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Physical Therapist Job Description

 

Physical therapist assistants (PTAs) assist patients with physical therapy procedures and other assigned tasks as directed by the physical therapist who supervises them. PTAs help patients and clients with movement difficulties, with the goal being to improve the quality of life. PTAs may assist patients who suffer from difficulty moving due to disease or injury.

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Responsibilities

 

The physical therapist assistant is expected to work closely with the physical therapist. He or she will assist patients, under the supervision of the physical therapist, with treatments designed to achieve the following goals:

  • Improve mobility

  • Pain relief

  • Prevent or minimize permanent physical disability

  • Promote wellness and overall fitness

Common types of patients or clients that the physical therapist assistant may work with include:

  • Victims of accidents

  • Individuals stricken with short- and long-term disabling conditions

  • Patients suffering low back pain

  • Victims of fractures

  • Patients with head injuries

  • Arthritis sufferers

  • Patients with heart disease

  • Adults and children with cerebral palsy

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Skills

 

Physical Endurance

A PTA must be able to be physical for many hours to help their patients as needed. They must be able to bend, twist, lift, crouch, kneel, push/pull, and the agility to move quickly and ensure patient safety.

Clerical

Must be able to collect and integrate patient histories to solve problems and develop treatments.

Emotional Stability

Must be able to handle the emotional stress of working with impaired patients in need of compassionate health care.

Multitasking

The ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks simultaneously.

Interpersonal

Must be able to interact with patients and their families regardless of background.

Reasoning

Must be able to apply facts and principles to issues to determine conclusions and solve problems. They must use knowledge and logic to find patters in injuries and determine causes and provide solutions.

Communication

Must be able to clearly convey thoughts and ideas to gauge patient's issues and convey to them the best path to treatment.

Empathy

Must be compassionate and able to empathize with a patient's pain and other difficulties. They are able to make people feel comfortable and meet them at their emotional level to humanize themselves and let people know they care.

Patience

They must understand it takes time to see results and be willing to put in that time. They also must help their clients have patience--especially if they are trying to overcome a difficult injury.

Problem-Solving

Must be able to use knowledge to gauge issues and determine the best route to recovery.

Dexterity

Must work well with your hands and be nimble. You will be put in situations where physical therapy is a must.

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Working Conditions

 

PTAs may find opportunities for employment in any of the following range of settings:

  • Outpatient clinics that provide physical therapy

  • Short- and long-term skilled nursing facilities

  • Public, governmental and private hospitals

  • Rehabilitation centers

  • Home health providers

  • Public and private schools

  • Fitness and sports centers

  • Assisted living facilities

Although work hours can vary depending on the setting, most PTAs work a Monday through Friday schedule. Most hospitals and skilled nursing facilities work with reduced coverage on weekends and holidays. Evening and weekend hours are offered to accommodate patients’ schedules in many outpatient physical therapy settings.

The physical therapist assistant job can be physically demanding. PTAs are expected to walk, kneel, stoop, crouch, lift and stand on their feet for long periods of time. Physical therapist assistants may also be required to move heavy equipment and lift patients. They are also expected to help patients turn, stand or walk.

 

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Salary Outlook

Title Company Location Posted
10.21.2019
Professional/Technical HMC- Gallipolis HMC Physical Therapy Per Diem, Varied Shifts, As needed Salary: Please Contact HR for further information; 740.446.5105 All duties outlined within this document will be performed to established...
03.10.2019
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10.21.2019
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10.21.2019
Physical Therapist Assistant-7455-6591 SOVAH Health - Danville Description Plan, implement and evaluate patient care programs designed to increase, maintain, or restore physical functions to patients assigned. Participate in the training,...
08.21.2019
The County of Riverside University Health System - Public Health department is currently recruiting to fill a vacancy for a Physical Therapist Assistant position to support the California Children's Services program. Primary responsibilities will...
09.25.2019
Physical Therapist Assistant Full Time Salary Range: $20.75-$27.88 PURPOSE OF POSITION: Under the direction of the Physical Therapist, administers physical therapy treatment according to established professional standards and uphold patient...
05.07.2019
Staff Physical Therapy Assistants are responsible for direct patient care, treating a variety of individuals based upon setting, and according to the plan of care established by the Physical Therapist. The successful candidate will exhibit...
10.21.2019
Under the supervision of the Physical Therapist, provides Physical Therapy services following the established practice guidelines, including treatment, education, documentation, and consultation services to improve clients' abilities to their...
10.21.2019
Under the supervision of the Physical Therapist, provides Physical Therapy services following the established practice guidelines, including treatment, education, documentation, and consultation services to improve clients' abilities to their...
10.21.2019
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10.21.2019
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10.21.2019
: A licensed physical therapist assistant who provides physical therapy services in a multi-disciplinary setting monitored by a licensed physical therapist. Job Requirements: Minimum Education Associate's Degree Graduate of an accredited...
10.21.2019
- Successful completion/graduate of a program required by job VCU Health System's OT/PT Outpatient department is seeking an hourly Physical Therapist. The Physical Therapist is primarily responsible for the delivery of physical therapy care to...
10.21.2019
VCU Health System-Children's Hospital of Richmond (CHoR) at VCU, Brook Road Campus - Main Hospital Therapy Center is seeking a PRN hourly Physical Therapist. The Physical Therapist is primarily responsible for the delivery of physical therapy...
10.21.2019
VCU Health System-Children's Hospital of Richmond (CHoR) at VCU, Fredericksburg Therapy Center is seeking an hourly Physical Therapist. The Physical Therapist is primarily responsible for the delivery of physical therapy care to the patient...
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