What is physical therapy and why do we have it? My name is Carter Beck and I’m going to take you through a tour in the world of physical therapy. During the fall of 2015, I had the opportunity to intern with John Berryhill in his clinic, Berryhill Physical Therapy. I have always been interested in physical therapy and after completing this [CTE Internship] I have gained a better knowledge of what happens in this career. Even with the little experience that I have in this field I was able to participate in so many great opportunities. Do you know how to care for a patient who has had a total knee replacement? Do you know how to get them back to full motion of the joint? These are just a few things that I have learned how to handle while working in the clinic.
The picture on the left is of a patient who has received a total knee replacement and is going through the physical therapy program. He is going through what we call the “Motion Program.” This program is my favorite program because it requires a great amount of accuracy and precision, so that the joint doesn’t get damaged. At the end of the program we test the joint and help it gain more and more motion after every session.
I feel fortunate to be trusted by the patients that I have been able to provide care for and appreciate the relationships that I have made with them, as well as my co-workers. These amazing people have taught me so much in just a short time and were more than willing to take me under their wing and show me the ropes. As I head to college, I plan to continue on this path of becoming a physical therapist and hopefully running my own practice someday. While spending time with John in his clinic, he challenged me to learn the names and uses for all of the [physical therapy] equipment in the office. I was afraid that I wouldn’t be able to do it at first, but after putting [the equipment] to use with the patients I learned all [of the names].
This is one of the rooms in the office where we store a tiny portion of the equipment. There are many pieces that have dual purposes that I never would have thought about. In our clinic we use things like Wii Fit to help patients gain balance and motion. It makes me laugh watching the elderly patients try to operate a modern video game.
Because of this experience I am going to follow my dreams and become a [physical] therapist. After seeing the happiness in someone’s eyes once they can walk on their own again after a stroke, or being able to use their hand after getting it smashed to pieces, I can’t help but think of all of the other things that I could help people with in this field down the road. It makes me happy to see people who are happy and physical therapy gives me the chance to make people happy every single day. I would like to thank the entire Berryhill Physical Therapy office staff for letting me come and be a part of their success.
Physical Therapy (Therapeutic Rehabilitation/Exercise) is one of ten Career and Technical Education Pathways in the Health Science Education program area. CTE Internships are part of the Work-Based Learning (WBL) program. To participate in the Therapeutic Rehabilitation/Exercise Pathway talk to your school counselor. To participate in a CTE Internship talk to the WBL coordinator at your school.