Physical Therapy Assistant Career Overview
PT assistants conduct their jobs under the guidance and instruction of a certified PT. PTs rely heavily on their PTAs, therefore it is important that a Physical therapy assistant can offer patients a comprehensive plan of physical therapy workouts. PT assistants employ numerous physical therapy methods when looking after patients. Certain techniques incorporate deep soft tissue massage, therapeutic exercise, physical modalities particularly ultrasound and electro therapy as well as functional exercises.
Furthermore PTAs usually assist their patients to prevent losing movement by implementing wellness and fitness programs for more active healthier lifestyles. When a Physical therapy assistant examines a patient for the first time, they help the physical therapist analyze the person and create a treatment plan encouraging recovered functions, the ability to move, preventing impairment and pain reduction. Then, as a team, the physical therapist, Physical therapist assistant, and individual each work collectively to make certain the goal of the therapy plan is reached, calculating patient progression, reaction, and safety while making modifications as required.