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Physical Therapist

Fort Polk, LA
Physical Therapist (PT) provide assessment, evaluation, and pre-habilitation of musculoskeletal conditions in regard to TACP personnel. They are licensed independent practitioners and credentialed as direct care providers in the state they are working in.

 Job Responsibilities:
  • Provide Human Performance and Pre-habilitative Trending metrics report to include: musculoskeletal pain, duration of pain, origin of pain, types of pain, deployed vs. non- deployed pain, cost analysis of pain pre-habilitation sessions, comparative billing of each pre-habilitation session, pain that requires surgery, and trends of musculoskeletal pain over periods of time. Metrics will also capture lost duty time due to aeromedical disposition of DNIF and DNIC as well as personal removal from training status/duties (i.e. # days). Human Performance metrics shall also be gathered to assess 13D/1T2 compliance with the preventative maintenance program. The factors for the Human Performance metrics will be low back strength, neck strength, and spine strength measured at varying weights and angles as well as number of missions able to execute at a subjective 100% (i.e. not limited by pain).
  • Provide each 13L/1C4 an initial appointment as soon as practical. Follow-up appointments will be based on need, pre-habilitative plans, and any potential coordination with members’ military and/or civilian healthcare team.
  • Evaluate and provide pre-habilitation for all affected 13L/1C4 personnel. Fully communicate with referring provider (if necessary) in a fully HIPAA compliant fashion during the full duration of sessions with regards to personnel’s progress and return to duty status.
  •  Provide an evaluation and assessment to the servicing MTF after initial appointment.
  • Provide Individual Training Plans after initial assessment, and include individual fitness assessment results, feedback sessions, unique training plans, and any modifications to the plan based on the physical performance status of the 13L/1C4 TACP/GA personnel.
    If directed by COR, will assist in documenting care in AHLTA.
  • Attend annual required training IAW guiding instructions. Commands will allow for attendance at necessary conferences or courses to complete continuing education units required to maintain certification.
  • Provide all forms of primary injury (acute and/or duty-limiting) prevention services, to include but not limited to physical capacity as well as new member assessments, personnel health education, and nutrition advising
  • Ensure safe and effective operation of equipment is used for patient care and contribute to a safe working environment.
  • Conduct equipment, product, and literature reviews to ensure that human performance stays current with the provision of care.
Qualifications:
  • Current Licensed Physical Therapist will a doctorate degree from an American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) accredited institution specifically for “Physical Therapy.” No other degree will be accepted for this position.
  • Must have experience as a Physical Therapist working with professional and/or collegiate athletes, or equivalent. A minimum of four (4) years’ experience is desired.
  • Must have experience working in an orthopedic out-patient physical therapy clinic or sports medicine clinic. A minimum of five (5) years’ experience is desired.
  • Past experience working with combat related injuries is strongly preferred.
  • Knowledge of local, state, and federal laws and regulations, professional code of ethics, and practice standards in order to ensure adherence within legal and professional parameters. 
Additional Qualifications:
  • Possess oral and written communication skills in order to meaningfully interact with peers, outside agencies, vendors, providers, and Military Health System (MHS) stakeholders to exchange information, provide briefings, presentations, research, and metrics to demonstrate or advance effective and efficient case management practice, outcomes, and organizational/MHS value.
  • Skill in team coordination, facilitation, and communication in order to facilitate the exchange of information/ education, enhance goal achievement, augment abilities of client support network, and identify change in system or policy at any level.
  • Knowledge of local, state, and federal laws and regulations, professional code of ethics, and practice standards in order to ensure adherence within legal and professional parameters. 
    Knowledge and skill in using pre-established utilization review criteria to recognize and report actual or potential quality and risk management.
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