My physical therapy journey, like those of many of my peers, has featured frequent moments of adversity.
Being a physical therapist (PT) requires a wide-ranging skillset. Beyond adeptly applying the knowledge and skills you learned in school, you must be an effective communicator while developing a collaborative relationship with patients and explaining procedures, modalities, and care plans. You must be meticulous in your documentation, because errors can mean no payment from the insurance company—and, conversely, strong documentation can maximize reimbursement. You must have the physical strength, too, to administer certain manual treatments, perform joint mobilizations, and effect safe transfers.