Physiotherapy is a primary care, autonomous, client-focused health profession dedicated to improving quality of life by:
- Promoting optimal mobility, physical activity and overall health and wellness;
- Preventing disease, injury, and disability;
- Managing acute and chronic conditions, activity limitations, and participation restrictions;
- Improving and maintaining optimal functional independence and physical performance;
- Rehabilitating injury and the effects of disease or disability with therapeutic exercise programs and other interventions; and
- Educating and planning maintenance and support programs to prevent re-occurrence, re-injury or functional decline.
Physiotherapists are primary health care professionals with a significant role in health promotion and treatment of injury and disease. They combine their in-depth knowledge of the body and how it works with specialized hands-on clinical skills to assess, diagnose and treat symptoms of illness, injury or disability. Physiotherapists encourage clients to assume responsibility for their health and participate in team approaches to health service delivery.
A PTA is someone who provides care under the direction and supervision of a physiotherapist. They may have been trained in a college program or learned on-the-job. PTAs are not regulated and they do not have a protected title. PTAs may also be called rehab assistants, therapist assistants, support personnel etc. An individual is only a PTA when a physiotherapist is accountable for treatment (a PT is assigning and supervising care).
Physiotherapy Assistants in Home Care - A resource by Home Care Ontario and The Ontario Physiotherapy Association