Works under the direction and supervision of a licensed physical therapist to aid in the total rehabilitation of the patient via use of various modalities, therapeutic exercise, gait training, and functional activities.
Performs a physical therapy treatment program developed by the physical therapist and progresses the patient through the program in a safe and competent manner.
Prepares patient for treatment by explaining the treatment process and positioning the patient for comfort, safety, and optimal response to the treatment.
Administers various treatment modalities in a safe and appropriate manner.
Utilizes appropriate active and passive therapeutic exercise programs and equipment safely and effectively such as range of motion, strengthening, stretching, and isokinetic training.
Performs gait training, transfer training, and other functional activities.
Performs selected measurement procedures consistently and accurately such as joint range of motion, gross strength of muscle groups, length and girth of body partsand vital signs.
Fits patients for and adjusts assistive devices such as canes, walkers, crutches, and wheelchairs appropriate to the patient's diagnosis.
Instructs and trains the patient in the proper use and care of orthoses, prostheses, and assistive devices.
Modifies treatment procedures as indicated by patient response to treatment within the limits specified in the treatment plan and discusses treatment changes with the supervising physical therapist.
Provides instruction to patient and family specific to the patient's needs and individual treatment program.
Keeps the physical therapist aware of patient's status and any problems that may arise.
Performs discharge planning activities in a timely and effective manner as a member of the rehab team and as directed by the physical therapist.
Provides for patient equipment needs when applicable.
Instructs patient and family in home exercise programs, safe performance of mobility skills, and the safe use and operation of equipment as indicated.
Performs all documentation responsibilities pertinent to patient care legibly and in compliance with departmental policy.
Work is typically performed in a clinical environment. Accountable for satisfying all job specific obligations and complying with all organization policies and procedures. The specific statements in this profile are not intended to be all-inclusive. They represent typical elements considered necessary to successfully perform the job. Additional competencies and skills outlined in any department-specific orientation will be considered essential to the performance of the job related to that position.
Graduate from Specialty Training Program- (Required)
Certification(s) and License(s)
Licensed Physical Therapy Assistant (Pennsylvania) - State of Pennsylvania
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