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1st Lieutenant Kirkdon McBride - Physical Therapist

1st Lieutenant Kirkdon McBride, Physical Therapist goes into detail about job, benefits/advantages not available to civilian therapists. Army therapists are among the highest in the country.

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1st Lieutenant Kirkdon McBride - Physical Therapist

1st Lieutenant Kirkdon McBride, Physical Therapist goes into detail about job, benefits/advantages not available to civilian therapists. Army therapists are among the highest in the country.

Some of the things that the military allows us to do as therapists?we're allowed to do several things that aren't seen in a civilian PT practice.
For example, I can triage normal skeletal evaluations and be kind of a front line on getting out there and evaluating, assessing what needs to be done and going from there.
We do the minimal care along with the pediatricians where we do a lot of assessments, stabilizing, things like that. We can also order X-rays, bone scans, MRIs, CT scans, we can order basic medications to include anti-inflammatories and muscle relaxants and we also do a lot of injury prevention training.
As far as treatments, I'm not limited by what the insurance is going to reimburse me for. It's kind of neat because I can basically be a therapist and do what I need to do and not be so worried about making sure all the paperwork is properly filled out to get the insurance companies and along those lines.
As far as the techniques or the capabilities of physical therapists, we have therapists in the Army that are among the best in the nation in treating people with neurological deficits, of people with pediatric problems.
I think the military kind of holds the cornerstone on orthopedic evaluations and injuries. The Army's got two continuing education in the orthopedic field - one is at the West Point - they've got a residency in sports medicine right now, and at Ft. Sam Houston they have a residency in manual physical therapy and it's a doctoral program and you spend two years working with patients and doing some advanced training.
If one of my friends just got out of from PT school I'd tell him to talk to his nearest Army Recruiter and get in.
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