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A Cow Mishap and Other Reasons to Choose a Physical Therapy Career

Posted by Brian Spence on Sep 8, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Physical Therapy, PT, PTA, Allied HealthThere are many reasons people choose a certain career path. Maybe a friend or family member worked in that field. Perhaps, the person has always had an interest in the subject. Maybe, the person was motivated by the salary of a specific profession. For some people, their career choice comes about because they needed the services of someone in that profession, and they want to help someone else in a similar situation.

That was exactly the case for Karin LaBanca, a physical therapist in New York. La Banca currently owns her physical therapy clinic and rents out a portion of the building.

When she was 16 years old, she was trying to get a cow out of its stall on her family's farm when she was crushed into the side of the barn. It took six months for doctors to run x-rays on her, and they quickly discovered that LaBanca had several sacrum fractures. Part of her treatment included physical therapy. During the twice weekly treatment, LaBanca decided she wanted to also be a physical therapist. She wanted to make others feel better the same way her physical therapist was helping her to feel better.

LaBanca, like many in her field, has discovered several of the benefits of working in this profession. According to the American Physical Therapy Association's website, some of the top benefits of being a physical therapist include:

Making a Difference in Other People's Lives

Physical therapists help people recover after from injuries caused by accidents, surgeries, and diseases. They also help people prevent loss of mobility caused by these issues.

Job Security

The need for physical therapists is expected to increase by 34 percent between 2014 and 2024.

Be Your Own Boss

While many starting in this career will work for someone else in the beginning, 21.6 percent of physical therapists own or are partners in their PT practice.


Physical therapists are needed all across the country, allowing you to live pretty much wherever you would like. They are also needed in a variety of situations, including hospitals, private practices, nursing homes, outpatient clinics, and fitness facilities.

Of course, these are just some of the reasons people choose a physical therapy career. If you would like to learn more about job opportunities in this area of expertise, please contact us.


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