Prepare for a rewarding career as a valued member of the physical therapy team while learning all about the human body, specific disorders, and the way physical therapists treat these disorders.
We’ll begin by exploring the history of physical therapy and the relationships between physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, and physical therapy aides. You’ll get training on how to communicate effectively with other health care professionals and patients. You’ll also come to understand the medical documentation that physical therapists use and principles of ethics and law that affect the PT aide.
Physical therapists often use words and terms that may be unfamiliar to you, so we’ll devote some time to learning much of the language of PT. We’ll then spend two lessons studying the body’s 11 organ systems. You’ll learn the names of the organs in each system, their main functions, and some common disorders.
Physical therapists use physical agents like heat, cold, ultrasound, and electricity to treat many of their patients, so we’ll explore these agents. You’ll learn when PT’s use them and important precautions. We’ll move on to a discussion of exercise, and we’ll spend a lesson studying the principles of strengthening, aerobic, and range-of-motion exercises.
By the time you finish this six-week course, you’ll have gained valuable knowledge and be well on your way to becoming an important member of the physical therapy team! CONTINUE TO COURSE PAGE
Instructor: Holly Trimble