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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