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5 Ways Physical Therapists Can Help Overweight Patients

Author Travel Force Staffing | 10.07 | Category Allied Healthcare, Physical Therapist Jobs, Physical Therapy, Physical Therapy Career, Rehabilitation Therapy, Therapist Jobs

According to the CDC, there is no state in the U.S. right now with an **obesity rate under 20%; this is an epidemic that many physical therapists are specifically trained to help combat, as they can teach obese or overweight patients how to exercise properly and without pain. A fundamental part in preventing, managing and overcoming issues like Type 2 diabetes, osteoarthritis, tendonitis or overuse injuries, requires a targeted physical therapy program.

Physical Therapist helping overweight patient

Here are 5 ways to get these patients moving safely and effectively:

  • #1: Teach correct posture and movement patterns; this varies depending on the patient. For example, a case of diabetic neuropathy in the feet makes certain kinds of exercise impossible. The therapist may want to refer to The Health Professional’s Guide to Diabetes and Exercise and use aquatic therapy. Other low impact exercises, like stationary bicycles require a proper bike fit, explained in detail here. For gastric bypass patients, the therapist may want to design preoperative therapy programs that teach deep breathing and lower-extremity exercises.
  • #2: Make it Fun: Physical therapy with the intent of helping patients set goals and learn to monitor their own behavior doesn’t have to be all work and no play. PTs like to use constant feedback and continuous motivation as a way to engage and challenge their patients. The fun starts just as soon as the therapist gets a firm commitment from the patient that says they want to be physically active, or better yet, fit for life!
  • #3: Encourage them to check out prevention classes and exercise groups: A great example can be found in the On the Move™ exercise program offered by the Washington University School of Medicine; at these physical therapy clinics in St. Louis, overweight and obese patients engage in exercise regimes created specifically for them, via the use of a 10-punch card that gives them access to fun classes with their peers. Hospitals throughout the United States feature community education programs with similar fitness classes.
  • #4: Be able to provide clinical advice about diet and proper nutrition: Use these healthy menu ideas from a bariatric surgeon that are available on The Obesity Action Coalition. Referring patients to resources that encourage a healthy lifestyle is only the beginning! Therapists will also want to incorporate behavior modification into PT sessions, i.e. learning how the patient’s readiness to begin or continue positive behaviors impacts progress, and recognizing any barriers that may compromise healthy habits.
  • #5: Get the word out about daily and weekly exercise quotas: According to the Department of Health and Human Services, adults should do at least 2.5 hours per week of moderate-intensity, or 75 minutes a week of vigorous exercise, or an equivalent combination of moderate- and vigorous-intensity aerobic activity. Children and adolescents should do 1+ hour of physical activity daily.

Find a Rewarding Physical Therapy Career with Travel Force Staffing

Studies show that losing 10 to 12 pounds on average, is responsible for a 30% improvement in knee pain and 24% improvement in the patient’s ability to perform daily activities, like climbing stairs quickly and easily. As a dedicated allied healthcare professional, you’ll want to get your patients of all shapes and sizes moving toward a physically active and healthy lifestyle. Find a rewarding physical therapy career at Travel Force Staffing where allied healthcare professionals have a chance to work in America’s best rehabilitation hospitals!

**Statistics and information about obesity and exercise cited in this blog came from, and the CDC.

Physical Therapy for Amputees Improves with Bionic Arm

Author Travel Force Staffing | 08.15 | Category Allied Healthcare, Medical Robotics, Physical Therapist Jobs, Physical Therapy, Therapist Jobs, Travel Therapist, Video

Earlier this year, the FDA approved the world’s first bionic arm! This is a technology breakthrough not just for amputees, but for the physical therapists and occupational therapists working to help patients regain a full range of motion. The prosthetic arm, a product of DEKA Research and Development Corporation, can perform multiple, simultaneous powered movements controlled by electrical signals from EMG electrodes. If that sounds like the stuff of science fiction, that’s because it is! In fact, the inventor of the bionic arm, Dean Kamen and his research team nicknamed it, “Luke”, after Luke Skywalker.

