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 treatmentuse 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 manipulationuse equipment such as heat packs, ice packs, exercise equipment, ultrasound and electrotherapy to ease pain, reduce swelling and improve range of movementretrain patients to walk or teach them to use devices such as walking frames, splints, crutches and wheelchairseducate patients, their families and the community to prevent injury and disability and to lead healthy lifestylesplan and implement community fitness programmesmaintain patient records.
Physiotherapists may work as part of a healthcare team, independently in private practice or as industry consultants.
- 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.