There are few more satisfying jobs than those that help people regain their independence, health, and self-motivation. Physiotherapy assistants work under the direction and supervision of physiotherapists to accomplish just that—helping to implement a plan of care for each patient that restores body function, reduces pain, and enables them to perform daily activities at optimal levels.
Students in physiotherapist assistant training learn relevant knowledge of health and psycho-sociological sciences as well as the necessary legislative, ethical, and legal principles governing the profession. Although a typical day at work in this career path can vary depending on whether you are employed at a community hospital, rehabilitation facility, private medical practice, or other workplace, there are common duties and goals that characterize this rewarding occupation.
Physiotherapy assistants work closely with highly trained physiotherapist supervisors to deliver the most effective, evidence-based patient care. The physiotherapist will undertake a complete patient examination at the beginning of their relationship to determine a diagnosis and design an appropriate plan of care that meets both short and long-term goals. The physiotherapy assistant may then implement specified interventions detailed in this plan, often working as part of a team.
As these interventions (or treatments) are provided, physiotherapy assistants obtain data to assess the patient’s improvements, making modifications to the original plan as directed by the supervising physiotherapist to ensure optimal comfort and safety. Patients may be of any age or background, and may have a medical issue, injury, or other health-related condition inhibiting their ability to move or perform daily functional activities. Comprehensive physiotherapy assistant training equips students with all the skills and knowledge they will require to perform necessary physical therapy treatments under the direction of a physiotherapist.
An important part of your success as a physiotherapy assistant will come from your communication, empathy, and general attitude in the workplace. Patients with various painful or demobilizing health problems may be understandably dejected. A positive and motivated physiotherapy assistant can make all the difference in giving them the motivation they need to help themselves get better.
Each interaction is an opportunity to empower patients to reach their personal goals, building on this self-motivation with every milestone accomplished. As they assist clients with exercise, stretching, and strengthening programs, physiotherapy assistants strive to embody an inspiring force that pushes patients to exert the effort needed to improve.
Throughout your day, you may be responsible for greeting patients, setting up equipment, and maintaining patient files. Professionals with a physiotherapy assistant diploma may also be asked to provide physical therapy treatments to patients under the direction of a physiotherapist. Throughout a typical day, physiotherapy assistants may also assist patients with using crutches, wheelchairs, orthotics, or prosthetics. Another important role physiotherapy assistants may undertake is educating patients and their families about appropriate ways to move and complete tasks that doesn’t risk further injury. Through these different tasks, physiotherapy assistants help patients regain their independence and mobility.
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