Diagnoses and treats disorders requiring physiotherapy to provide physical, mental, and occupational rehabilitation.
This career is part of the Health Science cluster Therapeutic Services pathway.
A person in this career:
- Documents examination results, treatment plans, and patients' outcomes.
- Examines patients to assess mobility, strength, communication, or cognition.
- Provides inpatient or outpatient medical management of neuromuscular disorders, musculoskeletal trauma, acute and chronic pain, deformity or amputation, cardiac or pulmonary disease, or other disabling conditions.
- Assesses characteristics of patients' pain such as intensity, location, or duration using standardized clinical measures.
- Monitors effectiveness of pain management interventions such as medication or spinal injections.
- Develops comprehensive plans for immediate and long-term rehabilitation including therapeutic exercise; speech and occupational therapy; counseling; cognitive retraining; patient, family or caregiver education; or community reintegration.
- Coordinates physical medicine and rehabilitation services with other medical activities.
- Performs electrodiagnosis including electromyography, nerve conduction studies, or somatosensory evoked potentials of neuromuscular disorders or damage.
- Prescribes physical therapy to relax the muscles and improve strength.
- Consults or coordinates with other rehabilitative professionals including physical and occupational therapists, rehabilitation nurses, speech pathologists, neuropsychologists, behavioral psychologists, social workers, or medical technicians.
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