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Introduction to Physical Therapy for Physical Therapist Assistants, Second Edition

Author(s): Olga Dreeben-Irimia, PhD, MPT, PT, Director, Dreeben Therapy Associates, Gainesville, Florida
  • ISBN-13: 9780763781309
  • Paperback    308 pages      © 2011
Price: $110.95 US List
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Written specifically for Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) students, this text is an excellent introduction for physical therapist assistant’s education. This new edition includes updated information regarding the relationship between the Physical Therapist (PT) and PTA and key concepts of the Guide to Physical Therapist Practice for better understanding of clinical guidelines. It also includes new information regarding clinical trends in physical therapy.

Utilizing this text specifically for PTAs, instructors can introduce students to information regarding professionalism, professional roles, interpersonal communication, physical therapist’s behavior and conduct, teaching and learning, and evidence based practice. This comprehensive text will provide a valuable resource throughout the physical therapist assistant’s education and training throughout the entire duration of the PTA program.

New to Second Edition:

  • Distinctive description of physical therapy developments from its Formative Years (1914-1920) to the APTA’s “Vision and Application of Scientific Pursuit” of today
  • PTA’s usage of the APTA's “Guide to Physical Therapist Practice”
  • Differences between physical therapy and medical diagnosis
  • Contemporary clinical trends regarding wellness, health promotion and disease prevention

Instructor Resources: Transition Guide, PowerPoint Slides and TestBank

Features & Benefits

  • Describes the unique role and responsibilities of the PTA and the relationship between the PT and PTA in clinical practice

  • Reviews and explains ethical and legal responsibilities of the PT and PTA

  • Illustrates topics of behavior and conduct, cultural differences, communication, disabilities, and trends in physical therapy practice

  • Depicts physical therapy safety practices especially related to community integration and environmental concerns (OSHA guidelines, equipment disinfection)

  • Instructor Resources: Transition Guide, PowerPoint slides and TestBank

Applicable Courses

  • Introduction to Physical Therapy for Physical Therapy Assistants

  • Intro to Physical Therapy

  • Topics in Physical Therapy

  • Fundamentals of Physical Therapist Assistant

  • Foundations of Physical Therapy



  Chapter  1  Development of the Physical Therapy Profession
  Chapter  2  The Physical Therapist Assistant as a Member of the Health Care Team
  Chapter  3  Physical Therapy Clinical Practice
  Chapter  4  Musculoskeletal (Orthopedic) Physical Therapy
  Chapter  5  Neurologic and Cardiopulmonary Physical Therapy
  Chapter  6  Pediatric, Geriatric, and Integumentary Physical Therapy
  Chapter  7  Ethics and Professionalism
  Chapter  8  Laws and Regulations
  Chapter  9  Communication Basics
  Chapter  10  Documentation and the Medical Record
  Chapter  11  Teaching, Learning, and Medical Terminology
  Chapter  12  Reimbursement and Research
  Chapter  13  Infection Control, Patient Preparation, and Vital Signs
  Chapter  14  Patient Positioning, Body Mechanics, and Transfer Techniques
  Chapter  15  Wheelchairs, Assistive Devices, and Gait Training

Olga Dreeben-Irimia, PhD, MPT, PT-Director, Dreeben Therapy Associates, Gainesville, Florida

Dr. Olga Dreeben-Irimia has been in the profession of physical therapy for twelve years, both as a clinician and as an educator. She was the Director of the PTA  Program at Lake City Community College in Florida and more recently Associate Professor, Physical Therapy, University of North Texas, Health Science Center at Fort Worth. Her doctoral preparation was specific to physical therapy education. For over ten years, Dr. Dreeben-Irimia has been involved in evaluating and applying educational theories in relation to physical therapy education and clinical practice. Dr. Dreeben-Irimia brings her experience and her training as a clinician and as an educator to this text.   

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  • “It covers all the topics that are generally covered within introduction to Physical Therapy”
    —Patty S. Brooks, Salt Lake Community College – Jordan

  • "Introduction to Physical Therapy for Physical Therapist Assistants is appropriate for my course. It instructs the students on topics that are in the textbook for an orientation to physical therapy."
    ~ Crystal Parker, Mid Michigan Community College

The following instructor resources are available to qualified instructors for download

ISBN-13: 9780763781309

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Slides in PowerPoint Format
Test Bank
Transition Guide

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