Overview on Physical therapist field


Q) What is a physiotherapist’s expertise?

Ans -Physiotherapists study the science of movement. They learn how to pinpoint an injury’s root causes.




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Become a physiotherapist


What is physiotherapy?

Physiotherapy helps restore movement and function when someone is affected by injury, illness or disability.


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How do you get to see a physiotherapist? Find out about access options here.

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Physiotherapists help people affected by injury, illness or disability through movement and exercise, manual therapy, education and advice.

They maintain health for people of all ages, helping patients to manage pain and prevent disease.

The profession helps to encourage development and facilitate recovery, enabling people to stay in work while helping them remain independent for as long as possible.

Physio checking knee joint flexibility

What physiotherapists do

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Our Physiotherapy Works briefings demonstrate the effectiveness of physiotherapy in treating a wide range of conditions

Physiotherapy is a science-based profession and takes a ‘whole person’ approach to health and wellbeing, which includes the patient’s general lifestyle.

At the core is the patient’s involvement in their own care, through education, awareness, empowerment and participation in their treatment.

You can benefit from physiotherapy at any time in your life. Physiotherapy helps with back pain or sudden injury, managing long-term medical condition such as asthma, and in preparing for childbirth or a sporting event.

Physio checking fitness level of patient on a treadmill

Q) Why physiotherapy?

Ans -Physiotherapy is a degree-based healthcare profession. Physios use their knowledge and skills to improve a range of conditions associated with different systems of the body, such as:

> Neurological (stroke, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s)
> Neuromusculoskeletal (back pain, whiplash associated disorder, sports injuries, arthritis)
> Cardiovascular (chronic heart disease, rehabilitation after heart attack)
> Respiratory (asthma, chronic obstructive
pulmonary disease, cystic fibrosis).

Physiotherapists work in a variety of specialisms in health and social care. Additionally, some physiotherapists are involved in education, research and service management.

Q) What problems do physiotherapists treat?

Ans -Physiotherapists focus on both prevention and rehabilitation. Treatment can be for problems caused by injury, disease or disability. Here are some examples:

▪️Neck pain, back pain or any pain caused by problems in the muscles and skeleton.
▪️Problems in the bones, joints, muscles and ligaments, such as arthritis, ligaments injury and the after-effects of amputation.
▪️Lung problems such as asthma, bronchitis, etc.
▪️Disability as a result of heart problems.
▪️Pelvic issues, such as bladder and bowel problems related to childbirth.
▪️Loss of mobility because of trauma to the brain or spine, or due to diseases such as Parkinson’s disease and multiple sclerosis.
▪️Fatigue, pain, swelling, stiffness and loss of muscle strength, for example during cancer treatment, or palliative care.

Q) What can I expect at physiotherapy?

Ans -Your session will be unique, because it is all about you and your particular needs. In general, here’s what happens:

▪️The physiotherapist learns about your medical history.
▪️The physiotherapist assesses and diagnoses your condition.
▪️You receive a treatment plan that sets goals for you.
▪️You are prescribed a course of exercises and any assistive devices needed.