Meet Jared Peterson, PT
Jared has been a practicing Physical Therapist since graduating from the Mayo School of Health-Related Sciences in 2004. He has served in general community PT practices throughout his career serving patients in the hospital, nursing home, and the outpatient orthopedic practice areas. He utilizes this wide variety of experience to treat many different orthopedic and neurologic diagnoses in adults. Of particular clinical interest with advanced education for Jared are clients with low back and sacroiliac pain. He utilizes a hands-on manual therapy approach to lead clients toward a pain-free life. He also has a clinical interest in chronic pain and enjoys seeing patients with a long pain history get back to doing the things they love in life again.
When did you know that you wanted to be a physical therapist?
I knew I wanted to be a therapist back in high school. My grandfather had a stroke then and I got to see the difference therapy made in his quality of life afterward. I also had some shoulder injuries requiring therapy through sports and I had the opportunity to work with a number of good therapists at that time which solidified my decision to become a PT.
What do you wish everyone knew about PT? / What is the biggest misconception you hear?
I wish everyone knew the full scope of what we do in this profession. Many think therapy is what you have to just get some exercises after an injury or hospitalization. In reality, we are so much more. We treat all ailments from pediatrics to the oldest adults. We also work on helping with pain, immobility, balance, coordination, and overall healthy lifestyles just to name a few.
What is the most important personality trait that a PT must-have?
I feel the most important personality trait for PT’s is caring for other people. We need to be able to show empathy in everything we do with a positive hope and will to get the most out of each patient.
What is your favorite piece of wellness advice to offer?
The biggest thing I tell people is to keep active. Human beings are made to move. Our joints, muscles, and cardiovascular system all benefit from daily movement.
How do you like to stay active?
My wife would say that I have too many hobbies. I love spending time with my family; playing volleyball with my wife and daughters or going on hikes together. I also love to spend time outdoors hunting, fishing, and biking as well as doing various work on our acreages such as cutting wood or gardening.
What is your favorite song to get you motivated?
If you want to get my adrenaline going play Enter Sandman by Metallica
What is your go-to breakfast?
Waffles have been a tradition in my family since I was young. I still love them today!