The job of a physical therapy assistant is to assist a senior physical therapist during the course of a physical therapy treatment to patients. Physical therapy assistants have to follow different instructions of the physical therapist and act accordingly. They help the physical therapist in treating health conditions like fractures and sprains, neck and back injuries, arthritis, amputations, burns, stroke, sport related injuries, birth defects, multiple sclerosis and other conditions. The physical therapy assistant is in charge of collecting information related to the patient’s condition before, during and after the physical therapy treatment.
Physical is one of the fields of healthcare that is witnessing the fastest growth and increasing popularity. Physical therapy employs the use of physical exercises to help the patients become stronger, be able to move their body parts freely and use devices and aids to help them in their daily functions.
Patients with physical disabilities who can’t perform day to day actions with the freedom of non disabled people need help in the form of physical therapy to help them get better. A physical therapy assistant helps the senior therapist in the treatment by prepping the treatment area and managing clerical tasks to reduce the burden on the physical therapist.
There is a huge requirement for physical therapy assistants and aides throughout the world. Recent breakthroughs in science and medicine have increased the average age of people. As people get older, they will increasingly require help and support from healthcare professionals like physical therapy assistants. This makes the field of physical therapy one with great growth potential and a stable career.
The physical therapist might use different treatments for different patients and depending on the treatment being used, the physical therapy assistant would be required to perform different tasks. A particular patient might need to perform physical exercises or undergo muscle manipulation or hydrotherapy to regain normal body movement for which the assistant will have to help the senior therapist during the course of the treatment.
The physical therapy assistant typically has to carefully follow instructions from the therapist while helping the patient. Physical therapy assistants commonly perform clerical tasks in the office like filling up paperwork for patients, taking calls on behalf of the physical therapist and setting up appointments. This requires the physical therapy assistant to be skilled in a number of tasks apart from the therapy ones.