Diploma in Physical Therapy Aide

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Learn all about working as a physical therapy aide including day-to-day tasks and equipment and treatments used for physical therapy patients.
  • Duration

    5-6 Hours
  • Assessment

  • Certification

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The course begins by teaching you about the history of Physical therapy, how its developed over the years, and when it was established as a medical. You will learn about different facilities a physical therapy aide can work in: the skill sets required for the job and about measuring a patient’s pain. You will learn about medical terminology, general equipment used in physical therapy, along with about what Orthotics is and used for.

You will learn about physical therapy treatments for medical disorders, you will learn about modalities what they are and about using them. You will also learn about range of motion exercises you will have patients perform.

The second chapter of this course teaches you about different systems in the human body and illnesses specific to each of them such as the musculoskeletal system, cardiopulmonary systems, neurological systems, skeletal system and muscle system. You will learn about turning and positioning a patient. You will learn about body mechanics and how it affects your ability to lift including transferring patients from beds to chairs, from chairs to beds, etc.

Next you will learn about various modalities and therapeutic agents physical therapy aids would use in their work. You will learn about gait training and equipment to assist with gait training. Lastly you will learn about therapeutic exercises for physical therapy.

This course would be of great interest to anyone looking to study physical therapy and gain entry level knowledge of physical therapy.

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After completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Discuss the history of Physical Therapy.
  • List the different facilities a physical therapy aide can work in.
  • Explain the terms for positions and orientation of the patient and describe those positions.
  • Identify the range of motion for different joints in the body.
  • Describe neurological illnesses that physical therapy can help alleviate.
  • Discuss different methods for transferring a patient to and from chairs, beds, wheelchairs, etc.
  • Identify equipment for assisting with Gait training.
  • Identify the correct body mechanics for lifting activities.

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