Physical Therapy Assistant Guide

Welcome to the PTA Guide, a physical therapy assistant education & career resource. We have everything you need to become a licensed PTA in your state. A few of the helpful things that you'll find here are information resources by state such as tools and info on PTA Schools, PTA license requirements, PTA Jobs, PTA salary data for states & major cities.
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Physical Therapy Assistant Career Introduction

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Physical therapist assistants conduct their tasks under the guidance and direction of a licensed PT. Physical therapists rely heavily on their PTAs, therefore it is necessary that a PTA can offer clients a comprehensive plan of physical therapy exercises. PTAs employ numerous physical therapy techniques when helping clients. Some techniques consist of deep soft tissue massage, exercise therapy, physical modalities like ultrasound and electrotherapy as well as functional training.

Furthermore PT assistants often assist their patients to avoid losing movement by establishing wellness and fitness workouts to facilitate more active healthier lifestyles. Anytime a Physical therapist assistant examines an individual first, they help the PT examine the person and develop a treatment program supporting restored usability, being able to move, preventing impairment and reducing pain. Then, as a team, the physical therapist, Physical therapy assistant, and client all work with each other to ensure the objective of the therapy program is reached, measuring the patient's progress, reaction, and safety even while making adjustments as necessary.

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