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Physical Therapy Assistant Career Outline
Physical therapy assistants perform their services under the guidance and direction of a licensed PT. PTs rely a great deal on their Physical therapy assistants, so it's essential that a PTA can offer patients a comprehensive plan of physical therapy activities. Physical therapist assistants apply many physical therapy techniques while taking care of patients. Some methods incorporate deep soft tissue massage, therapeutic exercise, physical modalities such as for instance ultrasound and electro-therapy as well as functional exercises.
In addition Physical therapy assistants commonly assist their clients to avoid losing mobility by applying wellness and physical fitness programs to create more active life styles. When a PTA examines an individual for the first time, the PTA helps the PT examine the person and create a care program encouraging recovered usability, the ability to move, preventing disability and reducing discomfort. Then, together as a team, the PT, PTA, and patient each work with each other to make sure the goal of the therapy plan is reached, calculating client progress, response, and safety even while making modifications as needed.