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1. Who is a physiotherapist?
A physiotherapist is an expert who specialises in restoring, maintaining, and assessing the mobility of a person who is affected by disability, injury, or illness. They also help in lowering the risk of future illness or injury and improve the physical strength of an individual. One can use physiotherapy at any stage of their life.
2. When should I see a doctor and when should I see a physiotherapist?
You should see a doctor if you have a severe injury, bleeding, severe pain and need immediate medical attention. You can visit a physiotherapist if you have have an old injury, back pain, injuries related to sports, want a personalised exercise plan, manual therapy, or wish to increase mobility in the joints.
3. What is the difference between a physiotherapist and a physical therapist?
There is no difference between a physiotherapist and a physical therapist. Both these terms can be used interchangeably.
4. Can a physiotherapist perform surgery?
A physiotherapist cannot perform surgery. Instead, they can help to avoid surgery by eliminating pain or healing the injury. They also assist in the rehabilitation or recovery of a patient that has undergone surgery.
5. Can physiotherapists prescribe medicines?
A physiotherapist is not qualified to prescribe medicines. However, they can provide a prescription if they are working with the written authority of a doctor as a supplementary subscriber.