WORKING AS A PHYSIO THERAPIST (PHYSICAL THERAPIST)
Physical Therapy or Physiotherapy (as it is commonly known) refers to a medical profession that deals with rehabilitation and recovery of individuals who are incapable of leading a normal and active life.
The main reasons behind this inability is a major injury, accident, aging, environmental reasons or any prolonged illness including neurological disorders and arthritis, etc.
Physiotherapy rehabilitates, improves mobility, reduces pain and relieves stress through regular exercise and improved lifestyle.
Physio Therapy as a Career Option
PhysioTherapy is a lucrative career option for individuals who have an inherent interest in helping people. There are plenty of opportunities for Physiotherapists in India and Internationally as well.
They may be hired by hospitals, medical centers, out-patient facilities, offices as well as health clinics. Additionally, physiotherapists can set up there own private practice as well.
Though most of us understand physiotherapy in its most basic form, physical therapy may be divided into the following specialty areas –
Orthopedic Rehabilitation, Neurological Rehabilitation, Pediatric Rehabilitation, Geriatric Rehabilitation, Cardio Vascular & Pulmonary Rehabilitation.
Duties and Responsibilities of a PhysioTherapist
After studying the patient’s condition and understanding his/her problem, a physiotherapist develops the best exercise regime, treatment and therapy for the patient.
Next, therapists involve themselves in training the patient and explaining to them the various exercises and how to carry them out for maximum effect.
Assisting the patient in following the exercise regime.
Advising the patient on how to include the treatment into their daily lives.
Monitoring the patient’s progress from time to time.
Maintaining detailed records of each patient.
Essential Qualities of a Physiotherapist / Physical Therapist:
Must-Have’s for making a successful career in Physical Therapy
- Caring and understanding nature.
- Dedicated to helping people.
- Good communication skills – ability to work effectively with patient’s of all age groups – children, adults, and the aged.