Physical Therapist (PT)/Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA)

Physical therapists are well educated and licensed health care experts who can help patients in minimize the pain and develop their mobility. The therapists often lower down the need for long-term use of prescribed medication and their side effects. Physical therapists are trained to teach patients on how they can manage their condition themselves so that they can derive lasting health benefits.  Physical therapist treat patients of every age right from the new born baby to the oldest, having medical or health related problems which are restraining their capability to move and work in their day-to-day lives.

PTs study the condition of all individuals and make a plan using healing methods, rehabilitation techniques to facilitate their ability to movement, diminish pain, reinstate function, and prevent handicap. Alternatively, PTs work with patients to avoid the loss of movement or activities before it is caused by physical health and provide wellness-oriented programs for improved and more energetic lifestyle.

Physical therapists provide services in various settings such as schools, hospitals, private practices, nursing homes, outpatient clinic, sports and fitness facilities. It is vital for all PTs to have a graduate degree or a master’s degree from a certified physical therapist program before taking the national licensure examination which allows them to perform their job.

Here are some of the duties of Physical therapists mentioned below:

    • Creating a plan of care for patients, understanding the patient’s goals and the predictable result of the plan.


    • Evaluate patients’ health background and any recommendations or observations from treatment center or doctors.


    • Identify patients’ dysfunctional activities by watching them stand or walk and by paying attention to their apprehensions, among other techniques.


    • Assess a patient’s growth, making a change in plan of care and trying new healing techniques as required.


    • Use exercises, hands-on therapy, and tools to relieve patients’ pain, help them increase their movement, put a stop to further pain or wound, and make easy health and wellness.


    • Inform patients and their families about what to anticipate from and how best to manage with the recuperation process.


Job Skills and Requirement

    • Compassion: people come to a physical therapist in acute pain or suffering, and will be worried about their recovery. PTs are the people that can help them in reducing their pain with compassionate and kind approach.


    • Attention to Detail: PTs are required to detect a patient’s issues, and examine what is desired to help them relieve their pain, without putting them at risk of further damage.


    • Talent: You will make use of your hands to move a patient’s body and provide restorative work out.


    • Interpersonal Skills: Strong interpersonal skills are like a cherry on the cake as you will be dealing one-on-one with the patients. If you are a good communicator or a listener, then physical therapist job is for you.


  • Strength: Physical therapists sometimes may have to lift patients, and stand for long hours on their feet. You will need vigor and endurance to do the job.

Physical Therapy Assistant (PTA)

Physical therapy assistant or PTA work under the supervision of physical therapists.  They help physical therapists on a daily basis which include assisting patients during rehabilitation.  PTAs primary job is to help patients who are getting better from diseases and injuries to develop mobility, enhanced physical strength, prevent or lessen physical disability and manage pain.

Physical therapy assistants are trained to carry out therapeutic exercises, provide therapeutic massage, analyze patients and estimate patient’s progress. Since, the work of a PTA revolves around helping patients to be in motion; it means a lot of activity on the assistant’s part as well. PTAs also fit or adjust supportive devices like leg braces or crutches.

As a Physical Therapist Assistant, you are constantly on your tips as you help patients keep fit, gather therapy device, and keep the patient area clean and organized. The requirement of physical therapist assistant has also increased a lot in few years. Similarly, the need for that kind of facilities and locations where PTAs can work too has increased.

The Profession of Physical Therapy

Physical therapy is an energetic profession with a recognized hypothetical and scientific base and has extensive clinical applications in the reinstatement, preservation, and promotion of optimal physical function. Physical therapy assistant encourages and maintains fitness by providing physical therapy services under the direction of a physical therapist.

  • Physical therapist assistant offer therapeutic procedures by utilizing manual exercises; instructing, motivating, and maintain patients in performing physical activities, such as non-manual exercises, and daily-living activities; and also in using supportive devices like crutches and canes.