Physical Therapist

Job Description

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned.   Reviews Physician's referral (prescription) and patient's condition and medical records to determine physical therapy treatment required.   Tests and measures patient's strength, motor development, sensory perception, functional capacity, and respiratory and circulatory efficiency, and records findings to develop or revise treatment programs.   Plans and prepares written treatment program based on evaluation of patient data.   Administers manual exercises to improve and maintain function.   Instructs, motivates, and assists patient to perform various physical activities and in use of assistive and supportive devices such as crutches, canes, and prostheses.   Administers treatments involving application of physical agents.   Evaluates effects of treatment at various stages and adjusts treatments to achieve maximum benefit.   Administers myofascial mobilization, and lymph mobilization if adequate training has been accomplished.   Administers traction to relieve pain.   Records treatment, response, and progress in patient's chart or enters information into computer.   Instructs patient and family in treatment procedures to be continued at home.   Evaluates, fits, and adjusts prosthetic and orthotic devices and recommends modification to Orthotist.   Confers with Physician and other practitioners to obtain additional patient information, suggest revisions in treatment program, and integrate physical therapy treatment with other aspects of patient's health care.   Orients, instructs, and directs work activities of assistants, aides, and students.   Plans and conducts lectures and training programs on physical therapy and related topics for medical staff, students, and community groups.  

DIRECT CARE The PT will be responsible for all initial and periodic assessments of patients, as well as, the application of physical therapy treatment and care in the most effective manner possible.  The PT will communicate with other health professionals to help guarantee the quality and consistency of care. 

SUPERVISORY AND ORGANIZATIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES This staff PT will be responsible for supervising a PTA or PT aide who will assist him/her in providing patient care at the clinic and also with home health patients.  This support staff will work under supervision considered adequate by the PT given the skills, experience, and capabilities of the staff.  The PT is also responsible for the training and evaluations of this staff.   The Thompson Falls PT Clinic and Bull River PT Clinic will be managed by the PT in an efficient, hospitable manner to meet the needs of area outpatients.  Physical therapy care will be provided in the most effective and enjoyable manner given the physical constraints of the clinic and available equipment.   The PT will be responsible for scheduling patients, arranging for maintenance, checking equipment, and other operational needs of the TF Clinic and BR Clinic.  The PT is responsible for all necessary patient documentation including assessments, certifications and re-certifications, progress notes, and billing information as required by law and as necessary for insurance providers and the CFVH billing department.   This staff PT may be requested to provide coverage in all areas currently served by PT's employed by Clark Fork Valley Hospital.  



QUALIFICATIONS  To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  

EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE Must be a graduate of an accredited Physical Therapy program and be currently licensed by the Montana State Board of PT Examiners to practice Physical Therapy as defined by the Montana APTA.  The PT should be in good physical and mental health, and is expected to maintain a high level of fitness to be able to portray the benefits of good health practices.   The PT will attain and maintain adequate continuing education credits as required by the Montana APTA.  Applicant's CEU's will be expected to be tied to perceived needs of the service community.   The general nature of this practice requires a familiarity with a wide variety of problems and treatments.  The PT should strive to be as competent and knowledgeable as possible.   The normal hours of work for this position are 40 per week.  This PT staff reports to the PT Manager.

Contact Information

Stacy Torgerson~Employment Specialist
10 Kruger Road / PO Box 768
Plains, MT 59859

Phone: (406) 826-4982
Fax: (406) 826-4992

Date Posted:
Clark Fork Valley Hospital
Plains, Montana
Education Level:
4-Year Degree
Required Travel:
Rehabilitation Services
Relevant Experience:
1-3 Years
Relocation Covered: