The day I attended physical therapy for a broken arm was the day I wanted to get into physical therapy. It taught me techniques to help me regain control of something that I have lost temporary of like an arm or leg. That day when I attended physical therapy was the day my life changed and only for the better, I hope. This is a career which I want to pursue and become part of. To start my career I would like to become a physical therapist assistant to learn the fundamentals and then later, move to become a physical therapist, and maybe have someone assist me. But to become a physical therapist assistant or PTA one must complete a program and have excellent grades to achieve this goal. The physical therapy assistant is a graduate of a two year associate or arts of applied sciences at community college program or technical institute. To gain some experience before you start the program, volunteer with a physical therapist or at a local nursing home. It will help you to have a strong background in biology, chemistry, physics, health, art, and social sciences. Physical therapist assistants and aides perform components of physical therapy procedures and related tasks selected by a supervising physical therapist, the nature of the work. David Hayes (1998) reports these workers assist physical therapists in providing services that help improve mobility, relieve pain, and prevent or limit permanent physical disabilities of patients suffering from injuries or disease. According to Physical Therapist and aides (2006),"Patients include accident victims and individuals with disabling conditions such as low-back pain, arthritis, heart disease, fractures, head injuries, and cerebral palsy." Physical therapist assistants perform a variety of tasks. Physical Therapist and aides (2006) reports components of treatment procedures are performed by these workers, under the direction and supervision of physical therapists, it involves exercises, massages, electrical stimulation,...
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