What does a Rehab Aide do?

Physical therapy aides work under the direction and supervision of physical therapists to help patients recovering from injuries and illness as they regain movement and manage their pain. They are involved with patients’ direct care and often perform tasks directly related to patient care, including cleaning and setting up a treatment area, clerical duties, and moving patients.

Physical therapy aides observe a patient before, during, and after their therapy. While doing this they take notes about the patient’s status and report it to a physical therapist. Their work consists of helping patients do specific exercises as part of the plan of care, and they treat patients using various techniques which could include massage or stretching. Physical therapy aides treat patients through exercise, gait and balance training, and other therapeutic interventions. Clerical tasks they may be expected to take on might include ordering supplies, scheduling sessions, and completing insurance forms. Physical therapy aides need a minimum associate's degree from an accredited program and a license or certification. In the program, coursework must be completed in subjects including anatomy, physiology, and kinesiology. All states also require physical therapists to be licensed or certified.

EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.7 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.4 ★
Avg. Experience8+ years

Rehab Aide Salaries

Average Base Pay

$36,895 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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$19K
Median: $37K
$71K
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Rehab Aide Career Path

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L2
Physical Therapy Aide
$42,379/yr
L3
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Rehab Aide Insights

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Pivot Physical TherapyPivot Physical Therapy
Physical Therapy Technician
Feb 10, 2020

“If you have a fun friendly clinic your day to day life will be great!”

ATI Physical TherapyATI Physical Therapy
Rehabilitation Technician
Mar 5, 2021

“compensation is not dependent on how well you do your job or how long youve been there.”

Oxford Physical Therapy CentersOxford Physical Therapy Centers
Physical Therapy Technician
May 13, 2021

“Gained lots of great knowledge working here that helped me as I continued on in my career.”

Embassy HealthcareEmbassy Healthcare
Rehabilitation Technician
Sep 29, 2020

“Grateful to be able to grab this amazing opportunity of working with passionate healthcare providers.”

Foothills Sports MedicineFoothills Sports Medicine
Physical Therapy Aide
Jan 17, 2021

“Great work environment and fun and I love my coworkers”

Buena Vida Physical Therapy & Wellness
Physical Therapy Technician
Oct 5, 2021

“Awesome and outgoing staff to work with.”

Markson Chiropractic
Physical Therapy Assistant
Mar 31, 2020

“Excellent hours and salary.”

Summit Rehabilitation and Care Community
Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant
Sep 9, 2021

“Clean and nice people to work with.”

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