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Physical therapist: What I do and how much I make

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my name is Taylor and jadi I'm 26 years old I'm the doctor of physical therapy and in my position physical therapist can make between fifty five to seventy thousand dollars a year I love being a physical therapist because you get to help somebody take control of their life as a physical therapist your movement expert you're looking at how a person moves and how that might affect their ability to do what they want to do so for me when a patient can come in and say I went for a walk today and I didn't have pain or I was able to go pick up my my little girl and it didn't bother my shoulder or my back or just to hear like one of my elderly people say oh I went for a walk and you know I hardly had to use my cane ER you know I left my cane at home and I didn't feel scared those are always the highlights of my day and those are the days where I know that I'm meant to be doing what I'm doing so my main responsibilities as a physical therapist is when a patient comes to see me is I take them through a series of testing to see what different types of joint dysfunctions may be tissue restrictions what is the generator of their pain or their dysfunction from there I have to educate the patient on what might be going on with their body a lot of the times patients don't come in with maybe a full understanding of why they're experiencing what they're experiencing and from there I help to guideline out a treatment plan for them so typically that involves manual therapy which is mobilizing the joints it's helping to restore movement and dysfunction that may be coming from the body as well as giving them exercises and a home program to help them take care of themselves at home during the time that they're not seeing me really giving them the tools to help take care of their life and to manage their symptoms as long as they live jing-mei I probably have the same conversation about 19 different times I asked how the weekend is how you know what are their plans for the rest of the day but every patient is just different and I never feel like it's monotonous because you get to develop your own relationship with these people and I think that's one of the main thing that drew me to physical therapy is that I get to spend half an and with my patients one-on-one talking to them understanding what is important to them and why they're here with some fields like with MDS they're so pressured with time they have so many people they have to take care of and I've been to the doctor before you see them for maybe like eight minutes ten minutes and then they have to go on to the next one so being in physical therapy I really get to see a patient not only for so much longer but also from start to finish with their care so when you are dealing with patients and you're dealing with people you're dealing with a whole different host of personalities some patients you know you can have frank conversations with and others you're dealing with a lot more other aspects of their care you're dealing with the stress and you're dealing with the emotions that are coming with not being able to do what they need to do so having that flexibility in your personality as well as within how you handle patients with your hands is also important too you also have to understand that everybody perceives pain differently pain is not something that's necessarily generated by the tissues but that is organized within the brain so some patients you can you know be a little bit more aggressive with their care and some you might have to start off a little bit slower with it's hard sometimes because you have moments where you doubt yourself you have moments if you're giving them the best possible care and it takes a lot of self-reflection to be able to understand you know where you should be going what is on your responsibility what is maybe something else that needs to be looked at as far as your patients care financial situations are something that we have to take into consideration with our patients so patients will come to me and you know they have a very high deductible or they have a very high copay and they have to choose between coming to therapy and paying for groceries or paying for gas that's a huge burden for the patient to take on and there's also a factor into their care dealing with healthcare has always been a frustration because now in days were working with plans that only allows a certain amount of visits a year or we're having third-party authorization companies coming in and saying of those visits they're only allowed to use six right now and as a physical therapist and as a health care professional this something we're seeing across the board across Colorado across the u.s. right now and so it's something that is challenging because it's affecting their ability to get better as a physical therapist my whole job is to get patients out the door you know my goal is to make them as independent as possible and to get them better and I hope that I never get to see these patients again because they're living a good life so that does have an effect in my business so some patients care is only you know a few weeks a few visits but some of my other patients can be there for three to four months at a time thankfully working with a company like specialized physical therapy I have a marketing team that is there to help me grow my business to branch out and to also grow the company as a whole and so I work with my marketing director and I told her that I love working with vestibular patients so patients with dizziness and because of that more of the doctors in my area have been sending me patients that have dizziness disorders also just having patients report back to their doctor about the excellent care that they're having is something to be worth mentioning as well as a way to grow your own business
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