Physiotherapists assess, treat and prevent disorders in human movement caused by injury and disease.

Duties & Tasks

Physiotherapists may perform the following tasks:

  • assess the physical condition of patients to diagnose problems and plan appropriate treatment
  • use a range of techniques to strengthen and stretch muscles and joints to improve patient mobility (such as massage, hydrotherapy, breathing and relaxation techniques)
  • perform spinal and peripheral joint mobilisation and manipulation
  • use equipment such as heat packs, ice packs, exercise equipment, ultrasound and electrotherapy to ease pain, reduce swelling and improve range of movement
  • retrain patients to walk or teach them to use devices such as walking frames, splints, crutches and wheelchairs
  • educate patients, their families and the community to prevent injury and disability and to lead healthy lifestyles
  • plan and implement community fitness programmes
  • maintain patient records.

Working Conditions

Physiotherapists may work as part of a healthcare team, independently in private practice or as industry consultants.

Personal Requirements

  • patience
  • a genuine interest in people and their health
  • able to cope with the physical demands of the job
  • problem-solving skills
  • good communication skills.

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