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Physical Therapy Assistant

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Physical Therapy Assistant - Background Information

"Physical therapy assistants may work in hospitals, private physical therapy offices, nursing homes, rehabilitation centers, sports facilities, schools, and other institutions. Some degree of bodily strength and endurance is necessary because of the physical handling of patients with limited mobility.

Physical therapy assisting is an adjunct to the profession of physical therapy and comprises workers with at least a two-year education and clinical experience. PTAs are in the role of supporting the physical therapist by providing different types of patient treatment and education, and tracking patient progress. Some kinds of treatment that PTAs can provide or assist with include massage, heat and cold therapy, traction, ultrasound, electrical stimulation, and helping patients learn and perform various therapeutic exercises. PTAs may also work with patients who need to learn to use corrective equipment, such as braces or prostheses, wheelchairs or crutches, or other supportive devices. Other PTA responsibilities include organization and maintenance of treatment areas and equipment, and occasional performance of clerical tasks."

Fanucchi, D. (2021). Physical Therapy Assistant. In B. Narins (Ed.), The Gale Encyclopedia of Senior HealthA Guide for Seniors and Their Caregivers (3rd ed., Vol. 4, pp. 1876-1877). Gale. https://link.gale.com/apps/doc/CX8080300559/GVRL?u=uiuc_oak&sid=bookmark-GVRL&xid=60695a3e

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