A Physiotherapist is a healthcare professional that focuses on treating physiotherapy-related injuries, diseases and ailments. A physiotherapist works closely with patients to design highly specific programs designed to achieve as much improvement in the patient’s functional capacity and motion as possible. They are highly trained to assist patients at all stages of physical health: childhood through old age whose mobility and activity level are directly impacted by the disease. The goal of a physiotherapist is to prevent injury or illness in order to promote optimal functioning.
The field of physiotherapy has been expanding dramatically over the past 10 years with an increasing number of people suffering from many types of conditions related to their muscles, bones and joints. Physiotherapists are highly educated healthcare professionals who have a Bachelor’s degree in physiotherapy from an accredited school of medicine or osteopathic science. They must be licensed or registered with the State Board of Physiotherapy. These professionals are also expected to receive additional education and training from time to time in order to keep their qualification current.
A person suffering from a chronic condition such as an injury may respond well to physiotherapy. However, this type of therapy is not appropriate for everyone. Many doctors recommend physiotherapy for patients who have chronic pain, paralysis or weakness from a condition unrelated to skeletal muscle function. For example, a patient suffering from back pain, but having sciatica as a result of her job as a truck driver may be better suited to focus on conservative treatments, such as exercise and chiropractic care. In some cases, medication is also recommended for some patients, such as those suffering from a stroke, depression or drug abuse.