Basic Job Description:
Under close supervision of a physical therapist or physical therapy assistant, perform only delegated, selected, or routine tasks in specific situations. These duties include preparing the patient and the treatment area.
1) Clean and organize work area and disinfect equipment after treatment.
2) Observe patients during treatment to compile and evaluate data on patients' responses and progress, and report to physical therapist.
3) Instruct, motivate, safeguard and assist patients practicing exercises and functional activities, under direction of medical staff.
4) Secure patients into or onto therapy equipment.
5) Transport patients to and from treatment areas, using wheelchairs or providing standing support.
6) Confer with physical therapy staff and others to discuss and evaluate patient information for planning, modifying, and coordinating treatment.
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7) Record treatment given and equipment used.
8) Perform clerical duties, such as taking inventory, ordering supplies, answering telephone, taking messages, and filling out forms.
9) Maintain equipment and furniture to keep it in good working condition, including performing the assembly and disassembly of equipment and accessories.
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10) Administer active and passive manual therapeutic exercises, therapeutic massage, and heat, light, sound, water, and electrical modality treatments, such as ultrasound.
11) Change linens, such as bed sheets and pillow cases.
12) Arrange treatment supplies to keep them in order.
13) Assist patients to dress, undress, and put on and remove supportive devices, such as braces, splints, and slings.
14) Measure patient's range-of-joint motion, body parts, and vital signs to determine effects of treatments or for patient evaluations.
15) Train patients to use orthopedic braces, prostheses and supportive devices.
16) Fit patients for orthopedic braces, prostheses, and supportive devices, adjusting fit as needed.
17) Participate in patient care tasks, such as assisting with passing food trays and feeding residents, and bathing residents on bed rest.
18) Administer traction to relieve neck and back pain, using intermittent and static traction equipment.
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Holland / RIASEC Career Code: S-R-C SOC: 31-2022.00