Physiotherapists manage mobility
problems caused by injury, ageing or disability to restore physical,
psychological and social wellbeing. Creating bespoke treatment programmes for
people of all ages, they utilise movement science and evidence-based practice
to improve their patient’s quality of life.
Physiotherapists work with a wide
range of conditions to help improve patient’s overall mobility and quality of life.
These can be grouped into five main categories:
Relates to the action of both the heart and lungs. Some of the
conditions physiotherapists work with include COPD, Cystic fibrosis, post organ
transplant and chest infections.
to the muscles and the skeleton. Disorders that physiotherapists see frequently
are lower back pain, fractures, nerve related pain, persistent pain conditions
Comprising of the anatomy, functions and disorders of the nerves and nervous
system. Some of these conditions include Multiple Sclerosis, Stroke, and
Physiotherapists work with a wide range of different people.
For example, amputees, paediatrics, occupational health, rheumatology,
palliative or end of life care, and learning disabilities.
Some of the conditions physiotherapists might see are patients
with a loss of a limb, impaired balance, reduced strength, lack of sensation in
a limb, reduced confidence with mobility, loss of movement, a need to return to
a sport, the control of movement,
persistent pain, reduced vision and reduced awareness.
Physiotherapists work with people of
all ages, from the very start of life to end of life care. As a result, some
conditions may be more prevalent in certain patient groups than others. Some of
these patients you might see are:
- people with complex needs or multiple medical
- people who are recovering from surgery
- acutely unwell people in need of ventilator
- people with cardio respiratory problems
- people with musculoskeletal problems
- people with neurological problems
- people with diet-related conditions such as
- people with age related conditions.
Within the physiotherapy profession
there are a multitude of job opportunities. You could work in the NHS, within
the public or private sector. For example:
- Public Health in NHS hospitals
- In imaging departments
- Sports teams
- At a school
- Private practice
- Armed forces
- GP surgeries
- Nursing homes
- Education and academia
- Leadership roles
- Voluntary roles.
What can you do with a physiotherapy degree?