A Physical Therapy Assistant (PTA) works as part of a team to provide physical therapy services under the direction and supervision of the physical therapist. PTAs assist the physical therapist in the treatment of individuals who have medical problems or other health related conditions that limit their abilities to move and perform functional activities in their daily lives. They help patients who are recovering from injuries and illnesses regain movement and manage pain.  PTAs implement selected components of treatment, obtain data related to the treatments provided, and make modifications in selected treatments either to progress the patient/client as directed by the physical therapist or to ensure patient/client safety and comfort.
PTAs provide care for people in a variety of settings, including hospitals, private practices, outpatient clinics, home health agencies, schools, sports and fitness facilities, work settings, and nursing homes. PTAs must graduate from a CAPTE-accredited PTA program and licensure or certification is required in most states in which a PTA works.

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