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Physical Therapist Assistant Career Summary
PTAs conduct their jobs under the supervision and direction of a certified PT. Physical therapists rely a great deal on their Physical therapy assistants, so it's crucial that a Physical therapy assistant can offer clients a complete plan of physical therapy workouts. Physical therapist assistants apply many physical therapy methods while caring for clients. Some methods incorporate physical modalities, deep soft tissue tissue massage, therapeutic exercise particularly ultrasound and electrotherapy as well as functional exercises.
In addition PTAs frequently aid their patients to prevent losing mobility by implementing health and fitness routines for more active life styles. Anytime a PTA examines an individual for the first time, they help the physical therapist examine the individual and develop a care plan encouraging repaired functionality, the ability to move, protecting against disability and pain reduction. Then, as a team, the PT, Physical therapist assistant, and patient all work together to ensure the objective of the health plan is reached, calculating the patient's progression, healing, and well-being while making adjustments as needed.