2017 Physical Therapists
Median Pay: US$84,020
Entry Level: Doctoral or professional degree
Summary
Physical therapists, sometimes called PTs, help injured or ill people improve their movement and manage their pain. These therapists are often an important part of the rehabilitation, treatment, and prevention of patients with chronic conditions, illnesses, or injuries.
Duties

Physical therapists typically do the following:

  • Review patients' medical history and any referrals or notes from doctors, surgeons, or other healthcare workers
  • Diagnose patients' functions and movements by observing them stand or walk and by listening to their concerns, among other methods
  • Develop individualized plans of care for patients, outlining the patients' goals and the expected outcomes of the plans
  • Use exercises, stretching maneuvers, hands-on therapy, and equipment to ease patients' pain, help them increase their mobility, prevent further pain or injury, and facilitate health and wellness
  • Evaluate and record a patient's progress, modifying a plan of care and trying new treatments as needed
  • Educate patients and their families about what to expect from the recovery process and how best to cope with challenges throughout the process

Physical therapists provide care to people of all ages who have functional problems resulting from back and neck injuries; sprains, strains, and fractures; arthritis; amputations; neurological disorders, such as stroke or cerebral palsy; injuries related to work and sports; and other conditions.

Physical therapists are educated to use a variety of different techniques to care for their patients. These techniques include exercises; training in functional movement, which includes the use of equipment such as canes, crutches, wheelchairs, and walkers; and special movements of joints, muscles, and other soft tissue to improve movement and decrease pain.

The work of physical therapists varies by type of patient. For example, a patient working to recover mobility lost after a stroke needs different care from a patient who is recovering from a sports injury. Some physical therapists specialize in one type of care, such as orthopedics or geriatrics. Many physical therapists also help patients to maintain or improve mobility by developing fitness and wellness programs to encourage healthier and more active lifestyles.

Physical therapists work as part of a healthcare team, overseeing the work of physical therapist assistants and aides and consulting with physicians and surgeons and other specialists.

Physical Therapist / PT

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
FOX wishes to work with top-caliber Physical Therapists in our WI Southeast 1 team. This Physical Therapist position will be providing House Calls in the homes of older adults who reside in the Milwaukee, WI area. This position is salaried with benefits and will be 25-32.5 visits per week with...
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Spinal Cord Care Tech

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
We have the great privilege of helping patients and families re-build their lives. It's extraordinarily meaningful work and the reason we greet the day with optimism and anticipation. When patients "Ask for Mary," they experience a culture that has been sculpted for more than a...
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Physical Therapy Assistant- Licensed

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
DescriptionSHIFT: No WeekendsSCHEDULE: Full-timeExciting opportunity to join the nation's largest provider of healthcare services with over 1000 practice locations!At College Park Family Care Center we have one simple goal - to provide the same care for our patients that we would want our own...
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Physical Therapist

Type: Part Time
Physical TherapistSportsCare Institute-Rahway, NJSportsCare Physical Therapy continues to provide the highest level of patient care for more than 20 years. Our entire staff, which includes, licensed physical therapists, certified athletic trainers and a host of qualified support staff, recognize...
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Physical Therapist for New Haven CT- Leadership and Profit Sharing

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
SELECT PHYSICAL THERAPY IS EXPANDING TO NEW HAVEN, CT!! This is a GREAT opportunity for an experienced physical therapist (PT) to be part of our new beginning for the lucrative and professional gains you desire. We are looking for New Haven and New Haven County outpatient orthopedic physical...
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Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA)- Menlo Park CA

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
Select Physical Therapy in Menlo Park, CA is seeking a FULL time Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) for our outpatient orthopedic center. We have multiple physical therapists on staff treating a diverse caseload of pediatrics to geriatrics. Typical diagnoses include post op, vestibular, upper...
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Nurse Tech - Inpatient Pediatric Unit

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
We have the great privilege of helping patients and families re-build their lives. It's extraordinarily meaningful work and the reason we greet the day with optimism and anticipation. When patients "Ask for Mary," they experience a culture that has been sculpted for more than a...
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Nurse Tech - Inpatient Pediatric Unit

Type: Part Time
We have the great privilege of helping patients and families re-build their lives. It's extraordinarily meaningful work and the reason we greet the day with optimism and anticipation. When patients "Ask for Mary," they experience a culture that has been sculpted for more than a...
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Speech Language Pathologist

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
SLP PRN in Aiken, SC (Outpatient & Snf/LTC)Are you an excellent Speech Language Pathologist looking for a company that embraces your philosophy dedicated to exceeding patient/family expectations?Would you enjoy working with rehab teams and clinical specialists, who continually emphasize...
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Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) - Palo Alto, CA (part time)

Type: Part Time
Select Physical Therapy in PALO ALTO CALIFORNIA is seeking a part time licensed physical therapist assistant (PTA) for our outpatient orthopedic center. We have additional physical therapists on staff treating a mix of teens through geriatrics offering general ortho, sports and industrial...
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Speech Language Pathologist - Bilingual Spanish

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
Are you looking for a family-oriented company in a laid back atmosphere? The Shandy Clinic has an opening for full-time, bilingual Spanish, pediatric Speech Language Pathologist to join our diverse team of therapists. This specific listing is for the Colorado Springs area. The Shandy Clinic is an...
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Colorado Springs, CO

Therapist

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
One of the nation's largest and most respected hospital companies, Universal Health Services, Inc. (UHS) has built an impressive record of achievement and performance. Steadily growing from a startup to an esteemed Fortune 500 corporation, UHS today has annual revenue nearing $10 billion. In...
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Physical Therapist- Windham, ME

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
Saco Bay Physical Therapy is seeking a FULL time physical therapist (PT) for our outpatient orthopedic center in Windham, ME. We have additional physical therapists on staff able to support a new graduate with mentorship and positive team environment to foster growth and development. We treat a...
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Registered Nurse - Behavioral Health

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
Position Summary:The RN Clinical Nurse provides patient-centered, specialized, evidence-based nursing care across the continuum through an interprofessional approach to treatment, research, education, and advocacy. Contributes to the goals of the department by being accountable for the delivery of...
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Industrial Physical Therapist - Waterloo IA

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
Experience the power of physical therapy! Select Medical has an exciting opportunity for a Physical Therapist in Waterloo, IA. This opening is an OnSite Industrial position at Tyson Plant! Early Symptom Intervention, job coaching, ergonomics, Post offer testing and onsite therapy services. New...
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Occupational Therapist- Outpatient Neurological in Las Vegas, NV

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
Select Physical Therapy in Las Vegas Nevada is partnering with our hospital division (Select Specialty) to provide outpatient neurological services to the transitioning hospital population and community. We are looking for full time and part time occupational therapists (OT) who are interested in...
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Registered Nurse - Inpatient Rehab

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
Position Summary:12 hour work shifts, approximately 3 holidays per year, and working every third weekend. RN caseload is up to 5 patients on days & evenings with CNA support; RN caseload is up to 8 patients on night shift (2130-0530) with another RN/CNA support. Average census on rehab is 7; 12...
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Staff Nurse- Rehab Brain Injury

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
Located in downtown Pittsburgh, UPMC Mercy is an urban facility full of opportunities for both graduate nurses and seasoned nurses looking to take the next step in their career!UPMC Mercy is currently hiring a full-time Staff Nurse to support its Rehab Brain Injury unit!At UPMC Mercy's 18-bed...
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Pittsburgh, PA

RN - Behavioral

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
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Program Coordinator

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
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