Therapists interested in the nuts and bolts behind prostheses, will be fascinated by how this arm works: it translates signals from the patient’s muscles to perform complex tasks. EMG electrodes detect electrical activity caused by the contraction of muscles close to where the prosthesis is attached. The electrodes send the electrical signals to a computer processor in the prosthesis that translates them to a specific movement—some as hard to grasp, if therapists want to take the term literally, as a grape or egg; see for yourself in Dean Kamen’s “Luke Arm video” below.

Therapists Take Note: Different kinds of amputations benefit from this bionic arm

The DEKA Arm System is unique because its prosthesis so closely resembles the natural motion of the arm. Here are a few things that occupational therapists helping amputee patients find easier with the bionic arm:

  • Using keys and locks
  • Preparing food and feeding oneself
  • Using zippers
  • Brushing hair and teeth

Physical therapists will benefit from reading the FDA’s review of clinical information relating to the bionic arm, including a study in which all DEKA participants performed household and self-care tasks. **The study found that approximately 90 percent of study participants were able to perform activities with the DEKA Arm System that they were not able to perform with their current prosthesis. Though it cannot be configured for limb loss at the elbow or wrist joint, physical therapists will be amazed to consider that the arm can be configured at the shoulder joint, mid-upper arm, or mid-lower arm.

The FDA’s marketing of the first prosthetic arm is a cool concept to wrap your arms around…

And making waves for more than just physical therapists working in New Hampshire, where this amazing new technology was created. DEKA Integrated Solutions is located in Manchester, nestled among dozens of exciting New England towns that travel healthcare professionals love visiting. Travel Force Staffing offers therapy jobs from coast to coast, in all 50 U.S. States! Call 1-800-617-0608 or apply online to find out how you can work with cutting edge technologies that allow allied healthcare professionals to grow their clinical skills and expertise!

**Information from this article was taken from the FDA’s press release on the bionic arm, as well as CNN’s reporting on the Deka Arm System

Physical Therapists can Safely Cycle into the Summer with Tips for Proper Bike Fit

Author Travel Force Staffing | 06.06 | Category Allied Healthcare, How to Tips, Physical Therapist Jobs, Physical Therapy

It never hurts to review the basics, especially when they can help patients who bike learn to prevent pain and injury, increase efficiency and eliminate discomfort. For PTs who work in physical therapy jobs that emphasize sports medicine, it’s part of the daily routine to help patients identify functional goals, i.e. endurance OR speed and performance.

Posture tips for making the most out of every bicycling work-out include these three basics: 1) Changing hand position on handlebars frequently 2) Maintaining a controlled but relaxed grip on the handlebars and 3) Understanding the importance of back strength.

These fundamentals from the APTA can help with proper bike fit:

  • Trunk positioning is a crucial part of proper bike fit. The recreational rider’s trunk should be positioned **40 to 80 degrees from horizontal; the shoulder angle between 80 and 90 degrees.
  • Knee to Pedal positioning is ideal when it is **as close to 35 degrees as possible. This will ensure better function, with less stress to the knee. For the recreational biker, knee to pedal angle should be 35 to 40 degrees; for the road cyclist, therapists recommend an angle of **30 to 35 degrees.road cyclist
  • Foot to Pedal positioning should ensure that **the ball of the foot is placed over the pedal spindle for the best leverage, comfort, and efficiency; a stiff-soled shoe is best for comfort and performance. The optimal goal of revolutions per minute when peddling is between **80 and 90.
  • Handlebar positioning **affects hand, shoulder, neck, and back comfort. The higher the handlebars, the more weight will be placed on the saddle. Taller cyclists should have lower handlebars in relation to the height of the seat. Road cyclists should position their hands approximately 2 centimeters wider than the shoulders for optimal peddling, efficiency and aerodynamics.
  • Seat positioning can make or break proper bike fit. **If you are sliding too far forward, that means too much weight is being placed on your hands, arms, and lower back. If the seat is tilted backwards then you may place undue strain on your lower back. The seat should also be a comfortable distance from the handlebars. If it is too close then extra weight will be placed on the mid-back and arms; too far away and extra strain will be placed on the lower back and neck.

