Treatment and Movement of a Patient in Physical Therapy

Learn how to provide pain relief, improve strength and mobility, and increase range of motion with physical therapy.

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A physical therapy aide has a very important role to play in caring for a patient. This is a big responsibility, which requires training and specialist knowledge. This course, Treatment and Movement of a Patient, will teach you the safest and most effective ways of moving and transferring a patient who requires physical therapy. By the end of the course, you will have a strong understanding of essential therapeutic exercise techniques.
  • Duration

    2-3 Hours
  • Assessment

  • Certification

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This course will introduce you to the basic structure and function of the human body. You will study the musculoskeletal system, the cardiopulmonary system, the neurological system, the skeletal system, and the muscular system. You will learn about the different types of muscle tissue, common cardiopulmonary pathologies, and the difference between the axial skeleton and the appendicular skeleton. You will also look into massage therapy and range of motion exercises as well as the most common nervous system disorders.

You will then study body mechanics and learn the proper turning and positioning of the patient. The course will discuss tips for lifting and methods for transferring. You will also learn what type of patients are at risk for decubitus ulcers which will help you spot problems faster. You will then look into the most commonly used modalities in physical therapy, which includes temperature and sound. You will also learn the benefits of therapeutic exercises.

Lower back pain is one of the most common ailments in patients who seek physical therapy. This course will give you an in-depth understanding of the therapeutic exercises used to treat lower back pain. You will also learn how to apply correct body mechanics to ensure your safety as well as your patient's. So why wait? Take this course today and learn how to start helping patients improve their mobility, manage pain and chronic illness, or recover from injury.

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Learning Outcomes

After completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Discuss therapeutic exercises for lower back pain.
  • Identify neurological illnesses that physical therapy can help alleviate.
  • List the names of different bones in the human body.
  • Identify the correct body mechanics for lifting activities.
  • Explain the process of getting a patient from a sitting position to a standing position.
  • Discuss different methods for transferring a patient to and from chairs, beds, wheelchairs, etc.
  • Discuss the what is involved in the different modalities for physical therapy treatments.
  • Identify equipment for assisting with gait training.


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