A Physical Therapist is a licensed professional who evaluates, treats and prevents disability, injury, disease or health conditions by using physical, chemical, and mechanical means. They utilize goal directed activities, exercises, or techniques to maximize an individual’s functional independence. They perform and interpret tests and measurements to assess pathophysiological, pathomechanical and developmental deficits of human systems to determine treatment and assist in diagnosis and prognosis.
- Evaluates and assesses the patient based on subjective and objective information obtained through interview, medical chart review, formal and informal test administration, with appropriate analysis and interpretation of results, to develop a plan of care.
- Establishes a written treatment plan based upon the results of the evaluation to establish objective, measurable, functional patient focused goals with time frames.
- Re-assesses the patient’s status when goals are not met or when a change in status has occurred. Involves patient/family in establishing the treatment plan and accommodates for individual needs (cultural differences, language, etc.)
- Administers treatment in an organized, professional manner adhering to all department/hospital policies, best practice standards, NYS practice acts and physician protocols.
- Implements and updates treatment programs to ensure maximum effectiveness.
- Completes all documentation (evaluation, re-assessments, daily notes and discharge summaries) within established timeframes and according to regulatory guidelines.
- Previous PT experience preferred.
- Have received an education, including completion of a master's degree or higher in physical therapy or determined to be equivalent, in accordance with the NYS commissioner’s regulations.
- Licensed and registered to practice in New York State or eligible for limited permit.