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Clinical Specialist Physical Therapy:
Plans and administers advanced medically prescribed physical therapy treatment for patients suffering from injuries, or muscle, nerve, joint, and bone diseases, to restore function, relieve pain, and prevent disability. Plans and coordinates physical therapy treatment programs for a diverse patient... [+] More
Clinical Specialist Physical Therapy:
Plans and administers advanced medically prescribed physical therapy treatment for patients suffering from injuries, or muscle, nerve, joint, and bone diseases, to restore function, relieve pain, and prevent disability. Plans and coordinates physical therapy treatment programs for a diverse patient population having complex medical conditions including, but not limited to, brain injuries, amputations, and vision deficits. Integrates treatment plans with other disciplines, consulting with referring practitioners. Possesses advanced clinical knowledge, experience, and skills, exceeding that of a Physical Therapist, in treatment of a specific patient group or specific disability. Administers complex treatment, such as certain types of manual exercises and functional training, and monitors administration of other treatments.
Reviews physician's referral (prescription), patient's condition, and medical records to determine the physical therapy treatment required. Tests and measures patient's strength, motor development, sensory perception, functional capacity, and respiratory and circulatory efficiency, and records findings to develop or revise treatment programs. Plans and prepares written treatment programs based on evaluation of patient data. Instructs, motivates, and assists patient to perform various physical activities, such as nonmanual exercises, ambulatory functional activities, daily-living activities, and in use of assistant and supportive devices, such as crutches, canes, and prostheses. Administers treatments involving application of physical agents, using equipment such as hydrotherapy tanks and whirlpool baths, moist packs, ultraviolet and infrared lamps, and ultrasound machines. Evaluates effects of treatments at various stages and adjusts treatments to achieve maximum benefit. Administers massage, applying knowledge of massage techniques and body physiology. Administers traction to relieve pain, using traction equipment. Records treatment, response, and progress in patient's chart or enters information into computer. Instructs patient and family in treatment procedures to be continued at home. Evaluates, fits, and adjusts prosthetic and orthotic devices, and recommends modification to Orthotist. Confers with physician and other practitioners to obtain additional patient information, suggest revisions in treatment program, and integrate physical therapy treatment with other aspects of patient's health care. Teaches and mentors others in area of specialty. Orients, instructs, and directs work activities of assistants, aides, and students. May conduct physical therapy research. May plan and conduct lectures and training programs on physical therapy and related topics for medical staff, students, and community groups. May plan and develop physical therapy research programs and participate in conducting research. May write technical articles and reports for publications. May teach physical therapy techniques and procedures in educational institutions. May plan, direct, and coordinate physical therapy program. (Source: eDOT Job Description) [-] Less
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