Physiotherapy is a healthcare profession in which trained professionals (also called as physiotherapists) use their knowledge and skills to help recovery of people who are affected by temporary or permanent disability, injury or illness. Physiotherapy aims to encourage holistic healing in cases of movement disorders by considering all aspects of a patient’s lifestyle. Physiotherapists treat patients by using methods such as exercise, manual therapy, education and advice about the movement disorder. The expertise of physiotherapists is beneficial in treating a variety of cases of Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis, stroke, sports injuries, back pain, arthritis, neck pain, cerebral palsy and pulmonary disease.
Physiotherapy helps in reducing pain, stiffness and increases mobility and lays tremendous focus on involving patients in the healing process. During the treatment process, a patient is empowered to take his own care through awareness, motivation and support. Physiotherapy enables patients to continue their daily chores, work and enjoy limited movements.
Physiotherapy is one of the fastest growing allied health services in India. Sedentary lifestyle and increasing imbalance in work and personal life is now reported to be one of the underlying causes of many physical ailments. Physiotherapists in collaboration with mainstream doctors help in providing treatment in such ailments.
Physiotherapists can choose from a wide range of career options. They can work in a variety of healthcare setups like hospitals, nursing homes, clinics, rehabilitation centers, senior citizen centers, patient’s homes and community health centers. They can also work in NGOs, spas, fitness centers, sports clubs, or open their independent physiotherapy clinics. In India, there is an increasing focus on health and fitness nowadays and a large number of fitness and wellness centers are being established. Also, awareness regarding the importance of trained physiotherapists is increasing and so job prospects are bright in this field. Students with strong research aptitude can opt for research jobs in Indian and international pharmaceutical and medical equipment manufacturing companies.
Students who have completed their +2 with biology are eligible for a bachelor’s degree in physiotherapy which has a duration of 4 and ½ years. The master’s degree in physiotherapy is a two year degree course and a bachelor’s degree in physiotherapy is mandatory to be eligible for pursuing a post graduation course. To carve a successful career in physiotherapy, students must work hard to gain an in-depth understanding of their subjects and specializations. Besides that, genuine interest in people’s well being and patience are key requirements for this profession. Excellent communication and problem-solving skills are other key traits for students who want to succeed in this field. Since this job requires a lot of practical work and continually upgradation of skills, it is essential for students to undertake regular workshops and gain practical exposure in many areas of physiotherapy from time to time.
Students who are interested in this field should make informed decision regarding their career choices with the help of experienced admissions counselors.
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