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What does a Physiotherapist do?

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Answered January 28 2022
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Setting up for a day administering physical therapy and patient care can look very similar to other medical office setups, from the patient intake process to payments and insurance adjustments, right down to patient assessments and consultations. Physiotherapists' professional lives revolve around this structure like any other doctor or medical professional.  
Though it's most likely going to be administrative staff handling the majority of patient intake, it's not uncommon for the Physiotherapist to visit and greet their patients and take the time to answer any last-minute queries, only when appropriate to do so. New patients will undoubtedly have plenty of questions for the staff on-site, with precise details from their medical history needing careful analysis before developing a treatment plan. Their questions will be important in devising something that works with their individual needs and expectations.  
Getting to the place where Physiotherapists are ready to administer treatments is determined through examination and study of the patient's illness or injury. There could be several overlapping issues to consider. One wrong step in the treatment plan could potentially cause more significant harm or damage, so plenty of careful planning and effort goes into setting up a program. But not so much that there isn't room for reassessment. Throughout routine and follow-up visits, Physiotherapists will work hard to keep track and routinely record their patients' treatments, improvement, and prognosis. Continued evaluation is a key component to the patients' progress until the treatment plan is fulfilled.  
Roles and responsibilities of a Physiotherapist
Here’s a non-exhaustive list of everyday tasks Physiotherapists are required to complete:  
  • Design and implement a treatment plan for individual patients aimed towards alleviating pains and restoring their physical mobility:  
  • Read and analyze Physician referrals to assign the best treatment.  
  • Perform an initial evaluation of the patient’s mobility.  
  • Design a treatment program that may last weeks to rehabilitate the patient.  
  • Assist patients in performing different forms of exercise designed to help them regain mobility.  
  • Instruct patients and their families on exercises and routines they can do at home to improve results.   
  • Track records of their patients’ improvements, prognosis, and goals achieved.  
  • Confer with medical professionals to assess the therapy’s progress and redesign programs when needed.  
  • Discharge patients once treatment has reached the expected goals.  
  • Stay up-to-date with the latest techniques, achievements, and treatments in Physiotherapy.  
  • Attend and hold professional seminars, conferences, and congresses with other professionals in their field to share new methods and treatments.