Physical therapy Assistant Jobs
A physical therapy assistant (or a physical therapist aide) work under the direction and supervision of a physical therapist to help patients recover from injuries, illness, and surgery regain movement and manage pain. A physical therapist assistant is involved in the direct care of patients including massage and stretching, cleaning and setting up the treatment area, moving patients and clerical task.
Duty of physical therapy assistants:
A physical therapist assistant normally performs the following jobs:
- Monitoring patients before and during therapy, taking notes of their status and reporting to a physical therapist.
- Helping patients do prescribed exercises.
- Using different kinds of techniques such as massage and stretching and equipments such as walkers to treat patients.
- Educating patients and their family members about post treatment activities and instructions.
- Cleaning treatment areas and setting up therapy equipments or helping patients to move.
- Doing various clerical tasks including answering phones or helping patients with insurance paperwork.
Physical therapy job requirements:
Every physical therapist assistants must have an associate’s degree from an accredited physical therapy institution. The programs are generally divided into academic coursework and clinical experience. Academic courses include anatomy, physiology and psychology while clinical works include cardiopulmonary resuscitation, other first aid and hands-on experience in clinic.
A physical therapist has to possess a license that have to obtain through passing the National Physical Therapy exam. Besides these, a physical therapy assistant should have some certain quality including compassion, detail oriented, dexterity, interpersonal skills and physical stamina in order to be successful.
Assistant physical therapist’ earning:
An assistant physical therapist can earn about $50,000 to $60,000 annually. However, it can be a full-time or part-time job depending on your choice. The demand of physical therapy jobs in shooting up day by day and it is likely to increase about 50 percent by 2020 in the US job market.
The job can be very rewarding as you are able to help people with disabling conditions and pain get them back to their work and lives.