It has been almost 2 years since becoming a licensed Physical Therapist Assistant, and I can honestly say I LOVE the career I have chosen! There are several reasons why I am happy to go to my job every day, but mainly I enjoy the relationships I build with each patient. I am teaching them something new with every visit and trying to make a difference in the way they feel. But, do they have any idea what they are teaching me? physical therapy and patient treatment

With each patient I build on my relationship skills and gain more insight into the dynamic I share with each individual. I am intrigued by how people learn and understand and it is fun figuring how to connect with patients on that level.

The dynamic between the patient and physical therapist can become strong because we see people for weeks or sometimes months at a time, or even over several years. We are constantly touching our patients and asking about their daily life, which is different from other medical settings. And although this is why I love my job, this is also one of the hardest parts of my job.

Recently, a patient I had treated on and off for 2 years passed away. I had built such a great relationship with this patient, which made the shocking news even more difficult to handle.

In the first 2 years of working, I have learned how the patient to therapist relationship differs between individuals and how strong the relationship can become in such a short period of time. Losing a patient will never become easy, but I have to understand that it is going to happen in this type of profession. Although this will be a bridge I will have to cross several times in my career, I wouldn't change it for the world because I love building these relationships and healing my patients!

Contributed by Krista Magnoli, PTA @ The Physical Therapy center, www.wpbphysicaltherapycenter.com