PTAs may work in private practice therapy offices, hospitals, outpatient clinics, rehabilitation centers, schools, home health agencies, fitness clubs, industrial health centers, nursing homes, pediatric centers, community health centers, colleges or universities. PTAs work with persons of all ages. Physical therapy services may be offered to individuals with musculoskeletal, neuromuscular, cardiopulmonary or integumentary conditions. A few specific areas may include children with disabilities such as cerebral palsy, and individuals with diagnoses such as stroke, spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, fracture, carpal tunnel, heart attack, or multiple sclerosis.
PTA Essential Functions and Physical Demands:
In order to successfully perform the job of a PTA, the following are required:
Skills: oral comprehension, oral expression, speech clarity, problem sensitivity, speech recognition, deductive reasoning, information ordering, written comprehension, static strength (ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull or carry objects) and flexibility (the ability to bend, stretch, twist or reach with your body, arms &/or legs),
Physical abilities include: standing, walking, sitting, lifting, carrying, pushing, pulling, and/or hand function.
Strength classification is Medium Work: Exerting 20 to 50 pounds of force occasionally, and/or 10 to 25 pounds of force frequently, and/or greater than negligible up to 10 pounds of force constantly to move objects.