Physical Therapy Assistant Guide

Welcome to the PTA Guide, a physical therapy assistant education & career resource. We have everything you need to become a licensed PTA in your state. A few of the helpful things that you'll find here are information resources by state such as tools and info on PTA Schools, PTA license requirements, PTA Jobs, PTA salary data for states & major cities.
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Physical therapy assistants perform their services beneath the supervision and instruction of a certified PT. Physical therapists rely primarily on their PTAs, therefore it is important that a PTA can offer patients a complete plan of physical therapy practices. PTAs apply lots of physical therapy techniques while helping patients. Some techniques consist of physical modalities, deep tissue tissue massage, exercise therapy such as ultrasound and electro-therapy as well as functional exercises.

Additionally PTAs often assist their patients to avoid losing movement by developing health and fitness programs to ensure more active life styles. Anytime a Physical therapy assistant sees a client initially, they help the physical therapist study the person and develop a care program supporting restored usability, the ability to move, protecting against impairment and reducing discomfort. Then, as a team, the PT, Physical therapy assistant, and patient each work together to ensure the goal of the therapy program is attained, measuring patient progress, healing, and safety while making adjustments as required.

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