Physical Therapist job description

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Description

Physical Therapists are required to diagnose and treat patients of all ages who have medical problems. They examine each patient and create a plan using treatment techniques in order to reduce pain, prevent disability, and restore functions. Among conditions treated by these professionals are arthritis, stroke, amputations, strains, neck injuries, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, fractures, among other health problems. They team up with other professionals such as dentists, nurses, educators, physicians, occupational therapists, and social workers.

Physical Therapists usually perform many of the following tasks:
• Examining patient´s strength.
• Monitoring exercises.
• Studying medical history of patients.
• Formulating strategies.
• Training patients.

Skills

• Having inductive reasoning skills.
• Being an active listener.
• Having time management skills.
• Being able to handle therapy equipments.
• Having empathetic attitude towards patients.
• Being physically fit.
• Having good communication skills.
• Being able to work with a team.
• Having interpersonal skills.
• Being goal oriented.

Education

Candidates for Physical Therapist job placements are required to have a Post-Baccalaureate Degree from an accredited physical therapy program. Academic schemes available for this area are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Physical Therapy Education. Master´s Degrees for this sector last two or two years and a half, while Doctoral Degrees last three years. Courses in these programs include subjects like anatomy, cellular histology, biology, physiology, neuroscience, pharmacology, biomechanics, exercise physiology, radiology, and pathology. Licensure and certification programs require that applicants attend workshops and have continuing education in order to retain these qualifications.

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