A Physical Therapist plans and administers medically prescribed or referred physical therapy age specific treatment programs for patients (from infant through geriatric) to restore function, relieve pain, and prevent disability following disease, injury, surgery or loss of body part. Must document patient care, educate and inform patient and referring physician on outlined plan of care and discharge as guided by patient progress and managed care directives. Maintains a ' customer orientation' awareness while interacting with patients, families and other professionals.
- Adhere to American Physical Therapists Association (APTA) Code of Ethics.
- Establishes a physical therapy diagnosis through baseline assessment of function and form.
- Supervises aides in preparation or assistance with patient care.
- Communicates assertively and openly about patient's care plan.
- Maintains daily progress notes, correspondence with referring physician and departmental documentation procedures.
- Recognizes responsibilities and role as primary therapist when other therapists are involved with patient care.
- Demonstrates the knowledge and skills necessary to provide care based on the physical, psychosocial, safety and related criteria appropriate to the age of the patients served.
- Administers manual therapeutic exercise.
- Instructs, motivates and assists patients in non-manual exercises.
- Trains/educates staff personnel, students, community, etc.
- Completes other delegated projects or duties as assigned.