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.
Physiotherapists may work as part of a healthcare team, independently in private practice or as industry consultants.
a genuine interest in people and their health
able to cope with the physical demands of the job
good communication skills.