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Your Career as a Physiotherapist Assistant: Overview and Salary

2017-06-26 by Mark Harrington

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While Physiotherapist Assistants are not licensed practitioners, they play an important role within a physiotherapy office and help licensed practitioners deliver quality care to their patients. Physiotherapist Assistants work behind the scenes and as important coordinators for the physical therapy of all patients. Any physiotherapy office will run more effectively with an organized and well-trained Physiotherapist Assistant on board. The following are regular responsibilities and duties of a Physiotherapist Assistant: §  Prepare for physiotherapy sessions by organizing the treatment based on patient’s needs §  Making sure the physiotherapy area is clean and well organized with needed and necessary equipment §  Study the patient’s development during physiotherapy sessions and note how the patient is responding. Licensed Physiotherapists will use these notes to evaluate the helpfulness of certain treatments §  Help patients move from one area of physiotherapy to another – Physiotherapist Assistants need physical strength because they may have to move several immobile patients each day.  Physiotherapist Assistants help patients walk, push them in wheelchairs, and assist in sitting and standing. They are even responsible for helping to pick them up and move them to another location depending on the severity of the patient’s needs. §  Fulfill regular office duties, such as ordering supplies, answering phone calls, taking appointments, calling patients, and helping complete and file insurance paperwork. Physiotherapist Assistants are able to work in many areas of a facility or clinic, and is a role that requires organizational skills, as well as the ability to be flexible and reliable. While they will are always work where Licensed Physiotherapists work, you will find many opportunities for work in such places as:

§  Private Clinics
§  Hospitals
§  Nursing Homes
§  Rehabilitation Centers
§  Home Care
§  Orthopedic clinics

The average salary for a Physiotherapist Assistant is almost $24,000, while the top ten percent of earners earn close to $35,000.  Some deciding factors in salary would be experience, and the size and location of clinic or organization. While working as a Physiotherapist Assistant, you may choose to continue your education to become a Licensed Physiotherapist or pursue another avenue in the healthcare field to earn more money or widen your knowledge of the medical field. Becoming a Physiotherapist Assistant can be a fun and rewarding career. It offers people the ability to work in a steady job in the medical field without taking any tests or requiring any certification, but offers a lot of on the job training and valuable learning in an office or clinical environment. It is also very important work which helps both patients and doctors in progressing treatment forward and helping to ensure the best care at all levels. For more information about the Physiotherapist Assistant Diploma Program at National Academy, please contact one of our three campuses today.

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Typical Duties of a Physiotherapist Assistant

2014-08-27 by Mark Harrington

Instructor And Elderly Patient Undergoing Water Therapy

A physiotherapist assistant will always work under the supervision of a certified physiotherapist to aid them in their duties. To become a physiotherapist assistant, first you will need certification from a physiotherapist assistant program where you will learn about anatomy and physiology, healthcare delivery, rehabilitation strategies and much more. In this field, it is crucial that you have a passion for exercise and activity, as well as an overall positive attitude. Physiotherapy is a gradual process and patients may often get frustrated when they cannot complete an exercise. Because of the rehabilitation nature of the job, patience is a crucial attribute to those who choose this profession.

Types of Patients

As a physiotherapist, there are a variety of possible locations for your employment. Your job may have you performing house calls, or you may work in a physiotherapy clinic or hospital.

The people you work with vary as well. Many patients are elderly and need help regaining their strength and mobility, in which case you may work alongside someone who has graduated from a personal support worker course. Those who have suffered a stroke benefit tremendously from physiotherapy, as it helps regain control over muscles that have been paralyzed or disabled.

The great thing about being a physiotherapist assistant is that you find yourself working with people from all walks of life. Children may also need physiotherapy, due to developmental delays or sports injuries. In the case of a younger patient, you may find yourself working hand in hand with an early childhood assistant to aid in the child’s recovery.

Rehabilitation of broken leg

Typical Daily Duties

If you are curious about what a day as a physiotherapist assistant is like, here are some typical duties performed on the job.

  • Assist patient in performing the exercises which have been arranged by a physiotherapist
  • Motivate patients to perform their exercises
  • Help patients move from a sitting to a standing position
  • Help patients walk with a cane or walker
  • Perform massages
  • Record the muscle and strength performance of the patient
  • Inform the patients of their at-home treatment
  • Use ultrasound machines to treat injuries
  • Help patients use artificial limbs

Positive Motivation

A physiotherapist must have a passion for activity and a motivational personality – after all, the main part of your job is to encourage patients to make their recovery as swift as possible. Some patients’ situations will require time, especially in the cases of a stroke where a patient may start off immobile. A physiotherapist assistant has the duty of encouraging the patient to take small steps at a time, and radiate a positive energy which will aid in their recovery.

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