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Physical Therapy Assistant Career Introduction
Physical therapy assistants carry out their functions under the guidance and direction of a licensed physical therapist. PTs rely heavily on their Physical therapy assistants, so it is important that a Physical therapy assistant can offer clients a comprehensive plan of physical therapy practices. Physical therapist assistants apply many physical therapy techniques while helping clients. Certain techniques include deep tissue massage, therapeutic exercise, physical modalities like ultrasound and electro-therapy as well as functional training.
Furthermore Physical therapy assistants usually assist their patients to avoid losing movement by creating health and physical fitness programs to ensure more active healthier lifestyles. When a Physical therapy assistant sees a patient first, the PTA helps the PT study the person and develop a therapy plan promoting restored functionality, the ability to move, avoiding disability and pain reduction. Then, together as a team, the physical therapist, Physical therapy assistant, and patient each work with each other to ensure the goal of the therapy plan is achieved, calculating client progress, response, and well-being while making adjustments as required.