Physical Therapist: A description for the physical therapist job

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Physical Therapist: Physiotherapist Plans and administers medically prescribed physical therapy treatment for patients suffering from injuries, or muscle, nerve, joint and bone diseases, to restore function, relieve pain, and prevent disability: Reviews physician’s referral (prescription) and patient’s condition and medical records to determine physical therapy treatment required. Tests and measures patient’s strength, motor development, sensory perception, functional capacity, and respiratory and circulatory efficiency, and records findings to develop or revise treatment programs. Plans and prepares written treatment program based on evaluation of patient data. Administers manual exercises to improve and maintain function. Instructs, motivates, and assists patient to perform various physical activities, for example nonmanual exercises, ambulatory functional activities, daily-living activities, and in use of assistant and supportive devices, for example crutches, canes, and prostheses. Administers treatments involving application of physical agents, using equipment, for example hydrotherapy tanks and whirlpool baths, moist packs, ultraviolet and infrared lamps, and ultrasound machines. Evaluates effects of treatment at various stages and adjusts treatments to achieve maximum benefit. Administers massage, applying knowledge of massage techniques and body physiology. Administers traction to relieve pain, using traction equipment. Records treatment, response, and progress in patient’s chart or enters information into computer. Instructs patient and family in treatment procedures to be continued at home. Evaluates, fits, and adjusts prosthetic and orthotic devices and recommends modification to ORTHOTIST (medical industry) 078.261-018. Confers with physician and other practitioners to obtain additional patient information, suggest revisions in treatment program, and integrate physical therapy treatment with other aspects of patient’s health care. Orients, instructs, and directs work activities of assistants, aides, and students. May also plan and conduct lectures and training programs on physical therapy and related topics for medical staff, students, and community groups. May also plan and develop physical therapy research programs and participate in conducting research. May also write technical articles and reports for publications. May also teach physical therapy techniques and procedures in educational institutions. May also limit treatment to specific patient group or disability or specialize in conducting physical therapy research. In facilities where assistants are also employed, may also primarily administer complex treatment, for example certain types of manual exercises and functional training, and monitor administration of other treatments. May also plan, direct, and coordinate physical therapy program and be designated Director, Physical Therapy (medical industry). Must comply with state requirement for licensure.

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