“New normal.” It’s a phrase we’re hearing more and more as the US begins to open up and resume operations—at least partially. This tentative move toward some sense of normalcy means many of us will face significant change in the weeks ahead.
Plenty of physical therapists have fantasized about working from home—especially after an especially hectic day with back-to-back patients. But, now that the coronavirus has rendered many in-person physical therapy models inappropriate (at least for now), quite a few PTs are taking the idea of remote work much more seriously.
Physical therapists are at the forefront of modern musculoskeletal knowledge and expertise—and it’s no wonder why. PT and DPT programs drill into the finer points of neurorehabilitation and musculoskeletal disorders, and active clinical practice keeps those skills fresh—requiring PTs to tap their vast array of scientific knowledge with each and every patient.
According to one 2020 Graham Sessions attendee, the PT field is facing a pretty grim future. “We have a pretty dire landscape,” he said. “It costs more to earn less.” PTs struggle, he argued, because we know what we’re worth—but that value is totally at odds with how the market values us.
No matter where you are in your career—from bright-eyed new grad to experienced clinical leader—it’s natural to want to shine in your job. There are many ways to make a positive impact at work, from spreading good cheer to going above and beyond outside of your normal clinical duties.
If you ever look at negative company reviews on Glassdoor, you’ll see a recurring theme: “Management was awful, but my coworkers were great.” Coworkers can make or break your experience at a company, but even if you don’t immediately click with your team, there are plenty of ways to build camaraderie intentionally.
If you own a business—or would like to own one at some point—then you’re probably on a constant hunt for the secret to entrepreneurial success and the formula for profitability. Business leaders want to know how to maximize profit and streamline workflows without overburdening staff and tanking morale.
Many physical therapists go through school with the goal of working in a specific setting. Some can’t wait to join an inpatient rehab facility; others are excited to work in outpatient orthopedics. Then there are the PTs who love the idea of home health , pediatrics, or skilled nursing facility (SNF) rehab.
Let’s say you want to order a custom cake from a small bakery, and you plan to swing by to place your order after work. Unfortunately, your work day turns into a total stress-fest, and you barely have time to run into the bakery before it closes.
Most physical therapists entered the profession to work with people. That’s why meeting an animal physical therapist can often cause folks to do a double-take. But if you’re an animal lover, and you’re looking for a change, it’s time to get excited—because physical therapists can and do work with animals in many different ways.
Wondering which PT specialty is right for you? Check out this post on the nine board-certified PT clinical specializations.