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 therapist assistants conduct their services underneath the supervision and direction of a certified PT. Physical therapists rely greatly on their PT assistants, therefore it is important that a PTA can offer clients a complete plan of physical therapy techniques. PT assistants apply numerous physical therapy methods while helping patients. A few methods consist of deep tissue massage, therapeutic exercise, physical modalities particularly ultrasound and electro therapy as well as functional training.

Furthermore Physical therapist assistants commonly assist their patients to avoid losing movement by implementing health and fitness programs for more active life styles. When a PTA sees a patient first, they help the physical therapist examine the person and develop a therapy plan encouraging recovered usability, the ability to move, protecting against disability and pain reduction. Then, together, the PT, Physical therapy assistant, and individual all work together to make certain the goal of the health plan is attained, calculating the patient's progress, reaction, and well-being while making adjustments as required.

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