Physical Therapy Assistant Job Overview
PTAs perform their functions beneath the supervision and instruction of a certified PT. PTs rely heavily on their Physical therapy assistants, so it is important that a Physical therapist assistant can offer clients a comprehensive plan of physical therapy activities. Physical therapy assistants employ many physical therapy techniques when taking care of patients. Several techniques consist of physical modalities, deep soft tissue massage, therapeutic exercise such as ultrasound and electro-therapy as well as functional training.
Additionally PT assistants regularly aid their patients to avoid losing mobility by applying health and fitness programs for more active healthy lifestyles. When a Physical therapy assistant sees a client first, they help the PT study the individual and develop a treatment plan promoting recovered functionality, the ability to move, preventing disability and pain reduction. Then, together as a team, the PT, PTA, and individual all work together to ensure the goals of the therapy plan is attained, measuring patient progression, response, and safety while making modifications as required.