Therapists Can Help Outfit the Bike and Cyclist: Helmets should feature tight traps to prevent slipping and bear the marking of “Snell Certified” or “Meets ANS12904 standard”. A white light on the front of the bike, red reflector or light on rear, and orange flag fastened to the back of your bike increases visibility. Softer handlebar tape and shock absorbers for the seat post and front fork are also worth inquiring about at the local bike shop!

The Right Healthcare Staffing Agency Will Ensure that You Work in An Ideal Healthcare Setting!

Travel Force Staffing places our allied healthcare team in top paying therapy jobs in all 50 U.S. states. Our therapists work in diverse settings—from prestigious teaching hospitals and award winning rehab centers to outpatient clinics with sterling reputations; many of our clients are noted on U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospitals List. Don’t stop with ensuring proper bike fit—make sure your allied healthcare career is a perfect fit as well by calling 1-800-617-0608 or applying online today!

**Information for this article was taken from APTA’s online brochure, Bike Right, Bike Fit and APTA- PTs Offer Tips for Proper Bike Fit

Certified Physical Therapists are Writing Their Own Ticket in Top Pay Jobs

Author Travel Force Staffing | 12.24 | Category Allied Healthcare, Healthcare Industry Trends, Ongoing Education, Physical Therapist Education, Physical Therapist Jobs, Physical Therapy, Therapist Jobs, Travel physical therapy jobs

Specialist certification is the formal recognition of clinical excellence for physical therapists. Building on a broad base of education and practice, in order to develop a greater depth of skill, allows the therapist to help not just a broader base of clients, but a more specific population of patients.

Travel Force Staffing is committed to understanding the tremendous commitment to lifelong learning that these therapists have taken; we honor that dedication by placing them in top therapy jobs in all 50 U.S. States, in hospitals let them work extensively in their specialties, listed here:physical therapist certifications

  • Cardiovascular and Pulmonary
  • Clinical Electrophysiology
  • Geriatrics
  • Neurology
  • Orthopaedics
  • Pediatrics
  • Sports
  • Women’s Health

Travel Force Works Closely with Every Therapist, Finding an Ideal Employment Match

At our staffing firm, consultants work round the clock, helping therapists land the ideal allied healthcare job. It should be noted that the physical therapy job market is particularly strong in the following U.S. States:

  • Arizona PT jobs: There’s so much to do in this gorgeous state that everyone wants to live there—including a large demographic of seniors that require a physical therapist’s recession proof skills.
  • California PT jobs: This is in the top five highest paying states for therapy jobs (average PT salary: $95K)
  • Washington PT jobs: The Evergreen State is helping lead the way in ensuring the Vision 2020 goals set by the APTA.
  • Virginia PT jobs: The annual salary in the Lover’s State is very competitive with the national average and may soon rise above it.
  • Texas PT jobs: The Lone Star State’s physical therapy association has been enjoying record turn outs at their annual conference. Therapy jobs are hot here!
  • Illinois PT jobs:  The average salary here of $90K is 5% above the national average for therapists.
  • Kansas PT jobs: The lower cost of living in Kansas makes the high earnings of therapists here even more of an incentive to apply.

Seek Excellence and Apply at Travel Force Today

Physical therapists are known for challenging themselves in order to maximize their potential on the allied healthcare career path—that’s why so many get certified in one of the 8 specialties acknowledged by the ABPTS—read more about the certification process by visiting their website that also gives certification testing dates and deadlines  in 2014. Call or apply online today to get the career resources you need to rise to the top in your PT career, and all other branches of allied healthcare! Apply online or call 1-800-617-0608 today to work toward a universal goal among therapists of creating direct access to PTs for all concerns related to movement, function and health.

