“Physical therapist aides and assistants perform tasks and some physical therapy procedures that their supervising physical therapist selects. They work with the physical therapist to provide patients with services necessary to limit or prevent lasting physical disabilities, relieve pain, and improve mobility caused by disease or injury. Under a physical therapists supervision and direction, a physical therapist assistant often perform procedures such as massages, exercises, paraffin baths, electrical stimulation, and ultrasound.
The physical therapy aide’s help patients move to and from treatment areas, keep the physical therapy areas organized and clean, order necessary supplies, and perform some clerical tasks. The opportunities for career advancement in physical therapy for assistants are extremely good, with many choosing to continue their education to become physical therapists. The opportunities for career advancement in physical therapy for physical therapy aids include going back to school to become a physical therapist assistant or physical therapist.