Monday, December 3, 2012

Physical therapy final project

Physical therapy, a form of health care, generally focuses on rehabilitating injuries and disabilities. Physical therapists treat a wide variety of patients from small children to young adults to senior citizens. These patients can be treated for a sports injury or a physical disability they were born with. Also people who are injured at war have to get physical therapy treatment to regain their health. Physical therapy is obviously a very important profession. Without it, people who are born with physical disabilities will never be able to get treated. Also without physical therapy, athletes with injuries as bad as a torn ACL will probably never compete again.  Being an athlete I have had many teammates and friends who have had bad injuries including torn ACL’s, broken bones, and many others. I have a lot of respect for physical therapist because they helped rehab them back to full strength.

I was introduced to physical therapy

two years ago when my uncle Robert had to have physical therapy sessions after his hip surgery. I was fortunate enough to watch one of his sessions, finding it very interesting. I was able to see the physical therapist put my uncle through a series of exercises to help strengthen his hip and get back to full health This was taken place at an occupation therapy office so he was put through exercises that would help him with everyday activities including: walking, walking up and down stairs, sitting down and standing up, and getting in and out of bed. Ever since, I have been interested in pursuing a career in physical therapy.  To do so, I am majoring in Kinesiology.

Social media is involved in physical therapy

Social media has taken a major role in our society in recent years.  Social media is often used for communication and entertainment, but physical therapists use social media for different purposes.  Physical therapists use social media for advertising. Physical therapy is client based, so advertising is very important. Physical therapist use social media sites such as Facebook, twitter, and Pinterest to promote their businesses. “But while Pinterest may be best known for its individual users who “pin” photos of popular actors and singers, businesses are figuring out ways to use the service to shell their services and products”(PT Resource). Physical therapist as well as other businesses are finding it helpful to promote their businesses through Pinterest.

Physical therapy in a struggling economy

In recent years our economy has gone into a bit of a struggle. This has affected many families and businesses. Physical therapy is one business field that has been affected by the economy. The struggle of physical therapy starts with people losing jobs. Because they are losing jobs, they are also losing their health insurance. Without health insurance people are forced to pay the doctors the full bill. Unfortunately, for most people this just is not possible. Therefore, they are not able go to as many sessions as they are supposed to. “Where they used to see patients 3 times per week for 4 weeks for 30-60 minute sessions, they may now need to see them 1 time per week for 45-60 minute sessions for a longer duration and place more of the onus on the patient to be compliant with a home exercise program” (Sheri). This is obviously a downfall for both the patients and the doctors. The patients cannot afford to pay for all the session they need to get healthy and the doctors are losing a lot of money because they are losing so many sessions. My mom’s physical therapy sessions have been affected by our economy. She was attending physical therapy sessions for and injured shoulder, but she had to stop going because it go tot expensive for her to afford. It is sad to see people health affected by the economy.

When doing this final project

I found it to be both fun and very educational. I learned a lot from my profession, Matt Charvet. He taught me the different ways physical therapists are using social media. He also taught me how the economy is effecting the physical therapy profession. Hopefully our economy will see a brighter future so that physical therapists don’t lose business and also so patients are able to afford their physical therapy sessions. 

Work Cited

"3 Ways To Promote Your Practice With Pinterest." PT In Motion 4.8 (2012): 16. Academic Search Premier. Web. 3 Dec. 2012.

Sheri L. Bjork, et al. "Tighten Your Seat Belts: More Advice On Preparing For The Economy Ahead." PT: Magazine Of Physical Therapy 16.6 (2008): 44-46. Academic Search Premier. Web. 3 Dec. 2012.

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