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Physical Therapy Assistant Career Overview
PT assistants carry out their services under the supervision and direction of a licensed PT. PTs rely a great deal on their PT assistants, so it is important that a PTA can offer patients a comprehensive plan of physical therapy workouts. Physical therapist assistants apply many physical therapy methods when caring for people. Some techniques include physical modalities, deep tissue tissue massage, exercise therapy such as ultrasound and electrotherapy as well as functional training.
Additionally Physical therapy assistants frequently assist their clients to prevent losing mobility by applying wellness and physical fitness plans to facilitate more active healthier lifestyles. Anytime a PTA sees a patient initially, the PTA helps the PT examine the person and create a care plan supporting restored usability, being able to move, preventing disability and pain reduction. Then, as a team, the physical therapist, PTA, and individual each work together to make certain the goal of the health plan is achieved, calculating the patient's progress, reaction, and safety while making modifications as required.