A physiotherapist helps restore movement and function to an individual when they are affected by injury, illness or disability. Physiotherapists also help by working to reduce risk of illness or injury in the future. Physiotherapists work in all kind of settings including hospitals, professional sport and in the community.
A typical day for a physiotherapist working in a hospital involves a morning team meeting to discuss plans for the day. Following this, a ward handover with other members of the MDT is completed. Patients are then prioritised according to needs which establishes the patient list for the day. A typical physio assessment involves analysing patients’ current level of function vs. their pre-admission baseline. This guides their treatment intervention, establishes rehab goals and following that, ensures a safe discharge is arranged.
Physiotherapy is a varied and exciting career path. Physiotherapists work in all kind of different settings, ranging from professional athletes to intensive care and everyone in between. There are endless opportunities around the world in physio to cater for personal interests.
Why I chose to be a physiotherapist:
As an athlete myself, I’ve had my fair share of injuries! Seeing how physiotherapists worked to relieve my pain and restore my function inspired me to pursue this career and replicate the care and compassion I received.