Job Description?Physical Therapist Assistant - PTALocation : Santa Cruz, CA??Summary:?Physical therapist assistants work under the direction and supervision of physical therapists. They help patients who are recovering from injuries and illnesses regain movement and manage pain. Physical therapist assistants are involved in the direct care of patients.?They give therapy through exercise, massage, gait and balance training, and therapeutic modalities, such as electrical stimulation and ultrasound. Physical therapist assistants record patients?? progress and report the results of each treatment to the physical therapist.?ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS/RESPONSIBILITIES: Observe patients before, during, and after therapy, noting their status and reporting to a physical therapistHelp patients do specific exercises as part of the plan of care.Use a variety of techniques, such as massage and stretching, to treat patients.Educate a patient and family members about what to do after treatment.Treats patient to relieve pain, develop or restore function, and maintain maximum performance.Observes and reports to the physical therapist and the Organization personnel the patient's reaction to treatment and any changes in patient's condition.Instruct patients in care and use of wheelchairs, braces, crutches, canes, and prosthetic or orthodontic devices.Maintains necessary records; clinical notes and conference notes, which will be incorporated into the patient's clinical record in prescribed time frames.Participates in Organization Home Care Team Members meetings and Organization In-service Education Program.Performs other duties as assigned.?Qualifications:Graduate of an accredited physical therapy assistant program with either an Associate's degree in science or applied science that is approved by American Physical Therapy Association, Inc.Possesses and maintains current Heart Association Approved CPR certification.Current certification or license as required by State law.Must be a licensed driver with an automobile that is insured in accordance with state/organization requirements and is in good working order.?SDL2017 Associated topics: activity therapist, clinician, inpatient, lactation, movement disorder, orthopedic, physical, physical therapist, therapist assistant, therapist physical
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