**Salary figures in this blog are cited in:

National Physical Therapy Month

Author Travel Force Staffing | 10.10 | Category Allied Healthcare, Locations, Monthly Events, Physical Therapist Jobs, Physical Therapy, Physical Therapy Career, Therapist Jobs, Therapy Jobs, Top Rehab Careers, Top Therapy Blogs, Travel physical therapy jobs

 This year’s theme lists the Top 10 Fittest Cities for Baby Boomers

If ever there was anything that needed to be shared among friends, patients and the medical community, it’s the benefits of physical therapy. For over 20 years now, the APTA has done just that, by getting another National Physical Therapy Month well underway this October. This year, the theme has been expanded to include The Top 10 Fittest Baby Boomer Cities in America. Celebrating seniors is such a good idea, considering they make up the largest base of patients in rehab. The APTA’s “Fit After 50 Program” is a great way to not only honor them, but help them keep up the good work.

Travel Force Staffing is proud to place allied healthcare professionals in America’s fittest cities for Baby Boomers. Ranked in order of the fittest, you’ll also find plenty of high paying therapy jobs in these lean and mean parts of the USA!Fittest Baby Boomer Cities in America

Top 10 Fittest Cities for Baby Boomers

  1. San Jose, California
  2. Minneapolis, Minnesota
  3. San Francisco, California
  4. Denver, Colorado
  5. Boston, Massachusetts
  6. Salt Lake City, Utah
  7. Washington, D.C.
  8. Seattle, Washington
  9. San Diego, California
  10. Raleigh, North Carolina

Move Forward in Your Therapy Careers This Month and Always!, the APTA inspired site that creates awareness during National Physical Therapy Month in October and the rest of the calendar year, provides resources for both practitioners of PT and the patients.  Just click the Fit After 50 link to access a wealth of resources on staying committed to exercise and reversing the signs of aging. Pass the wisdom on, and check in often with your #1 staffing agency for therapy jobs from coast to coast when you call 1-800-617-0608 or apply online today!

Physical Therapists Travel to Washington to Change Medicare Reimbursement for the Better

Author Travel Force Staffing | 08.22 | Category Allied Healthcare, Healthcare Industry Trends, Occupational Therapist, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapist Jobs, Physical Therapy, Physical Therapy Career, Rehabilitation Therapy, Therapist Jobs, Therapy Jobs, Top Rehab Careers, Top Therapy Blogs, Travel Therapist, Traveling Therapist

Here’s What Every Therapist Should Know

On July 22, 2013 physical therapists from across the United States, chosen by the APTA’s Private Practice Section lobbied Congress in Washington D.C.  They were tasked with the very important goal of discussing some of the current problems with Medicare reimbursement—issues that range from the Sustainable Growth Rate and its negative impact on payment rates, to therapy caps that limit patients’ access to the best possible care. At the end of the first ever “fly-in”, solutions to many problems affecting therapy jobs were reached.

As many already know, the current payment scheme makes it hard for physical therapists to earn reasonable reimbursements when they treat Medicare patients, who are perhaps the neediest group when it comes to allied health services. Because of the recession and economic hardship felt all around, Congress has called a moratorium on payment reductions every year—while this is great news for therapists who would otherwise see a 29% drop in payments from Medicare, many did not want to revisit the short-term fix again next year; they lobbied for change now.

