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Physical Therapist - Breast Cancer Rehabilitation

Company: Oncology Rehab
Location: Aurora
Posted on: January 26, 2023

Job Description:

Rehabilitation Therapist - Oncology Rehabilitation (Breast Cancer)

Oncology Rehab has several clinics across Colorado and is looking for a full time (38-40 hrs per week) physical therapist to work in the Denver Metro area. The role will be to primarily to work with patients who have received treatment for Breast cancer. This role would specifically work with patients who are experiencing decreased range of motion, stiffness, scarring/fibrosis, lymphedema, weakness/deconditioning, and/or limitations in functional mobility following cancer treatments. This role will also include some orthopedic work with other cancer diagnoses as well as Breast Cancer. These patients may have received chemotherapy, radiation and/or surgery. Mentorship & training would be provided by our current breast cancer rehabilitation therapists and through our educational institute www.pori.org

About Oncology Rehab

Founded by Julia Osborne, PT, CLT-LANA in 2009, Oncology Rehab is a national clinical leader in oncology rehabilitation and has been instrumental in creating, progressing, and setting the Standard of Care needed for rehabilitative oncology patient management. We have a deep understanding of the effect that cancer treatments (surgeries, chemotherapy, radiation therapy etc.) can have on the body and we have developed the treatment protocols to address them.

For more information about working at Oncology Rehab, please visit www.oncologyrehab.net/careers

Education:

  • Masters/DPT in Physical Therapy (including historic or international equivalents)

    Strongly Desired
    • Passion for the oncology patient population
    • PORi Certification in Breast Cancer Rehabilitation
    • Orthopedic Experience

      Desired
      • Pilates Instructor
      • Certified Lymphedema Therapist

        Experience
        • ideally, at least 1 years of experience post-graduation (but we are open to new graduates with a passion for oncology, and a good clinical rotation history)

          Pay
          • $70,000 to $88,500 per year depending on experience
          • Competitive Benefits

            General Job Description:

            Physical Therapists at Oncology Rehab work within the scope of practice of Physical Therapy but focus their knowledge on providing rehabilitative services to patients who have undergone treatment for cancer or are experiencing persistent edema including lymphedema. Physical Therapists at Oncology Rehab are expected to have and maintain a deep understanding of the impact of cancer treatment on the Epidermal, Dermal, Myofascial, Skeletal, Lymphatic, Vascular and Neural Systems, and the treatment protocols appropriate to mitigate the impact of cancer treatments on the body. Through the modalities of exercise, joint mobilization, manual therapy, manual lymphatic drainage, heat, cold, and electrical stimulation, our Physical Therapists work to restore function, improve mobility, and decrease pain with the goal of re-establishing a patient's prior functional level or maximizing their function within the constraints of the physiological impact of their cancer treatment, surgeries or disease processes.

            Oncology Rehab has a training institute (PORi) and all new therapists that join the company will receive training in oncology rehabilitation through PORi - www.pori.org

            Physical Therapists focus on the evaluation of strength, balance, range of motion, lymphatic system impairment, edema/swelling issues, edema-related wound care, coordination, endurance, posture, and the impact of these symptoms on the daily living activities of each individual patient.

            Rehabilitation strategies often involve manual therapy & specific exercises to stretch and strengthen muscles, mobilize joints affected by surgeries, radiation and chemotherapy, as well as to facilitate the healing of the lymphatic system, reduce edema, improve posture, balance, and endurance. Over the course of the rehabilitation period, Physical Therapists will document progress, re-evaluate physical findings, and modify treatment strategies as appropriate. Oncology Rehab's Physical Therapists work as a team with a variety of other rehab professionals, including referring Physicians, Occupational Therapists and Speech Language Pathologists - all with the same goal of reaching maximal patient functional independence.

            License & Credentialing
            • Physical Therapists at Oncology Rehab are expected to maintain and meet the requirements of their professional licensure in the State of Colorado.
            • All Oncology rehab employees are credentialed with our hospital partner, HealthONE prior to commencing work

              Tasks and duties include (but are not limited to):
              • Meet patient goals and needs and provide quality care by assessing and interpreting evaluations and test results; determining Physical Therapy treatment plans in consultation with physicians or by prescription.
              • Help patient accomplish treatment plan and accept therapeutic devices by administering manual exercises; instructing, encouraging, and assisting patients in performing physical activities, such as non-manual exercises, ambulatory functional activities, and daily-living activities and in using assistive and supportive devices, such as crutches, canes, compression garments and prostheses.
              • Administer Physical Therapy treatments by performing Manual Therapy; Applying Physical Agents; Myofascial Trigger Point Release, Joint Mobilization, Neural Mobilization, Lymphatic Manual Drainage, Complete Decongestive Therapy (CDT), Pain Mitigation and Functional Restoration, ultraviolet and infrared lamps, ultrasound machines and other treatment modalities.
              • Assure continuation of therapeutic plan following discharge by designing home exercise programs; instructing patients, families, and caregivers in home exercise programs; recommending and/or providing assistive equipment; recommending outpatient or home health follow-up programs.
              • Document patient care services by charting patient and department records.
              • Maintain patient confidence and protect hospital operations by keeping information confidential.
              • Maintain safe and clean working environment by complying with procedures, rules, and regulations.
              • Protect patients and employees by adhering to infection-control policies and protocols.
              • Ensure operation of equipment by completing preventive maintenance requirements; following manufacturer's instructions; troubleshooting malfunctions; calling for repairs.
              • Maintain professional and technical knowledge by attending educational workshops; reviewing professional publications; establishing personal networks; participating in professional societies.
              • Contributing to the professional development of Physical & Occupational Therapy colleagues by providing information; developing and conducting in-service training programs.
              • Complying with federal, state, and local legal and professional requirements by studying existing and new legislation; anticipating future legislation; enforcing adherence to requirements; advising management on needed actions.
              • Contributing to the team effort by navigating patients through the various service lines offered, as appropriate and attending and contributing to therapist think tank sessions.
              • Providing feedback to referring physicians and other members of the patient's care team, as appropriate.

Keywords: Oncology Rehab, Aurora , Physical Therapist - Breast Cancer Rehabilitation, Healthcare , Aurora, Colorado

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