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Have a Rewarding Career As a Physical Therapist Assistant

February 29, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 178

A career as a physical therapist assistant is a promising one as the demand for the assistants is one of the fastest growing in the health care industry. It is also a very rewarding career for the individual in terms of salary, benefits and security. It also provides intangible satisfaction as physical therapist assistants work with patients directly and provide them with care and support.

A physical therapist assistant may perform different tasks depending on the facility they work in but here are a few core duties. The most important duty of an assistant is caring for and assisting patients. The majority of their day is spent providing attention and implementing wellness oriented programs for patients with injuries or suffering from illnesses such as Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, osteoporosis and arthritis. Physical therapy is also needed by patients whom have just undergone surgery and cancer treatment.

An assistant's job will also involve preparing the therapy room by moving equipment, supplies and materials. They will also need to assist the patients who have mobility or balancing problems to get on and off the equipment. Physical therapist assistants are also required to help patients with stretches, exercises and also perform massages. Their role is an important one for they can provide support and encouragement to patients as they monitor the healing progress.

To become a good physical therapist assistant, the individual should be physically fit for they need to lift patients and also equipment. Their job requires them to be on the move or stand for a long period and involves climbing, squatting and balancing. They may also be required to work during odd hours as they need to accommodate to the patient's schedule. Depending on the facility, some physical therapist assistants will need to perform clerical and administrative work including processing insurance claims, equipment and supplies inventory and purchasing of goods used for daily operation of the facility.

To become a physical therapist assistant, the individual should have a high level of patience and have the ability to manage time, multi-task and able to communicate effectively to both patients and the medical staffs. Basic computer knowledge is a plus. An assistant is mostly trained on the job but one can get proper certification in college or by completing an online course. To obtain the certification, the individual will need to have at least a high school diploma. So, if you feel you have what it takes to be a good physical therapist assistant, start by researching some of the courses you can take today.

Physical therapy is a great occupation is a down economy. In addition, the physical therapy assistant salary is on the rise. To find out more information on becoming a physical therapist assistant, please visit: => http://physicaltherapyassistanthq.com/

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