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You might hire a physical therapist to:

  • Provide physical therapy as described in physician's plan of care
  • Meet with new patients to discuss their needs, medical history, and test results

  • Lead patients through therapy program that draws on techniques such as exercise, manual manipulation, and special equipment to help increase mobility and alleviate pain

  • Evaluate patient progress and reassess treatment plan when necessary

Required skills and qualifications Preferred skills and qualifications
License (or eligibility for licensure) to practice physical therapy
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