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Old January 27th, 2010, 01:12 PM   #1
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Is anyone here a physical therapist?
Pros? Cons?
private practice or hospital setting?
B.S? M.S? DPT?

Any help would be great, I am about a year from graduating from OU with degree in health sciences/ pre PT. I than plan on applying to PT school.

Any input is great, even those that had therapy done. Thanks!!
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Even those working in the aide/tech or assistant job.. I want to know everything
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My mom was a medical biller for a physical/occupational therapy office, private practice. She would know anything you need. Now she works for Sharp doing the same thing.
I had occupational therapy done on my arm for about a year, it sucked but the therapists are patient and really give you a lot of work to do to get yourself back on track. The setting of the private practice was IMO better than a hospital setting (seemed to be the attention level was high and not many patients roaming around all at once) but that's just because my experiences with a hospital usually weren't good under the circumstances that I went.
I don't really know the ins and outs of this but what my mom says is that private practice is really struggling in this economy because of the larger places and hospitals taking over. That and something like she hates HMOs but she works for one, she considers it to be a socialized medicine type, and apparently that has something to do with private practices getting screwed.
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given the amount of time I have been to physical therapy they should name a new wing after me. I would say the majority love the work..then theirs patients like me :)
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My mom was a medical biller for a physical/occupational therapy office, private practice. She would know anything you need. Now she works for Sharp doing the same thing.
I had occupational therapy done on my arm for about a year, it sucked but the therapists are patient and really give you a lot of work to do to get yourself back on track. The setting of the private practice was IMO better than a hospital setting (seemed to be the attention level was high and not many patients roaming around all at once) but that's just because my experiences with a hospital usually weren't good under the circumstances that I went.
I don't really know the ins and outs of this but what my mom says is that private practice is really struggling in this economy because of the larger places and hospitals taking over. That and something like she hates HMOs but she works for one, she considers it to be a socialized medicine type, and apparently that has something to do with private practices getting screwed.
The thing I do like is for the most part, your work and dedication seems to be appreciated by the patients.
The fact your saying private practice is struggling in this economy kinda sucks, because I would rather own my own place. Everytime I look on craigslist it seems they are always looking for therapists (and thats craigslist). I still have a while but I like to get info ahead of time.
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It might depend on your area, or just what my mom's experience was. She was working for the same private practice on and off for like 20 years or so or something like that. The owner had a few different locations, and then the business started to decline. I think he lost some locations, laid off people and then laid off my mom. I don't know how his business is doing anymore. Seems to me he took a big hit.
If you can stay in private practice, that would seem to be good. My mom always had good times where she worked and her coworkers seemed to be nice. I worked there as a volunteer for high school and the therapists there were nice and seemed to like what they did.
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My sister and brother in law are both PTs. They met while they were in the program at GVSU. Both seem to do very well and enjoy what they are doing. My sister works in a hospital setting, focusing mostly on patients with brain injuries. My bro in law is more of a general PT dealing with more everyday injuries.
I think they have the best of both worlds. My sister works in the hospital for the steady income and benefits and my bro in law opened up a PT clinic in Holland a couple years ago for the awesome growth and expansion potential. I know he is busy enough now that he is looking to hire another PT so it must be going well.
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given the amount of time I have been to physical therapy they should name a new wing after me. I would say the majority love the work..then theirs patients like me :)
Knowing you have had foot/leg issues and that you are a big hairy beast, I would probably vomit on you.

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My girlfriend is a PTA. What kind of questions do you have? She can probably answer most of them for you.
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i have my DPT... if you want more information, pm me and i can give you my email...


ill put it this way, lots of jobs, but you will NOT get rich doing it. you will be the lowest paid doctor around except for maybe professors and some other phD's

$$ is in outpatient, security and a more set schedule is in inpatient (hospital) or subacute/rehab. I am in a subacute setting with spectrum right now, and will likely stay there until obamacare gets figured out, because there is no telling what will happen to independent outpatient settings with potential upsets in medicare and private insurances
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My sister and brother in law are both PTs. They met while they were in the program at GVSU. Both seem to do very well and enjoy what they are doing. My sister works in a hospital setting, focusing mostly on patients with brain injuries. My bro in law is more of a general PT dealing with more everyday injuries.
I think they have the best of both worlds. My sister works in the hospital for the steady income and benefits and my bro in law opened up a PT clinic in Holland a couple years ago for the awesome growth and expansion potential. I know he is busy enough now that he is looking to hire another PT so it must be going well.
who is your sister? i am in a BI unit
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My girlfriend is a PITA. What kind of questions do you have? She can probably answer most of them for you.
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