Outpatient physical therapists work with patients to diagnose, manage, and treat a range of musculoskeletal conditions. They provide care to individuals with disabilities, injuries, and chronic conditions, with a primary goal of improving mobility, strength, and overall function. However, the demands of the job can take a toll on therapists, leading to occupation burnout, characterized by emotional exhaustion, depersonalization, and a reduced sense of personal accomplishment.
The symptoms of burnout can manifest differently in different individuals. As a physical therapist, you may experience fatigue, irritability, low motivation, or a decreased ability to empathize with patients. As a result, a sense of detachment from work can form, leading to reduced job satisfaction and performance. The experiences of burnout can have a massive impact on the overall health and well-being of physical therapists and can impact patient outcomes and lead to increased healthcare costs and a higher risk of medical errors.
Fortunately, there are ways to combat burnout among outpatient physical therapists.