Physical therapist assistants and aides help physical therapists with treatment that improves patient mobility, relieves pain, and lessens physical disabilities of patients.
A physical therapist might ask an assistant to help patients learn to use crutches, for example, or an aide to gather and prepare therapy equipment.
Patients include accident victims and individuals with disabling conditions such as lower-back pain, arthritis, heart disease, fractures, or head injuries.
Common responsibilities include:
- Assist the physical therapist with tasks such as exercising patients
- Preparing physical therapy equipment for use by patients
- Teach patients how to use equipment such as crutches and walkers
- Gather data and take notes for use by the physical therapist
Physical therapist assistants are required to have a High School diploma and many are working towards an Associates Degree in Physical Therapy.
Due to the increase in senior populations and advances in modern medicine the outlook for physical therapist assistants’ jobs is very promising. Physical therapist assistants earn between $26,000 and $57,000 per year.
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Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor