WHY I CHOSE PHYSICAL THERAPY

by Candice Lancaster, SPT

It didn’t take long for me to see that I am an atypical PT student. In fact, it was the first day of class, during introductions. I was surrounded by early 20-something’s and I was the only one making a career change in my thirties. Little did I know, all these new faces would be my best friends, my family, and my support network for the next three years. I wouldn’t have successfully made it this far without my DPT ( Doctor of Physical Therapy) family.

WHAT DO I GET FROM BEING A PT STUDENT?

One aspect of being a DPT student that reins true is that” The Grind Is Real.” It’s a three-year journey where the amount of time necessary for studying for exams and working on projects takes precedent over work and social events. Definitely no time for procrastination!

Now, I’m an atypical DPT student that has a full-time 9am-5pm school load and also works as a fitness instructor all over Memphis seven days a week. Between studying for school, working out and memorizing fitness choreography, I literally have zero social life. (My gym hour is my happy hour!)

PT school requires hard work, dedication and focus to be successful. Like a mechanic diagnoses what’s making your car dysfunctional, a PT learns all the parts of your body system in order to diagnose and correct the dysfunction of your vehicle (AKA: your body). As I reflect, I’m amazed by the sheer volume of information I memorize and practice in just a few months’ time; for example: all of the origins, insertions, actions, and innervations of 320 pairs of muscles.

WHEN IT COMES DOWN TO MY “WHY”

It’s the best feeling when a patient comes in after a treatment that has helped them. Whether we’ve reduced the pain they’ve lived with for years, or retrained the body after a severe incident, when you see change you were able to educe, it makes these three stressful years very much worth it.