Rehabilitation

Athletic Trainer

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Average Salary: 
$41,000
Length of Education: 
4 years
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Like sports? Athletic trainers are certified professionals who collaborate with physicians to prevent, diagnose, and rehabilitate sports-injuries.

Athletic trainers are specialize in emergency treatments for life-threatening and non-life-threatening injuries like head trauma, heart attack, spinal cord injuries, asthma, and seizures before patients can be taken to a hospital. Most importantly, athletic trainers help athletes prevent injury and re-injury through exercise, nutrition, and manipulative treatments.

Special thanks to the National Athletic Trainers' Association for producing the video.

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Occupational Therapist

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Average Salary: 
$72,000
Length of Education: 
6 years
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Occupational therapists create treatments that allow individuals to be able to regain and maintain skills for everyday living have been limited by injury, illness, disease, or disability.
They may show patients how to use special equipment like braces, wheelchairs, or eating aids or work with employers to create working environments that can accommodate the health needs of the patient.

Occupational therapists will also evaluate the living conditions of a patient, identifying areas that may cause falls or other injuries and recommending changes. Occupational therapists must have a master’s degree and are licensed by the state.

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Occupational Therapy Assistant

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Average Salary: 
$47,000
Length of Education: 
2 years
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Occupational Therapy Assistants (OTA’s) work directly with patients to learn and perform exercises developed by an occupational therapist to regain lost everyday function.

This may include playing educational games with children who have developmental disabilities, teaching a stroke victim how to do hand-strengthening exercises, or showing a patient with Parkinson’s disease how use devices to assist with eating or bathing.

OTA’s receive an associate degree and often work if offices, but also work in hospitals and long-term care facilities.

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Physical Therapist

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Average Salary: 
$76,000
Length of Education: 
6 years
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Physical Therapists work with patients to reduce pain, increase movement, and other physical activities after surgery, injury, or illness.

Physical therapists treat patients through exercise, massage, stretching, heat and cold, or other tools to reduce pain. Physical therapists can work in dedicated physical therapy offices, hospitals, long-term care facilities, or visit patients’ homes.

Physical therapists are required to earn a post-graduate degree, most often a Doctor of Physical Therapy, in addition to a bachelor’s degree.

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Physical Therapy Assistant

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Average Salary: 
$49,000
Length of Education: 
2 years
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Physical Therapy Assistants (PTA’s) are part of the physical therapy team that assists patients in recovering from illnesses, injury, or surgery, that may have limited the patient’s movement or quality of life.

Working at the direction and under supervision of a physical therapist, PTA’s teach patients excerices and stretches, monitor their progress, record notes, and help patients use assistive devices like crutches, canes, or wheelchairs.

Physical therapy assistants must have an associate’s degree from an accredited PTA program. Most PTA’s work in the same settings as physical therapists: hospitals, dedicated physical therapy clinics, long-term care facilities, or in the home of patients.

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Recreational Therapist

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Average Salary: 
$39,000
Length of Education: 
4 years
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Recreational therapists help people with disabilities or illnesses maintain and improve the emotional, physical, and psychological well-being through arts, sports, and games.

Recreation therapists plan interventions that help overcome specific obstacles like paralysis or other disabilities and that engage patients’ interest in a treatment plan beyond the clinic walls.

Recreational therapists work in places such as substance abuse centers, rehabilitation centers, assisted living facilities, special education departments, and parks and recreation departments.

Recreational therapists must have a bachelor’s degree in therapeutic recreation and are certified by the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification.

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Speech Language Pathologist

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Average Salary: 
$67,000
Length of Education: 
6 years
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Speech-language pathologists (SLP’s), who are sometimes called speech therapists, provide a wide range of care to individuals with communication problems and their families.

Many SLP’s work in schools and primarily focus on speech and language difficulty and others work in clinical settings, focusing on swallowing disorders in addition to communication problems.

Speech-language pathologists teach patients how to improve their speech rhythm, speech pitch or volume, strengthen swallowing and speech muscles, and increase reading and writing skills. Speech-language pathologists require a master’s degree.

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Audiologist

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Average Salary: 
$70,000
Length of Education: 
8 years
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Audiologists are responsible for treating hearing and balance problems and work with patients of all ages. Using specialized equipment, audiologists will test hearing and balance, determine the extent of hearing damage, and find the underlying cause of a patients hearing or balance symptoms.

Audiologists also treat these problems, with hearing aids, cochlear implants, or cleaning wax from the ear canal. For patients with total hearing loss, audiologists will teach patients lip reading or American Sign Language. Audiologists receive a doctoral degree in audiology (Au.D.), a four-year professional degree.

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Music Therapist

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Average Salary: 
$39,000
Length of Education: 
4 years
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Music therapists use music to help the psychological, cognitive, and social needs of individuals by providing an avenue for communication for those who may have some communication barriers. Music therapists are part of a health care team that addresses a wide range of rehabilitation needs for patients.

Music therapists use singing, learning, playing, creating, and listening to music through evidence-based treatments that provide coping skills, emotional support, and physical rehabilitation. Music therapists must have a bachelor’s degree in music therapy that includes in-depth study of music. Most music therapists work in long-term care settings, but also work in hospitals or with children.

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