A licensed physical therapist helps people recover from injuries and illnesses. They use a variety of techniques - such as exercise, electrical stimulation, massage, and hot or cold compresses - to help patients with injuries or chronic conditions improve their range of movement, restore function, learn how to adjust to disabilities, and manage pain. Licensed physical therapists often specialize in a specific discipline, such as sports medicine, geriatrics, pediatrics, orthopedics, neurology, or cardiopulmonary physical therapy.
Licensed Physical Therapist (LPT) Tasks
Administer manual exercises, massage or traction to help relieve pain, increase patient strength or decrease or prevent deformity.
Perform an initial exam, evaluate medical records and physician's referral and determine a diagnosis prior to intervention.
Record prognosis, treatment, response and progress in patient's chart or computer database.
Discharge patient from physical therapy when projected outcomes have been attained and provide for follow-up care or referrals.