Physiotherapists work with people to help with a range of problems which affect movement using exercise, massage and other techniques. You'll help and treat people with physical problems caused by illness, injury, disability or ageing. You'll see human movement as central to the health and wellbeing of individuals so they aim to identify and maximise movement. As well as treating people, you promote good health and advise people on how to avoid injury.
You'll treat many types of conditions, such as: neurological (stroke, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's), neuromusculoskeletal (back pain, whiplash associated disorder, sports injuries, arthritis), cardiovascular (chronic heart disease, rehabilitation after heart attack). respiratory (asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, cystic fibrosis) Once they have diagnosed the client’s movement problem, you'll then work with the patient to decide how to treat it.
In the NHS, you may work in hospitals where you're needed in nearly every department. In intensive care, for example, you're needed for round-the- clock chest physiotherapy to keep unconscious patients breathing.
More physiotherapy is also being delivered in the local community so you could be based in health centres and treat patients in their own homes, nursing homes, day centres or schools. Outside the NHS, you could work with sports coaches or personal trainers.
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