The outpatient PHYSICAL THERAPIST evaluates, plans, and implements specific treatment programs for individual patients ranging in age from newborn to geriatric according to the principles and practices of Physical Therapy.
The Physical Therapist evaluates and treats residents, under orders from a physician, through the use of a variety of therapeutic procedures designed to restore loss of muscle strength, coordination and body alignment, to relieve pain and to improve movement and function. The Physical Therapist participates as a member of the interdisciplinary team providing support and information within the area of Physical Therapy.
The Physical Therapist functions as a member of the healthcare team. The purpose is to provide medically prescribed physical therapy programs in accordance with national standards and administrative policies of the hospital.
The physical therapist takes into consideration the functional, psychological, medical, cultural, social, spiritual and developmental needs of the patient and maintains the highest degree of quality patient care.