The physical therapy assistant (PTA) is certified health professional who is trained to a higher standard. They assist physical therapists in the treatment of patients with physical impairments and injuries. A variety of treatments are developed to ease pain and enhance the mobility of patients.
Within the United States there are over 200 physical therapy assistant programs in operation today. To be considered for any among these, applicants must have a good grade point average, which is primarily in the major sciences like chemistry, statistics, biology and more.
Every candidate must be a volunteer in the health field, usually as an assistant, and demonstrate the community's involvement by participating in a particular service. It is essential to receive the recommendations of physical therapists as they are a requirement to be accepted into the PTA program.
What is a Physical Therapist Assistant Do?
A physical therapy assistant collaborates with a physical therapist on taking care of people suffering from physical or bodily injuries. Every job performed by this kind health care assistant is overseen by certified physical therapists. They offer a variety of methods when working with patients, including exercise therapy procedures as well as the deep massage of soft tissues along with general movement training.
They also use physical modalities such as electrotherapy and ultrasound. The therapy assistant can also administer ice or heat therapy to patients.