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July 8, 2016

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Good Reasons to Become a Physiotherapist Assistant (PTA)

*Article sourced from the American Physical Therapy Association

Being A Physiotherapist Assistant (PTA) Is A Joy, Not A Job… If you truly enjoy helping people and not being in an overly stressful environment, this may be the job for you. We all love what we do here, and have fun doing what we do.” (Physiotherapist Assistant; 2013)

Make a Difference. Whether the patient’s problem is a result of injury or disease, the Physiotherapy Assistant is an important part of the rehabilitation team dedicated to returning the patient to maximal function. PTAs also work with individuals to prevent loss of mobility through implementing fitness and wellness-oriented programs under the direction and supervision of a physiotherapist.

Be a Movement Expert. Physiotherapist Assistants receive an intensive education in human movement and physical function. Physiotherapy is an essential element of patient care to promote the patient’s ability to move, reduce pain, restore function, and prevent disability. Depending on the particular needs of a patient, physiotherapists may choose to utilize a PTA to provide therapeutic exercise, functional training, or soft tissue massage.

Enjoy Job Security. For individuals looking for a rewarding career, working within the Canadian healthcare industry could be a great choice. The soaring demand for PTAs can be attributed to the aging population, particularly baby boomers and are more vulnerable to chronic and debilitating conditions that require physiotherapy services.

Love Your Job. Helping people to attain or regain the ability to walk and carry out daily life can lead to a great feeling of personal satisfaction. According to the Payscale Ontario, the median annual wages of PTAs in were over $38,000 with the highest salaries in home health care services and nursing care facilities. Physiotherapy services are typically offered during normal working hours, which contributes to life balance for many PTAs.

Choose Your Location. Physiotherapist Assistants work with patients of all ages all across the province of Ontario. Choose from a wide range of locations and work settings, including hospitals, private practices, outpatient clinics, home health agencies, schools, sports and fitness facilities, employer settings, and nursing homes.

Expand Your Skills. Many PTAs expand their responsibilities in the clinical setting by assuming additional knowledge, skills, and responsibilities in medical billing and coding, clinical management, education, quality improvement, and risk management.

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