What is a physiotherapist?

A physiotherapist is a professional who aims to restore and improve movement and function when a person experiences injury, illness or disability to help them regain independence.  Physiotherapists work with a variety of age groups who experience a range of health conditions affecting: the brain, heart, lungs, bones, joints and soft tissues. The focus is to facilitate a person’s recovery through injury prevention, physical rehabilitation together with health and fitness.

What does a physiotherapist do on a daily basis?

  • Provide assessments- A variety of physical tests to assess, recognise and diagnose the problem the service users is experiencing. Taking the “whole person approach” allows for the highest quality individualised treatment plan.
  • Rehabilitation program- a tailored treatment plan to maximise general health and well-being through exercise, manual therapy, specialised equipment, education and advice.
  • Awareness and empowerment through service users participation in their own treatment, optimises the most effective recovery and motivation to achieve goals.
  • Work as part of a MDT- consists of a variety of professionals working together to provide a person-centred, holistic and coordinated care and support to an individual with complex care needs.

Where do physiotherapist’s work?

  • Private clinics
  • Hospitals e.g. orthopaedics, rheumatology, respiratory, neurology, oncology
  • GP surgeries/community health centres
  • Sports clubs, Gyms and leisure facilities
  • Occupational health
  • Schools
  • The armed services
  • Charities
  • Mental health
  • Elderly care e.g. nursing homes
  • Nurseries
  • Orthopaedics
  • Paediatrics
  • Women’s health
  • Specialist e.g. Learning disabilities’  and complex needs rehabilitation

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