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Physical Therapists (PT)

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Perform and document an initial exam, evaluate medical records and physician's referral and determine a diagnosis prior to intervention. Administer manual exercises, massage or traction to help relieve pain, increase patient strength or decrease or prevent deformity or crippling. Record prognosis, treatment, response and progress in patient's chart or computer. Discharge patient from physical therapy when projected outcomes have been attained and provide for follow-up care or referrals.

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After healing from an injury, patients go to a physical therapist in order to bring their bodies back to functioning at normal capacity. A physical therapist's job focuses on improving the range of motion, flexibility, strength, and endurance of a patient's affected area. Some of the general requirements listed in a physical therapist job description include completing appropriate education and training in physical therapy and obtaining a state license.

According to a recent PayScale Survey of Physical Therapists, many physical therapists were previously employed as Physical Therapist Assistants or Physical Therapy Aides. Five years after working as physical therapists, some therapists moved on become Physical Therapy Managers or Clinical Directors of Physical Therapy. To find out more about a physical therapist job description, or to find job titles, descriptions, and salaries for other positions, you can take the PayScale Salary Survey.
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