happen each year that result in injuries. As well as thousands of children are born with birth defects and need to learn to adapt. Any kind of injuries or diseases need to be tended to by someone who specializes in restoring normal body functions which would be a licensed physical therapist. Physical therapy is the treatment of injuries or diseases of the muscles and/or joints with exercises, massages or medicine. There are five different kinds of physical therapists; orthopedic, geriatric, neurological, cardiopulmonary and pediatric. Orthopedic therapists deal more with restoring mobility to the musculoskeletal system (e.g. joints, ligaments, bones, tendons). Orthopedic injuries typically fall under sports injuries, the treatments required are stretching, hot and/or cold packs, joint mobilization, strength training or electrical muscle stimulation. Geriatric therapists focus on the medical issues that come with age (e.g. Arthritis, Alzheimer’s, and cancer). Geriatric therapy involves prescription medicine and exercise, the …show more content…
To get a doctorate one must first get their Bachelor (4 years), Masters (2-4 years) then they receive their Doctorate (3 years). Classes that are recommended to take to help better themselves in physical therapy are Anatomy, Physiology, Psychology, Biology, Chemistry, Sports, Health/medicine related classes and any activity courses (i.e. fitness or swimming). Before an individual can begin practicing, they must have a license. A license is required in all 50 states. To get a license, an individual must take the NPTE (National Physical Therapy Exam). In order to pass, the final score must be 600 or higher. If someone does not pass, they are able to retake the test. The limit of retakes the test allows is 6, after 6 times the test cannot be taken

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