Job Description of a Physical Therapist
- Develops plans to make patients regain mobility through strength training, exercises, stretching etc.
- Tracks health progress and report, accordingly to families of patients.
- Directs and administers treatment methods like massaging, utilizing stimulator, hydrotherapy tanks, moist packs, cool packs, ultrasound machines, ultraviolet and infrared lamps etc.
- Ensures continuity of therapy treatment following discharge by planning home exercise programs, recommending assistive equipment and home health follow-up programs.
- Maintains records of patients.
- Travels to patients’ home to conduct the same types of treatment and diagnosis as they do in a medical setting.
Skills of a Physical Therapist
- Motor skills: the ability to bend, twist and lift in order to help a patient moving from one surface to another; the ability to kneel, pull, crawl or push in order to perform exercises with patients; that is to say, the physical therapist should be physically agile to perform all exercises that patient perform.
- Science skills: the ability to collect, measure, reason and analyze data.
- Interpersonal skills
- Observational skills
- Ability to motivate patients and treat them with compassion
Physical Therapist Resume Sample
Christopher J. Johnson
93 Brooklyn Avenue, Arizona
Skills and Proficiencies
- Excellent knowledge of human behavior, psychological research methods and treatment of affective and behavioural disorders.
- Good knowledge of various methods and procedures required for treatment and diagnosis, rehabilitation of mental and physical dysfunctions.
- Ability to observe patients.
- Ability to take charge and offer suggestions and directions.
- Good motor skills involving physical strength.
- Capability to show concern for patients’ needs and feelings and display a friendly, cooperative attitude.
- Analytical thinking skills.
- Socially-oriented to work with others.
Spine and Bone Orthopedics
April 2009- present
- Handling patients suffering from back pain, fractures, sports injuries, arthritis, traumatic brain injury, paralysis etc. and restoring their body’s functionality and mobility.
- Modifying traditional therapies and procedures to suit particular requirements of individual patients, in discussion with physicians and surgeons.
- Performing prognostic and diagnostic tests to evaluate nerve, joint, muscle and functional abilities, analysing the test results and planning therapies and other processes accordingly.
- Providing training to nurses and entry-level physical therapists as well as family members of patients.
- Assisting patients to get adapted to the use of different equipment like braces, canes, wheelchair, crutches and other orthotic devices.
- Showing flexibility and maintaining good relationships with colleagues, physicians, patients and their family member.
Arizona State University, Arizona
Doctor of Physical Therapy, 2008
Central College of Science and Technology, Arizona
Bachelor of Science: Zoology, 2004
Licensed Physical Therapist State of Arizona, 2008- present