A short list of the problems physical therapists have lobbied Congress to address and solve:PTs in Washington

  • Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR): The SGR is crippled by 1997’s Balanced Budget Act; physical therapists are lobbying to replace this dinosaur with the Medicare Physician Payment Innovation Act of 2013 (H.R. 574). This bill would repeal and replace the SGR formula that determines Medicare payment rates, ensuring that therapists are paid fairly and commensurate with the current value of their services.
  • Medicare Therapy Cap: Another part of 1997’s Balanced Budget Act that negatively impacts therapists is the Medical Therapy Cap. PTs wish to replace this with the Medicare Access to Rehabilitation Services Act (H.R. 713/S. 367), which would permanently repeal the arbitrary annual per-beneficiary cap for physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech-language pathology services. This bill would eliminate a lot of paperwork and frustration for therapists across the United States, and better yet give continuous and higher quality of care to their patients.
  • Multiple Procedure Payment Reduction: One of the goals of lobbying Congress was to stop this practice, wherein Congress uses inaccurate data to reduce payments to physical therapists and use the savings to patch the flawed SGR formula.
  • “Substitute therapists” policy: When physical therapists in private practice take a leave of absence, current government policies prevent them from hiring a qualified replacement. APTA’s private practice section has asked Congress to add physical therapists to the list of professionals allowed to bring qualified temporary substitute professionals when the practice owner needs to be away.
  • Medicare Opt Out: Because physical therapists are not presently permitted to opt-out of Medicare and treat these patients privately, PTs are lobbying Congress to be included in the list of professionals allowed to do so; they believe this option enables them to better serve their patients.
  • Curbing Fraud and Abuse: Part of the physical therapists’ lobby was in recommending cost saving measures for Congress, so that over-utilization of therapy services is no longer as prevalent.

Positive Change Happens When You Align your Talents with Like-minded Forces

Whether they work in private practices or for healthcare employers, therapists can all agree that high-quality, cost-effective physical therapy is something every patient deserves.  If you’re looking for therapy jobs that foster ideal relationships between therapists and patients, then Travel Force Staffing wants to know you; just call 1-800-617-0608 or apply online to connect with a consultant today. Positive changes are coming to the healthcare landscape, and we look forward to meeting dynamic, innovative and highly adaptable clients who embody all that and more. Talk to you soon!

**Information used in this article was taken from The Lund Report’s Story on Medicare Reimbursement and from this therapist’s story about the fly-in in The Post-Journal.   

Top States offering Exceptional Occupational Therapist Job Opportunities

Author Travel Force Staffing | 02.05 | Category Allied Healthcare, Career Tips, certifications, Education, Healthcare Industry Trends, Occupational Therapist, Occupational Therapy, Ongoing Education, Therapist Jobs, Therapist Jobs Postings, Top Rehab Careers, Top Therapy Blogs, Travel Therapist, Traveling Therapist

The American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) was busy in the later part of 2012 streamlining its application process for both Board and Specialty Certification Areas. Now therapists can look forward to a peer-reviewed portfolio process for certification that takes out any guess work, and better prepares them to submit an application by the June and December deadlines in 2013. Getting certified is voluntary, not mandatory, yet plenty of occupational therapists feel the press to do so, in order to receive the recognition they deserve from peers and healthcare employers.

Travel therapy jobs are a great way for OTs to flex their mental muscles, not only by working on the cutting edge of their professions, but by using the knowledge they’ve obtained from Board and Specialty areas of certification. Be sure to peruse the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) site to learn more about the online certification examination handbook and frequently asked questions of those preparing to master these areas:

Board Certifications

  • Gerontology
  • Mental Health
  • Pediatrics
  • Physical Rehabilitation

Specialty Certifications for OTs and OTAs

  • Driving and Community Mobility
  • Environmental Modification
  • Feeding, Eating, and Swallowing
  • Low Vision
  • School Systems

Travel Force Has Competitive OT Jobs in These Exciting U.S. States

The Occupational therapist salary is driven by experience, credentials and the right resume—a trifecta that works in your favor once you align talents with an experienced healthcare staffing agency. Occupational therapists may be eligible for a $1,000 sign-on bonus and make as much as $90K annually. OTs and their assistants in COTA jobs are also earning handsome salaries, augmented by a full benefits package and free place to live, available to all full-time travel therapists. When you call 1-800-617-0608 or apply online, a consultant will be happy to confirm current and high paying occupational therapy jobs nationwide.

