SUMMARY:

Physical Therapists (also known as PTs), are movement experts who improve quality of life through prescribed exercise, hands-on care, and patient education. They develop treatment plans for patients to improve their ability to move, reduce or manage pain, restore function, and prevent disability.

They work with people of all ages and abilities, and in a variety of settings. They help people rehabilitate from devastating injuries, manage chronic conditions, avoid surgery and prescription drugs, and create healthy habits.

(reference: apta.org)

Physical therapists can work in a variety of settings including:

  • Hospitals

  • Nursing homes

  • Rehabilitation facilities (inpatient or outpatient)

  • Schools

  • Home Health

  • Research centers

  • Sports and fitness centers

  • Outpatient clinics

Based on their work setting, they will also interact with a variety of healthcare professionals including speech therapists, massage therapists, occupational therapists, nurses and physicians.

If desired, a Physical Therapists may become a board certified specialist in a variety of areas including:

  • Cardiopulmonary

  • Clinical Electrophysiology

  • Geriatrics

  • Neurology

  • Oncology

  • Orthopedics

  • Pediatrics

  • Sports

  • Women's Health

  • Wound Management

DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Taking the patient’s medical history

  • Reviewing the medications, test results and notes from other health care providers

  • Conducting a systems review

  • Performing tests and measures to identify potential and existing problems

  • Diagnose patients’ functions and movements by observing them stand, walk or perform activities/tasks; performing various tests and measures; and listening to their concerns.

  • Design individualized plans of care based on their medical expertise, best available research, the patients’ unique situations and goals and the expected outcomes of the plans.

  • Use techniques such as exercises, hands-on therapy and equipment to ease patients’ pain, help them increase their mobility, prevent further pain or injury and facilitate health and wellness.

  • Evaluate patient progress and modify their plans of care, when necessary, to try new treatments.

  • Educate patients and their families about what to expect and how best to cope with a recovery process.

  • Develop and implement discharge plans.

(reference: explorehealthcareers.org)

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:

  • 8+ months of work experience as a Physical Therapist (post residency/fellowship programs if applicable)

  • Active Physical Therapist License

  • Valid photo ID (driver's license, passport, or State ID)

  • Current TB screen

  • BLS Certification

  • Successful completion of a Background Check and Medely's screening process

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