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Physical Therapist Job Description

Summary

Responsible for providing care and rehabilitative services to people who have injuries, sprains/strains and fractures, arthritis, burns, amputations, stroke, multiple sclerosis, conditions such as cerebral palsy and spina bifida, and injuries related to work and sports.

Primary responsibilities

  • Provide care to individuals of all ages.
  • Diagnose and treat patients depending on their symptoms.
  • Examine each individual and take medical histories.
  • Test and measure the patients’ strength, range of motion, balance and coordination, posture, muscle performance, respiration, and motor function.
  • Interpret doctors' recommendations.
  • Develop a plan using techniques to promote the ability to move, reduce pain, restore function, and prevent disability.
  • Evaluate and diagnose movement dysfunctions.
  • Use therapeutic exercise, functional training, manual therapy techniques, assistive and adaptive devices and equipment, and physical agents and electrotherapeutic modalities to treat patients.
  • Consult with physicians, dentists, nurses, educators, social workers, occupational therapists, speech-language pathologists, and audiologists.
  • Prevent the loss of mobility.
  • Teach individuals how to care for themselves.
  • Help patient enhance strength, flexibility, range of motion, motor control, and reduce any pain, discomfort and swelling the patient is experiencing.
  • Encourage patients to use muscles.
  • Advise patients on techniques to use in the workplace.
  • Use electrical stimulation, hot packs or cold compresses, and ultrasound to relieve pain and reduce swelling.
  • Perform deep-tissue massage to relieve pain.
  • Teach patients to use assistive and adaptive devices, such as crutches, prostheses, and wheelchairs.

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