Physical Therapists are professional staff skilled in the treatment and prevention of disabilities, injuries, and disease through use of massage, manual therapy, exercise, and effective properties of water, heat, ultrasound, light, and electricity according to an order or referral of a physician.
- Completion of a course of training by a school of Physical Therapy accredited by the American Physical Therapy Association, certificate or a degree in Physical Therapy required.
- Must be licensed in accordance with State laws and regulations. American Heart Association BLS within 30 days of hire.
- Effective interpersonal relationship skills including good listening and communication skills.
- Ability to handle confidential information discreetly and appropriately.
- Exercises good judgment, flexibility, creativity, and insight in problem solving.
- Evaluates the patient by performing and interpreting tests and measurements, such as muscle testing, joint measurement, and gait assessment.
- May evaluate patients who have not initially seen a physician and treat them for appropriate diagnoses without a physician order or referral as established by Board of Medical Directors Rule.
- Develops a plan of care for each patient upon order or referral of a physician, setting short and long term goals and includes a discharge summary.
- Maintains adequate records and progress notes on each patient and completes daily billing.
- Participates in patient care conferences with other related health services, patient, and family to review patient’s progress and evaluate goals.
- Plans home instruction for patient, family, friend, or public nursing services.
- Delegates selected forms of treatment to supportive personnel with assumption of responsibility for care of patient and continuing supervision of supportive personnel.