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You might hire a physical therapist to:

  • Provide a physical therapy program as described by a physician’s plan of care
  • Meet with new patients to discuss their specific needs, medical history, and test results

  • Lead patients through therapy programs that use techniques such as exercises, hands-on therapy, and equipment to help increase mobility and alleviate pain

  • Evaluate patient’s progress and reassess treatment plan, if necessary

Required skills and qualifications Preferred skills and qualifications
Physical therapy license in the place of practice, or eligibility to apply
Excellent interpersonal skills
CPR certification or equivalent
Strong organizational and analytical skills
Graduation from an accredited physical therapy program
Experience conducting research
Experience working in a clinical setting
Knowledge of certain physical therapy software applications is a plus