The main goal of a staff physical therapist is to work with clients to help them regain physical fuction. A staff physical therapist works with people who are the victims of an accident, live with debilitating diseases, and have been confined to bed rest for a long period of time, among other conditions. A staff physical therapist both devises a plan for treatment and helps carry out that plan. Further, the staff physical therapist is in charge of the patient's documentation on recovery, so strong organizational skills are important.
Staff Physical Therapist 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.