In an outpatient orthopedic setting the Physical Therapist will provide evaluation and treatment services to a variety of patients in accordance with the physician referral and Plan of Care. The Physical Therapist will direct patient participation in activities and exercise programs to restore, reinforce and enhance performance while performing exceptional patient care.
Primary Functions and Accountabilities:
- Performs detailed evaluations with patients to learn about their physical condition and symptoms.
- Diagnoses movement dysfunction and other deficits to develop a treatment plan.
- Communicates effectively with patients regarding expectations of treatment and achievement of patient goals.
- Utilizes knowledge of patient's diagnosis, signs, and symptoms and results of diagnostic studies to determine the patient's level of function.
- Interprets and organizes evaluation and assessment data.
- Sets priorities and establishes realistic short term and long-term goals and outcomes.
- Maintains patient records and documents goals and progress in a timely manner.
- Instructs patients in how to properly perform therapeutic exercise techniques.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
- Strong written and verbal communication skills.
- Ability to provide instructions clearly with close attention to detail.
- Must be able to collaborate with other patient care team members.
- Demonstrate compassion and encouragement to patients experiencing pain and frustration.
- Maintain a positive and motivating outlook with patients.
- Able to remain flexible, adaptable, and calm in unexpected situations.