When you go to the doctor or dentist, you have a team of professionals who serve you. Your physical therapy experience is no different. A team approach of a Physical Therapist (PT) and a Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) is always better and here’s why:
- Both the PT and PTA must successfully complete their accredited programs and both are licensed health care providers.
- In a PT/PTA team the Physical Therapist manages the patient care through evaluation, diagnosis, prognosis, plan of care, interventions, and discharge planning. The PTA provides the interventions (exercises, manual therapy, education, etc. ) as outlined by PT in the POC.
- What do patients think of the team approach? Remember the old saying “Two heads are better than one”? Patients report really liking the team approach to their care.
- Patients have stated they appreciate the 2 sets of eyes and the difference in teaching and education styles based on their style of learning.
- With the PT/PTA team approach, you get the expertise and experience of both professionals, each bringing their unique spin on treatment and education while still being unified and adhering to the treatment plan, helping you to achieve the best outcomes possible, focusing on getting you back to the things you want to do.
So… who will your PT/PTA team be?
The Dynamic Duo: Physical Therapist & Physical Therapist Assistant