For APTA . The Section on Geriatrics was formed in 1978 to address the needs of the physical therapy practitioner working with the aging client. The Section represents and serves over 5,000 members with a wide array of services and benefits.
These are the main conditions we as PTA’s will probably see. Geriatric PT can also be used to help restore mobility, reduce pain, increase fitness levels as well as improve ADL’s. I will explain more thoroughly in the next few slides.
http://www.merck.com/mkgr/mmg/contents.jsp is a good website source for a basic treatment guide of what to expect in a geriatric session.
Water therapy, pullies, bike, balance, stairs, hand peddles, walking, ice treatment, wii sports, fall prevention, strengthening, rehabilitation, streaching
I couldn’t find anything local but I did find the local percentage fore MN. In the state of MN about the only job you can get as a PTA is in a Nursing home. There are very few jobs available in most other settings unless you had interned in that particular setting before.
This is based off of the National burrow of revenue.
Geriatrics ltc - snf
What is Geriatrics Physical Therapy
What % of PTAs (nationally/regionally) work in
What might be a salary range in the setting
What types of patients (diagnosis) and
treatments seen in the setting
Any advanced skill, training or recognition
needed or could be obtained to work in the
Geriatrics is a sub-specialty of medicine that
focuses on health care of the elderly. It aims to
promote health and to prevent and treat diseases
and disabilities in older adults.
There is no set age at which patients may be
under the care of a geriatrician. Rather, this is
determined by a profile of the typical problems
that geriatrics focuses on.
Geriatric physical therapy covers a wide area of
issues concerning people as they go through
normal adult aging, but is usually focused on the
Geriatric physical therapy helps in developing a
specialized program to help restore mobility,
reduce pain, increase fitness levels and more.
Geriatrics was separated from internal medicine
as a distinct entity in the same way that
neonatology is separated from pediatrics.
Was termed as a medical specialty in 1989.
Hip and Joint
Urinary and Fecal
Cardiac and Pulmonary
related to mobility
A Physical Therapist, working with the older adult,
understands the anatomical and physiological
changes that occur with normal aging. The
Physical Therapist will evaluate and develop a
specially designed therapeutic exercise program.
Physical therapy intervention may prevent life
long disability and restore the highest level of
functioning. Through the use of tests,
evaluations, exercises, treatments with
modalities, screening programs, as well as
Increase, restore or maintain range of motion, physical
strength, flexibility, coordination, balance and endurance
Recommend adaptations to make the home accessible and
Teach positioning, transfers, and walking skills promote
maximum function and independence within an individual's
Increase overall fitness through exercise programs
Prevent further decline in functional abilities through
education, energy conservation techniques, joint
protection, and use of assistive devices to promote
Improve sensation, joint proprioception
Nationally about 5.9-6.9% of PTA’s work
in a LTC or SNF place of employment.
In MN 23% of PTA’s work in a Long Term
Care or Skilled Nursing Facilities
The average Salary for a PTA in nursing
care facilities is around $48,000
On the higher end can receive $51,090-
Must have an associates degree from an
accredited PT assistant program
Work under the direct supervision of a Physical
Meet licensure requirements in states where it's
A PTA can get advanced training that focuses on