The majority of physical therapy specialists work under the supervision of a registered nurse. Most physical therapists have bachelor’s degrees or some sort of certification in rehabilitation, physical therapy, occupational therapy, athletic therapy, orthopedic treatment, etc. Gramas Pallaska, PT, PTDP, is currently employed by Plymouth Physical Therapy Specialists as a physical therapist technician while completing his graduate studies at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan where he received a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in physical therapy. Since then he has worked for both private and public physical therapy practices and has a great deal of experience in sports medicine and rehabilitation medicine.
In addition to the above, he is also active with the national organization of physical therapy doctors (NPCPD) as its Executive Director. He holds membership with the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and has written extensively about occupational therapy education. He is also active with several professional organizations.
The typical duties of a physical therapist are helping patients regain normal movement, balance, posture, strength, endurance and coordination, as well as educating patients on the best way to prevent or reduce injury and maximize function and performance. They are also trained to teach patients how to identify and treat musculoskeletal disorders. Many physical therapists specialize in one particular area of physical therapy. For example, a physical therapist may specialize in pediatric rehabilitation, and an athletic trainer may specialize in sports medicine rehabilitation.
There are numerous physical therapy schools and colleges around the world. Most physical therapy schools and colleges are accredited by the NAAT (National Accrediting Agency for Occupational Therapy), which is affiliated with the NAIC (National Academy of Sports Medicine). A physical therapist can obtain a master’s degree and doctoral degree in physical therapy from an accredited program, as well as credentials as a licensed physical therapist. Some schools offer continuing education credits and clinical rotations for physical therapist students. This continuing education helps them hone their knowledge and skills and enhance their skills to become more qualified in the future.
A number of programs are available to students interested in this physical therapy career path. Students can choose to go on a two-year program or a four-year program; a bachelor’s degree program will earn students a certificate that will provide them with higher educational qualifications. The master’s degree or doctorate program will help students complete advanced training in rehabilitation, anatomy, physiology of rehabilitation, clinical methods of rehabilitation therapy and assessment techniques. and theory of rehabilitation.
There are many job opportunities for physical therapists, including positions at hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, medical institutions, rehabilitation centers, etc. In fact, there are physical therapy jobs available in virtually every walk of life. In some cases physical therapists work with patients in private practices and in hospitals or rehabilitation centers. They may also be hired to work with athletes or clients suffering from conditions that limit their range of motion or who have mobility related concerns. There is no limit to the number of physical therapy jobs, one may find.