Helping you get back to your best health is a team effort. Your rehabilitation team will include the following professionals:
Physical Therapists (PT)
A physical therapist has a bachelor's, master's or doctorate degree, with newer therapists required to have more advanced degrees. Only a physical therapist can perform your initial evaluation and create your treatment plan based on factors including muscle weakness, pain levels and range of motion. Your physical therapist will be involved in your treatment, checking your progress and, ultimately, discharging you from therapy.
Physical Therapy Assistants (PTA)
A physical therapy assistant has an associate's degree in applied science. Based on the physical therapist's evaluation and treatment plan, a PTA will work closely with you through your rehabilitation, monitoring your progress and collaborating with your physical therapist.
A rehabilitation technician can assist the patient in completion of exercises, always under the supervision of a physical therapist. A rehab tech receives on-the-job training, often as a first step toward a career in physical therapy or another medical field. Before working with patients, a rehab tech will have proven the ability to teach and demonstrate exercises.