Under the supervision of a Physical Therapist, the Physical Therapy Assistant works with patients to relieve pain, improve the body’s movement and function, and limit disabilities resulting from injury or disease. Collaborates with members of the interdisciplinary team to provide comprehensive patient care.
Knowledgeable in the use of therapeutic exercise, mechanical traction, therapeutic massage, heat, cold, water, electricity, etc. Takes measurements and makes adjustments. Provides instruction in the use and care of crutches, canes, walkers, and wheelchairs. Instructs, motivates, and provides assistance to patients and others in: Improving cardiopulmonary function, improving functional mobility, Learning, Improving daily living activities, and the use and care of orthoses, prostheses and supportive devices. Performs, without interpretation, selected measurement procedures such as range of joint motion, gross strength of muscle groups, length and girth of body parts, and vital signs. Modifies the treatment procedures as indicated by patient response and within the limits specified orally or in writing by the Physical Therapist.