Physiotherapy has evolved from simple massage to a complex assortment of therapies and it currently has multiple and specialised applications. Making a career in Physiotherapy is a sensible decision as the scope it covers is widening up due to people living and working longer and as a result it is expected to offer numerous job options. Physiotherapy is one of the most recruited sectors in all fields of medical facilities throughout the country in temporary and permanent capacities.

Physiotherapists assess, diagnose and treat illness, as well as injury and disability with a hands-on approach; it is about restoring or improving the function of different body systems through targeted exercises and therapeutic aids. The work of a Physiotherapist covers all ages from small premature babies to the elderly.

Skills and Knowledge of the Physiotherapist:

  • knowledge of physiotherapy methods and equipment

  • a detailed knowledge of the biomedical sciences, including anatomy, physiology and pathology

  • an understanding of movement, injuries and disabilities and the ageing process

  • skill in performing mobilisation, exercise, movement retraining, manipulation and massage techniques

  • general knowledge of any medical conditions that may affect the treatment given.

Challenges for the Physiotherapist
The work of a Physiotherapist involves formulating a customized physical rehabilitation plan to enhance flexibility, strength, range of motion, and motor control, while reducing pain, discomfort and swelling. The job responsibilities of a Physiotherapist can be physically demanding and usually require a person to be in a good physical condition.

‘Hard on the hands’
If anything wears out a Physiotherapist – it is their hands, the challenge of every professional Physiotherapist is maintaining the long-term strength of their hands, because a Physiotherapist’s hands are the tools of their trade.

Physiotherapists may do some of the following:

  • assess and diagnose patients' injuries or functional problems and decide on treatment

  • use a range of treatments to reduce pain and improve movement

  • plan exercises for patients to improve their strength and fitness

  • educate people on how to prevent further injury

  • help rehabilitate people who have suffered from strokes and accidents

  • educate caregivers and family about the patient's physiotherapy programme.