In recent years the requirements of the US Armed Forces has been intense, the War on Terror and the War in Iraq and Afghanistan have put a strain on the members and US Servicemembers. But one method that the US Armed Forces have discovered is helping injured Servicemembers to return to duty. One method that was formerly dismissed is the effective utilization of physical Therapy.
With treatment, soldiers, Marines, Sailors, Airmen and other military personnel are able to resume duty and continue with their careers. Physical therapy is very valuable for people who have been injured or wounded. The role of a physical therapist in the Navy is very important, they help personnel overcome pain and recover from injuries of different degrees. You will work one on one with patients to achieve treatment goals, and also in small groups directing exercise and ambulatory treatment activities. As you gain in experience and rank, you will assist in training more junior members of the treatment team, and instruct and teach procedures to other members of the treatment team. Serving in the Navy as a physical Therapist is a very comprehensive job. Many people think of physical therapy as what happens after a person is wounded or injured on the battlefield. Physical Therapists deal with many different people who are experiencing a variety of pain or immobility. As a Naval Physical Therapist you will work to help prevent injuries and assist recovery for all military uniformed men and women under your care. You will practice on shore-based stations, or on vessels such as aircraft carriers at sea, and also in pediatric in school situations at defined stations overseas. Your first duty station will likely be on a large base, to help familiarize you with working as a team member and to assist in your apprenticeship into the occupational therapy field. This is a specialty requiring a degree in physical therapy, or to enlist and be within a year of graduating with a degree in physical therapy from an accredited school or university.
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You will practice orthopedic care and comprehensive physical therapy in clinics, hospitals and other facilities both overseas and in the United States. You will participate as one link in the recovery chain, and assist patients and their families with recuperation and recovery.