The Physical therapist will work under indirect supervision, provides direct patient care to individuals with physical disabilities and/or functional limitations in clinic, inpatient, outpatient, and outreach programs. Plans therapy programs, directs and assists patients in exercises and use of wheelchairs and other devices, and evaluates patient progress.
Educates patients and families in appropriate physical therapy methods. Plans physical therapy program for neuromusculoskeletal patients, as prescribed by physician, including posture, gait, range of motion, muscle testing, sensory testing, specific extremity and spinal segmental motion, biomechanical analysis of functional activities, orthotic analysis (if trained), ergonomic analysis, and other relevant assessments.
Administers appropriate physical agents given physicians' protocols, patients' medical histories, and therapist's knowledge of indications and contra-indications, including electrotherapy, sound energy, heat/cold therapy, hydrotherapy, and JOBST compression. Directs and aids patient in active and passive exercises, muscle reeducation, and gait and functional training, utilizing pulleys and weights, steps, and inclined surfaces.
Performs manual physical therapy techniques, including soft tissue mobilization, extremity and joint mobilization, medical exercise therapy, myofascial release, and craniosacral therapy. Performs therapeutic exercise, with and without equipment.
Performs administrative duties including: documentation of patient visits, daily, monthly and yearly statistics; short- and long-term goals of department; equipment maintenance, repair and new purchases; coordination with pharmacy for resale purchases.
Adapts conventional physical therapy techniques to meet the needs of patients unable to comprehend verbal commands or voluntarily carry out a regime of therapeutic exercises; educates parents and family members.
Evaluates, records, and reports on patients' progress for review by other members of the rehabilitative team. Shares new information with staff on treatment techniques through in-service teaching and timely verbal communication. Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned. Experience working in an outpatient facility a plus.