Physical therapy assistants support physical therapists in providing physical therapy treatments and procedures. Under the direction of a physical therapist and following medical referral, these specialists administer physical therapy to decrease physical disabilities and promote physical fitness of service members. They treat disease, injury, or deformity by physical methods such as massage, heat treatment, and therapeutic exercise, rather than by drugs or surgery.Explore this career outside the military
Physical therapy assistants work in hospitals, clinics, and rehabilitation centers.
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Physical Therapy Assistants in the Military
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All enlisted service members complete basic military training, which includes time spent in a classroom and in the field, and covers tactical and survival skills, physical training, military life and customs, and weapons training. Physical therapy assistants in the Military will gain skills through classroom study, including practice in providing patient healthcare, and on-the-job experience. Job-specific training content may include: Anatomy, physiology, and psychologyMethods of therapy, including massage, electric therapy, and radiation therapyHandling and positioning of patientsPrinciples of rehabilitationPatient careWorking on a medical teamRead More
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