Day in the Life of a Physical Therapist
Physical therapists are a major component of our services at Miracle Health Care, and without them, we wouldn’t be able to service our clients effectively. We sat down with one of our physical therapists, Paul Kaple PT, to learn a little more about him and what he has to say about physical therapy.
Who or What Inspired You to Choose Physical Therapy as Your Career?
I played a lot of sports in high school and had my share of injuries. I ended up in physical therapy rehabbing from my injuries. From my experience in physical therapy, I really thought it would be a great career. One of the physical therapists invited me to shadow her at the hospital therapy clinic. I was hooked. Nothing is more rewarding than helping people who have been injured.
What Does a Typical Day Entail?
On a full home health day, I will start at the office and confirm my schedule in the morning. I will finish any paperwork left over from the previous work day. Then it is off to see my patients.
How many patients do you see daily? Usually six in an eight-hour day. With driving and paperwork that pretty much fills my day. But home health schedule varies and sometimes I have to work over to see a seventh patient.
What are some tasks that you provide for your patients? In the home setting, we are helping patients function independently in the home. I will work on improving safety with walking, especially if they have balance deficits. I will work on standing exercises at the sink, such as single leg stance exercises to improve balance. Also, will work on strengthening of the lower extremities to improve ability to go up and down stairs or get in and out of a chair. I will also recommend appropriate equipment such as walking devices, shower benches, and risers for the commode.
How do you prep them before you leave them for the day? I ensure the patient knows when I will return for the next session. I leave details for home exercises they should continue with their caregiver (if applicable). I also make sure I answer any questions the patient has before leaving.
Who Can Benefit from Physical Therapy?
Anyone who has a physical limitation or disability. Those who suffer from joint or muscle pain. Or anyone with balance deficits. I really believe it is easier to ask who wouldn’t benefit from PT.
What Do You Enjoy Most About Your Career and What is the Most Rewarding Aspect?
Being able to help those who are having a difficult time in their life due to injury or disease. To help someone return to their normal life is very rewarding. I also love meeting a diverse group of people with varying backgrounds.
What is Some Advice That You Can Give to Someone Who is Seeking or Wanting a Career as a Physical Therapist?
I would recommend that they have a love for biological sciences. They need to make sure they keep their grades up in high school and college. They need to excel in their science courses. I would also recommend them to shadow multiple physical therapists to get a good feel with what physical therapy is all about.
Tell Us a Fun Fact About Yourself!
I am taking karate lessons and recently received my second degree of green belt. My next test will be for my brown belt. I am the oldest in my class at 49 years of age. Not many students start in their late 40’s. But, I always enjoy a challenge and it is a good stress reliever!
If you or a loved one are recovering from an injury, need to build strength after a surgery or need help with mobility to remain safe in your home, call Miracle Health Care at 614-237-7702 to discuss our physical therapy services.