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Physical Therapist Assistant Career Description
PT assistants carry out their functions under the supervision and instruction of a certified physical therapist. PTs rely a great deal on their PTAs, so it is crucial that a Physical therapist assistant can offer patients a complete plan of physical therapy techniques. PT assistants employ numerous physical therapy methods when caring for clients. Several techniques incorporate deep soft tissue massage, therapeutic exercise, physical modalities such as for instance ultrasound and electrotherapy as well as functional exercises.
Additionally Physical therapy assistants frequently assist their clients to prevent losing movement by employing wellness and fitness plans to enable more active healthier lifestyles. Anytime a Physical therapist assistant sees a patient for the 1st time, the PTA helps the PT study the individual and create a therapy plan promoting recovered functionality, being able to move, protecting against disability and reducing pain. Then, together, the physical therapist, Physical therapy assistant, and patient each work with each other to make certain the purpose of the health plan is attained, measuring the patient's progress, response, and safety while making adjustments as required.