Introduction to Physical Therapy Aides
Learn about the history of physical therapy and the role of physical therapy aides with this free online course.
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This course will first introduce you to physical therapy. You will study its history as well as learn the difference between a physical therapist and a physical therapy aide. This course will then discuss the impairments addressed by physical therapy which includes range of motion (ROM), strength, and balance. You will look into the career opportunities and skill sets required for a physical therapist as well as learn about the day to day work of a therapy aide.
You will then look into the different medical terminology, body movements, and planes of motion as well as learn why you shouldn't use too many medical abbreviations. The course will discuss the general equipment used in physical therapy and teach you about orthotics. Finally, you will learn about the treatments of common medical disorders including range of motion disorders such as elbow ROM. Here, you will also study the different forms of treatment modalities such as ice massage.
Creating a comfortable environment for patients recovering from injuries, along with providing vital physical therapy care, is exactly what patients need in order to regain movement and manage pain. This Introduction to Physical Therapy Aides course will give you a better understanding of the duties and responsibilities of a physical therapist aide. So, start the course now and learn how you can play a vital role in the care and treatment of patients requiring physical therapy.
Module 1 Introduction to Physical Therapy
Introduction to Physical Therapy: Learning Outcomes
The Profession of Physical Therapy
Current Practice for Physical Therapists
Introduction to Physical Therapy: Lesson Summary
Module 2 Career Opportunities and Skill Sets
Career Opportunities and Skill Sets: Learning Outcomes
Fields of Work for Physical Therapists
Skill Sets for Physical Therapist Aide
Pain Scale for Physical Therapy Patient
Career Opportunities and Skill Sets: Lesson Summary
Module 3 Medical Terminology
Medical Terminology: Learning Outcomes
Introduction to Medical Terminology
General Equipment for Physical Therapy
Orthotics: AFO and KAFO
Medical Terminology: Lesson Summary
Module 4 Treatment of Common Medical Disorders
Treatment of Common Medical Disorders: Learning Outcomes
Introduction to Treatment of Common Medical Disorders
Treatment using Modalities
Range of Motion (ROM)
Treatment of Common Medical Disorders: Lesson Summary
At the end of this course, you will be able to:
- Define what physical therapy is.
- Discuss the history of physical therapy.
- Discuss the difference between a Physical Therapist, Physical Therapy Aide, and a Physical Therapist Assistant.
- Identify the day to day work of a therapy aide. Explain the purpose of a pain scales.
- Identify the terms for movement of the patients and describe the movement each term represents.
- Discuss the general equipment used in physical therapy.
- Explain what a modality is.
- Identify the range of motion for different joins in the body.
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