Why did Melissa chose Physical Therapy?
November 17, 2020 – We all have reasons for why we do what we do for a living. These can include past experiences, a call to action, or just having something fall into place. For Melissa her reason for choosing to become a physical therapy assistant roots back to her past experiences.
When I was 16, I had my first surgery. I ended up completely tearing my round ligament in my hip in half. I was told that I had to use crutches for 2 months and that I needed to go through physical therapy in order to learn how to walk again. Jump to a year later when I was 17. One day in class I stood up and my hip gave out. I went back to the doctor and after a second MRI I found out that there was still damage to my hip and that same ligament. I heard those dreaded words again, “you need surgery”. Come to find out that the ligament was shredded in a different location, I was told that there was a good chance that it was there from the last surgery but the initial tear was so bad that they never had a chance to check everything out before closing me up.
Fast forward to my second first day of physical therapy, I was bummed out because I was in the same boat as a year ago. All I remember of that session was the speech my PT gave me. He told me he was going to help me get better so he never had to see me again. His plan, he was going to get me better and back to walking normal and stronger by upping the intensity of my physical therapy and I had to be treated for longer and the workouts were much harder. That was the day I knew I wanted to work in physical therapy. I felt like my physical therapist gave me the tools to help me recover better. I always knew I wanted to go into the medical field and help people. But after my second round of PT, I knew I wanted to help people the same way my physical therapist helped me get back to my normal.
Melissa has been with Witte Physical Therapy for 18 months. She works mainly in our Louisville and Plattsmouth clinics. If you would like to meet any of our therapists or have a free consultation to talk about what physical therapy can do for you please call us at 402-234-3333 in Louisvlle, 402-298-4747 in Plattsmouth, and 402-654-2121 in Hooper!