With reference to the American Physical Therapy Association, the following are highlighted as the minimum, basic skills required from an entry level physiotherapist:
– Evaluate and review all physical systems as required to determine the need for physiotherapist services.
– Assess the scope of physical therapy keeping the limitations of the patient in mind.
– Perform various tests to quantify and characterize sensor integrity (vibration, pressure, cold/hot, dull/sharp, etc) range of motion, reflexes and neuromotor skills.
– Decision making and clinical reasoning to determine a particular diagnosis (the patient’s problem) as well as prognosis (expecting improvement in patient in terms of how much and when).
– Using the skills of goal-setting to prepare a plan of care in action.
– Use of wheelchairs, walkers, prosthetics, orthotics and other supportive devices.
– Safety, CPR, first-aid, in case of emergency.
– Tissue massage, manual therapy, manipulation and traction.
– Communication skills to deal with family/patient education, and other professionals for consultations.
– Professional values and skills such as responsibility, compassion, integrity and accountability.
– Practice management skills including coding and billing for appropriate reimbursement, medical records documentation, staff supervision for instance, physical therapy assistance for quality improvement.
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