Physical Therapy Is More Of A Passion For Me Than A Career Choice

723 Words Aug 1st, 2015 3 Pages
Physical therapy is more of a passion for me than a career choice. Physical therapy has directly and positively impacted my life, as well as the lives of others I care about, and the lives of those in my care. As a future physical therapist, I am driven to help people improve their lives through movement, not only for their sake, but also for sake of their family, loved ones and supporters whose lives have also been impacted. Physical therapy has a positive and transformative effect on many lives simultaneously. I understand, intimately, that for every person I am able to help through physical therapy, there are other people supportive of him or her who are also improving. I believe this speaks to the vision of APTA, and I am eager to facilitate those transformations, and to help many in society live life more fully through movement.

My first encounter with physical therapy came when I was two years old and my grandfather injured his spinal cord while diving into a pool. His diagnosis was not good; and it had a major impact on our family. We all were led to believe that his mobility would be limited, that his wife (my grandmother) would need to care for him, and that he would have an overall decreased quality of life. Thanks entirely to physical therapy, and my grandfather’s tenacity, I have had the privilege of witnessing his transformation and watching him exceed the expectations of every physician. To this day, my grandfather continues his physical therapy and, because…

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