Traumatic injuries are those that happen suddenly and cause a lot of damage. Injuries that are traumatic to the brain are in the news often because they can happen in war time, but there are many other kinds of traumatic injuries that can occur. When people are traumatically injured physically, doctors have to treat the immediate problem to keep the patient alive. After the danger has passed, rehabilitation can begin. Often, that rehabilitation includes a high level of physical therapy.
Because injuries can happen to anyone at almost any time, there will always be a need for physical therapists. Training is often hands-on as well as from books, and a licensing test is required. Continuing education is also necessary, because guidelines and treatment options change frequently. Doctors generally work closely with physical therapists, and there are many physical therapy positions available. When therapists and doctors work together, more people can be helped and can recover at least a semblance of the life they enjoyed before their injury took place.
Every doctor has been highly trained in how to handle and treat traumatic injuries. That’s good news because lives can be saved. The quality of life that is left, however, is often up to the continued efforts of both the patient and the physical therapist, because getting better and returning to “normal” can be very difficult. In addition to helping a person regain strength and mobility, physical therapists can also offer support and encouragement that will allow their patients to feel healthy and happy once again.