Physical therapist assistants are responsible for facilitating physical therapy tasks on behalf of their organization. They are in charge of interacting with patients, asking their medical histories, and providing the best service possible. They have a professional attitude that can help increase patient satisfaction.
They assist with the physical therapy process by ensuring that all the tools and supplies are stocked. Some of their main responsibilities include filling out paperwork and completing administrative tasks. They also provide follow up to ensure that there is progress within a training program. These professionals work proficiently in a team setting with other assistants and therapists to reach all patient goals in a timely manner. However, they are also equipped to work on their own with minimal supervision. They can use a personal computer to record interactions and appointments. They have strong communication skills to explain physical therapy procedures. They have excellent technical abilities to provide massages and follow strict ethical guidelines. They need to be able to stand on their feet for several hours at a time. They help alleviate pain symptoms and provide other rehabilitation services. Physical therapist assistants usually report their progress to the therapist in charge.
An associate’s degree in physical therapy or similar field is usually required for this job. Previous years of work experience in a therapist assistant position can be helpful. Physical therapy certifications are a plus.
Physical Therapist Assistant Tasks
Fit and train patients for orthopedic braces, prostheses, and supportive devices, such as crutches.
Transport patients to and from treatment areas, lift and transfer them according to positioning requirements, secure into or onto therapy equipment.
Monitor operation of equipment and record use of equipment.
Observe and document the progress of treatment.
Assist physical therapists in providing physical therapy treatments and procedures.