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What is Physiotherapy? Scope and Career Opportunities

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Physiotherapy: Scope and Career Opportunities

What is physiotherapy?
Physiotherapy is an autonomous health profession that is primarily directed towards the prevention or alleviation of movement dysfunction in people. It is concerned with the remediation of impairment, and promotion of mobility, functional ability. The practice of physiotherapy is dedicated to movement sciences and it concerned with the function of body systems.

What is the scope for a career in physiotherapy?
A career in physiotherapy can lead to a variety of interesting and challenging jobs in the health care system. Physiotherapists get specialisations in the areas such as paediatrics, geriatrics, neurology, cardiorespiratory, and orthopaedics.

Physiotherapists can also obtain a doctorate degree and become involved in research. Physiotherapists that demonstrate a high level of skill, knowledge and competence in their work may find many opportunities for growth, such as moving into supervisory or management positions, teaching positions, or they may decide to open their own physiotherapy clinic or service.

What are the job roles of a physiotherapist?
Physiotherapists work with patients with physical difficulties that may be a result of illness, injury, disability or aging.

A physiotherapist will need to:

  • work with patients to identify and treat their physical problems.
  • develop treatment programmes.
  • encourage exercise and movement by use of techniques.
  • assist patients following surgery, injury, accident and strokes.
  • enhancing tolerance in exercise and daily activities.
  • educating about the condition and therapy program.

Where do physiotherapists work?
The physiotherapist mainly works in hospitals, rehabilitation centres and private practices. They also work in nursing homes, industrial health units, schools, sports clubs or clinics, the armed forces and universities.

What are the prerequisites to take up a course in physiotherapy?
The requirements for admission into a physiotherapy programme vary from university to university.
Generally, students benefit from a strong science background. Candidates interested to pursue a career in phyisotherapy require a good foundation in English, Mathematics, Chemistry, Biology, Physics, health and physical education.

What are the educational requirements for a physiotherapist?
The education requirement is a bachelor degree or a master's degree in Physiotherapy. Following high school, it will take a minimum of four years of university study.

What salary can a physiotherapist expect?
The salary level of physiotherapists can vary, depending on factors such as their level of education, their level of experience, where they work, whether or not they own their own clinic, and many others.

Physiotherapist Salary United States: According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics the median salary of workers in the Physical Therapists Occupational group is $76,310 per year.

Physiotherapist Salary in India: The average salary for a Physiotherapist is Rs 178,655 per year. Experience strongly influences income for this job.

Top Colleges/Universities in India offering Physiotherapy:

  • National Institute of Management & Technology, Greater Noida
  • Institute of Applied Medicines and Research, Ghaziabad
  • Amity Institute of Physiotherapy , New Delhi
  • College of Physiotherapy, TMU , UP
  • Lovely Professional University, Punjab

Top Colleges/Universities abroad offering Physiotherapy:

  • Boston University, USA
  • University Of Minnesota, Twin Cities Campus, USA
  • Temple University, USA
  • King's College London, UK
  • The University of Nottingham, UK

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