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Physical Therapy Assistant Career Outline
PTAs perform their tasks underneath the guidance and direction of a certified physical therapist. Physical therapists rely greatly on their PT assistants, therefore it is essential that a PTA can offer patients a complete plan of physical therapy exercises. PT assistants apply numerous physical therapy methods when taking care of clients. Certain techniques incorporate deep soft tissue massage, exercise therapy, physical modalities such as for instance ultrasound and electrotherapy as well as functional exercises.
In addition PTAs commonly assist their patients to avoid losing movement by employing health and fitness programs for more active lifestyles. Whenever a Physical therapist assistant sees a patient initially, they help the PT examine the person and develop a care plan encouraging repaired functions, the ability to move, preventing disability and reducing suffering. Then, together as a team, the physical therapist, Physical therapist assistant, and individual all work with each other to make certain the objective of the therapy plan is achieved, calculating the patient's progression, response, and well-being while making adjustments as necessary.