Included with the OT jobs information is a state board link that will help you better prepare. Therapists will want to make sure they have obtained licensure in the state where they wish to work.

List of Occupational Therapy Associations

Go Where Continuing Education Can Easily Find You

Allied health professionals don’t have to work hard to ensure their continuing education; some healthcare employers place such a high premium on this, they offer unlimited, and free CEUs for their occupational therapy team members. It’s almost like the education comes to you, rather than the other way around. OTs can earn credits in the comfort of their homes, via their laptops. Learn more about CEUs and other benefits by visiting Travel Force’s career resources page and liking us on Facebook—where we advertise to the minute occupational therapy job openings!

Footnote: Occupational therapists looking for recent salary information, may visit the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics online.

Top States for Therapy Jobs in 2013

Author Travel Force Staffing | 01.24 | Category Allied Healthcare, Career Tips, Fall therapy job locations, Healthcare Industry Trends, Locations, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapist Jobs, Physical Therapy, Rehabilitation Therapy, Speech Language Pathologist, Spring therapy job locations, Summer therapy job locations, Therapist Jobs, Therapist Jobs Postings, Therapy Jobs, Therapy Jobs by Season, Top Therapy Blogs, Travel physical therapy jobs, Travel Therapist, Traveling Therapist, Winter therapy job locations

Therapy jobs are recession proof in much of the U.S., but it’s a handful of states that have, over the decades, developed a reputation for being the best for therapy jobs. If you’re a physical therapist, occupational therapist or speech language pathologist looking for a quarterly breakdown of where the best jobs are and when, you’ve come to the right place.

The Best Winter Work Spots for Therapists

This winter, the Golden State is a favorite among therapists for the high wages and recession proof careers. The same can be said of Texas, Ohio and Florida. Please read more on these U.S. hot spots!

  • California therapy jobs run the high paying (average is $83,114 in LA) gambit between respiratory therapy jobs, OT jobs, physical therapy jobs and more! This is the country’s most populous state, and its high concentration of Baby Boomers mean allied health professionals are more necessary than ever! This time of year, the Golden State comes alive with world famous fancy food shows, concerts and more!
  • Florida therapy jobs are particularly kind to allied healthcare professionals with PT specializations, offering sign on bonuses that let you make the most of mild winter weather, averaging in the 70s!
  • Ohio therapy jobs pay the highest salary in Cleveland, averaging at $76,004. This is a state known for its comparatively low cost of living and high standards in the arts. Check out Arts In Ohio to see what we mean!
  • Texas therapy jobs are especially well paying in Austin where PTs make an average of $72,181 a year. Make sure you click your way through this 2013 Austin events calendar to see what the city has to offer!

top USA states for therapy jobs 2013

The Best Work and Play Destinations for Therapists on Spring Break!

California, Texas and Ohio therapy jobs were the best in winter and the best for Spring too! That’s why the focus is on Washington state and Oregon. Come read what’s happening in the Pacific Northwest.

  • Washington therapy jobs offer salaries above the national average, with the annual income in Seattle clocking in at $81, 840. Neighboring cities run close to that figure. Daffodil Festival events in Tacoma, Puyallup, Orting, and Sumner will brighten your spring; look for a grand finish to the season in Seattle, with the Northwest Folk life Festival in May.
  • Oregon Therapy Jobs in Portland offer PTs an average pay of $76,978; after factoring in the amazing benefits package that come with top travel therapy jobs, Oregon therapists can enjoy this coastal state and its hip environmentalism even more!

For Allied Health Professionals, These States Have a Cure for the Summertime Blues

High salaries and recession proof therapy careers are still available in Texas, California and Ohio this summer. Here are a few new U.S. states, with reasons that should snag the attention of travel therapists looking for a change in the hot months of 2013.

