The profession of Physical Therapist has gone through several huge changes within the past 15 years. One of the most significant of these changes is the move towards more education. It wasn’t that long ago that all you needed to become a therapist was a Bachelor’s Degree (4 years in school). Now the requirement is a Doctorate Degree (7 – 8 years in school). Not to mention an additional year or two of further study to become specialized (Orthopeadics, Neurology, Womens Health etc.). Once graduated, a new therapist is eligible to take the exam for licensure. Once licensed, a therapist must take continuing education credits in order to maintain their license. For a physical therapist THE LEARNING NEVER STOPS!
This constant educating of the therapist has one prime benefactor; THE PATIENT. As a patient with a shoulder injury, a knee injury, back pain, or whatever the case may be, wouldn’t you feel more comfortable knowing that your physical therapist is up to date with the latest techniques and technology to help you recover?
This increase in education is an integral part of elevating the profession and allowing the patient to feel confident that their therapist is the go to expert in treating musculoskeletal ailments.