• Physical Therapist Assistants
  • Health Science
  • Physical therapist assistants help physical therapists provide physical therapy treatments and procedures. They may help develop treatment plans, track progress, and modify specific treatments based on patients' progress and PT's treatment plans.

    What do they typically do

    • Instruct, motivate, safeguard, and assist patients as they practice exercises or functional activities
    • Record and evaluate patient information during treatments to compile and provide results to physical therapist
    • Discuss and evaluate patient information with physical therapy staff or others to plan, coordinate, or modify patient treatment
    • Provide therapeutic exercises; therapeutic massage; or treatments such as ultrasound
    • Measure patients' range-of-joint motion, body parts, or vital signs to determine effects of treatment
    • Instruct caregivers about patient therapeutic activities or treatment plans
    • Train patients to use orthopedic braces, prostheses, or supportive devices
    • Help patients dress, undress, or put on and remove supportive devices

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