Physical Therapist - Outpatient- Full Time
Ames, IA 50010 US
Under the direction of the Department Director and the Senior Physical Therapists, provides quality physical therapy services to patients through evaluation and administration of treatment to restore function and prevent disabilities.
Patient Evaluation: Outpatient physical therapists conduct comprehensive evaluations of patients to assess their physical condition, medical history, and functional limitations. They perform various tests and measurements to identify impairments, establish baseline data, and develop appropriate treatment plans.
Treatment Planning: Based on the evaluation findings, outpatient physical therapists develop individualized treatment plans tailored to each patient's specific needs and goals. They set realistic and measurable treatment objectives and select appropriate therapeutic interventions.
Therapeutic Interventions: Outpatient physical therapists utilize a variety of techniques and interventions to help patients regain function and alleviate pain. These may include exercises, manual therapy, therapeutic modalities (such as heat or cold therapy, electrical stimulation, or ultrasound), functional training, and assistive device prescription.
Rehabilitation Sessions: Outpatient physical therapists conduct rehabilitation sessions with patients, guiding them through therapeutic exercises, stretches, and activities designed to improve strength, flexibility, coordination, balance, and endurance. They monitor patients' progress, provide feedback, and adjust treatment plans as needed.
Patient Education: Outpatient physical therapists educate patients and their families about their condition, treatment options, and strategies for self-management. They provide guidance on proper body mechanics, home exercises, injury prevention, and lifestyle modifications to support recovery and prevent re-injury.
Documentation: Outpatient physical therapists maintain accurate and up-to-date patient records, including initial evaluations, progress notes, treatment plans, and discharge summaries. They document treatment interventions, patient responses, and objective measurements to track progress and communicate with other healthcare professionals.
Collaboration and Communication: Outpatient physical therapists collaborate with other healthcare professionals, such as physicians, occupational therapists, and athletic trainers, to coordinate patient care. They communicate regularly with referring providers, discuss patient progress, and consult on treatment plans.
Compliance and Ethical Standards: Outpatient physical therapists adhere to professional and ethical standards, as well as legal and regulatory requirements. They maintain patient confidentiality, ensure proper documentation practices, and follow safety protocols to provide quality care.
Professional Development: Outpatient physical therapists engage in ongoing professional development activities, such as attending conferences, participating in continuing education courses, and staying updated on advances in their field. They may also pursue specialized certifications or advanced training in specific areas of practice.
If you are interested in learning more, please contact:
Meredith Lusby - Account Manager