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Physical Therapists
District Of Columbia

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Assess, plan, organize, and participate in rehabilitative programs that improve mobility, relieve pain, increase strength, and improve or correct disabling conditions resulting from disease or injury.

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Currently Employed: 390

Projected Annual Job Openings: 10

Typical Hourly Wage: $33.44 - $47.12

Typical Annual Salary: $69,600 - $98,000

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Typical education needed for entry: Doctoral or professional degree

Typical work experience needed for a job in this occupation: None

Typical on-the-job training once you have a job in this occupation: None

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typical job duties

  • Plan, prepare, or carry out individually designed programs of physical treatment to maintain, improve, or restore physical functioning, alleviate pain, or prevent physical dysfunction in patients.
  • Perform and document an initial exam, evaluating data to identify problems and determine a diagnosis prior to intervention.
  • Evaluate effects of treatment at various stages and adjust treatments to achieve maximum benefit.
  • Identify and document goals, anticipated progress, and plans for reevaluation.
  • Record prognosis, treatment, response, and progress in patient's chart or enter information into computer.
  • Obtain patients' informed consent to proposed interventions.
  • Review physician's referral and patient's medical records to help determine diagnosis and physical therapy treatment required.
  • Test and measure patient's strength, motor development and function, sensory perception, functional capacity, or respiratory or circulatory efficiency and record data.
  • Discharge patient from physical therapy when goals or projected outcomes have been attained and provide for appropriate follow-up care or referrals.
  • Instruct patient and family in treatment procedures to be continued at home.

tools & technology

  • Cognitive or dexterity or perceptual or sensory evaluation or testing products
  • Patient care beds or accessories for specialty care
  • Pivotal traction therapy supplies
  • Reflex hammers or mallets
  • Work tables or stations or accessories for rehabilitation or therapy

  • Accounting software
  • Action games
  • Medical software
  • Office suite software
  • Word processing software

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