Personal Narrative: A Career As A Physical Therapy Assistant

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Physical Therapy Assistant is an interesting field; it is a job that helps individuals in need. I interviewed Lucero because she is currently working in the same field that I see myself working in the future. The interview took place on November 29th; it lasted an hour and a half. The interview was about me trying to understand more about my future life as a physical therapist assistant. The purpose of this interview was for me to envision if this is the profession that I want for myself, in the future. A customer that I know from my job, at Metro PCS, introduced me to Lucero. Lucero works as physical therapist assistant, in a physical therapy clinic in Van Nuys; She has been working in this field for about seven years already. Lucero works …show more content…

Me: How is a physical therapist assistant supposed to be? Lucero: A PTA: needs to love sports, be physically active, be in shape, love to meet new people, be organize, be an excellent communicator, and stay focused. Me: What is the basic tasks of a physical therapist assistant? Lucero: PTA’s help patients with functional exercise: such as squats, and balance training to help patients be able to move and stand up on their feet. A PTA also needs to know what exercises to choose and how many exercises to do. Their basic task is to examine patients, help patients improve mobility, relieve pain, and teach patients how to use crutches. Me: What is your main goal as a physical therapist assistant? Lucero: My main goal is to be able to help as much people as I can. To do that I need to help patients exercise so that they can gain strength. After, patients have gained strength, the next step would be to teach them balance training. Once they have learned to balance the last step would be to teach them to walk. Being able to view patients walk, is one of my biggest accomplishments. Me: How has your education prepared you for physical therapist …show more content…

Lucero: In my opinion the best parts of being a PTA is being able to view your patients progress from not being able to stand to finally being able to walk again. I also believe that being able to interact with patients instead of taking care of paperwork is also one of the best parts. I also believe that being up to date with new researches, and treatments, is also the best parts of being a PTA. I’m truly glad to have met Lucero. However, I was even glad that she was able to give me an insight of how my future life will be like. She was also able to make me more interested in becoming a PTA. I want to bring hope to patients, just like she does. I want patients to feel like they matter. I want to be there for patients who suffered from stroke, dementia, and those who are rehabilitating from broken bones. I have noticed that those patients just need a friend. Like my customer from Metro PCS. The customer tells me how difficult it is for people like him, how much he suffered. He also tells me how no one offered to help him, since he couldn’t talk without stuttering. He also tells me how he lost all his friends after he received an artificial leg. As of now he seems fine, however he always tells me that he is in pain. Even though he has an artificial leg he can’t use it for more than 20 minutes due to the pain. I have noticed that therapy has helped him somewhat feel a bit normal. Therefore, I feel like

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