February 26, 2010, Newsletter Issue #36: Tips for Choosing a Physical Therapy Specialty

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Before choosing your first physical therapist job, make sure to invest time in choosing a specialty. Focusing on a specific area of physical therapy will allow you to feel more satisfaction from your career, and in some cases, have more income potential. Read on to learn more about physical therapist jobs anticipated to grow in the future.

Geriatric physical therapy. In this specialty, you’ll be focused on treating older adults for conditions such as arthritis, hip and joint issues and balance disorders. With a large aging population, the demand for physical therapists in this specialty is expected to grow.

Pediatric physical therapy. These professionals focus on early detection and treatment of health problems in infants and children. This may include developmental, muscular and skeletal disorders. Treatment will focus on enhancing fine motor skills and working on balance and coordination.

Neurological physical therapy. This specialty is focused on people with conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease, brain injury, multiple sclerosis and cerebral palsy. A physical therapist in this specialty will work on improving balance and function in the patient.

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