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Physical Therapist Assistant Career Overview
PT assistants conduct their functions underneath the supervising and direction of a licensed physical therapist. Physical therapists rely greatly on their PTAs, so it is essential that a PTA can offer patients a comprehensive plan of physical therapy exercises. Physical therapist assistants employ numerous physical therapy methods while helping people. Certain techniques include deep tissue massage, therapeutic exercise, physical modalities particularly ultrasound and electrotherapy as well as functional training.
In addition PTAs commonly assist their clients to prevent losing mobility by developing health and fitness programs to create more active lifestyles. Whenever a PTA examines a patient initially, the PTA helps the PT study the person and create a therapy program supporting recovered functionality, being able to move, preventing disability and reducing pain. Then, together, the PT, Physical therapy assistant, and client each work together to ensure the goal of the health program is attained, calculating patient progress, reaction, and safety while making modifications as necessary.