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Brett Sears

Is Being a Physical Therapist an Easy Job?

By January 31, 2013

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I was in the clinic today and a patient who was retired told me he wished he had become a physical therapist when he was younger. I told him that being a physical therapist is a very rewarding career and that I really love being a PT.

He replied, "Oh no. I wish I was a physical therapist beacuse it is such an easy job."


Sure. Being a physical therapist is not the most physically demanding job in the world. There are some therapists who work in acute care hospitals who have to help severely deconditioned people walk and transfer from a bed to a chair. This takes a lot of strength and proper body mechanics.

Being a physical therapist is not an easy job either. There is quite a bit of documentation, communication with other healthcare professionals, and coordination of services and care. And there is also a lot of decision making. Being a PT is not a physically demanding job, but it is not an easy job either.

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February 12, 2013 at 4:27 pm
(1) Trusty Old Wonky says:

Get out. Someone actually said that? Not only is your profession challenging for all of the technical reasons you listed, it is also challenging because the best ones like you are gifted at relating to people, anticipating their needs, and making them feel comfortable. That is about the hardest job in the world, and one that takes tremendous dedication and enthusiasm. Pity the fool.

February 13, 2013 at 11:30 am
(2) physicaltherapy says:

Thanks…you’re too kind.

November 12, 2013 at 5:45 pm
(3) RN says:

Physical therapists are usually texting on their cellphones and talking with other therapists even while they have patients in the pt room. They make all their assistants do their work. It’s an easy job when you compare it other healthcare jobs – that’s what the patient was trying to point out.

November 13, 2013 at 11:26 am
(4) physicaltherapy says:

In my clinic, PTs are not permitted to text on cells. We do not have therapy aides, and we have one awesome, competent and licensed physical therapy assistant. We see one patient at a time, with occasional overlap. That’s how PT should be. If your PT is texting, chatting it up, or relying on aides to do all the work, it may be <a href=”http://physicaltherapy.about.com/od/typesofphysicaltherapy/tp/7-Signs-That-You-Should-Find-A-Different-PT.htm”>time to find a new PT</a>.
Your comment is disturbing to me, as you write, “Physical therapist are usually texting on their cellphones…” Not a whole lot of evidence behind that statement. I am curious where your experience with physical therapy is coming from.

Thanks for your comment.

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