Assesses, plans, organizes, and participates in rehabilitative programs that improve mobility, relieve pain, increase strength, and improve or correct disabling conditions resulting from disease or injury.
This career is part of the Health Science cluster Diagnostic Services pathway, Therapeutic Services pathway.
A person in this career:
- Plans, prepares, or carries out individually designed programs of physical treatment to maintain, improve, or restore physical functioning, alleviate pain, or prevent physical dysfunction in patients.
- Performs and documents an initial exam, evaluating data to identify problems and determine a diagnosis prior to intervention.
- Evaluates effects of treatment at various stages and adjusts treatments to achieve maximum benefit.
- Identifies and documents goals, anticipated progress, and plans for reevaluation.
- Records prognosis, treatment, response, and progress in patient's chart or enters information into computer.
- Obtains patients' informed consent to proposed interventions.
- Reviews physician's referral and patient's medical records to help determine diagnosis and physical therapy treatment required.
- Tests and measures patient's strength, motor development and function, sensory perception, functional capacity, or respiratory or circulatory efficiency and records data.
- Instructs patient and family in treatment procedures to be continued at home.
- Discharges patient from physical therapy when goals or projected outcomes have been attained and provides for appropriate follow-up care or referrals.
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