PTA vs OTA for fit older female w/ arthritis

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RK in NC in Mooresville, North Carolina

20 months ago

I've read lots of the other posts, but would still appreciate input on the subject of PTA vs. OTA. I'm 55, pretty fit (but not very strong upper-body) female, have taken prereqs, I'm doing observation hours, and plan to apply next fall. But much to my chagrin have started experiencing some osteoarthritis in my dominant hand. I've done PTA observation in hospital outpatient clinic, and now in SNF. I'm getting concerned about being able to help patients lift for transfers, gait training, etc. Would OTA be safer bet for career longevity? Any input is appreciated.

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PTAgirl in Concord, California

20 months ago

Have you observed in OT?? It could certainly be easier on your body. there outpatient clinics that might be easier than SNF or hospital / outpatient. you may even find a fit in aqua therapy. I think there are many options. but there is a need for some level of strength I am finding as a new grad working in outpatient. I'm 46 and pretty fit, but that's a constant work in progress like everyone else.

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