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Physical Therapy Assistant Career Outline
Physical therapy assistants conduct their services under the supervising and direction of a licensed PT. Physical therapists rely heavily on their Physical therapist assistants, so it is necessary that a Physical therapist assistant can offer patients a comprehensive plan of physical therapy activities. Physical therapist assistants apply many physical therapy techniques while caring for patients. Several methods include physical modalities, deep tissue tissue massage, exercise therapy particularly ultrasound and electro-therapy as well as functional exercises.
Additionally PTAs often assist their clients to prevent losing movement by applying health and physical fitness routines for more active healthier lifestyles. Anytime a Physical therapist assistant sees a patient for the 1st time, they help the physical therapist examine the individual and create a care program promoting repaired functions, being able to move, preventing disability and reducing discomfort. Then, together, the PT, Physical therapy assistant, and individual all work together to ensure the goal of the health plan is attained, calculating client progress, response, and safety while making modifications as necessary.