Role of the PTA


 Consider the Evidence

In the literature, particularly in studies whose aim is to systematically review intervention effectiveness, there is weak evidence supporting the use of heat and cold as pain reducers or in impacting function. Parameters for treatments have been derived from research studies and analysis of effectiveness is ongoing. As a PTA, you are responsible for understanding and applying treatment parameters that are consistent with today's literature and in the PT plan of care. Selecting parameters will always include careful analysis of each patient's condition and interests at the time of treatment. You are also equipped, through evidence-based research skills, to engage in discussions and best practices as we work to restore function with our patients.