Physical Therapy Aide: A Worktext / Edition 1

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This popular worktext provides a basic understanding of the theory and clinical skills necessary to function as an entry-level physical therapy aide in a variety of rehabilitation settings. The therapeutic modality procedures that an aide would perform are presented in a step-by-step format with detailed photographs. A variety of review questions test comprehension of the material. Learning activities at the end of each chapter reinforce theory and skills.
(physical therapy, physical therapy aide, PTA. health careers, health occupations)
Instructor's Manual ISBN: 0-7668-0295-7

This book contains predominantly black-and-white illustrations, with some color illustrations.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Deborah M. King, PTA, CPI (North Hills Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy)
Description: This workbook, designed as an entry-level text for physical therapy aides, provides review questions and learning activities. It is an update of the 1999 edition.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a comprehensive introduction to all aspects of rehabilitation. The book is written to meet the needs of entry-level physical therapy aides and is successful in delivering a wide range of topics that should be part of their knowledge base.
Audience: Although it is not written for any particular clinical setting, the book would be most appropriate for those in rehabilitation facilities, hospitals, and nursing homes. The author, a licensed vocational nurse with a doctorate in education, has used a review team of PTs and a PTA to compile this broad-based, updated edition.
Features: The book incorporates a variety of information, including a description of the physical therapy profession, career opportunities, the role of the PT aide, and basic anatomy and function of the human body. A color insert provides a well done outline of anatomy and body systems that is clear and detailed, but not overwhelming. Two other sections that stand out are medical terminology and transfers and patient positioning. One area that is lacking is an explanation of the role of the physical therapist (not therapy) assistant. In addition to an associate's degree, PTAs have to pass a state exam and be certified. They play a vital part in implementing the patient's treatment plan and are responsible for much more than administering modalities. The PTA also plays a role in supervising the physical therapy aide.
Assessment: This is a worthy addition to the rehabilitation field. The third edition adds information on administrative procedures, career skills, and job-seeking information for physical therapy aides that was not in the previous editions. This could be a useful guide and reference for a new hires as part of their training program.

2 Stars from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780827351103
  • Publisher: Cengage Delmar Learning
  • Publication date: 3/28/1993
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 396

Meet the Author

As a respected writer and recognized educator, Roberta C. Weiss, LVN, Ed.D. has been involved in educating and equipping future and current professional for more than 30 years. She has specialized in the development of allied health and nursing courses for the Career College market and has worked with Pearson since 1990. In addition, Ms. Weiss has served as the Corporate Allied Health Program Manager for Corinthian Colleges, where she was responsible for overseeing, managing and developing all allied health programs. Ms. Weiss holds double bachelor's degrees in Journalism and Education, a Master's Degree in Educational Administration, and has been a licensed nurse since 1979.
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Table of Contents

Section I: Introduction to Physical Therapy. Chapter 1: The Profession of Physical Therapy, Chapter2: Career Opportunities for the Physical Therapy Aide, Chapter 3: Ethical and Legal Issues Affecting the Physical Therapy Aide, Chapter 4: Communicating Effectively, Chapter 5: Medical Terminology and the Medical Record. Section 2: Scientific Principles. Chapter 6: Basic Structure and Function of the Human Body Chapter 7: Applied Anatomy and Physiology of the Musculoskeletal System. Section 3: Physical Dysfunctrions and Disorders and Physical Therapy Chapter 8: Using Physical Therapy to Treat Common Medical Disorders. Section4: Patient Preparation. Chapter 9: Safety in the Working Environment. Chapter 10: Preparation for Patient Care. Chapter 11: Turning and Positioning the Patient. Section 5: Physical Therapy Modalities. Chapter 12: Transferring the Patient. Chapter 13: Assisting with Ambulation and Gait Training Chapter 14: Therapeutic Exercises. Chapter 15: Physical Therapy Agents and Modalities. Chapter 16: Specialized Clinical Procedures. Appendices: Appendix A: The Human Skeleton Appendix B: Major Muscles of the Body. Appendix C: Procedure Evaluations. Appendix D: Practice Evaluation Test. Glossary. Index.
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