  • New Jersey Therapy Jobs are surrounded by coveted vacation rentals. Everyone wants to be there; however everyone can’t make the average therapist salary in the Garden State of $91,000.
  • Maryland therapy jobs are just a short drive from everything the Capitol City has to offer. In Baltimore, MD—known for being the best little city in the world, PTs earn an average salary of $78, 853!
  • Michigan therapy jobs are the highest paying in collegiate and charming Anne Arbor, averaging $77,994 for PTs.
  • Wisconsin therapy jobs allow you to spend an idyllic summer shopping or resting lakeside. Known for its low cost of living, the average salary of 72, 075 for Milwaukee PTs goes a long way!

“Fall” Into the Best Therapy Jobs Here!

Once again, the same hot spots for therapy jobs have followed this quarterly report into the end of 2013, with California, Texas, Florida, Ohio and Oregon topping the list. However two new stops on the map should brighten Autumn for therapist this year.

  • New York Therapy jobs are in the epicenter of urban life in the U.S.—and the average pay’s not bad, either: $88,336 in the Big Apple!
  • Arkansas Therapy Jobs may not top the list for highest paying in the U.S., but with scenery and wildlife fun beyond compare, and the lure of Little Rock, PTs will love their average pay of 65,048 per year.
  • Massachusetts therapy jobs in the Fall are a leaf peeper’s delight; it doesn’t hurt that therapy jobs in Boston pay an average salary of $83,763.

Call Travel Force Staffing and Work in your Dream Location!

Our free private housing is a room with a view in so many of these talked-about cities. Call 1-800-617-0608 or apply online today to get going!

**Reference to the average salary per state was taken from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) site.


More Mid-Career Physical Therapists Choosing Travel Therapy Jobs

Author Travel Force Staffing | 12.19 | Category Allied Healthcare, Education, Healthcare Industry Trends, Locations, Physical Therapist Jobs, Physical Therapy, Travel physical therapy jobs

Traveling physical therapy jobs have seen consistent growth over the past few years, and in that time the reasons that PT’s are choosing travel therapy have grown more diverse as well.  Career consultants at Travel Force Staffing have seen an increase in the number of  mid-career professionals seeking to broaden their experience in a variety of clinical settings.

Beth Beam, Regional Manager of Business Development, Travel Force

“Whereas at one time many therapists used to sign up for short-term travel therapy jobs because they wanted to visit family, friends or just see the country – which is still the case, more now are looking at physical therapist travel in terms of professional development,” said Beth Beam, Regional Manager of Business Development  for Travel Force.

With U.S. News reporting the highest paid therapy jobs in Texas and California – and with Florida, Arizona, New York and New Jersey close behind, said Beam, the time is right for practitioners to get experience working with diverse patient populations as healthcare reform enters into law. The recently enacted Affordable Care Act includes numerous provisions explicitly intended to reduce health disparities based on ethnicity and race.

In addition to having the increasingly-important doctoral degree in Physical Therapy, physical therapists are expected to possess cross-cultural communication skills. Beam notes, “Higher salaries will go to top educated therapists and those who can communicate effectively with all types of patients. Practitioners raised and educated in the U.S. now need to think in terms of treating naturalized citizens from India, the Middle East, Asia, Africa and South America as part of their duty as a practicing therapist.”

More insight into the recent growth in physical therapy travel jobs »

Therapy Jobs: Sign On Bonus for 2013 plus iPad

Author Travel Force Staffing | 11.13 | Category Allied Healthcare, Career Tips, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Therapist Jobs, Therapist Jobs Postings, Therapy Job Bonus, Therapy Jobs, Top Rehab Careers, Top Therapy Blogs, Travel physical therapy jobs, Travel Therapist, Traveling Therapist

Physical Therapists & Occupational Therapists

Travel Force Staffing is offering a lucrative job sign on bonus to physical therapists and occupational therapists starting a Physical Therapist job or Occupational Therapist job by Jan. 31, 2013. For more details, contact us at 800-617-0608 or email us at; mention this bonus offer.

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