Physiotherapists work in many environments, such as hospital outpatient and inpatient departments, rehabilitation facilities, aged care homes, schools, hospices, health and fitness centres and gymnasiums.
Physiotherapists diagnose, treat and manage movement disorders. Their role in sport is well-known as they treat injuries especially associated with the neck, back and limbs areas but they also work with premature babies, people with incontinence or suffered a stroke, or conditions that affect the nerves and bones like arthritis and osteoporosis.
A physiotherapist's role is to identify setbacks then make quality of life and movement potential as best as possible within the confines of the effects caused by the affliction or event using drug-free techniques to restore and stabilise function and movement. Often, a personal exercise program is tailored to specific individual needs.
Physiotherapists take an individual's medical history and physical examination results to get a diagnosis to formulate a treatment timetable and type of treatment and exercises. Most common rehabilitations:
• Cardiovascular and pulmonary rehabilitation - individual program to address lung and heart problems like breathing and blood circulation
• Geriatric therapy - individual program to help restore mobility
• Integumentary therapy - (treatment of conditions involving the skin and related organs) - wounds and burns
• Neurological therapy - working with individuals with a neurological disorder or disease
• Orthopaedic therapy - diagnose, manage, and treat disorders and injuries of the musculoskeletal system
• Pediatric therapy - assists in early detection of health problems.