Why Physical Therapy? | Briar Cliff University

Why Physical Therapy?

About the Profession

Physical therapists (PTs) are devoted to helping people. They are health care professionals who help recently injured patients — from newborns to older adults — carry out normal activities in their daily lives, despite medical problems or other health-related conditions.

Usually, this involves treatment tenchniques to move, reduce pain, restore function and prevent disability. It can also involve developing daily routines and programs that promote healthy and active lifestyles and prevent loss of mobility before it occurs.

Physical therapists work in a variety of settings, including hospitals, private clinics, nursing homes, schools and athletic training or fitness facilities. If you plan to practice physical therapy, you'll need special licensure from the state in which you plan to work.

For more information, visit the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) website »

Career Outlook

Physical therapy has been listed as a “Bright Outlook Occupation” that is expected to grow rapidly in the next several years (source: www.onetonline.org).  This coincides with the Bureau of Labor Statistics, which estimates a 36 percent increase in rate of change in employment for PTs from 2012-2022, compared to the national average of 11 percent, meaning a potential of 73,500new PT jobs nationally by 2022.

The expected growth of this industry is one of the reasons why U.S. News & World Report ranked PTs as No. 5 on its list of the best health care jobs and No. 7 on its list of best jobs jobs of 2014 and why Forbes ranked PTs as No. 5 on its list of the best jobs in health care in 2014.

APTA Statement for Physical Therapy
“By 2020, physical therapy will be provided by physical therapists who are doctors of physical therapy, recognized by consumers and other health care professionals as the practitioners of choice to whom consumers have direct access for the diagnosis of, interventions for, and prevention of impairments, activity limitations, participation restrictions, and environmental barriers related to movement, function, and health.”

Source: American Physical Therapy Association.