Physical Therapy Clinical Handbook for PTAs, Second Edition, is a concise and condensed clinical pocket guide designed specifically to help physical therapist assistants and physical therapist assistant students easily obtain helpful evidence-based information. This succinct, summarizing pocket-guide covers the evaluative as well as interventional aspect of physical therapy and offers immediate guidance concerning physical therapy data collection and interventions in various clinical settings including musculoskeletal, neurologic, cardiopulmonary, integumentary, geriatric, pediatric and acute care. With its portable and user-friendly format, this handbook is a valuable resource for physical therapist assistant students during the education training program and throughout clinical practice.
The Second Edition features a new and unique look at physical therapy in acute care provided by PTAs. Acute care topics include musculoskeletal and neurological acute care, as well as the significant factors in acute care to consider while applying physical therapy to patients with endocrine, gastrointestinal, genitourinary, and oncological disorders/diseases. The Second Edition contains physical therapy terminology reflecting current physical therapy practice according to the APTA’s “Guide to Physical Therapist Practice” and also includes guidelines from the CDC and JCAHO. Appendices contain helpful balance assessment forms, and cardiac and integumentary patient education forms.
Table of Contents
Part I Safety in the Clinical Environment
Part II Clinical Documentation
Part III Musculoskeletal Interventions
Part IV Neurologic Interventions
Part V Cardiopulmonary Interventions
Part VI Integumentary Interventions
Part VII Geriatric Interventions
Part VIII Pediatric Interventions
Part IX Basic Acute Care Physical Therapy Interventions
About the Author
Olga Dreeben-Irimia, PhD, MPT, PT-Director, Dreeben Therapy Associates, Gainesville,
Dr. Olga Dreeben-Irimia has been in the profession of physical therapy for twelve years, both as a clinician and as an educator. She was the Director of the PTA Program at Lake City Community College in Florida and more recently Associate Professor, Physical Therapy, University of North Texas, Health Science Center at Fort Worth. Her doctoral preparation was specific to physical therapy education. For over ten years, Dr. Dreeben-Irimia has been involved in evaluating and applying educational theories in relation to physical therapy education and clinical practice. Dr. Dreeben-Irimia brings her experience and her training as a clinician and as an educator to this text.