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1. Who is a physiotherapist?
Physiotherapists are specialists who assist people with injury, or disability to help restore full function, rehabilitation, mobility and strength.They are engaged in promoting health and maintainance of overall well being.
2. When should I see a doctor and when should I see a physiotherapist?
Severe injuries require patients to visit an emergency physician for further medical or surgical mode of treatment. Both physiotherapists and doctors can diagnose several injuries and either can be referred depending on the range of factors. However, physiotherapists specialize in treating musculo-skeletal system related conditions by certified exercises.
3. What is the difference between a physiotherapist and a physical therapist?
Both physiotherapist and physical therapist are interchangeable terms. Both kinds of people possess specific training to diagnose symptoms of injury, disability and illnesses and treat them by physical manipulation, exercises and heat therapy.
4. Can a physiotherapist perform surgery?
Physiotherapists are not trained in performing surgery. However, physiotherapists can work along with other health professionals for providing rehabilitation services.
5. Can physiotherapists prescribe medicines?
The right to prescribe medicines by physiotherapists vary across nations and their medical boards. Some physiotherapists may be licensed to prescribe certain groups of pain relieving medications.
A Physiotherapist is a health care professional who helps patients maintain, maximize or restore their muscle strength, mechanical body functions, and overall quality of life. They help regain movement and physical functions after the loss of physical ability due to illness, injury, or aging.
A 4-year degree [BPT], recognized by the General Association is the basic requirement for an individual to become a Physiotherapist. Additionally, the following are the specialties or extra qualifications required to be a Physiotherapist:
Some of the most common conditions that Physiotherapists treat are:
Physiotherapists help patients build muscle strength and endurance, regain their range of motion, improve their coordination, decrease pain, swelling, and inflammation of joints, and allow the patients to enhance their quality of life. An Orthopedic surgeon will diagnose and provide treatment when the muscles are injured to an extent where the injured areas can be put back together only with orthopedic surgery. For serious fractures, surgery is required to set the bones together and allow proper healing.
Physiotherapists help patients build muscle strength and endurance, regain their range of motion, improve their coordination, decrease pain, swelling, and inflammation of joints, and allow the patients to enhance their quality of life. Chiropractors treat mechanical disorders of the musculoskeletal system through the manual adjustment or manipulation of the spinal vertebrae. Chiropractic treatment is primarily used as an alternative pain relief for muscles, bones, joints, and connective tissues such as tendons, ligaments, and cartilage.