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Physical Therapy. By: Caitlin McCullough. Definition. Physical Therapists are people that help others that are injured or physically disabled They help you increase strength and decrease pain They want to make sure that you will be able to do exactly what you were able to do before.

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Physical Therapy

By: Caitlin McCullough



  • Physical Therapists are people that help others that are injured or physically disabled
  • They help you increase strength and decrease pain
  • They want to make sure that you will be able to do exactly what you were able to do before

Already Knew

  • How many years of college you have to go through?
  • What their salary is in a year?
  • How many days in a week they have to work?
  • What kind of benefits they receive?
  • What different types of physical therapists there are?
  • You have to go to college to be one
  • There are jobs open all over the U.S.
  • They help injured people recover
  • They need to be people oriented
  • There are many colleges that offer a physical therapy school

Wanted to Know



  • Diagnosing a patient incorrectly
  • Not getting along with the people you work with
  • Hurting myself or the patient during work
  • Having a downfall of jobs available for physical therapists
  • Giving bad news to a patient


  • To help as many patients as possible
  • Let them recover quickly

Education & Training

  • Classes in high school that are good to take are: Anatomy and Physiology, Health Education, and Introduction to Health Care
  • You need to attend at least 5 years of college
  • Complete a bachelor’s degree and have a master’s in physical therapy
  • You need to complete an internship after college and pass an exam
  • Most physical therapists work a full, 40-hour week
  • You can still work in a physical therapy office and just be an assistant or work at the front office

Wages & Future Employability

  • Physical therapists get very good benefits, such as: paid vacation, sick leave, and health insurance
  • The future employability will be good because of the amount of surgeries going on right now
  • The World War II vets will also play a big role in that because more and more are experiencing stroke and arthritis
  • Wages depend on where you live and how long you’ve been practicing
  • You will not make as much at the beginning of your career as you will at the end
  • Beginning salary is about $52,000 a year
  • Eventually you can make up to $100,000 a year

Bessie Blount Griffin

  • Born in Hickory, Virginia in 1914
  • Became a physical therapist and began working with World War II soldiers
  • Invented a device that allowed amputees to feed themselves
  • Was shut down many times by the United States Veteran’s Administration for her inventions
  • Later discovered the need for emesis basin
  • Finally realized her love of forensic science and became a forensic scientist
  • Later became the first African-American woman to work for England’s Scotland Yard

Interview Questions

  • What classes did you take to prepare for college?
  • Do you enjoy working with the people you work with or would you rather work by yourself?
  • How do you cope with the stresses of work and family?
  • What made you decide that you wanted to be a physical therapist?
  • Did you always know you wanted to be a physical therapist or did you change your mind many times?

News Article

  • My news article discussed the need for patients to refer themselves to physical therapy
  • It stated that this would improve ones health
  • This article was very hard to find because there are not many about physical therapy
  • Other information about my topic was easy to find though


  • I feel that this profession is perfect for me
  • Learning all about it has made me want to pursue it even more than before
  • College may be a drag but I can get through it knowing what the outcome will be
  • It will be a great job to support a family and I’ll have extra time to spend with them