Re: PT vs. PTA

A physical therapist requires at least a minimum of a bachelors degree, however, most PT programs are moving in the direction of at least a master's degree. A physical therapist evaluates and designs a therapy program in conjunction with the referring physician to assist a patient to return to a higher quality of life after an illness or injury. The physical therapist assistant only requires a two year degree from a community college. The PTA treats under the direction of a PT. If your thinking of a therapy career, I would go with the choice of a PT. They make a higher salary and are in huge demand.

Posted By kerryATC on September 08, 2008 at 11:22:35:

In Reply to: PT vs. PTA posted by Renee on September 04, 2008 at 09:38:06:

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Helps strengthen the kneecap mechanism by applying pressure on the tendon above the kneecap as well. This tends to reduce the forces of the quadriceps on the patella tendon and erosion of the under surface of the kneecap due to a possible misalignment of the quadriceps (Q-angle).

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