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Physical Therapy

Career/DOT Number/Work Description: The career I've chosen to shadow is Physical Therapy. The DOT code for this job is 076.121-104. A Physical Therapist's job consists of planning and administering medically prescribed physical therapy treatments for patients suffering from injuries, muscle, nerve, joint and bone diseases. Physical therapy services help restore the patients function, improvement in mobility and relief from pain. The services also help prevention or limitation of permanent disabilities from prior injuries and developed diseases. Physical Therapists maintain and promote over all fitness and health for their patients. The patients worked with can be all ages. These clients include people who have or who are at risk for conditions such as lower back pain, athritis, heart disease, fractures, brain or head injuries, or cerebal palsy. When treating their clients, physical therapists first examine the medical history. They then test and measure the patients strength, range of motion, balance and coordination, posture, muscle performance, respiration and motor function. The clients ability to be independent and released into the community or workplace after an injury or illness are also checked. The therapists prepare a written treatment program based on the background and condition of the patient. These plans describe the strategy of the treatment, its purpose and its anticipated outcome. During these treatments therapists encourage clients to use their own muscle to increase their flexibility and range of motion before they are advanced to other exercises. The next exercises will improve strength, balance, coordination and endurance of the patient. The treatment may be changed or adjusted according to the progression of the client. Many different kinds of tools are used in order for the patient to progress. The main goal of the treaments is to improve how the client will function at home or in the workplace. Work Duties/Wo...

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