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Physical Therapist Assistant Career Summary
Physical therapy assistants conduct their tasks beneath the supervision and instruction of a licensed PT. Physical therapists rely heavily on their PTAs, therefore it is important that a PTA can offer patients a comprehensive plan of physical therapy techniques. PTAs apply many physical therapy methods when caring for patients. Several techniques include deep massage, exercise therapy, physical modalities such as for example ultrasound and electrotherapy as well as functional training.
Furthermore PT assistants usually aid their patients to avoid losing movement by implementing wellness and fitness plans to ensure more active healthier life styles. When a Physical therapy assistant sees a patient for the first time, the PTA helps the physical therapist study the person and develop a treatment program promoting repaired functionality, the ability to move, protecting against impairment and reducing pain. Then, as a team, the PT, Physical therapist assistant, and patient each work collectively to make sure the purpose of the therapy plan is attained, measuring the patient's progression, reaction, and well-being while making modifications as needed.