Physical Therapist Profile – Noah Arenson, PT
Bachelor’s in nutrition from Northern Arizona University, 1994
Master’s in physical therapy from Northern Arizona University, 1997
MBA from Arizona State University, 2004
Noah Arenson knows first-hand how beneficial physical therapy can be. After suffering a back injury in high school he needed rehabilitation. This experience, coupled with his own interest in anatomy and physiology, led him down the path towards becoming a physical therapist himself. Today, he works as a physical therapist for Contact Physical Therapy, which has locations in Mesa and Scottsdale, Ariz., where he has the opportunity to help people through their own rehabilitation.
Questions: What is it about your job that keeps you at it day in and day out?
Arenson: "There is an incredible variety of conditions that we treat at Contact Physical Therapy. I enjoy the investigative approach of rehabilitation to determine the unique origin of each patient symptoms and creating a treatment plan to meet their goals. It is very satisfying to assist patients on their journey to effectively diminishing their pain and restoring their function."
Questions: How do you stay up-to-date in the field and maintain professionalism?
Arenson: "I am blessed to have colleagues around me to bounce ideas off and review my documentation. We also live in a state that offers a variety of continuing education opportunities to expand our treatment approaches."
Questions: What’s one of the most memorable experiences you’ve had, either as a student or in your professional career?
Arenson: "There have been several instances in my career where a patient initially is very doubtful that physical therapy would have any impact on their particular issue. To see them leave the clinic with appreciable improvement and knowledge to continue gains on their own is very rewarding."
Questions: What advice do you have for people just starting their education or their professional career?
Arenson: "Volunteer at a variety of health professional settings. Get an appreciation of the demands of a variety of professions and see if they match your individual strengths and interests."