We live in an imperfect world. Someone somewhere is likely in need of one form of therapy or another. Fortunately, there are therapists out there who specialize in treating nearly every form of malady.
I once had the privilege of befriending someone who was well on her way to becoming a physical therapist. Her training included the study of some interesting subjects, several of which are mentioned below.
As you might have expected, physical therapy training involves everything you wanted to know about the human body (but were afraid to ask). That means you can expect a plethora of topics on anatomy, physiology, human development and, of course, therapy.
Now and again, you may run into that occasional “oddball” subject that makes you want to sing the “what does not belong” Sesame Street jingle. Trust that they are related, even if they don’t look like it at first glance. Some courses may include psychology, psychiatry and microbiology, among others.
Specialized Knowledge and Wisdom
People of different ages require different approaches, hence the need for such specialty topics as women’s health, pediatric rehabilitation and geriatric rehabilitation. Throw in some sub-courses on professional development, diagnostics, assessment and research, and you’re set.
Of course, all this knowledge is pretty much useless without the wisdom to guide it. That’s why the main physical therapy course includes sub-courses on patient care and ethics to aid the therapist in promoting the patients’ greater good.
Even as I write this, I can just imagine my friend helping a US patient recover from illness or injury. With the kind of training she went through, I’m not the least bit surprised.